If you’ve read a comic by DC Comics in the past few year, then you’ve probably seen artwork by Freddie Williams II. The prolific artist was under contract with DC and has illustrated many titles including Robin, Flash, Aquaman, and Blue Beetle to name a few. He’s also worked on TMNT at IDW, Star-Lord at Marvel, and Conan at Dark Horse. You may want to check out his website at: http://www.freddieart.com/.
As an aspiring creator, you may already be familiar with his educational book “The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics” on Amazon or BN.com. It’s an impressive book that would make a great gift for creators who want to use digital tools to create exciting comics.
Freddie took a few minutes out of his busy day to answer a few questions and share some photos of his incredibly cool studio.
Comic Book School: What’s one thing every artist should include in their convention portfolio?
FREDDIE WILLIAMS II: Lot’s of sequential artwork, few or no pinups.
Comic Book School: What’s one comic book you’d recommend that people start reading?
FREDDIE WILLIAMS II: The IDW Series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Comic Book School: What’s on your desk right now?
FREDDIE WILLIAMS II: Just wrapped up an issue of Starlord for Marvel, and now I’m illustrating a cover for DC Comics’ Infinite Crisis.
Comic Book School: Creative tool(s) of choice:
FREDDIE WILLIAMS II: Adobe Photoshop, EON HD Bristol Board, and then Copic MultiLiners, and Sable Brushes!
Comic Book School: Where do you work?
FREDDIE WILLIAMS II: In the studio off the back of our house, I spend most of my time there.
Comic Book School: Regular working hours?
FREDDIE WILLIAMS II: 9:00am – 1:00 am
Comic Book School: Multitasking:
FREDDIE WILLIAMS II: I watch a lot of Red Letter Media, James Rolfe stuff, and a few other things on Youtube. All kinds of documentaries, and recently it’s been the Serial Podcast. My music world is centered heavily on Metallica, Tool, and Rage Against the Machine.
Also check out Chuck Dixon’s Workspace.