Each month JetPens likes to highlight a customer who is also an artist that uses JetPens products. This month we are happy to feature Adam Smith
His bio, straight from the man himself:
"I was born in 1983 in ever-shrinking rural Pennsylvania in a small town called Worcester, about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia.
I have always been drawing, creating, taking things apart and putting them back together (although not necessarily the way they were before.) As a kid, when my mom wouldn’t let me have toy guns I was left to my wits to fashion them out of legos. This inherent creativity lasted through high school and eventually led me to the Savannah College of Art and Design. I began my college career as an animation major then realized that I was born to create by getting my hands dirty and switched to the metals and jewelry department where I graduated in 2005 with a BFA.
After graduating SCAD I hung around Savannah for a couple years working as a mechanic in a bike shop and as "grillmaster" in a sandwich shop, as well as general ruckus causer. In 2008 I moved back north to Philadelphia. You can find me part time at the Trophy Bike Garage and the rest of my time is spent at Part Time Studios.
Since I graduated from SCAD my work has evolved from jewelry to 3-D box format sculpture (often compared to Joseph Cornell). In the last year or so I've evolved from 3-D to 2-D. I'm just up to my ankles in the world of painting and screen printing, but I'm more comfortable now in what I'm doing than I have been in years."
Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.
"Most of my work features heavy black line work, sometimes incorporated into a watercolor painting, and sometimes as the sole medium. The three JetPens that I use the most are the Copic Multiliner 0.7
, Pilot Double Sided Brush Pen
, and the Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen in white
. The Copic is a good, sturdy liner that I use for the majority of my line work. The Pilot would technically be classified as a brush pen, but the tip is more stiff and durable. I can get more variable line weights with it. The Uni-Ball Gel Pen is the most opaque gel pen I've found, which makes it invaluable for adding white details over black, or making corrections to black pen work. When I make watercolor paintings, I always ink the black outlines before painting, so my pens need to be able to hold up to the water, which all three of these have shown to do."
Thanks for sharing with us Adam! You can view more of Adam's work at DearAdamSmith.com
and follow him on Twitter @dearadamsmith