Neil G Smith
All Projects start with the Lightbox
I am Neil G Smith, an artist with a passion for creativity that has been ingrained in me since an early age. With a background in Graphic Design and a lifelong love for drawing and painting, I find immense pleasure and escapism in the world of art.
My creative journey was ignited by the colourful world of comic strips and illustrations. From the pages of The Beano, The Broons, Oor Wullie, to the fantastical realms of publications like 2000AD, Mad, DC Comics and Marvel I found great inspiration. It was a dream come true when I was commissioned to create the End Papers for the 2001 and 2003 editions of The Beano.
Art for All
I firmly believe that Art should be inclusive and fun. That's why I ensure these elements are at the forefront of both my private and local authority-run art classes. Art, in my opinion, is a means of social interaction, delight, and enjoyment for all, regardless of age, ability, wealth, or health.
From Classes to Commissions
In addition to my Art Classes, I also undertake more elaborate commission work, infusing a sense of texture and illumination into my creations. I maintain the same vibrancy and enthusiasm that I found in those early comic strips. Some of my work is on display in various galleries across Scotland and in private collections.
Inspiration from Nature
I have often worked 'en plein aire'—whether at home or along the rugged coastline of Cornwall, a constant source of inspiration. A significant highlight was my appearance on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year, where I had the chance to showcase my artistry.
From Canvas to Corporate Events
You can often find me at corporate events, social occasions, or on a commission basis at fairs, indulging in my first love—creating comic strips and caricatures. This is a face-to-face experience where I have the pleasure of meeting and interacting directly with anyone who shares my delight in art.
I complete a variety of Projects from Cartoons, Caricatures, Digital, Landscape, Seascapes, Portraits, Photography and small to very large Murals. For more info please visit my Folio and Archive site at www.arttoon.co.uk.