Meet Champion Alumni, WillKay – now an artist, graphic designer, art designer and author at oddkingdom.
WillKay has worked with Champion across several projects from brand design for Government departments right through to large-scale exhibitions. One of the original Champs, his talents confidently combine art, with design to visualise everything in a uniquely contemporary style. Recently moving into moving image, literature and performance, WillKay strives to innovate to the unconventional.
His most celebrated project involved an illustration project for the Black Sound exhibition, creating 200+ images to tell the story of Black British musics journey towards creative independence.
Where are you now? An insight into what you do today and where you do it.
Right now, I’ve found my creative voice but it took me a long time to find it because I had to go through so many different life experiences. I am an artist, graphic designer, art designer and soon to be author at oddkingdom.
My mission is to influence young people who may not have had the most pleasant of upbringings. I want to show them that anything is possible; you just have to give yourself a chance to grow and believe in yourself, becoming who YOU want to be.
What did you take from your time working with Champion?
During my time at Champion, I learnt to remember that time is precious so be sure to plan your journey ahead. Also to take on whatever comes at you, even if you fail, start again and practice until you get it right.
What advice do you have for someone that is newly entering the creative industry?
To remember that it’s important to express yourself and to do it in any way that you can.
Also, art has no age limit. Even if you don’t speak the same language, art still allows you to communicate. It unites people from all around the world.
Finally, feed your creativity every day. Invest in your talent, and one day it will pay off.
Article by WillKay, Artist. Graphic Designer. Art Designer. Author at oddkingdom.
Introduction by Scott Leonard. Creative Director & Founder, Champion