Brian Williamson

Genius or loser?

I am a London based well-established freelance illustrator, specializing in comic books, graphic novels, storyboards, advertising and character design.

This unusual versatility is due to the fact that, when I left art school, my first freelance job was to draw licensed characters, adapted from film or TV franchises, for comic books.

Those came with “style guides”, Bible-sized books of notes on how the studios wanted their characters drawn so I was able to soak up the results of dozens of professional artists work, artists with decades of problem-solving experience between them. Eventually I found I was able to look at a style of art, understand the thinking behind it and apply that process to another project.

I also write and have been published with Titan Books Torchwood: Rift War, Marvel Shadowriders, Atomica Battle at the Edge of Time and 2000AD, Urban Strike, Vector 13, Future Shocks, among others.

Selected Clients

Aardman, BBC Worldwide, GlaxoSmithKline, DC Comics, DC Thomson, Dark Horse, De Agostini, Dreamworks, G E Fabbri, Hasbro, Hat Trick, The Independent, The Sunday Times, ITN, Marvel, PanMacmillan, Nintendo, Nissan, Ministry of Sound, Panini, Random House, Sega, Titan Comics, Turner Network, Virgin, Warner Brothers, Weinstein Publishing