27 January, 2021

Marcia Williams

The UK-based illustrator on storytelling, her love of watercolour and children

Marcia Williams

When did the passion for storytelling start?

It dates back to my boarding school days. We had to write to our parents every week. I found it boring. So I wrote and illustrated stories, either making them up or writing about my week.

Why combine watercolour and storytelling?

I love watercolour and find it works well with comic strips, but I don’t always use it. Sometimes I use inks, gouache or acrylics.

You’ve retold classics like Don Quixote and Noah’s Ark in your comic strip style.

When I was young, there were few children’s retellings. I’d often struggle with the adult versions. I write and illustrate for children who enjoy pictures and conversations in their books.

You’re passionate about children.

They look at the world through fresh and usually very honest eyes. They have a wonderful sense of humour and they are our future.

You’ve spoken about illustration as being just...



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