Meet The Artist Series shines the spotlight on talented digital illustrator and photographer David Williams.
David Williams is boisterous, eccentric, funny and a very talented student of photography at Wayne State University. It has only been recently that I have become privy to his second talent of digital illustration. Click on the featured slideshow to view images (with text) that David generously has shared with zoomdune.com.
Your history in the Detroit area and where you live now?
I was Born in a hospital in Detroit, and was raised in Highland Park, MI. (85 Highland and Second street to be exact.) I still live in Highland Park with my younger brother (who moved in with me and my mom at age 12. He’s 26 now.) When I graduated from Loyola High School as class valedictorian in 2006, I went to Wayne State University in September of that same year. Now I intend on staying a Detroiter until I die of natural causes. Once a Detroiter, ALWAYS a Detroiter!
Your educational and ART making background?
I got most of my education from Gesu Catholic School in Detroit and Loyola High School, but some of my BEST knowledge came for reading books, specifically dinosaur books since age five. Most of my ART making inspiration came from my parents, especially my mom. My parents were artists themselves in their younger years, and had an interest in collecting posters, before MOVIE posters were the norm when it comes to posters. Apparently, art runs in the family. My art making skills improved during my high school years. I can thank Jocelyn Rainey for the inspiration as well. Now I’ve been in Wayne State for, oh say, a decade, trying out some of my other skills and enhancing my education.
When did you become interested in your craft?
It was in around my first year in high school I started to become aware of my artistic skills and decided to improve it. The way I did that is by doodling in the blank pages of my note books during lectures (the actual note I’ve taken in class are in the FRONT sections of my note books). When I was WAY younger, it was mainly fan art of my favorite cartoons. Now I’m more into my original characters.
Who inspires you AND YOUR ART?
My mom, Katherine Cook Williams, and Jocelyn Rainey inspired me the most to continue my artistic path. Mom was an artist herself and like what I draw, and even showed me how to do shadows. She always enjoys buying and reading cartoon books, including Gary Larson’s “The Far Side”.
Jocelyn Rainey was my art teacher. I enjoyed her teachings very much. She’s rather fun to hang out with. The people who inspired me to do cartoons in my OWN fashion are Gary Larson (creator of The Far Side series), Jim Davis (creator of Garfield) and the Late Charles Addams (who did The Addams Family as well).
Professor Marilyn Zimmerwoman was my college photography professor at Wayne State University. We had fun together, as she inspired me to take photographs when opportunity shows up; so I’ve been taking photos ever since!
Your future goals IN MARKETING AND EXHIBITING YOUR ART?
My ultimate goal is to make a graphic novel and sell it world-wide, starting the United States, Japan and Finland. Right Now, though, I’m currently showing the comics I’ve made, and some other works as well, on DeviantART.com, where I have my account and gallery in, and on FaceBook (Look for the “Dr. XIII” when you search “David Williams”). I’m also expanding to ArtStation.com. Someday I’ll do other art-sharing websites as well.
Contact info, and anything else you would like to share?
You can find my works at DeviantArt.com (That’s dr-xiii.deviantart.com) (you might require a membership to view my GOREY works. It free to join.) You can find me (AND my albums) on FaceBook. Just look for the “Dr. XIII” when you look for my name. If you have any commission requests, please contact me by E-Mail (email@example.com) and ask for my mailing address. (I don’t have a PayPal, Sorry).