Teaching Comics Workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

When I was given the opportunity to teach a set of week-long comics workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, I had no idea it would be such an important week in my life. This summer has been packed with teaching comics workshops for children and teenagers in my home state … Continue reading

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VOTE FOR MY MURALS

Great news! We have the chance to show our appreciation for the Provo River Trail murals I painted last fall: http://beedfack.com/do/survey/623 Vote #20 Graffiti/Public Art: Provo River Trail Murals by Jess Smart Smiley

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LOOKING BACK AT 2013

YEAR IN REVIEW 2013 has been quite a year! I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to work in a field that I love and to put more of my favorite pictures and ideas into the world. Here are a few project highlights from the year: Life, the Universe and Everything This was my … Continue reading

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MURAL OPENING

Saturday was nuts! After 200 hours of planning, priming and painting, Provo City celebrated the new murals along the Provo River Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Joined by dozens of good friends and family, we heard a few words from Provo city mayor John Curtis and council members Kay van Buren and Gary Winterton. … Continue reading

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PROVO CITY MURAL, PART II (LOTS OF PHOTOS!)

For the last six weeks I’ve been painting a second mural for Provo City. After putting in over 200 hours, I finished just before Halloween and thought I’d take some time to post some process photos and talk a little about making the mural. (You can read more about the project and see photos from … Continue reading

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Painting a Mural (VIDEO)

My brother recently stopped by the tunnel, where I’ve been painting two 100-foot murals for the city of Provo. I knew he had a camera strapped to his chest, but I didn’t know he had been filming the entire time we were talking. Here’s a little taste of the tunnel so far, with another three … Continue reading

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PROVO CITY MURAL (LOTS OF PHOTOS!)

For the last two and a half weeks I’ve left behind the comfort of my studio to work in a tunnel. In an effort to clean up and brighten the area, the Provo City Police Department has commissioned me to paint a mural along the Provo River Trail. The trail continues below the road at … Continue reading

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