Work Experience

John K. Enterprises (formerly Spumco) July 2012 to present
Storyboard, layout artist and preproduction artist George Liquor Cartoon

Freelance illustration and tutoring art students May – July 2012

Wild Brain Animation January – May 2012
Storyboards for Umigo Educational cartoons

Viborg College of Animation, Denmark
Teacher of cartooning August – October 2011

Simpsons title sequence June – July 2011
Layouts, with John K. Enterprises

Toonzone February – May 2011
Story boards for YooHoo and Friends

6 Point Harness, Hollywood December 2010 – January 2011
Layout and animation on Electric City web cartoon

Freelance storyboard and illustration Feb. 2010 – Nov 2010

Warner Bros Animation December 2009 – January 2010
Storyboard for Scooby-Doo direct to video features.

Cosmic Giant Animation September 2009 – November 2009
Storyboard and Background design for WWA (World Wrestling Association).

Warner Bros Animation March 2009 – August 2009
Storyboard and development art for Laff Riot Looney Toons

John K. Enterprises (formerly Spumco) April 2008 to 2009
Storyboard and preproduction artist Half-Dan movie
Storyboard and layout artist on The George Liquor Show

Jim Smith Cartoons February 2008 March 2008
Freelance illustration

Nickelodeon February 2008
Layout artist on The Mighty Bee

Jim Smith Cartoons December 2006 - January 2008
Freelance illustrations for private clients
Chestaclese comic book

Dreamworks Animation May 2006, November 2006
Storyboard artist on Monster vs. Aliens (Creature Feature)

Nickelodeon September 2004, March 2006
Storyboard artist on The Xs

Spumco Animation September 2002, June 2004
Storyboard artist on Ren and Stimpy - Lost Episodes
Designer on video games for Sony
Presentation artist and writer on Chestaclese

Cartoon Network September 2000, September 2002
Storyboard and Background artist on Samurai Jack

Spumco Animation June 1999, March 2000
Storyboard and Background Artist on The Ripping Friends

Film Roman March 1999, June 1999
Layout Artist on The Oblongs

Spumco Animation May 1990, March 1999
Art Director on Ren & Stimpy, Artist on Comic Book, Presentation Artist, Writer various projects

Warner Brothers Animation February 1989, April 1990
Layout and storyboard artist on Tiny Toons


paul said...

Hey, Jim Smith, how are you?
And what was the Half-Dan movie about?

Jim Smith said...

Hey Paul, sorry to get back so late. Half-Dan was a proposal for an animated feature about Vikings. The Dreamworks viking movie came out as we were doing the proposal, so... the client decided to do the Time Turkeys instead.

Unknown said...

Hey Jim Smith I was Told by your Freinds at 1on1 Animation School ( )that you are Doing some OnLine Tutorials.

I would Like to Know where would I find them?

And I was also Told you Teach at 1on1 Animation School.

Where would I find Information on that?

Unknown said...

This is Lynn,Elana's mom. I am writing to you in hopes that you can use your influence to ask anyone who can help to remove any negative blogs, old tweets and emails about my daughter describing her as a stalker, as being out of her mind and terrible gossip that has no basis in fact.

As you know, negative articles, court documents, articles attacking a person's character, and calling them horrible names, all those things stay on the internet forever and affect her ability to work and make a living.Employers look on Google and websites to check on prospective employers. Unless all this internet stuff is removed as much as possible my daughter's life will be affected for years to come.

Right now, Elana is bullied by strangers all over the world every day.
She is called terrible names attacking her in every way you can think of. It's hard to get them to stop. She was also bullied in LA.

Elana is out of the country and has been for quite awhile. So, as her mom I am trying to help her get rid of some of this.

It is understandable to believe an old friend and want to support them. And my daughter"s generalized anxiety disorder escallated to a very a high level and she wouldn't back down and let it go no matter what was happening. But I would like to share with you other information you probably don't know.
1. Your friend had a history of not getting along with colleagues and other women and years of experience with the court system. Elana had a history of getting along with most everyone and no experience with the court system. She was 32 and he was 58.

2. Your friend refused to speak with her family about dropping everything so she could come home to NC for medical and psychological help. Going home would solve the problem much better than naked strip searches in the county jail.
3. Elana was continuing to get messages from him.No one knows what he was saying to her other than offering her an inking job if she kept practicing. I was told all about this.

4. When Elana came home after her last court date we were told she probably would get probation unless she violated the order again.

While home, she got a message I saw on her Twitter page that said your friend would be following her on Twitter. She was upset.

So I tweeted to him to leave her alone, that she was home with family and resting. Well,I didn't know the order included family and friends. So he reported my tweet to the court. After court Elana wrote to me, Mom, they say I have to go to jail because of the tweet you sent from home!" I felt sick. I didn't know and I tweeted without telling Elana till later.Your friend allowed Elana to go to jail because of a tweet her mom sent!

I was nauseated and unable to do anything till she got out 9 weeks later. What kind of person does that? What kind of man would not speak to her family and allow her to go home for treatment? And I wouldn't need to pay $10,000 which was hard for a retired teacher

I love my daughter very much! She was glad you were willing to teach her.Please contact any people and any of these sites. You have a lot of influence and maybe they will listen. Every single thing I told you is true.

Thanks Jim,
Lynn Pritchard

Russ Hayes said...

Hi Jim,

I hope this comment is too out of place.

Back around 1993-ish, I saw a cartoon on Nickelodeon. The cartoon was great in so many ways, but I was especially intrigued by the theme song. I went to the local record stores at the time, and the guys that worked there told me that the theme song was The Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, so I picked up their record. It was great stuff, but totally not what I had set out looking for. I went to a different record store and those guys told me Raymond Scott, so, well, same story. I had recorded a crude tape of the theme song and figured out the chords and the nifty little guitar solo.

Years later, I found a completely extended version of the song on CD, but still had no idea who the artist was who played it. The CD had some wackier chords, like E7#9 and D7b9 in place of E9 and D9.

That theme song got me interested in ear training on guitar, since there was no sheet music or tab or whatever at the time. Really tasty playing.

Now, through the wonders of every little piece of information being on the internet, I think I read that you actually played the guitar on the song. Is that correct? Did you also play other extended versions (the one I have has saxophone in it as well), or were those done by someone else?

If so, I'd love to hear more of your music. If not, well, that's too bad, but your visual art is still excellent.