Friday, October 3, 2014

Superbalist Sale!



Alexander's Band, the illustration collective I'm part of has beautiful prints up for sale on Superbalist! There are brilliant and beautifully detailed pieces by Joey Hi-Fi, Alice Edy, Hanno van Zyl, Hylton Warburton, Jade Klara, Rudi de Wet and Adam Hill.

Two of my prints, "Cape Town City Hall" and "Sightseeing" are also included in the sale.





Get your hands on some beautiful limited edition prints here!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nelson Mandela Day | 18 July 2014


"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” 
~ NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA (18 JULY 1918 - 5 DECEMBER 2013)

In honour of Nelson Mandela Day, following is a collection of all things Madiba!

Nelson Mandela Day Google Doodle
Google doodler Katy Wu has really outdone herself with this beautifully illustrated tribute of the legacy of Nelson Mandela! A fascinating look at her process in illustrating the doodle can be found here.







South African National Reserve Bank
Our new South African bank notes feature moments of Nelson Mandela's life. By AmICollective and The Jupiter Drawing Room Johannesburg.




Tribute to Nelson Mandela 
As you drive along the highway into Cape Town, you won't be able to miss the huge portrait of a smiling Madiba! Commissioned by the City of Cape Town and Dreamfuel, Linsey Levendall created an amazing tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela.



Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu "a person is a person through other persons"
Tattoo and print illustration for Mark Forrester by Sindiso Nyoni
95 'til Infinity 
Commemorative poster print of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela by Sindiso Nyoni



U2's Ordinary Love music video
I really love U2's Ordinary Love music video, which was written for the movie "Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom". It features beautiful lettering by Oliver Jeffers and also features the talents of Mac Premo. Inspiring stuff!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Puzzle Illustration

So this is a project I meant to share a while ago - I was approached to create a custom illustration for an educational puzzle for a Canadian company!


It was such a blast working on this! Here are some close-up details:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hey girl, whatcha doing?


When I was a kid I used to draw a crown on every character I scribbled. Even worms got teeny tiny crowns placed on their noggins! Illustration for a project that didn't go ahead.


Le sketch

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Featured in Rockport Publishers' 1,000 Dog Portraits book!

6 months in and so far 2014 has been an amazing, whirlwind, non-stop, jam-packed, exhilarating adventure - so jam-packed that time to blog has been absolutely non-existent! But for the next 6 months and onwards, I intend to get better at blogging and let you in on this exciting adventure!

So to kick off, I'd like to share some fantastic news I received earlier this year - an illustration of mine was selected to appear in Rockport Publishers' new book, 1,000 Dog Portraits by Robynne Raye!


With 1000 illustrations of hounds, herding dogs, mutts, terriers, beagles, pugs and every dog you can think of, in 1000 different interpretations and styles (quirky, realistic, collage, paintings, drawings etc) this book is sure to be a great collection for all you canine lovers!

It is such an honour to be featured alongside the likes of Debbie Millman Marian Bantjes , Robynne Raye (Modern Dog Design Co.) Jessie Hartland , Joey Ellis , and a plethora of incredibly talented illustrators and designers!


It is also with a lot of mixed emotion that I share this news - at the end of that very same week after hearing such great news of being featured in the book, we lost the very family pet I had illustrated, to tick bite fever - how much life can change in the space of a week.

Sometimes life unfurls in the most mysterious, ironic ways. 




~ For Lily AKA "Lilybug" "Woolly" "Woolligan" ~ 
~ 22 November 2011 - 15 April 2014 ~

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Airport Awesomeness III

Don't mind me as I pore over pretty pictures of all things airport and flying related. (Yes, I am obsessed with airports and flying. And yes there are also two previous posts on pretty pictures of all things airport and flying related - here and here).

At the Airport by Marco Goran Romano


A colouring-in page by Miriam Bos for Transavia Airlines



A photograph for Macquarie Private Bank's Brand Book, by SouthSouthWest 



A spread from Graphic Design for Rainy Days by Studio 3


Late afternoon departure by e2kmaster


Illustration by Marc Boutavant


Photograph by Mark Wagtendonk


Hakodate Airport, Hokkaido by Ryo Takemasa


Illustration from the Visual Grammar Student Book by James Gilleard


Illustration by Rami Niemi for Monocle


Love this Expedia print campaign by Ogilvy London via Creative Review


Photograph entitled "Cleared for Landing"


Illustration by Timba Smits


Venetia Scott for Paule Ka's 2012 Fall line, featuring Caroline Trentini


Airport Runway prints by Nomo


Aerial images of famous airports by Jeffrey Milstein
Pictured here: Newark Airport.


