Nicholas has a background in advertising and film direction so has a clear understanding of end usage. He specalises in storyboards and illustration.
Gareth is a self-taught artist who has been drawing from a very young age. His favourite toy as a child was a set of koki-pens. He went to a high school that didn't offer art classes, but that didnt stop him from spending most of his class time sketching.
He was sent to the principles office regularly for drawing in class when he should have been doing schoolwork but the headmaster liked his art so much that he got off very lightly on almost every occasion!
Gareth studied Fine-art and Graphic design for two years at college. He eventually discontinued his courses as he felt the urge to concentrate solely on illustration.
He has been a freelance illustrator for 12 years, providing artwork primarily for publishers of educational and instructional books. Apart from that he has done extensive work providing artwork for advertising campaigns, caricatures, posters, comics and just about anything that requires elements of illustration and design.
Gareth works in a range of mediums. He uses the traditional mediums of pen, pencil and watercolour/guache paints but uses digital software to complete the majority of his projects. His favourite design software is Photoshop.
Gareth is a bit of a perfectionist so he dreads rush-jobs and can be found working at any time of day or night depending on the deadline needs of the client.
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.