Waitsel’s Creative Illustration, including work in traditional and digital media. I majored in Painting at East Carolina University, then pursued a career in fine art and illustration. Today I own a creative firm called Creative Sharks, specializing in creative work for the Internet; but I still have my hand in illustration – for the Internet, print, broadcast and film. One recent project was for the Travel Channel. I hope you enjoy my work.
Hanging Out in Galilee: Past Work, 1984-1986 – Living in western Ohio, out in the country, working for a Christian publisher doing Biblical illustrations, hobnobbing with other creatives – it was an idyllic time in my life.
My Latest Work – Pirate Illustrations for the Travel Channel – This is a series of illustrations I did for the Travel Channel’s “Hidden City.” They were used on an episode about a notorious pirate named Black Caesar, who roamed the Florida Keys in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
A Ride Through the Forest: Past Work, 1981-1983 – I call this my “Cutout Period” because I ended up cutting out (as with sissors) a lot of the images – sometimes to create a 3D effect, but other times just to change an image’s background. I hope you enjoy these pictures, some of which have never been shown before.
The Death of Nannie – My grandmother of 109 years of age died on Easter Sunday morning, 2011. We buried her on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, two weeks later. It was appropriate. She was the end of an era.
My Latest Paintings – Two recent original oil paintings by artist Waitsel Smith, one of a red knight on horseback, the other of a medieval Scottish castle and landscape with heather – both at sunset.