Deep in the sands of the Sahara lurk great beasts, prehistoric monsters that move through sand as though it were water.
Swimming this way, under the desert, has made them almost impossible to study. However, they have at times been spotted by the occasional wary Bedouin traveler as they breach, but why they do so is still a mystery.
An amazing spectacle to behold, the migration of newly hatched marine ananzi on their buoyant threads, has baffled experts for years.
Recent studies suggest that their phosphorescence is to lure curious prey within reach of the adult ananzi that follow the tangle* from the shadows.
*tangle - collective noun, a group of young marine ananzi
I did mention that there was a time I was doing lots of these for Nasou, right?
It's nice looking back at these now with fresh eyes… this particular piece was about leadership and building one's country together.
It really is an interesting and fun technique to use, a bit like film editing, y'know?
Joggers of the world, beware!
In the darkest, most lush parts of your neighbourhood park could lurk the dreaded Loreleon.
So stay clear of any low hanging branches that lie across your path. Look up and you might just see one, maybe two smoldering eyes watching you intently from between the leaves, and be thankful for this advice.
In life, as in all things, one needs to find balance…
This is a collage illustration I did for Nasou Via Afrika's Life Orientation schoolbooks. It's been a great medium to explore. At times frustrating but when things click into place the results are, more often than not, very rewarding!
Best of all is how subtle it can be, symbols and meaning can be found which is both engineered and serendipitous :)
Sailors whisper tales of choppy nights on the open ocean when occasionally a lonely little fishing vessel might encounter the fabled jellyphant…
These moments are brief, the liquid beast shimmers in the moonlight for an instant, tentacled trunk probing the air, before drifting back into the surf like a dream.
Another illustration I did for Nasou's Grd12 Life Orientation textbook, the intent here I'm certain was to evoke responses from the students about the controversial painting "The Spear" which was based on this famous Soviet propaganda poster.
It's a pretty crazy story but all the same, it's good to know that a painting can still rattle people as much as this one did…
My fabulously awesome fiancé has started an online shop on etsy where you can buy some of my illustrations as high quality art prints. We'll be updating it continuously but there's plenty to see already, just click on the "Drawsome" link in the right-hand menu -----> (or the pic below)
Due to time constraints, I've had to work more and more digitally. These didn't even have rough drafts, the briefs were very clear and I was able to go straight to the final piece, sometimes the results surprised even me... it's nice when that happens :)
As an illustration gun-for-hire, or more accurately: pencil-box-for-hire, I am at times asked to emulate iconic styles. There are few illustrators as iconic as the legendary Quentin Blake, who famously drew Roald Dahl's classic masterpieces, too numerous to single out here.
His site is full of wonderful things, I highly recomend having a look at it, my favourite being this gem - the master at work. I also found this lovely blog article about him and his landscapes.
I was commissioned by Cambridge University Press to adopt Mr Blake's style because they had used an extract of "Danny, champion of the world" in their Grade 7, English language schoolbooks.
I enjoyed the style so much that I used it throughout the Grd7 material I was assigned!
This last panel comes from Danny, I drew on Roald Dahl's own gipsy caravan for inspiration...