In what field do you have a degree? I don’t have a diploma. I studied art at the University of Utah for 3 years, emphasizing sculpture.
Have you always been able to draw, or Were you the skill you learned in college?
After working in an advertising agency, Microsoft hired me as a web designer and I eventually became the artistic director of Xbox.com, high-tech video game marketing and arts management. Everything was rendered in 3D and well polished. All of our marketing has been very strategic. In such a hyper-business environment where return on investment is king, it is extremely important to find a way to measure the success of a campaign. We’ve done usability tests, held focus groups, looked at eye-tracking surveys, analyzed statistics, monitored macro / micro trends in youth, and more. It was very interesting. Still, I found that we place too much emphasis on things that are easy to measure and not enough on things that are less computable and more intuitive (living on an unconscious level).
Therefore, in response to this conscious environment, I started my own salt, Hola Amiga, to do exactly what I wanted, for whatever reason or absolutely no particular reason. And the thing was, I didn’t have to explain why I did what I wanted to do. It was about nurturing and exploring the realm of the subconscious, all with very low technology.
What was your first task you paid for?
The first “paid job” wasn’t really paid work … it was more professional work. I wanted snowboarding in college, but I was completely destroyed. I thought to myself: how do I get a snowboard? What can I give a snowboard company in return for a snowboard? art! So a few snowboarding companies sent examples of my work and asked if any of them would be willing to exchange art for snowboarding equipment. Eventually one of them said “Yes” and I was gone.
Which illustrator (or artist) do you admire the most?
Beautiful artist Andy Goldsworthy. I like the way he plays with nature. He appreciates what is around him; if you are careful, nature has the best inventions. Where do your best ideas come from? The best ideas come from your experiences. It is important to feed your subconscious well with information, history, nature, music, friends, family, conversations, emotions, exercise, good food. One day, all knowledge comes to the conscious mind as one idea
How to create a creative block? I go for a walk, listen to music, run, do ju jitsu, hang out with a friend, play with my son, wife or dog, watch a movie, take a bus, take a subway, relax, read a newspaper, drink coffee, do something fun, water plants. When I’m ready, I usually have a lot of ideas. If not, at least my plants will get water. In a nutshell, describe how you feel when you start a new task? Under pressure!
Do you have a personal philosophy?
Enjoy what’s left of me, keep learning, be happy, be healthy, bring something positive, create things that inspire people and make them feel good, curious and motivated. Do you have any creative activity other than illustration? Brazilian Ju Jitsu / Sambo, comedy, programming, music, animation. What music are you listening to now? A song with a hissing sound … I don’t know who it is, but I whistle too. What is your favorite loan? Stephen Wright: “I will live forever. So far so good.
Successful artist, illustrator and designer Nate Williams has worked with many clients in various areas of the art industry. Nate, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, left the United States four years ago to travel and learn Spanish in South and Central America. Graphic illustrations for both adults and children live in a vibrant and exciting world created by him. Layers of organic shapes, ethnic references, intricate decorative elements, hand-drawn letters and unique characters form a rich and fascinating image. In addition to his illustrations and illustrations, Nate has managed to design, design, launch and maintain the Illustrations Society portal Illustr