James Otis Smith

Video Editor, Illustrator

New York, NY, USA

Work Experience

School Of Visual Arts

Adjunct Instructor

Create and teach full year course on writing, drawing and publishing comics, Sophomore class.
2021 - Present New York, United States

Black Heroes Of The Wild West


I wrote and illustrated BLACK HEROES OF THE WILD WEST, a comic book anthology of Black biographies from the Old West; published by Toon! Books.
2020 - New York, United States


Video Editor

Editing, storyboards, motion graphic design for music, promotional and industrial videos. Clients include NY Knicks, New York Power Authority, Levi’s, MLB, Essence Fest, Scion, Black Girls Rock!, Exagen Diagnostics, Spin Magazine, De La Soul, Sizzla, Pete Rock, Monse, Inas X, Moving Mountains Film Program, etc.
2007 - Present Brooklyn, New York, United States


Asst. Graphic Designer, Children's Books

Proofing, layout and art correction.
2012 - 2014 New York, United States


Production Artist

Interior and jacket artist for children's books and graphic novels from Abrams ComicArts, First Second Books, Clarion, HarperCollins, Hill & Wang, Toon! Books, SyFy Channel, U.N. Hunger Project, etc.
2005 - Present New York, United States

Ackerman Academy

Medical Transcriptionist

Record dermatopathology diagnoses into proprietary medical records system.
2003 - 2005 Manhattan, New York, United States

Morgan Stanley

Production Artist

2001 - 2003 Manhattan, New York, United States


Set PA

Designed and painted props and locations for the film "Sudden Manhattan," dir. Adrienne Shelly. PA on various film and video productions, primarily tv commercials and short films.
1995 - 2001 New York, United States


Sarah Lawrence College


Writing, Film and Film History
September 1991 - June 1995 Bronxville, New York, United States


Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Illustration, Motion Graphics , Writing,