Shawn Smith is the creative mind behind the vast world of whimsical art, illustration and collectibles known as Shawnimals and Ninjatown. His imaginative characters and humourous stories extend to original paintings and large-scale murals, too—always with an aim to delight and inspire. Shawn's latest entrepreneurial endeavor, Resketch, produces creative sketchbooks and notepads for artists, designers, journalers, and note-takers, made from high-quality reclaimed paper.
He's also the Creative Director for Chicago's own Twisted Hippo Brewing Company.
Shawn is dad to his a 6-year-old son.
In this episode, Shawn shares how he makes distinctions between hobbies, side hustles and businesses, ways he brings structure and discipline to his studio practice, how death and loss puts everything in perspective, and what to say to an expectant dad.
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