Vibrant and Plain Wacky Illustrations of Alexander Blue

I’ve been meaning to include the bold and whimsical style of Nate Williams also known as Alexander Blue, for a while now, and here it is.

Nate’s work is striking in its strong use of colour, quirky character style and humour. Nate also works under his own name in a slightly different style, which can be found here.

nate williams alexander blue illustration

Nate grew up exploring San Francisco’s diverse streets on his skateboard where he acquired an appreciation for imagery through skateboarding culture at a young age. ‘I also had a learning disability that made reading difficult so I gravitated towards imagery because it made more sense to me.

Imagery transcended language barriers so I thought of it as a language everyone spoke. I initially touched on professional illustration in college when I traded illustrations with a snowboard company for snowboards, clothes and snowboarding passes. I didn’t think of it as a viable career path until years later’.

nate williams alexander blue illustration

nate williams alexander blue illustration

‘I create my work in a variety of ways. Sometimes I paint with acrylics, draw with Sharpie markers, ball point pens, a Wacom tablet, paint with India ink, create textures with water color or photocopy machines, etc.. but basically what I am trying to do is create a library of modular pieces I can later put into the computer and rearrange the size, composition, color and so on. I really like organic textures and loose, free flowing lines but as an illustrator with quick turn around times I need to be able to make quick changes and easily incorporate client feedback, so I mix all these really organic elements in a way that is easy to modify on the computer’

nate williams alexander blue illustration

Nate has given us some insight into the process he goes through when carrying out his freelance illustration work:

  • Phone/email client for specifics and creative direction
  • Brainstorm on a park bench or a coffee shop and create pencil roughs
  • Show client the roughs via a web page
  • Client gives feedback
  • Incorporate the feedback into the final illustration
  • Deliver via flipdrive.com

nate williams alexander blue illustration

© Nate Williams, 2009

Nate plans to get into more surface pattern design as well as licensing in the future: ‘I am just learning about this part of the industry’.

See more of his work and updates on Flickr.

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2 Comments

  1. Great effort… best wishes…

  2. I love the crocodile, so colourful and cute

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