Royce Williams is an amazing artist from Canada that recently became a part of our Council. In fact Royce is such a talented artist that we featured one of his pieces last August. We know Royce will be adding tons of value to ThinkDope over the next few months and we’d like to introduce you to him in the latest edition of Meet The Council.
How did you get into art? Has it always been a passion of yours?
I’ve been drawing since I was a toddler. It’s something I was good at and kept doing throughout my childhood. I took a hiatus from it all between 2005 and 2012 where I just wasn’t feeling it and wanted to focus on school. As soon as I discovered Instagram, I was launched back into the whole thing just because I saw the amount of dope artists out there. I created The Royce Project in March 2012 and everything else is history.
I’m a huge fan of The Royce Project, in fact we’ve even featured a piece on ThinkDope in the past. What is your favorite piece so far?
Thanks man! I’m honored to have been featured on this page. I have a number of favorite pieces I’ve made, but I think my New York Knicks/Carmelo Anthony is my favorite right now. Sometimes I look at it and can’t believe I created it.
You’re an extremely talented and versatile artist. What do you believe is your best style of drawing?
I don’t have a specific style, although other people will tell me otherwise. I just try to explore every type of art avenue I can. I draw from cartoon to realistic, to digital – whatever I’m finding interesting at the time.
What are the secret tools you use to making such great art?
Regular HB pencil and printer paper for the majority of my life. In the past year and a half I learned to use markers (Copic and Prismacolour), pens (Micron), charcoal (black and white), every pencil from 2H to 8B, Corel Painter, digital apps (Procreate), Photoshop, and different types of papers. All that came from watching others do it on Instagram. That community is crazy.
Where do you gather the inspiration for your art from?
J Scott Campbell (Marvel/DC artist), Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball Z), a bunch of Instagram artists I follow, and life. Honestly I get influenced by everything I see – whether it’s a cartoon, movie, a person sitting on a bus. I draw from whatever I can see and copy. There’s art in every single thing out there if you look at it properly.
What is your advice for anyone looking to take their drawings to the next level?
My advice for anyone trying to get to the next level is to do the art out of passion and not out of desire to surpass anything. When I want to learn something, I actually enjoy the learning process and accept any failures that come with trying, then learn from them. Getting better, improving, getting to the next level all comes out of being able to appreciate what you do and be patient with it.
We already know you have this drawing game on lock, but what other industries would you be willing to break into?
To be honest the art is mainly what I’m sticking to. I’d like to break into subdivisions of art, like more graphic designs, more cartoon styles, and things like that. I’m into hip hop a lot, but just as a fan of the music. I’m not venturing into that field in any other way.
It’s no secret ThinkDope is all about art and the culture around it. What does art mean to you?
To me art is just an extension of myself. Everything is art. It sounds kind of cliche and corny, but I can draw inspiration from anything I look at. I look at everything like I’m about to draw it. It’s a weird concept, but it turns everything into art.
We are proud to have you as our newest addition! What do you hope to accomplish as part of the team?
Thanks man I’m happy to join! I want to know that the experience and skills I have to share can actually help someone either step their game up, pick up a pencil for the first time, or just get motivated to go out there and create something. An avenue like ThinkDope is perfect for reaching out the minds of young people who are looking to excel in this field.
Welcome to the team! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself to our readers. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yeah, check out my store at theroyceproject.bigcartel.com. Besides that I’m just happy to be here.