Airport Code pillows by Airportag


Illustration by Atsushi Hara

Monday, January 13, 2014

Looking Back on 2013 I

2013 - what a year! Sometimes it feels like time is flying far too fast, so as we enter the new year, I like to pause and reflect on the year that was, to appreciate events that shaped it.

Following are 25 events that I feel made a big impression in our experience of 2013. Some of these incidents feel like they happened a world ago..




1) 16 January: More than 800 are taken hostage at Amenas, an Algerian gas plant. 39 civilians and 29 militants were killed in the attack. Photograph: Reuters
2) 12 February: North Korea conducts a third nuclear test - the third nuclear test over seven years, posing a problem to Obama administration in their attempts to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power. Photograph: AP
3) 14 February: Oscar Pistorius shoots dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. This was particularly sad as I had met and hung out with Reeva and she seemed like such a wonderful, warm and down-to-earth person. Such a tragic, tragic loss. Photograph: Gallo Images / Getty Images.
4) 15 February: 10 000 tonne meteor explodes over Chelyabinsk in Russia, injuring more than 1600 in its shock wave. Photograph: PA Photos
5) March: Harlem Shake goes to no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Photograph: Via AnimalNewYork.com
6) 10 - 11 March: Falkland Islanders vote to remain British in the Overseas British Territory referendum. 1513 voted affirmative, while only 3 people voted in the negative. Photograph: Reuters.
7) 19 March: Inauguration of new pope, Pope Francis. His predecessor Pope Benedict XVI, was the first pope to resign in 600 years. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia / AP

8) 15 April: Two pressure cooker bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring 264 others. Photograph: David L. Ryan / AP
9) 24 April: Bangladesh garment factory collapses. The Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building had not been designed to house factories and the upper four floors had been built in mind as use for shops or offices, and also without a permit. 1129 people were killed and 2515 people were injured in the collapse. Photograph: EPA.
10) 5 June: Nawaz Sharif is elected for the third time as Pakistan's prime minister. Photograph: Arif Ali / AFP Photos
11)June: Edward Snowden leaks NSA files and reveals himself as the source of the leaks on 9 June. Photograph: Rex Features.
12) 28 June - 3 July: Egyptian coup d'├ętat - Mohammed Morsi is ousted.
Photograph: Suhaib Salem / Reuters / Landov.
13) 30 June: Buttercup, a duck born in Arlington, Tennessee with a backwards left foot is fitted with a 3D printed foot, allowing him to walk again properly. Photograph: Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary

14) 22 July: A royal baby boy is born - the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to George Alexander Louis at 4:24PM at St Mary's Hospital in London. Photograph: John Stillwell / PA Wire / EPA

15) 24 July: Spain has the worst train crash in decades - 80 are killed and 140 are injured. Photograph: Reuters
16) 28 August: For three years in a row, Melbourne is voted as world's most liveable city according to the Economic Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Livability Survey. Melbourne was also voted best city in Australia in the Australian Traveller Magazine's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards. Photograph: Fotolia.
17) 2 September: Microsoft buys Nokia mobile phone business at $7.2 billion. Photograph: Mikko Stig / AP Photo / Lehtikuva
18) 10 September: Apple announces the new iPhone 5S will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Photograph: DigitalTrends.com
19) 21 September: Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya. 72 people died and over 200 were wounded in the eighty hour attack. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
20) 1 - 16 October: US Federal Government is shut down for 16 days
Photograph: Bill Clark / 2013 CQ Roll Call
21) 22 October: Australia (New South Wales) faced worst fire emergency in almost 50 years. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts / EPA / Landov
22) 8 November: Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines. 6230 were killed and 1785 were reported as missing in the typhoon. Estimated $1.5 billion in damages. Photograph: Philippe Lopez / AFP / Getty Images
23) 2 Dec: Amazon reveals "Prime Air" - its plan to deliver by drone in 30 minutes. Photograph: Amazon.
24) 5 Dec: Mandela passes away. What an amazing legacy he leaves behind - not just for South Africa, but for the world. Photograph: Greg Bartley/Camera Press, via Redux.
25) 24 December: El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano errupts for the first time in 37 years. Photograph: Hector Garay / AFP / Getty Images

Happy 2014! Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful year - may this one be one to remember!