Freddie Williams II
|Freddie Williams II|
Williams at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con
|Born||Kansas City, Kansas|
|Awards||Eisner Award for "Seven Soldiers: Mr. Miracle" series|
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.
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]
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.
Williams appears frequently on comic book-related podcasts including Comic Geek Speak, Half Hour Wasted, Raging Bullets and Fanboy Radio. He also posted online tutorials about creating digital artwork in comics. The tutorials are available on his YouTube page.
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.
Technique and materials
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.. 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.
- "Freddie E Williams II Comicspace article". 2007-12-23. Archived from the original on November 30, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- "Newsarama article". 2006-10-24. Archived from the original on 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- "Freddie E Williams II webpage tutorials". 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
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- The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics. 2009. ASIN 0823099237.
- Official website
- Freddie Williams II at the Comic Book DB
- Freddie Williams II Work In Progress "How To" Videos
- Freddie Williams II Comic Book Checklist
- Freddie Williams II Youtube Channel