Friday, March 18, 2016

Hello Mauritius!

When I was a kid I used to collect stamps. (Such a nerd right?) I loved that you could learn so much about a place through stamps - I would often go and research the different and exotic places that I saw. I still have a stamp book full of the stamps I collected! Recently it's also been so lovely being part of the Postcrossing community and receiving and exchanging postcards from all over the world! Always so interesting to see different countries' stamps!

So this is my first stab at a postage stamp. 

For me nothing quite says "Mauritius" like the Dodo bird especially as it was the only known habitat of the bird! The Dodo was first spotted by Dutch settlers when they arrived in Mauritius in 1598 and it was hunted to extinction in 1662.

A few process sketches.

Playing around with colour.

 The final piece. 

I'm thinking of trying an even more limited colour palette too, possibly even it being completely linework. What do you think?

You can take a look at some interesting stamps here and here!

Saturday, March 5, 2016


A self initiated piece created last year for the Alexander's Band "Hello" exhibition at The Drawing Room.

Close-up detail

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Look What Came In The Post!

Don't you just love snail mail? Here are some postcards I received from some fellow Postcrossers.

A postcard from Disneyland from Irene, USA! One day I really hope to make it there myself! I love the postage stamps, stickers and washi tape she used and that she included the temperature it was there when she sent the card!

This postcard was from Kris from Kamehatka, Russia. The detail on the buildings on the stamps are incredible!

This Frozen postcard was from Jialin from New York, USA! She was keen to do a direct swap. How gorgeous are the stamps?!

Such a lovely postcard from Regine in Germany! I love that the postcard says "Where do you want to go next?" especially as I've been to London, Paris and Rome and am dreaming of going to New York!

This postcard is from Sam in Hong Kong. The front illustration shows the process of making China!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Essie Artist's Almanac 2015

Happy warm greetings from an overcast Cape Town! It should be Summer already but it's feeling a little bit more like Winter today. I thought I'd get back to posting again and what better post to share first than an illustration I created ages ago for the month of June (hello Winter!) for this year's Essie's Artist's Almanac.

What an amazing honour it was to be included alongside the likes of Radio, Dylan Jones, Pearly Yon and Ben Johnston!

 Cover by Radio

February by Inus Pretorius

July by Dylan Jones

September by Pearly Yon

The grand line up!

You can see the full project with everyone's work here .

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Men's Health SA Illustrations

An amazing brief found its way to me last year in the form of illustrating a map of South Africa as well as some spot illustrations on unusual activities to do on a summer break or vacation in South Africa for the Men's Health South Africa November 2014 issue.

The full illustration. The spot illustrations refer to Orange River rafting at the Gorge, tracking big game at the Addo Elephant National Park, the Green Mountain Eco Route (a hike and bike route near Botrivier), rock climbing at Waterval Boven and the annual 4 Peaks mountain race in Moolmanshoek.

The map is a very stylised representation of South Africa and depicts some of the mountains, vegetation and desert areas found in South Africa.