JetPens Blog


An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Jess is a quirky comic artist and illustrator who loves to tell silly stories and make people smile!

Pen Pals Interview: Jess Smart Smiley
Jess Smiley's art portfolio and personal blog
Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Sure! I'm about 6'2" and have a big nose, which I try to minimize with my thick-rimmed glasses. I work as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in Utah, not too far from where I grew up.

How did you become an illustrator?

When I was younger, I used drawing as a way of explaining inventions and ideas I came up with. My drawings would visually describe how something worked, or what it would look like.

When I looked at other pictures in books and paintings, I was taken by the way that a bold line or a distinct shape could emphasize or clarify certain aspects of the message. I started mimicking the characters I saw in comics and on television (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Tiny Toons, the Simpsons, etc) and I came up with my own characters and stories.

My love for storytelling, drawing, and comics has only grown deeper over time.



New products are in!

Luxurious and elegant, these new arrivals will add a touch of sophistication to your stationery collection. Choose from steel fountain pens, beautiful inks, high quality notebooks, leather pouches, and more!


February 4, 2015 - Posted by Miriam to Pen Perks

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so we're doing a giveaway of all things pink and girly. To see how to enter this Pinterest giveaway, read on!


February 3, 2015 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

With its sleek, attractive body, and brilliant performance, we wouldn't be surprised if you thought the Kaweco Sport was a sports car. Born from rigorous German engineering and design in 1935 as an unassuming plastic fountain pen, it has since gained roller ball pen, ballpoint pen, and even mechanical pencil siblings.

What distinguishes the Sport line from other Kaweco product lines is its iconic octagonal shape and oversized cap. This unique design allows the pen to keep its compact, pocket shape, while acting as a full size pen when the cap is posted. The Sport is often considered a gateway pen into the fountain pen world with its approachable plastic body while including options within the line to upgrade. To see all the different iterations within the Sport line, read on.


January 30, 2015 - Posted by Miriam to Pen Perks

A nice set of sophisticated stationery is always good to have on hand. This week, you have the chance to win this stately set, so click through to try your luck!