If you ask me what my most memorable childhood memory is, I would have to answer, children books. Books like 'Cat in the Hat' by Dr Seus and 'My Bruin Beer Bennie'.
I have to confess that I was not one of those children that sat still while my mom read to me, instead I would entertain myself for hours as I studied the bright colours of the drawings. This was where I fell in love with pictures.
Illustration has always been my passion and my creative outlet.
I studied Graphic Design at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, where I recieved my BA in Applied Design.
After completing my studies in 2008, I worked for a small design studio in Paarl, before opening my own studio in March 2011. I decided that my studio would not just specialise in graphic design and web development but also my true passion, illustration.
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.
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.
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.
Karen Lilje is a freelance illustrator and designer who is based in the Western Cape. She completed a degree in Information design at the University in Pretoria and has also done a post-graduate degree in Illustration at the University of Stellenbosch.
Karen works in a variety of traditional media, including watercolour, pencil, acrylic paint, ink and collage and enjoys combining hand drawn elements with digital media as well as purely handmade illustration.
Karen’s work covers a wide range of applications, from picture books and commercial projects, to gallery pieces and private commissions.
My name is Rudi and I grew up at the mouth of the Breede River on a farm. Ive always had a fervent interest in the power of visual constructions and as a child was deeply intrigued by the layout of magazines.
This obsession with design led me to study photolithography, after which I worked in the printing industry for six years. It was during this time that I met an architect who introduced me to the craft of making artistic impressions of architectural projects.
Instantly attracted to the vocation, I began dabbling in Photoshop. It wasn't long before I discovered 3D modeling and became hooked on developing digital artworks.
Working primarily in Photoshop and Maxon Cinema 4D, I combine photographs with 3D-modelled elements to build my artworks. The key thing I try to create a space where the viewer can develop their own story about what they see. My images are meant to invoke emotions and thought.
My name is Karen Vermeulen and I'm a freelance illustrator living and working in Cape Town.
I like working with watercolours, my mac or just doodling with a ball point pen. I've been drawing pictures my whole life but have only been getting paid for it for the last 8 years or so. But really I do it because I love it.
My illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, on greeting cards, t-shirts, mugs, chocolates as well as on numerous wedding invites. Some of my clients include Lapa publishers, Fairlady magazine, Woolworths and Stuff for Africa.
When I'm not busy drawing or painting I work in advertising as a freelance art-director.