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.
I must have got my love of drawing from my grandfather who was a cartoonist. One day when I was small he let me play with his gigantic box of crayons and I was immediately hooked!
After doodling my way through school I studied Fine Art at Wits Tech. While I was there I developed an interest in animation and when I left college I went to London and worked as an apprentice in various animation studios where I picked up my animation skills.
When I returned to South Africa I worked in publishing as a book designer and illustrator and also freelanced as an animator. In 2001 I started working at the Videolab as a 2D and 3D artist and in 2008 I moved to The Refinery. In the almost 20 years I've been working as an animator and illustrator I've really loved that every project I work on is different so I am always developing new styles and upgrading my technical skills.
I've been freelancing for almost two years in which time I've done illustration and animation for advertising, training, and education.
Some clients have been Bladeworks, The Refinery, Maskew Miller Longman and Macmillan.
Marleen(Paddy) is an exhibiting Cape Town based fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, musician and the sole owner of Blue note ART Studio cc. “I believe that all art forms are integrated in various ways and have always been challenged to express my passion for life in all I do”.
She works from concept to finals, mostly specialising in illustrations for the Publishing and Advertising industries. Computer graphics are done on Apple Mac.
Marleen started off many years ago, working for VZ and then, BBDO in Johannesburg, as a renderer and storyboard artist. From there she started freelancing to various Ad agencies such as Hunt Lascaris, Young and Rubicam, Chart Studios. She also had clients like the National Parks Board, Jurgens caravans and a variety of corporate clients.
Together with her husband, Jacques Meyer, who is a professional photographer, they travel and have created many brochures for Lodges in Southern Africa. Package design and T-shirt designs have also been one of her expertise. During the past 13 years, Marleen has specialised in illustrating, particularly for publishers such as Oxford University Press, Heinemann, MML, Maskew Miller Longman, Juta, Vivlia, Via Afrika , Fantasi Books. She has also published a picture book in Australia and is a member of SCBWI (Society for children’s books, writers and 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.