Born in Rustenburg, I grew up on misson stations in the bush. I hated school, started drawing teachers and church elders in my hymnbook and later polititians.
I matriculated at the German School in Pretoria, went to a kibbutz in Israel, then did a diploma in Fine Art at Wits Tech in Johannesburg . I studied Graphic design at the AAA School of Advertising and moved on to be an editorial cartoonist for 10 years at Beeld, Citizen and Daily Dispatch.
I took a 2 year break from cartooning to work for Stephen Klein Design studio as workshop manager, doing 3d off the wall commissions, before joining the Citizen.
I love designing and making things with my hands. My workshop and my powertools are my paradise, but I always need that balance between 2d and 3d, drawing people and especially faces.
I live with my wife and 2 daughters in Cape Town.
I am a freelance illustrator based in Cape Town, a suitably inspiring setting for anyone in the creative industry. Since childhood, I have always had an appreciation for art; especially the illustrations found in picture books.
To this day a pencil is seldom out of my hand. However when the time came, I decided to formalize my training by studying Graphic Design at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock. This gave me a solid understanding of the techniques employed to illustrate material in both traditional and digital media such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter. In this way I produce both pixel and vector based artwork.
I use a variety of styles, mostly realistic but I am also capable of creating more decorative illustrations. While I am content to produce art in more traditional styles, I like to try my hand at anything new. This challenges me to develop my skills as an artist. I believe one can never practice or know too much as there is always room for growth. Over the past two years I have illustrated a variety of text books, children’s books and magazines. When not painting and drawing I am either outdoors or thinking of my next art project.
Sean has been in the graphic design and illustration business for over 25 years.
Over the years he has been involved with a number of Design Agencies producing illustrations for packaging, advertising and Publications.
Sean also works as a designer, producing all forms of design for print and electronic media with lots of blue chip companies under his belt.
• Ad Campaign Design • Annual Reports • Book Cover Design | Posters • Package Design • Product Labels • Brochures • Presentation Folders
• Postcard Design • Flyer Design • Publication Design • Magazines & Newspaper Ads • Newsletters
Sean studied Fine Art at Natal Technikon with an emphasis on painting and drawing.
Julian is a vastly experienced illustrator with super draughtsmanship and figure drawing ability.
His areas of interest include: SA fauna and flora; cartoons of the good, the bad, and the ugly; children in all activities; and portraits. He has also worked on brochures, packaging, promotions, book covers, annual reports and training manuals.
His previous clients include: Smith Kline Beecham, Tanur Jewellers, Cadbury Schweppes, Liptons, Plascon, Dulux, S.A. Breweries, Revlon SA, SAA, Dairybell.
Karen was born in East London, moved to Pretoria and then to Pietersburg (now Polokwane). She moved back to Pretoria in 2008 where she attended Pro Arte Alphen Park and began studying Art.
In 2001, Karen moved to Port Elizabeth after school and studied graphic design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Originally PE Tech), completing a BTech in Graphic Design in 2005. She began lecturing in graphic design at Edu-City College and also began studing a BA HSS (psychology) in 2006.
In 2007 Karen moved back to Gauteng where she worked as a flash developer for a year in the IT industry, designing animations for slot machine tickers. In 2008 she started lecturing in graphic design again at the Midrand Graduate Institute. She left MGI at the end of 2010 and went to work on the cruise ships for six months doing temporary tattoos. She did a tattoo course in December 2010 and now does tattoos occasionally in her spare time.
Karen is currently working for Hartwood Digital Print Shop in Midrand as a graphic designer. Throughout her career she has continued to draw and paint, specialising in commissioned portraiture. She plans to return to MGI to lecture and further her studies.
She also works in InDesign/Freehand/Quark and Flash as well as gouache, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink, watercolour, oil, charcoal and pastel.
Emil works in many programs including: Wacom Drawing Tablets, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, In Design, Corel Painter, Amateur in ZBrush, XSI, Maya, 3DStudioMax, Cinema4D, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Encore, Premiere, Soundbooth and After Effects.
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.