The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Artwork

Several years ago, I created a short profile documentary about UK based David A. Smith; a traditional sign-writer specialising in high quality ornamental hand-crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors.

David recently produced a wonderful turn-of-the-century, trade-card styled Album Cover for popular American singer/songwriter John Mayer. ‘Born & Raised’ is the fusion of Mayer’s exceptional blues/rock music and Smith’s outstanding designs.

My new film captures the ‘Behind The Scenes’ creation of the ‘Born & Raised’ and ‘Queen of California’ artwork, as well as 2 unique reverse glass panels, hand-crafted in England by David A. Smith.

Also available on YouTube here

A special thanks goes out to John Mayer for the web-chat interview as well as Sony Music & Columbia Records for providing the instrumentals and licensing music from Mayer’s fantastic new album.

John Mayer's Born & Raised Album Cover by David Smith


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  • Michal M.

    So amazing! I love the artwork and may have to check out John Mayer’s music. 

  • York Graphic Designers

     Wow, awesome

  • ThePigeonLady

    Similar feeling to the artwork of this band a few years ago…

  • chancerubbage

    Ogdens Nut Gone Flake may have been the first purposely nostalgic take at this style. Of course, sheet music and Piano Rolls of the early 1900′s as well as other commercial packaging was chock full of it.'_Nut_Gone_Flake

  • Nazam Shahpar

    Mind-blowing stuff!

  • Ranger

    Breathing hard..this is such amazingly skilled craft & art

  • Martin Ander

    Wow! Amazing work!

  • Marc Flemington

    Being in print and signage myself I am in awe of David Smith’s work.
    A true professional in every sense of the word and a craftsman of exquisite quality.
    Beautifully shot, well documented and a pleasure to watch.
    Thank you.

  • don morris

    This is truly one of the most amazing projects I’ve ever had the joy of watching unfold. Thanks so much for sharing it. I am inspired. I got my start in art by a sign writer named Mr. Collier 45 years ago when my twin brother and I were in 5th grade. I felt that old wonder and joy surface as I watched this. 

  • Bruce K

    I can’t decide if Dave’s work inspires me to do more with my art or… just throw in the towel! I haven’t seen this kind of dedication since I was young and was hanging around with the Letterheads in my area.

  • Jakob Larsen

    This is fantastic! I’m out of words… WOW! He’s a real artist and craftsman to his fingertips… I’m a sign writer my self and I have tried some of these techniques… But this is WAY out of my league :-)

  • stefanmode

    John Mayer, David A. Smith and Danny Cooke, 3 of you are the Best!

  • Danny Cooke

    Many Thanks!