Michael has travelled the globe for animation from MIPtv in Cannes France to the OTTAWA festival in Canada, and his work has been seen around the world. He has worked for clients from New York, Canada, Paris, Israel, South Africa and more, winning many awards over the years including a Loerie.
He has been published and featured in many articles and prints and will continue doing so because he lives, loves and breathes animation. From Broadcast Ads to a Feature Film, Print Ads to Viral Web series, Michael has dealt with many different forms of the animation industry.
He has taken on the role of Senior Animator, Producer, Director, Animation Director and more over the past years. Due to his online status, Michael has been approached by people like the Writer and Executive Producer from "The Drew Carey Show", the Development Executive from Nickelodeon UK and many more in the International Animation Market. He has worked with Brands like MTValt, MNET, MK, DSTV, SABC, The History Channel, Aniboom, Gaumont-Alphanim and has had his work shown on Comedy Central.
I must have got my love of drawing from my grandfather who was a cartoonist. One day when I was small he let me play with his gigantic box of crayons and I was immediately hooked!
After doodling my way through school I studied Fine Art at Wits Tech. While I was there I developed an interest in animation and when I left college I went to London and worked as an apprentice in various animation studios where I picked up my animation skills.
When I returned to South Africa I worked in publishing as a book designer and illustrator and also freelanced as an animator. In 2001 I started working at the Videolab as a 2D and 3D artist and in 2008 I moved to The Refinery. In the almost 20 years I've been working as an animator and illustrator I've really loved that every project I work on is different so I am always developing new styles and upgrading my technical skills.
I've been freelancing for almost two years in which time I've done illustration and animation for advertising, training, and education.
Some clients have been Bladeworks, The Refinery, Maskew Miller Longman and Macmillan.
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.