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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Guess Who's Back, Back Again

So as you can see dust has been collecting on my blog as I've just been too busy working and hardly sleeping to devote a good amount of time to it. I'm hoping to get a lot better at this!

On those rare days where I've had a little spare time, I've been dabbling in Postcrossing, where you send a postcard to a random person in the world (you're given a random address after registering) and receive a postcard back from another random person in the world.

So far, I've sent two postcards and have received three very lovely postcards. (I've taken out my address because stalkers can be weird. And also because I really wanted to show you the awesome stamps on the back. Yes, I am a nerd. I collected children's book stamps when I was a kid.)

This postcard was sent to me by Dasha, a Russian postcrosser. The photograph on front shows a young boy and others dancing the flamenco.

This was a postcard posted by David from South Carolina. SO lovely! It shows the S.S. Florida.

This postcard was from Adam in Poland who was keen to do a direct swap. It depicts a ship sailing on the Baltic Sea.

I love seeing so many different stamps from different parts of the world!

Speaking of stamps, how cool are our South African 3D dinosaur stamps? Here's the postcard I designed and sent, using my illustration of Cape Town City Hall on the front.

It was so fun posting it! It took me right back to being in London, near Russell Square sending postcards to friends and family back home. I'm hoping to travel again soon, just so I can send some more postcards back home ;)