Paul lives in Kent with his wife, son and his old pal Tonka the dog!
Originally a freelance photographer, like many, Paul found himself abruptly out of work as the whole country came to a sudden halt due to the first Lockdown in 2020. It was during this period he re-discovered his flare for illustration after sketching daily with his 5 year old son. Having not drawn since he was last at school, 30 years previously, he was unaware of the passion it would ignite and the life changing opportunities it would create. He has been on an incredible journey of recognition and discovery already being chosen for some exciting projects and commissions for a number of recognised authors, organisations and projects.
In 2021 he partnered with globally recognised award winning author Amanda Prowse on a series of children’s books. These were released for sale in September 2021 as hard back and electronic versions and have been a huge success.
He has also worked with various charities designing a "Christmas Card" as a one-off special to help support Pubs who have struggled over the 2020 Covid outbreak (lead by Tom Kerridge). This was available for purchase through Moonpig and other reputable online companies as well as being promoted within all national news media and television.
He was also commissioned to design the artwork for a charity single “Wish You a Very Merry Christmas” for Children with Cancer, available through their website and I-tunes.
Further more, Paul is also in discussion with many other authors and organisations to provide illustration for their novels and projects as well as more stories he has written and illustrated.
So all in all, 2020 brought some quite incredible changes for Paul and his family!
A few words from Paul….
"My work is nostalgic and traditional using pencil crayon and ink. I love to provoke memories through items recognisable to the reader as well as portraying messages and scenarios most parents and children can associate with. My personality, imagination and love for story telling is apparent throughout my work and I can't wait to share this passion and work going forward!" Paul Ward Smith