Mike Smith (Illustrator)

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Coming soon

Only 8 years after The Hundred Decker Bus, and after much work spanning lockdowns, my new book arrives in the shops on August 5th!

Saou alley

Another France painting: this is in Saou. I crept out early to catch the sunlight streaming down an alley, then had the best almond croissant of the trip. Those days seem like a dream now.




Billy the Boxer

This is the camper van, based on a Peugeot Boxer, that was our home. Struggled a bit up mountains, got very hot in cities, but started when we needed it to. Thanks Billy.

My boy drawing

I haven’t forgotten this blog! This summer we took 7 weeks out to drive around France in an old camper van. I managed to do a bit of sketching along the way, so I thought it would be good to share a few pictures here. More to come in the next few days.


An update

Five years ago I wasn’t drawing for a living, and this blog was a pleasure to do in my spare time. Now I scribble all day long, so I prefer to do something else in the evening. It’s not just the drawing, it’s also the whole process of having to work through ideas. That’s why [...]


My dear, loyal old friend Eddie died a couple of weeks ago. As I often predicted on this blog, he broke my heart. And took a large piece with him.