AJ Smith is an author/illustrator (and sometimes animator, designer, art educator) specializing in humorous but evocative mixed media/digital art for kids. His first picture book, Even Monsters will soon be followed up by Tyra And Tops in 2021. Along with writing & illustrating children’s books, AJ juggles creative projects for exciting clients like Cartoon Network, Fablevision, Highlights, The Jim Henson Co, MTV, Nat Geo Kids, The National Wildlife Federation, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Scholastic, Sesame Street Workshop, and Weston Woods.
AJ can often be working from his “portable popup illustration studio” at a rotating list of local coffee shops in his small town of Newburyport, MA in the U.S. — where he lives with his family and a few furry friends.
When not scribbling and doodling, he enjoys books, movies, hockey, standup comedy, travel, hiking all over the northeastern United States, and almost anything art-related. AJ also teaches high school art and has taught animation, children’s books, and illustration at the college level.