Illustrators We Love: Jess Bosworth Smith

WORDS Palesa Kgasane

Cape Town-based fine artist Jess Bosworth Smith combines watercolours and soft brush strokes to create illustrations that tell a story.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at Rhodes in 2011, Jess is a painter who is lead by experimentation with different styles, techniques and mediums.

Her watercolour paintings are inspired by her surroundings and range from natural imagery and people to typography and even animation. What makes her work special is that it feels deeply personal and emotive; each of her pieces reflect meaning. Some of her illustrated works serve as short visual stories, complete with storyline and character development. We especially love The Straw Giant & The Crow, a storybook written and illustrated by Jess herself.

We look forward to seeing what this Design Indaba Emerging Creative’s imagination and skill bring forth in 2017.

To view more of Jess’s work, visit