Nate Williams, a successful artist, illustrator and designer has worked extensively in various facets of the illustration industry with a wide variety of clients. Originally from the Western United States, Nate calls all of the Americas his home and his graphic illustrations come alive in a vivid, exciting world of his own creation. Layers of organic shapes, ethnic references, intricate decorative elements, hand drawn type and unique characters combine to create rich, engaging imagery.
A student of sculpture for three years, Nate went on to work as a designer and art director for ad agencies and then for Microsoft's Home and Entertainment division. He worked in the marketing department and on several of Microsoft's online web properties including Xbox.com and several other successful Microsoft websites.
After a number of years at Microsoft, Nate began to pursue his interest in both fine art and illustration, leaving the US to travel and learn Spanish in South and Central America. His illustration work has been geared to both adults and children and has appeared in magazines, advertising, publishing, music, fashion, textiles, home decor, merchandise, posters, social expression and newspapers. His work has been published, exhibited or reviewed in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Australia, Portugal, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines and Cyprus.
A partial list of clients includes: Converse Shoes, V2 Records, HarperCollins, Cricket Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Cartoon Network, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, United Airlines, Egreetings, Fantagraphics, Microsoft, MSN, The Village Voice, Pearl Jam, Complex Magazine, The Utah Symphony, and Urban Outfitters. His illustration has also been used by large-scale advertising agencies such as Wieden and Kennedy, and DCA Advertising displaying a confidence in his ability to reach mainstream consumers.
Nate has worked with the charity organization Art With Heart which unites volunteers from the arts to serve children in crisis by empowering them through self-expression and creativity. He has also contributed work to The Truth Anti-Tobacco campaign which works to discourage kids from smoking.
His illustration has been honored by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, HOW International Design Awards, AIGA Cause/Affect Awards, The Type Director's Club, The ADDY'S and SILA. He has been featured on adcritic.com, in HOW Magazine and in the FRESH column of Communication Arts. He has also been the subject of interviews in the following international art and design magazines: idPure Magazine (Switzerland), Juxtapoz (USA), and DPI Magazine (Taiwan). His work has been covered by a number of web portals and blogs including: Lounge72 and thelittlechimpsociety, among others.
In addition to his illustration and fine art work Nate conceived, designed, launched and maintains the highly successful illustration community portal illustrationmundo.com. He is currently working on a series of art activity books that encourage children to read.
Read our 2012 spotlight feature on Nate and his artwork here.
November 30, 1999