Here's one of a few illustrations I'm doing for the Nashville Symphony's 2012-2013 season. I approached making an image for this titanic piece as I would in creating an album cover, and the fine art directors of the Symphony encouraged me to have fun with it and explore whatever direction the music inspired me to explore. I was inspired by a legendary quote of Beethoven's that supposedly said the piece might recall "fate knocking at your door," as well as the idea that his fifth Symphony remains an intimidating and iconic composition for the ages. 


Children's Bookshelf: YOSHIKAZU TAKAI

While in Japan last year I couldn't resist picking up a book by Yoshikazu Takai. He's a children's illustrator who, if the little information I've found online is correct, was a part of the 2006 Bologna International Children's Book Fair, and has released a series of books of Kuro ("Black Bear") seen below. Here are some of his other illustrations. I'd love to know some more about this artist, if anyone knows anything. 



I'm putting my artist copies of my VERTIGO print in my shop for sale, beginning now. The initial run of 100, commissioned by Spoke Art for the Castro Theatre, is sold out and these are the last 10 prints that will be available. Click here to purchase.



Here are my designs for The Criterion's Collection upcoming release of Godfrey Reggio's QATSI TRILOGY, out on Blu-ray and DVD December 11th. Beginning with 1983's well-known KOYAANISQATSI, Reggio's films-- all scored by Philip Glass-- are a portrait of humanity and our relationships with Earth and technology. They are truly films of and for our time. I could go on and on about how much these movies mean to me, but I'll save it for another post where I might share some of the process behind these designs. Below are larger versions of each cover, and the cover of the boxed set.



After her first film role in Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, a young Jennifer Connelly was cast in the leading role of PHENOMENA (aka CREEPERS), a classic of 80's Italian horror that remains somewhat underappreciated despite being a personal favorite of its own director, Dario Argento. The next year, she starred in Jim Henson's LABYRINTH. When Spoke Art and the Castro Theatre asked me to pick a new poster subject from their fantastic September slate, I went right to Friday the 14th, where the Castro would present a late-night Jennifer Connelly double feature of these two 80's Connelly classics. If only I could be there to see them back-to-back in 35mm.

For the occasion, I am so proud to present these two screenprints which are now available at Spoke Art and which will also be for sale at the Castro this weekend, where early patrons will also get a commemorative lobby card. We printed these at Kangaroo Press, each an 18x24" two-color print in which the 2nd layer reveals these glow-in-the-dark hidden images:

Thanks for the movies Jennifer, and thanks to Spoke Art and the Castro Theatre!


Woke up and made this for fun, in lieu of being able to screen print something for tonight's double feature of COSMOPOLIS and VIDEODROME at Nashville's beloved Belcourt Theatre.



I just finished these theatrical posters for two great new documentaries making their way to theaters and on-demand: HECHO EN MEXICO, a vibrant portrait of contemporary Mexican culture featuring a wealth of fantastic music of all styles, and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, David France's moving chronicle of the ACT-UP HIV awareness movement. Happy to be a part of the release of both these films. Learn more about HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE at surviveaplague.com and HECHO EN MEXICO here. Click the posters above to see them larger at samsmyth.net.



Fresh off its landing atop the new Sight and Sound poll of the greatest films of all time, VERTIGO screened this weekend in 70mm at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre and for the occasion SpokeArt asked me to design this commemorative screenprint. It's one of my favorite prints I've had the pleasure of designing, and you can pick one up at SpokeArt's online shop now. Printed at Nashville's Kangaroo Press, it's a three-color 18x24" signed and numbered edition of 100. Also available at SpokeArt: my Castro Theatre prints for Citizen Kane, Gone With the Wind, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.