Uko Smith, a Washington, D.C. native now living in Columbus, Oh graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a degree in Illustration/ design and a minor in fashion. Inspirational artists that Uko has admired throughout the years are Frazetta, Michelangelo, Robert McGinnis, John Byrne, Kevin Nowlan, Serpieri, Bridgman, Vargas, Petty, Nagel, Larry Stroman, just to name a few. Uko recently finished both the pencils and inks on the graphic novel titled FX-The Lost Land, written by Wayne Osborne that was published by IDW in 2011. Uko is also doing creator owned properties of sequential and concept art while still doing freelancing works for other companies. He also teaches The Comic Book Illustration classes and Continuing Education courses at The Columbus College of Art & Design.