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.
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.
Anastasia was born in Moscow, Russia and educated at the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts. She became a certified book illustrator in 2012 and is now living and working in South Africa.
She has participated in many regional and national exhibitions, has recieved nominations and diplomas and is a member of a few artist's societies.
Anastasia has illustrated many children and adults books: Luggage by Samuil Marshak, Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman, Russian fairy tales by A. Remizov, Decameron by G. Bocacco, King Lear by Y. Shakespeare, Hunger by K. Hamsun, Norway fairy tales.
She has also made a multimedia book «The tale about tsar Saltan» by A. Pushkin for ipad for Articul Media Group, which was very succesfull on the international Apple Store.
As a freelancer Anastasia has worked with different design studios and publishing houses in Russia and Italy, made classic illustrations, graphic pictures for magazines, web-sites and advertisement.
Her main clients include: Articul Media Group(Russia), Paradigma Communication Agency (Russia), Ligalend law company (Russia), Afisha Moscow magazine (Russia), Around the World magazine (Russia), Euroarte Accordo studio (Italy, Russia), private clients.
Karien has always had a passion for fairy tales, dragons, witches and all types of mystical and fantastic beings. She also loves to sketch and combined this with her huge appetite for the mystery and fantasy of fairytales.
Inspired by authors such as Tolkien, CS Lewis and JK Rowling and illustrators such as Chris Riddell, she took an interest in illustrations for children.
She studied at London Art College for a diploma in Children’s Book Illustration, which she passed with a distinction. She also has been tutored by Mark Mitchell, an acclaimed children’s illustrator in the USA. She has worked with various educational publishers in South Africa. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Karien works in Artrage and Photoshop.
Line, colour, texture and pattern have always been part of me, having been taught the basics by my mother as a youngster.
Other than that, I am self taught.
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.
David Jackson graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Master of Fine Art Degree in 1995.
He has produced work for advertising agencies, publishers and design companies.
His favored medium is linework, produced with ink, scraperboard/scratchboard and Photoshop.
Clients include Ogilvy & Mather, TBWA, BBDO, The Jupiter Drawing Room, Knopf, Bloomsbury, and Walker Books.
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.