Thursday, 22 October 2015 11:54

Sean S

Sean has been in the graphic design and illustration business for over 25 years.

Over the years he has been involved with a number of Design Agencies producing illustrations for packaging, advertising and Publications.
Sean also works as a designer, producing all forms of design for print and electronic media with lots of blue chip companies under his belt.
• Ad Campaign Design • Annual Reports • Book Cover Design | Posters • Package Design • Product Labels • Brochures • Presentation Folders
• Postcard Design • Flyer Design • Publication Design • Magazines & Newspaper Ads • Newsletters

Sean studied Fine Art at Natal Technikon with an emphasis on painting and drawing.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 11:30


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.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 10:43


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.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 10:10

Alan S

I was schooled in Cape Town and studied design and illustration at Stellenbosch University. I’ve been working in Johannesburg in various advertising agencies and design studios for print and TV animation.
I like to call myself a character artist, which encompasses all the arts of cartooning, caricature, character design, drawing and children’s illustration. I enjoy climbing behind the easel and drawing caricatures or painting watercolours at events, I finish caricatures in 5 minutes each. I have also become somewhat of a Photoshop wizard from my years of compositing. I work across many mediums in a variety of styles, but humour seems to be my forté.

I have 10 years of varying experience in the demanding world of TV animation and design. I’ve done ads, promos, show intros, corporate videos, music videos and a movie intro sequence. I can integrate 2D animation into a 3D scene to ensure a high production value. My time in TV also stands me in good stead for creating storyboards and animatics because I know how directors think and what cameras can do.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:46


I am a young Artist/Illustrator whose aim is to achieve the highest possible quality in all of my illustrations whether it be an anatomical sketch or painting of a human being, a landscape or a quirky cartoon. I put my heart and soul into my work and strive to come as close to perfection as possible to completely satisfy the client.
In order to achieve the exact requirements requested by the client I offer an endless array of styles and techniques which are all done digitally using programs such as Photoshop and others.

I have done work for companies such as (Nike, Pick N Pay, Leisure Wheels Magazine and Soul Candi Records) while working freelance through advertising agencies and alongside graphic designers.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:32


Kim has been in design and advertising for many years and started her career illustrating new ranges of stamps for the Post Office.

She has been a package design illustrator for Spar and Pick 'n Pay as well as providing editorial illustrations for a number of books and adverts.

Although she has concentrated on art direction for publications, over the past few years she has developed quirky cartoon characters for various clients as well as a range of stylised men for Anglogold Ashanti for their internal communications, and has concentrated on appealing sketches for children's books and magazines.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:18


Jeanne is a freelance illustrator and writer based in the urban jungle of Johannesburg.

Drawing from her own love of storytelling, her illustration skills are versatile and her influences eclectic. This is conveyed in a range of styles from the fun to the functional, the whimsical to the witty.

She has a BA (Information Design) degree, an English Honours and a Masters in Creative Writing. Her extensive education has shaped her thinking and given her good conceptual skills.

Her work has been successfully applied in the education, publishing and advertising industries while her long list of satisfied illustration clients include Heinemann, Via Afrika, Vivlia, Maskew Miller Longman, NB Publishers as well as Brandbar, an advertising agency.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:52


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.)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:10


I have a BA degree in Graphic Design from North-West University, where I studied for four years. In my final year I was the nominated for a Loerie award as well as winning Silver in the Sappi Think Ahead awards.

After my studies, I moved to Gauteng where I was a graphic design lecturer at The Design School of Southern Africa. I am currently living in Taiwan where I still enjoy working on a freelance basis.

Some of my clients have been De Kat, Your Baby magazine, Bigwood Exhibition, Nuance Multimedia Australia and Masters and Savant in Cape Town.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 12:57


Born and bred in Cape Town, I bravely conquered a BTech Degree in Graphic Design (CPUT), majoring in illustration, in 2003.
Post studies, a six-month stint at an advertising agency sent me wailing into the open arms of freelance illustration where I spent two years painting ferociously bright paintings, interspersed with drawing children's illustrations, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This did, however, leave me moderately impoverished, and so I was forced once more to don the cloak of 9 to 5. After a two year episode as a graphic designer/illustrator at a children's publisher, I moved to the DTP department of a comic publishing house. Here I was fortunate enough to learn from a host of talented illustrators and other creatives, and after four years decided once more to plunge into full-time freelancing.

While comfortable with traditional media of pencil, inks and acrylics, my work is predominantly digital, with Photoshop being my software of choice.

I enjoy working in a wide variety of styles and pride myself in producing the best possible work no matter the project.

My client list includes: Oxford University Press, National Geographic Kids, Pearson Education and Nasou Via Afrika.

I have also had the privilege of being part of the SCWBI exhibition of published South African illustrators.