Marleen(Paddy) is an exhibiting Cape Town based fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, musician and the sole owner of Blue note ART Studio cc. “I believe that all art forms are integrated in various ways and have always been challenged to express my passion for life in all I do”.
She works from concept to finals, mostly specialising in illustrations for the Publishing and Advertising industries. Computer graphics are done on Apple Mac.
Marleen started off many years ago, working for VZ and then, BBDO in Johannesburg, as a renderer and storyboard artist. From there she started freelancing to various Ad agencies such as Hunt Lascaris, Young and Rubicam, Chart Studios. She also had clients like the National Parks Board, Jurgens caravans and a variety of corporate clients.
Together with her husband, Jacques Meyer, who is a professional photographer, they travel and have created many brochures for Lodges in Southern Africa. Package design and T-shirt designs have also been one of her expertise. During the past 13 years, Marleen has specialised in illustrating, particularly for publishers such as Oxford University Press, Heinemann, MML, Maskew Miller Longman, Juta, Vivlia, Via Afrika , Fantasi Books. She has also published a picture book in Australia and is a member of SCBWI (Society for children’s books, writers and illustrators.)
At high school I remember spending my whole biology class just sketching other pupils - it seemed a good idea at the time, until I got caught out by the teacher who proceeded to rip out the pages of my book leaving the limp outer cover.
After high school I studied at Cape Technicon, Graphic Design, 2nd major Illustration. This lead me into children's book Illustration, a series of 4 educational books for Shuter and Shooter, and card illustration.
A fellow Tech graduate opened his own Ad Agency and invited me to join. My job there entailed visualisation and marker presentation work from initial idea through to final application. After 3 years I went freelance, specialising in marker presentation work, storyboards for film companies and ad agencies.
Other applications include; airbrushed exclusive clothing range, make-up and styling, themed props, murals and character design. I am a versatile artist and work in many mediums and applications (including body paint and ename). My speciality is my drawing ability, my ability to interpret a visual idea and my speed of execution.