Michael has travelled the globe for animation from MIPtv in Cannes France to the OTTAWA festival in Canada, and his work has been seen around the world. He has worked for clients from New York, Canada, Paris, Israel, South Africa and more, winning many awards over the years including a Loerie.
He has been published and featured in many articles and prints and will continue doing so because he lives, loves and breathes animation. From Broadcast Ads to a Feature Film, Print Ads to Viral Web series, Michael has dealt with many different forms of the animation industry.
He has taken on the role of Senior Animator, Producer, Director, Animation Director and more over the past years. Due to his online status, Michael has been approached by people like the Writer and Executive Producer from "The Drew Carey Show", the Development Executive from Nickelodeon UK and many more in the International Animation Market. He has worked with Brands like MTValt, MNET, MK, DSTV, SABC, The History Channel, Aniboom, Gaumont-Alphanim and has had his work shown on Comedy Central.
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.
Born in Zimbabwe, Justin studied Graphic Design at Wits Tech in Johannesburg. After Tech he worked for over seven years in various agencies involved with traditional advertising and below the line print design. Following this, he embarked on a two year freelance illustration career before doing a years course in post production and visual effects. From 2006 onwards, Justin worked for three of the premier post production and animation facilities in Johannesburg.
In June 2013, Justin and his family moved to Glasgow from Johannesburg, freelancing out of the artist collective, Toad's Caravan.
Justin's skills include: illustration in various mediums (both digital and traditional), animation and visual effects; motion graphics; typography and layout; traditional print design.
Since arriving at Toad's Caravan, Justin has worked with clients such as Baillie Gifford, Mary's Meals, Scottish Power, Petrus, Tern Media and The Citizens Theatre.
Chris graduated from The University of Natal in 2002 where he studied Fine Art. Despite having never touched a computer he thought it viable to move to Johannesburg and try his hand at animation where he worked as a 2D animator for several years before deciding to focus on illustration as his main discipline.
Now that he has figured out how to use a computer he works mostly in Photoshop and Illustrator, scanning in pencil drawings and working with them digitally. He loves digital painting and how it works with the traditionally drawn image.
The diversity of work that illustration has offered is something that is something that he revels in and has consequently enjoyed doing storyboards and character designs for commercials, illustrations for books and album covers.