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.
Theo is a Freelance Illustrator and Artist living and working in Cape Town. He has been a freelancing since 2006 and is an experienced children's book illustrator and cartoonist. He has illustrated books for Penguin Books (NZ) and Protea books among others, as well.
He also does illustration for character development, advertising, caricatures and cartoon animation backgrounds and titleboards.
He works mostly in traditional media and his work has a humorous, lively and atmospheric quality to it. Theo works in pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic, oil paint, and occasionally Photoshop for digital work and Flash for character animation.
Clayton matriculated at Pretoria Boys High, where he won the annual art prize 3 times. He studied at the University of Pretoria, doing (BA) FA Information Design.
He worked in various advertising agencies in the early 90's under creative directors such as Francois de Villiers and Hein Botha, (their biggest accounts being M-Net and the Post Office) Clayton worked in various retail advertising agencies with clients such as Top CD and Dial-A-Movie, as well as working in tourism companies - Info Africa and IT companies - Infinity Endless Rewards.
He worked in industrial design and engineering firms in the late 90's whereby he designed world class military vehicles for the Jordanian Armed Forces, Land Rover UK, MAN Germany and the Chinese Police, he was involved in the styling and aesthetics. Clayton won the 2004 SABS DISA award for a product called 'Pro Aim' golf training glasses, which was endorsed by Tiger Woods' coach Butch Harmon in America.
Clayton currently runs Sprint Design, a company specializing in illustration, graphic design and printing, web design and development, advertising and industrial design. He also lectures in illustration techniques from marker rendering, instructional imaging and photoshop to 2nd and 3rd year students at the University of Pretoria.
He was also coveted as one of the top 50 students to have left the University of Pretoria since the design departments inception, an exhibition was held for these chosen 50, 2 well know names in the exhibition were Carol Boyes and coveted art director Francois de Villiers.
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.