This caricature was drawn for a property economics publication's cover. The headline was, "How to lick the cap rate problem".
The caricature was of Erwin Rode of Bellville-based Rode & Associates, based in Bellville, Cape Town. He's been known for his sometimes cringe-worthy sense of humour by his family.
Caricature as retirement gift
Cape Oil, producers of sunflower oil etc., asked us to draw a caricature of a top manager who was about to retire. It was his farewell present.
We were given a few pictures of the manager, affectionately known among employees as "The Godfather", for his love of gambling and always having something up his sleeve when it comes to business. If you look closely at the full caricature, you'll see oil dripping from his sleeve.
Something Konrad did in his early days as a caricaturist.
South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has one of those faces that are a cartoonist's wet dream. The more expressive a face, the more you have to play with.
Tutu has played an important and constructive role in politics and is generally seen as one of those really rare species in politics, the good guy. 'Bad guys' are usually a better source though because you can get downright nasty!
Caricature as a birthday gift
Belim dos Santos of Cape Town asked Konrad to create a caricature of his brother, Pépe, as a birthday present for Pépe's 40th, incorporating all his loves such as his dog, the Portuguese soccer team, his fleet of luxury cars and his career in selling Atlantic sea board property developments. The signage heading – "BUY NOW, pay more later" – was Belim's idea.
Caricature as corporate gift
Konrad was approached by chartered accountants BDO Spencer Ward's staff to create a group caricature of the directors of BDO. The budget was relatively small, so they wanted a line art group caricature.
Konrad was sent separate photographs of each director, which he then caricaturised and pasted into a group.
Caricaturing one face takes time, so in the case of a group, less time is spent perfecting each of the caricatures.
Caricature as mascot
OK, this was a strange one. Dingdong SA Online Property Directory approached us to create a kind of logo or mascot for their business. She had to be female, and obviously in office gear. So Konrad created both a digital vector illustration and a freehand illustration of what he thought this girl might look like.
Only thing is, in the freehand version, she ended up being a caricature of his ex-girlfriend! How that happened, we don't know, but obviously it was a subconscious thing.
It must be said that there's no way in hell she would dress like that – quite the opposite – she's actually a fashion designer for very informal, alternative wear. Konrad guesses that's what an alternative universe's Jacqui might look like.
Caricature as farewell gift
Grey Advertising of Mowbray, Cape Town, called Konrad for his caricaturist skills – they needed a caricature of brand manager Franco Maria Maggi. It was given to him as a farewell gift when he left South Africa for Mexico.
Elements they wanted him to incorporate would be Franco's Italian ancestry (born & bred), his enviable travel history (he's been to just about every country in the world), his love of music, Heineken, and his cheekiness and kind, caring and witty nature.
So, Konrad made his jacket green for both the Italian feel and the Heineken brand colour - Heineken was his portfolio. The background was a cowboy flick sunset, "riding into the sun", with the odd cactus for the Mexican reference. The rest is obvious.
Konrad's responsible for Rode & Associates' quarterly property research publication covers, and sometimes it means drawing caricatures of real people.
For this edition of Rode's Report on the South African Property Market, Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni had something to point out on the graph behind him.
Caricature as a personal gift
This was a personal project of Konrad's circa 2000. The idea was to capture the essence of a very beautiful acquaintance of his in a fairy caricature, but rendered in Japanese comic book style a.k.a. manga.
All he had to go on, was her face in his memory, but because the nature of this style is not about accuracy, all he really needed to get right were her eyes, eye brows and hair, well, in a caricature kinda way.
Caricatures for event invitation
Rode Conference 2008
This e-mailed announcement for Rode & Associates' annual property conference involved caricatures of the speakers – all expert economists. It was a great idea by Rode's marketing manager Lynette Smit, and we ended up with a colourful, eye catching e-mail.
Obviously we couldn't draw a detailed caricature of each speaker due to the budget involved as well as the small sizes, but we did relatively simple, scaled down illustrations that did the job.
It was quite difficult, as it was based on one photo of each speaker, often in bad lighting, missing detail and so forth, but we managed after Lynette sent back two caricatures for being ... less than flattering to the speakers ;-)
It is of course the nature of caricaturists to distort people's stand-out features, but one must find that balance between humour and flattery.
Caricature for training programme
For this quick caricature for a workers' training programme we had to portray integrity as one of its values the company wanted to communicate to its workers, some of whom are illiterate.
What better icon to use than Madiba, the most loved face in South Africa? He has become known as a politician of integrity, a humanitarian equal to Mahatma Gandhi. Nelson Mandela has even made public statements that countered his own political party's policies when he believed the policies or decisions were morally wrong, and he has brought together all races in our country – a feat previously thought impossible by many.
Commissioned by Sea Harvest.
Caricature for stage poster
This poster was designed and illustrated for (now TV actor) Chris Vorster's satirical stage performance "Why't Burp" during 1998. Subtitled "'n Afrikaanse Western", it was a send-up of the legend of Wyatt Erp, à la South Africa.
Konrad got the job via SmartArt, a small design studio in Bellville. Of course, both Chris and Konrad grew up there behind the boereworsgordyn, as some Southern Suburbs types like to refer to it.
The style was naive, crude and cartoon-like, popular with rebellious, young Afrikaners at the time – a style popularised by the likes of Conrad Botes in Bitterkomix (Conrad and Konrad also grew up together).
The poster proved so popular in the Durban leg of the tour that all posters were stolen soon after being posted in the streets, according to Chris. Compliments don't get better than that! Of course, Chris has always had a groot bek, so the jury's out on that one ;-)