Freddie Williams II

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Freddie Williams II
Freddie E. Williams II.jpg
Williams at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con
Born Kansas City, Kansas
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Awards Eisner Award for "Seven Soldiers: Mr. Miracle" series
http://www.freddieart.com

Freddie E. Williams II is an American comic book writer and artist.

Williams burst onto the comic scene in 2005, when he began work with DC Comics on the comic series Robin and on the Eisner Award-winning series Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle. His most recent works include the crossover series BATMAN/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) and the HE-MAN/THUNDERCATS crossover.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and now lives in Lees Summit, Missouri with his wife. He was raised in an impoverished single-parent home, and often dreamed of flying away like Superman. His sister supported his love of comics and his dream of becoming a comic book artist. Williams was inspired to become a comic book artist at the age of 15 after seeing Jim Lee's artwork in Uncanny X-Men #272.[dead link][1]

Career[edit]

While attending the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con International, Williams submitted a portfolio to the DC talent search. He was hired to do a few issues of Seven Soldiers featuring Mister Miracle, for which he won an Eisner Award. He's known for drawing issues of ROBIN, the FLASH, GREEN ARROW, CONAN, STAR LORD, and THOR. Most recently Freddie illustrated the crossover comic book BATMAN/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), and his current project is a HE-MAN/THUNDERCATS crossover.[1]

In 2006, Williams signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics.[2] He became the regular artist on Robin beginning with issue 149 in 2006, and began illustrating The Flash in early 2008.

Williams appears frequently on comic book-related podcasts including Comic Geek Speak, Half Hour Wasted, Raging Bullets and Fanboy Radio.[citation needed] He also posted online tutorials about creating digital artwork in comics.[3] The tutorials are available on his YouTube page.[4]

On December 23, 2014, Williams was a featured guest on Episode 26 of the web show 'Best of the Worst' by RedLetterMedia. On March 20, 2017, Williams made a second appearance on 'Best of the Worst' as part of the episode Best of the Worst: Biohazard, Slaughter High, and Kill Point.

Williams is the author of a book about digital artwork, The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics.[5]

Technique and materials[edit]

Williams trained in traditional art methods but is primarily a digital artist who uses a "hybrid method," as detailed in The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics..[1] In addition to working digitally, Freddie is also known for working in traditional medias, including Ink Wash (diluted India Ink). Freddie has made a variety of "How To" videos listed as Work in Progress "W.I.P" on his website, to demonstrate the methods he utilizes to create his artwork.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Freddie E Williams II Comicspace article". 2007-12-23. Archived from the original on November 30, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Newsarama article". 2006-10-24. Archived from the original on 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Freddie E Williams II webpage tutorials". 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  4. ^ "Freddie E Williams II youtube page". 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  5. ^ The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics. 2009. ASIN 0823099237. 

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Preceded by
Daniel Acuña
Flash artist
2008
Succeeded by
Paco Diaz
Preceded by
Scott McDaniel
Robin artist
2006–2007
Succeeded by
David Baldeon