I have been freelancing as an illustrator and animator for over twenty years. Being friendly, versatile, reliable and quick has ensured me a loyal client base covering all areas of illustration from cartoons to realism. I have clients that have supported me for over twenty years as testimony. My illustrations have been published in Europe, UAE and the USA using Photoshop, Animate and Illustrator as my software of choice. I have a classical illustration background as well as a background in traditional animation. The more challenging the project the better.
My illustrations are realistic and detailed and have spanned Book illustration, Advertising, Marketing, Editorial, Wine Labels, Beer labels, Medical and Mapping. I aspire to maintain and deliver quality by fully understanding the client’s needs. Although my preference is pure oil painting on canvas, usually I combine traditional media with digital - my hand-drawn illustrations are scanned and completed in Photoshop using a Wacom digitiser.
Adobe Illustrator - vector illustration and maps.
Photoshop - Illustration.
Painter - simulation of traditional media.
Maxon Cinema 4d (16) - 3D renderings.
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.
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.
Trevor is a freelance illustrator and designer living in Cape Town. His main focus lately is on vector-based illustration. Over the years he has honed different styles within this medium: from detailed, photorealistic illustration to simplified “line art” and flat, clean vectors (infographic style).
He’s just as comfortable designing an off-the-wall character as he is a logo. This versatility has landed him some interesting projects, including lead design on the Peter Jackson produced film District 9 when in South Africa.
His work has been published in various design journals and magazines. Over the years he’s won a few Loerie awards for advertising and design agency clients.
Other notable clients have included Smithsonian, National Geographic, Standard Bank, Coca Cola and recently, he illustrated a kids’ book for world champion surfer Shaun Tomson.
My passion for art began when I was very young, I was always trying draw everything and anything I could get my hands on.
I only took art seriously as career only when I got to high school, and went on to study Multimedia design.
Character design and Animation are things I find myself mainly drawn too.I am capable of working in different styles, depending on the client's needs. I have 7years experience working with Adobe Software, I use Photoshop most of the time.
I've done illustration work for clients like McMillan publishers and Jacana Media.
Nicole completed her degree in Information Design at the University of Pretoria in 2011, after which she started work in the animation industry as background artist, illustrator and designer. During hose two years she worked with Gerhard Cruywagen (Greenhouse Cartoons) as her Creative Director and most of her background art featured, was directed by him.
In October of 2013 she started her freelance career. She works mainly in the digital medium (Illustrator & Photoshop), but enjoys working in traditional media as well. She mainly does work for children’s books, games and activities.
Drawing/illustrating has long since been a very big interest in my life ever since I have been able to hold a pencil and paper in my hands. Having to see the depth of the discipline through various Medias and Applications, I have come to develop a passion for it.
I was born in Mafkeng (NW Province) but grew up most of my life in Krugersdorp (GP), my high school days were mostly spend with me doodling away the teachers voices as they taught but somehow managed to pass. My style of illustration is mostly influenced by anime style of drawing, I have been a fan ever since I saw the intense stare of those big gleaming eyes the characters had.
I have also experimented with my drawing techniques through out my drawing years, copying different styles as I saw them and trying to develop a style of my own as went along. Through that, I have learned to see that I can be very flexible when it comes to illustrating as I can mimic as well as come up with an original creation depending on the kind of request I have before me.
Alex has been working as a freelance illustrator since since 2007 and has since worked for numerous clients, including Sasol, Visa, Volkswagen SA and some clients in the Netherlands. His work has been published in a large number of books, both children's- and educational titles.
Some of the qualities that makes working with Alex unique is his versatility and speed. He is versatile in terms of style and media (being able to work digitally and in any other traditional medium) and he can work very fast – meaning that no deadline is ever too tight.
Alex loves every aspect of being an illustrator and every project is exciting in itself. If he has to choose a favourite job though, it will be illustrating poems and stories where it is necessary to be support the tone and feeling of the writing.