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.
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.
I am a freelance illustrator based in Cape Town, a suitably inspiring setting for anyone in the creative industry. Since childhood, I have always had an appreciation for art; especially the illustrations found in picture books.
To this day a pencil is seldom out of my hand. However when the time came, I decided to formalize my training by studying Graphic Design at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock. This gave me a solid understanding of the techniques employed to illustrate material in both traditional and digital media such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter. In this way I produce both pixel and vector based artwork.
I use a variety of styles, mostly realistic but I am also capable of creating more decorative illustrations. While I am content to produce art in more traditional styles, I like to try my hand at anything new. This challenges me to develop my skills as an artist. I believe one can never practice or know too much as there is always room for growth. Over the past two years I have illustrated a variety of text books, children’s books and magazines. When not painting and drawing I am either outdoors or thinking of my next art project.
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.
Conrad works from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and has been cartooning for more than twenty years. He obtained two certificates, two diplomas and three degrees, including a master's degree in Anthropology.
Besides cartooning, he also lectures research methodology and marketing research at college level. He developed a form of cartooning which aims to be extremely receptive to the reader's mind and eye, and one that employs clear, simplified and rounded shapes. Yet also contains enough detail which aims to stimulate viewer curiosity.
His favorite cartoon genre is the cartoon horror genre, where the correct use of shapes and form, and a sense of dark homour, can deliver the most unexpected twist. He finds that this genre is still relatively unexplored and open to a wide variety of cartoon styles.
Conrad prefers cartooning by hand. He predominantly works with pencils, pens and inks, with a limited amount of colour on clear white or coloured paper. He also works in watercolours and sometimes enjoys enhancing cartoons with Paint.
He has done a large amount of cartoons for corporate and private projects, such as brochures, and teaching and training manuals.
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.)
Roelien studied design and illustration at the University of Pretoria. She pursued her passion for hand drawn print in the London fashion industry, followed by a stint in design for newspapers before focusing on illustration for publishers, magazines and advertisers.
Her style is humorous and approachable with a combination of strong line work, watercolors and decorative pen and ink work. She is open for any discussions about ideas and concepts in order to visualise a creative solution.
I obtained my Graphic Design Diploma at East London Technical College and now live and work in Cape Town.
After freelancing in illustration for about ten years in England, I have built up a wide range of different styles which range from figurative drawing to a more stylised graphic interpretation
of a client's brief - and have produced illustration for Advertising, Editorial, Publishing and Design.
Emil works in many programs including: Wacom Drawing Tablets, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, In Design, Corel Painter, Amateur in ZBrush, XSI, Maya, 3DStudioMax, Cinema4D, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Encore, Premiere, Soundbooth and After Effects.