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.
Based in Cape Town, Pete also works for many London clients where he spent 5 years improving his craft.
Pete's signature style is to digitally create illustrations which are indistinguishable from traditional paintings. Being able to produce work which looks hand crafted with all the conveniences of digital artwork makes him a highly sought after illustrator. However, he has many more strings to his bow.
Michael Schoch is a Johannesburg based artist. He works in a few styles but spends most of his time doing photoshop illustrations. Michael also does live caricature drawing and murals.He has been a frelancer for the last few years.
Im a fashion graduate from Cape Town.
Im particularly interested in line and detail. I enjoy doing fashion illustrations, specification sheets, fashion technical drawings and would love to illustrate my own childrens picture book. I draw inspiration from Pop Art, Comic Books, Fantasy Fiction and my little nieces and nephews picture books.
Born way back in '56, I've been drawing since I was old enough to pick up a pencil (2 yrs 2 months). My mother still has the
drawing, and I'm pleased to say I've moved on since then.
My entire working life I've managed to make a living doing something artistic, and have ventured into many creative fields – design, layout, art direction, cartoons, photography, printmaking, writing, sculpture, production and project management, but my great love has always been drawing. Interestingly enough, it accounts for easily half my workload, even in this digital age, which has seen me buy my first digital tablet, which I'm learning to use with greater efficiency as I explore digital media. While nothing can match the sensitivity of a pencil point on a good quality paper, digital will be around for while still, so I have invested in the hardware and software in the hope that it will pay.
Within the realm of illustration, illustrating anatomy books has become something of a passion, and I often find myself picking around, or photographing, the inside a cadaver, or pouring over old anatomy books to find just the right view of whatever it is I've been asked to draw.
I've illustrated many books on this subject, one of the more recent ones being a colouring-in book for medical students, where I worked with three anatomists from Cambridge University, in the UK. This was my greatest artistic challenge to date, as the criteria were particularly unforgiving. Everything had to be original, that is drawn "by eye", (using the old "look-draw" method), and the main requirements of aesthetic quality and absolute accuracy, were essential.
Maps are another area of specialisation, and something I really enjoy doing. I include a few samples of recent work to add some colour to the words.
Gareth is a self-taught artist who has been drawing from a very young age. His favourite toy as a child was a set of koki-pens. He went to a high school that didn't offer art classes, but that didnt stop him from spending most of his class time sketching.
He was sent to the principles office regularly for drawing in class when he should have been doing schoolwork but the headmaster liked his art so much that he got off very lightly on almost every occasion!
Gareth studied Fine-art and Graphic design for two years at college. He eventually discontinued his courses as he felt the urge to concentrate solely on illustration.
He has been a freelance illustrator for 12 years, providing artwork primarily for publishers of educational and instructional books. Apart from that he has done extensive work providing artwork for advertising campaigns, caricatures, posters, comics and just about anything that requires elements of illustration and design.
Gareth works in a range of mediums. He uses the traditional mediums of pen, pencil and watercolour/guache paints but uses digital software to complete the majority of his projects. His favourite design software is Photoshop.
Gareth is a bit of a perfectionist so he dreads rush-jobs and can be found working at any time of day or night depending on the deadline needs of the client.
Allan also works in The GIMP (2D Graphics - bitmap), Inkscape (2D Vector Graphics), Blender and Maya (3D animation), Voodoo (3D Match moving), Vegas Movie Studio Platinum (Video & sound compositing), Audacity (Sound design) and DVD Architect Studio (DVD authoring).
Vian Oelofsen received a B.A. Fine Arts Degree in graphic design at the University of Stellenbosch in 1996.
He later completed a B.A.F.A Honours degree in illustration and in 1999 his first picture book 'Net Perfek', written by Rachelle Greeff, was published by Human & Rousseau.
Since then he has been working as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. He works mainly with pen, ink and water colours. Some of his work for the children's story "Jamie and Sebastiaan" written by Martie Preller can also be seen in the weekly edition of 'Vroue Keur' magazine.