Mike Smith (Illustrator)


Sophisticated names like Chantelle Smith.


  1. Posted March 30, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Are congratulations in order?

  2. Posted March 30, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Did you know that children’s book author and illustrator Mini Grey was named by the same method? (Or possibly she was born in a mini rather than conceived there, I forget the exact details).

  3. Posted March 30, 2010 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Jake — yes I hope so… fingers perpetually crossed.
    Dave — was it a grey mini? Hm, Peugeot Smith has a lovely ring to it.

  4. Ann
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I remember many many years ago The Times on Sunday (I think) did a piece on names used by people with the surname Smith.
    The ones which stick in my mind were Fried Onions, and Baby Darling.
    Just don’t go there!!!!
    BTW, having posted your wordless alphabet at school on the “Blackboard” (the front end of the school internet access system)we have just this week reached “Z”. It has been endlessly entertaining and caused much comment and discussion among pupils and staff alike. I was going to try to take a photo of the dispay version on the wall to send to you but I laminated the letters and the reflection off them is terible!!!
    Keeping fingers etc etc crossed for you and Caz

  5. Posted March 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Ann, I’m glad you got some mileage out of it. I have made a screenprint of the whole alphabet all on one A2 sheet. One day I’d like to get a few printed and see if I can sell some.
    Actually I turned it into a book and last week I showed it to a few publishers at the Bologna book fair. They were pretty positive, but said it’s not publishable. It’s not a children’s book and they wouldn’t know what category to put it into in Waterstones.

  6. John
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    My surname is Butcher; Number one son was conceived in Basildon.
    He’s rather pleased that we called him Colin.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    All the best people are Smiths! (And if it’s a boy he’ll end up as Smithy anyway!) Lovely as usual and so nice that it’s on the Mothers Day Page!x

  8. Posted April 5, 2010 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I keep meaning to tell you..I LOVE your artwork…
    I have a great joy checking in now and then, catching up on the goings on… :)