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Derrick Smith

Freelance Comic Artist & Illustrator

Location:Brooklyn, New York, United States
Phone: 773-386-0804
2 Skills
Hi there.
My name is Derrick Smith.

My art portfolio:
My Instagram: @ds_illustrations

I am a freelance illustrator and comic book artist based in Brooklyn, NY.
I chose to study Illustration to learn the process of being a comic book artist. I enjoy drawing and painting as well as creating my own comic books. Designing characters, choosing a direction for my story line, and perfecting each scene are only a few reasons I love creating comic books.

When I produce my own comic books, I tend to concentrate on setting up my characters in dark but stoic poses, just like one of my favorite comic book artists. My favorite artists have all provided me with much inspiration, especially with the representation of their characters - main, supporting, and minor. This inspiration has led me to be able to create better and more interesting comics with improved perspective and positioning skills.



American Academy of Art
Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration

Marwen Art Academy
Chicago, Illinois

De La Salle Institute
Chicago, Illinois

Skill Summary:

- Computer literate; proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite 5, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack Pro.
- Proficient in drawing (pencil and ink,) painting (watercolor and acrylic,) and sculpture.
- Proficient in portrait and product photography (film and digital,) black and white film processing and darkroom developing.
- Able to deal with people politely but in a authoritative manner and possess the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
- Capability to monitor information feeds simultaneously from multiple sources.


Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Dreamweaver
Final Cut Pro
Microsoft Word
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Excel
Google SketchUp
Wacom Tablets
Digital Photo Retouching
Watercolor Paint
Color Pencils
Color Markers
Large Format Printing


Freelance Comic Book Artist
July 2011 - Present
- Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities.
- Integrate and developed visual elements.
- Use materials such as pens and ink, acrylics and watercolors, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Analyze information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Everything Studio
Print Designer
May 2015 - April 2016
- Combined images and text to create the layouts for advertising and marketing campaigns.
- Selected colors, images, text style, and layout.
- Incorporated changes recommended by the clients into the final design.

DC Comics, Inc.
Retouch Artist/Assistant
July 2014 - March 2015
- Sharpened ink work and cleaned up pencil art of various artists.
- Enhanced pencil, ink, and textural elements on given designs for maximum image optimization.
- Worked on image enhancement projects and met all deadlines.

The UEI Group
Production Artist/Graphic Designer
May 2013 - June 2014
- Modified formats to increase the quality of production and ensure that standards are met.
- Responsible for scaling, cropping, retouching, and eliminating defective and excessive imaging.
- Archived and updated graphic files.

Knoed Creative
Design Intern
May 2012 - December 2012
- Helped develop outstanding designs, animations, and illustrations for branded content.
- Participated in brainstorms with other designers and illustrators.
- Reviewed final designs and layouts.


Gallery Showings:

Artist Alley at Planet ComiCon
Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO

Artist Alley at Roc-Con Comic Book Convention
Kodak’s Theater on the Ridge, Rochester, NY

Mission ArtWalk 2013
Mission, KS

Pop Up Art First Fridays
CrossRoads Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Marwen Art Fair
Marwen Art Academy, Chicago, IL

Temptation Exhibition
American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL

Visual Communications Exhibition
American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
2010, 2011

End of Semester Exhibition
Marwen Art Academy, Chicago, IL
2007, 2008
Skills (2) Rating
Comic Art