Dan Smith (artist)

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Dan Smith at Origins in 2002

Dan Smith is an American illustrator and graphic artist known for his distinctive "SMIF" signature, and his work for Wizards of the Coast, FASA, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games, Iron Crown, Hasbro, Nintendo, Namco and others. While known primarily as an illustrator, Dan Smith is also a designer of family card games, including Battle of the Bands, Portable Adventures and the upcoming King of Crime.[1]

Dan Smith has a variety of illustration styles ranging from kid friendly to teen edgy. His black-and-white work for GURPS became so prominent in the 1990s, he became the unofficial 'house artist'. One of his techniques was to photograph friends in poses as illustration models. This allows friends to flip through role-playing game books and see themselves on the pages dressed as wizards and secret agents.

Dan Smith, with fellow graphic designers Jeff Koke and Derek Pearcy, won the 1997 Origins Award for Best Graphic Presentation of a Roleplaying Game, Adventure, or Supplement for the role-playing game In Nomine.[2] He also garnered a nomination for best traditional card game and supplement for his seminal Battle of the Bands and its sequel, Backstage Pass.


  1. ^ P. D. Magnus (2000-11-10). "Pyramid Review: Battle of the Bands: The Rock and Roll Card Game". Pyramid. Retrieved 2007-09-04.
  2. ^ "List of Origins Award Winners (1997)". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-09-04.

External links

  • Smif Ink design studios

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