Born in Orlando, Florida when there were still orange groves in the city and Disney World wasn't yet a gleam in developer's eyes, Rob Smith, Jr. learned to cartoon at a young age. Rob credits his fourth grade art teacher for motivating him to learning the cartooning craft. He started in the professional cartooning biz at the tender age of 16 drawing caricatures and creating advertising illustration. Rob paid his dues doing retail caricatures before taking on caricature as entertainment at corporate events and creating hundreds of illustrations for the advertising market.
Rob studied art at the Ringling School of Art and Design and the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Art. He also studied political science, philosophy, and religion at and at his mother's alma mater, Rollins College and Valencia Community College. In 1992, editorial cartooning became a passion for Rob and he began to produce cartoons regularly for the Winter Park Observer and the Lakeland Ledger. He has received six Florida Press Association Awards for his work.
Rob worked for the City of Orlando for 20 years as an artist and cartographer, drafting and archiving maps, and got to know his hometown like the back of his hand. On the side, he performed at corporate events and continued to cartoon, in syndication as an editorial cartoonist for 6 years with the now-defunct DBR Media and has drawn editorial cartoons since 2001 with the Glenn Beck Program. Rob "retired" from the city in 2006 to become an official full-time cartoonist. It's now been more than 32 years as a professional cartoonist and Rob continues with creating editorial cartoons, book illustrations, advertising art, caricatures and practically all fields of cartooning and illustration.