Brian Williams is another artist who first came to my attention through the FB page, The Art and Artists of 614. His drawings are absolutely amazing with so much detail and uniqueness that I just had to learn more about him and his art! First, he explained that he uses his middle initial (R.) to distinguish himself in online searches from the other more famous Brian Williams…yes, the NBC anchorman! Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, he moved to Columbus in 1998 to attend CCAD and has lived here ever since. Getting an internship at the Columbus Museum of Art when he was in college led to a full-time job and started his career in graphic design. He currently works at Honda of Marysville where he designs ads, signage, posters, banners, etc. as well as a bi-monthly trade magazine for Honda employees. Prior to that, he worked at McGraw-Hill, designing textbooks. As he puts it: My day job is nice in that it gives me the time and money to pursue my artistic and educational interests and goals.
When asked about his technique, he stated that it’s ‘about as basic as you can get: graphite on paper ‘…his technique ,may be basic but his drawings sure aren’t! As you can see from the photos I’ve included, his work is so detailed that it is mind boggling! And his advice to other artists is to put in the hours required to master whatever your technique may be, inside and out.
I try to always be working on something, even when I’m tired or not really in the mood. I have found that I do my best thinking while I’m actively engaged in the process of creating something. The more I work, the more inspired I become; it’s a positive-feedback loop. As a result, I’m usually working on more than one drawing at a time, because I get too excited about my new idea to wait until I’m finished with my current drawing.