COLORS: Brittany Williams is a 24 year old visual artist from Rochester, NY.
how did you begin drawing and painting?
I’ve been drawing since I was 10 years old but it was always the last thing on my mind to do. I would draw when there was nothing else to do. I was more into sports and playing outside. I didn’t realize I could really draw until the 7th grade. I took AP art courses in high school but basketball was the main priority.
do you prefer drawing based on pictures of people, or creating images from your imagination?
Both. Majority of the time I’m using a reference photo, but I try not to make the drawing too similar to the photo. I use to be very picky when it comes to capturing likeness in a portrait, but now, I just relax and go with the flow. Drawing from memory is something I’ve been working on for awhile. It’s not easy, but i’m improving.
what are your favorite materials to work with?
Anything I can get my hands on. I’m really into ink brushes and gouache lately. I’m cheap, so I try not to go overboard with materials.
what artists are you inspired by? how do they influence your work?
There too many. Kadir Nelson, Tim Okamura, James Blagden, Keith Haring, Norman Rockwell, Hebru Brantley, Justin Bua, James Jean, Piet Parra. Artists on instagram as well.
how do you nurture your creativity?
Music has a good deal of nurturing my creativity. I do things that have nothing to do with art like going to the gym, interacting with family, friends, or people I don’t know. Sometimes, I’ll just sit and observe someone’s behavior.
what are your goals as an artist?
To do an illustration for a major sports magazine like Sports Illustrated or ESPN is definitely a goal of mine. Or a series of illustrations for a short film. Other than that, I really don’t know. I think that’s the beauty of it. I do want art to make difference in the world and to constantly create things that make me happy.
are there any lessons you learned while playing basketball that can be applied to creating?
Good question! There’s so many lessons, but the main one for me is stepping out of your comfort zone. That was always something I’ve struggled with. It took me my junior year of college to step out of my shell and show my team, coaches, and fans what I was capable of. With art, I’m not afraid challenge myself and try new things because I know how it feels to take your potential for granted.
what do you hope your audience takes away from your work?
I just want people to be able to enjoy what I create. I want them to feel some kind of way about my work. If it made them laugh, inspired them to draw, start drawing again, or buy art materials they’ve never used before.
follow Brittany’s work at bdubart