Born and bred in Cape Town, I bravely conquered a BTech Degree in Graphic Design (CPUT), majoring in illustration, in 2003.
Post studies, a six-month stint at an advertising agency sent me wailing into the open arms of freelance illustration where I spent two years painting ferociously bright paintings, interspersed with drawing children's illustrations, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This did, however, leave me moderately impoverished, and so I was forced once more to don the cloak of 9 to 5. After a two year episode as a graphic designer/illustrator at a children's publisher, I moved to the DTP department of a comic publishing house. Here I was fortunate enough to learn from a host of talented illustrators and other creatives, and after four years decided once more to plunge into full-time freelancing.
While comfortable with traditional media of pencil, inks and acrylics, my work is predominantly digital, with Photoshop being my software of choice.
I enjoy working in a wide variety of styles and pride myself in producing the best possible work no matter the project.
My client list includes: Oxford University Press, National Geographic Kids, Pearson Education and Nasou Via Afrika.
I have also had the privilege of being part of the SCWBI exhibition of published South African illustrators.
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.
I obtained my Graphic Design Diploma at East London Technical College and now live and work in Cape Town.
After freelancing in illustration for about ten years in England, I have built up a wide range of different styles which range from figurative drawing to a more stylised graphic interpretation
of a client's brief - and have produced illustration for Advertising, Editorial, Publishing and Design.
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.