Jeffrey Smith began his editorial illustration career in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980. Later that year, Smith moved to New York. His early clients included Inside Sports magazine, Time, New York magazine, and The New York Times. Smith earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1986. Today Smith is a full time Professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His clients include Newsweek, Rolling Stone, G.Q. and The New York Times. His is the recipient of numerous awards in illustration.