Brian Williamson is a London based comic book artist and illustrator. He specializes in comics, graphic novels, and licensed character design. Clients include Marvel, DC Comics, Warner Bros, Dreamworks, Aardman and Doctor Who.
PortfolioComics, Graphic Novels, Dr Who, Illustration, Licensed Characters, Cartoons, Advertising and Storyboards
I’m a British comic book artist, based in London. Although comics are my first love, I also work on advertising projects, storyboards for films and TV, character designs, and book illustration.
The artists that impressed me as a kid, who made me want to draw for a living, were Jack Kirby, John Buscema, Gil Kane, Gene Colan, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Will Eisner, Franky Bellamy, Steve Noble and a hundred other illustrators who worked in the gutters of newsprint publishing.
At art school ( Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee ) my predilection for “low art” was greatly frowned upon and it was suggested that if that was what I wanted to do I should leave the course, as it wasn’t “real art.”
These days the pendulum has swung a bit with Duncan of Jordanstone now offering a range of comics oriented courses, and it boasts the world’s first Professor of Comic Studies – Dundee University’s Professor Chris Murray.
So – I was right, they were wrong. And that’s what’s important. Not that I’m unbearably smug about that, or anything.
When I’m not drawing, I write a bit – Torchwood: Jetsam, for Titan Publishing, Shadow Riders ( with John Freeman) for Marvel, Battle at the end of time (with Steve White) for Atomeka, and Urban strike, (w SW), Vector 13, and various Future Shocks for 2000AD.