Professional Illustrator and Comic Artist, Marcus Williams, who successfully crowdfunded his new comic books, The Tuskegee Heirs and The Super Natural Woman shares his process and the motivation behind his powerful illustrations. This humble artist also almost broke the internet when he suggested that Wonder Woman has a TWIN SISTER!!! BlackTVFilmCrew.com jumped at the opportunity to talk with Marcus.
“Super Natural is a superhero character I created to be used as a supporting pivotal character in Anthony Piper’s superhero parody entitled “Trill League“. In the world Anthony created, she sticks out like a sore thumb in comparison to the other character’s personalities. This was intentional as she is designed to be a vehicle of pseudo normality that readers can anchor to when things get too crazy. Her name refers to her moral stance against portraying herself as anything but a natural black woman. This includes her appearance, her diet and her lifestyle. Super Natural is not from earth, yet she has come to make a home here after some quick transitions into city life. She is immensely powerful and nearly invulnerable to all physical damage, but not immune to the everyday stresses of living in American society.”
What inspired you to create your latest project and/or take this career path?
I love characters and solving problems. A common problem today in entertainment is the lack of black characters that are creatively written for a black audience, so that’s keeps me inspired to create solutions.
How do you hope your work will connect with people?
A: Definitely on a personal and lasting level. I can only hope that my work generates emotion in some way that resonates past the content. That way, long after my art was viewed the audience will feel compelled to share their experience with friends and family.
Were you inspired by anyone in the industry to proceed on your current career path? If so, who?
A: Comic art wise, Jim Lee, Joe Maduera, Greg Capulla were very popular in my high school years so I borrowed from their example heavily as a young artist. I didn’t meet my 1st professional artist until I was out of high school, but when I did, I was excited to find that such a career path existed.
What is your average work day like as it relates to your projects?
A: I wake up and make sure my kids have eaten (they’re old enough to feed themselves, just have to be reminded to do so), and then I proceed to my workstation to warm up with a digital sketch. From there I choose which art I want to work on for the day.
What advice do you have for students and young professionals who may be inspired by your work?
A: Find a virtual master teacher to study from, someone that inspires you to improve and draw daily because they’re so much more skilled than you. Then choose a business path that suits your passion and find the best in that field to study from. Find out what made them successful and how you can build your strategy around their example. Plan your goals and work daily to find solutions to meet them.
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