Charles Williams has carved himself out a unique little niche in contemporary graphic portraiture. While being realistic depictions, his work has a strong, graphic quality that combines collage and digital design.
The individual way in which he constructs his imagery has made him popular among big clients such as Nike, Adobe, VW, and Google. It has also gained him notable recognition, with this ‘Mad Men’ image winning the bronze award in the ‘AOI Images 35’ design category.
The faces in his portraits are gently built up from intertwining, decorative shapes, that each represent different depths and tonal qualities. Sometimes the forms are sharp and structured, creating gorgeous, crystalline surfaces. Sometimes, the are smooth and seem to form organically like the topographical contour lines of a terrain.
However, portraiture isn’t the only facet to his work. He also does a lot of design and typographical work, with an equally impressive portfolio and list of clients. You can check that work out on his other, separate site here. Below, he tells us a little more about what he does.
I am a freelance illustrator based in London. I studied at Liverpool School of Art and Design, after which I worked as a graphic designer for several years. Since focusing on illustration, I’ve worked for clients including Adobe, Converse, Google, Nike, VW, Seat, GQ, ESPN and Uniqlo, and have had work shown at several exhibitions in London and Europe.
My latest work involves creating handmade versions of my geometric digital work. I have a Staffie called Maisy who helps me to manage my workflow. I am represented by Agency Rush.
© Charle Williams, 2012