My story will sound like any other artist who is passionate about art. It was something I always wanted to do since I was a child. While the other boys played rugby I would bend over my paper with a pencil in my hand.
I am still bent over my art using my Wacom Intuos 5 tablet instead of pencils. I can not stop myself creating pictures!!! It is my drug...
I do most of my art in the digital format, using Photoshop as my main machine for illustrations. For my 3D art I employ Blender to craft some of my more tangible characters and concepts.
I love creating the unknown and unseen. Creating a creature, object or world from scratch must be one of the most rewarding activities out there.
From the age of a toddler I started drawing and designing cars and to this day have never stopped. I also knew that when I grew up, I would have a career in drawing.
One day in 1979 when I was sketching portraits in Cavendish Square, Brian Searle Tripp approached me and and saw my car sketches and offered me a job to work on the Volkswagen account at Rightfords, Searle Tripp, Makin. And that was my entry into advertising.
Current work includes just completing my first job designing and publishing HeartBeat magazine [S.A. music publication].
I have been with Sparx Media for the last 5 years.
Clive also uses: Indesign, Dreamweaver, Adobe Bridge, Luxology Modo 401 and Maxon Cinema 4D V10.1 (for 3D modeling & rendering), Poser 7 & Daz Studio (for 3D characters), Bryce 6 (for 3D landscapes), Freehand MX and Corel Painter X.
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.