Michael has travelled the globe for animation from MIPtv in Cannes France to the OTTAWA festival in Canada, and his work has been seen around the world. He has worked for clients from New York, Canada, Paris, Israel, South Africa and more, winning many awards over the years including a Loerie.
He has been published and featured in many articles and prints and will continue doing so because he lives, loves and breathes animation. From Broadcast Ads to a Feature Film, Print Ads to Viral Web series, Michael has dealt with many different forms of the animation industry.
He has taken on the role of Senior Animator, Producer, Director, Animation Director and more over the past years. Due to his online status, Michael has been approached by people like the Writer and Executive Producer from "The Drew Carey Show", the Development Executive from Nickelodeon UK and many more in the International Animation Market. He has worked with Brands like MTValt, MNET, MK, DSTV, SABC, The History Channel, Aniboom, Gaumont-Alphanim and has had his work shown on Comedy Central.
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 was schooled in Cape Town and studied design and illustration at Stellenbosch University. I’ve been working in Johannesburg in various advertising agencies and design studios for print and TV animation.
I like to call myself a character artist, which encompasses all the arts of cartooning, caricature, character design, drawing and children’s illustration. I enjoy climbing behind the easel and drawing caricatures or painting watercolours at events, I finish caricatures in 5 minutes each. I have also become somewhat of a Photoshop wizard from my years of compositing. I work across many mediums in a variety of styles, but humour seems to be my forté.
I have 10 years of varying experience in the demanding world of TV animation and design. I’ve done ads, promos, show intros, corporate videos, music videos and a movie intro sequence. I can integrate 2D animation into a 3D scene to ensure a high production value. My time in TV also stands me in good stead for creating storyboards and animatics because I know how directors think and what cameras can do.
Michael Schoch is a Johannesburg based artist. He works in a few styles but spends most of his time doing photoshop illustrations. Michael also does live caricature drawing and murals.He has been a frelancer for the last few years.
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.