Born in Rustenburg, I grew up on misson stations in the bush. I hated school, started drawing teachers and church elders in my hymnbook and later polititians.
I matriculated at the German School in Pretoria, went to a kibbutz in Israel, then did a diploma in Fine Art at Wits Tech in Johannesburg . I studied Graphic design at the AAA School of Advertising and moved on to be an editorial cartoonist for 10 years at Beeld, Citizen and Daily Dispatch.
I took a 2 year break from cartooning to work for Stephen Klein Design studio as workshop manager, doing 3d off the wall commissions, before joining the Citizen.
I love designing and making things with my hands. My workshop and my powertools are my paradise, but I always need that balance between 2d and 3d, drawing people and especially faces.
I live with my wife and 2 daughters in Cape Town.
Alex has been working as a freelance illustrator since since 2007 and has since worked for numerous clients, including Sasol, Visa, Volkswagen SA and some clients in the Netherlands. His work has been published in a large number of books, both children's- and educational titles.
Some of the qualities that makes working with Alex unique is his versatility and speed. He is versatile in terms of style and media (being able to work digitally and in any other traditional medium) and he can work very fast – meaning that no deadline is ever too tight.
Alex loves every aspect of being an illustrator and every project is exciting in itself. If he has to choose a favourite job though, it will be illustrating poems and stories where it is necessary to be support the tone and feeling of the writing.
I studied at Rhodes University (majoring in journalism and philosophy), with the intention of getting into political cartooning and newspaper comic strips.
After that I began working as a freelance cartoonist, writer and illustrator, and have been doing that full time for the last five years.
I have done work for a number of educational publishers (Pearson, Maskew Miller Longman, Oxford University Press and Macmillan) as well as several newspapers and magazines (Ride magazine, Men’s health, The Bolander). I have written comics and comic strips for Strika entertainment (Supa Strikas, etc) and also storyboarded the weekly Supa Strikas comic strip featured in the Sunday Times. I previously did a weekly comic strip for www.sagoodnews.com, and I continue to have a monthly comic strip featured in Ride magazine as well as a weekly comic strip in YOU magazine called "Odd Jobz".
While my style has some flexibility, I specialise in cartoons. My biggest strength is in my ability to write and draw comic strips and cartoons. All my work is done digitally, after the initial pencil sketching. I am fairly proficient in Illustrator, and have a good knowledge of Photoshop. I am available for black and white illustration, colour illustration, caricatures, inking, colouring, storyboarding, as well as writing and drawing comic strips and cartoons.