Caricature as Achievement Award
Thabo, potjiekos connoisseur
Thabo, who resides in Centurion, Pretoria, has a great fondness for braaing and potjiekos, collects cigars avidly, takes pride in his lush beard and sports car, enjoys playing golf despite being admittedly "a shocker," and is passionate about music, aspiring to be a closet DJ.
Thabo wanted more distortion in the artwork than what I typically apply, and I must note that I have never had a client as pleased with the final result as this one.
Caricature as Graduation Gift
Nerita the business student
This caricature was commissioned by Nerita's parents and grandparents in Durbanville as a graduation present for her, who was about to graduate from Stellenbosch University.
Creating this caricature presented a challenge since Nerita was a strikingly beautiful 21-year-old woman. From my experience, it can be tricky to distort a woman's features to create a comical effect, as there is often greater societal pressure for women to conform to certain beauty standards than there is for men. Fortunately, Nerita's grandparents were pleased with the final outcome and felt that I had captured her likeness perfectly.
Caricature Gift for Birthday
Colin the jungle guy
At the request of Colin's partner, I was commissioned to create a caricature showcasing his passions, including his fondness for critters and exotic creatures, as well as his dream of exploring the Amazon rainforest someday.
The artwork also featured Colin in his usual work attire and his dream vehicle. The caricature was a birthday gift for his 50th.
Caricature as Retirement Gift
During my early career as a caricaturist, Cape Oil, a Cape Town-based company that produces sunflower oil and other products, requested that I create a caricature of a retiring top manager as a farewell gift.
This particular manager, fondly referred to by employees as "The Godfather," was a peanut lover and was renowned for his passion for gambling and his knack for always having a trick or two up his sleeve in business dealings. Upon close inspection of the complete caricature, you'll notice oil dripping from his sleeve.
Caricature as Gift for Graduation
Douw the "boerseun"
This individual has a deep affection for the bush, computer-related pursuits, and ethical hunting. This caricature of him was presented to him by his parents as a graduation gift for his Investment Management degree.
Caricature as a Business Gift
The tower boys
A client requested a caricature to be displayed in the office of her husband's communications tower company based in Cape Town. Her husband was one of three partners in the business, and the caricature was intended to commemorate their successful partnership and business venture.
Lucia Nteke commissioned me to create a project for Business Kid, an organisation based in Gauteng that aims to provide training opportunities for underprivileged children who aspire to enter the business world. Their work involves interactive programmes, initiatives, workshops, and awareness campaigns aimed at empowering disadvantaged children.
Caricature Gift for Wedding Anniversary
Joanne and Richard's family
Previously, I had created a caricature for their son's bar mitzvah, but this time Joanne requested a caricature for the entire family – a significant undertaking! The catamaran portrayed in the artwork displayed the logos of her husband's various past and present businesses.
Caricature as Farewell Gift
Franco the travelling Italian
The South African branch of the advertising agency Grey requested a caricature of their brand manager, Franco, which was presented to him as a farewell gift before his departure to Mexico.
The caricature was designed to reflect Franco's Italian heritage, his extensive travel experiences to various countries, his fondness for music and Heineken (the account he was responsible for), as well as his playful, caring, and witty personality traits.
Caricature as a Birthday Gift
Jimmy the cycling champion
I was approached by Jimmy's spouse to create a caricature in celebration of his 60th birthday. Being an accomplished cycling champion, Jimmy frequents a wooded region in Cape Town for his rides. To add a touch of humour, his wife requested that South African wild animals be incorporated into the caricature, surprising him during his cycling journey.
During my early days, I drew a caricature of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, also known in South Africa as "The Arch." I did it as part of a job application for The Cape Argus's business section. Tutu had an expressive face and a famous sense of humour which made him a dream subject for me and caricaturists everywhere.
He made great contributions to democracy and was seen as one of the "good guys" in politics. "Bad guys" are even more fun though because it's totally acceptable to exaggerate their features to the point of being insulting.
I didn't get the job, by the way. Turns out that if you want to be an editorial cartoonist, you have to be really fast, which is probably why they are in high demand.
Event Invitation with Simple Caricatures
Rode & Associates's annual property conference was promoted through an email announcement that featured caricatures of the expert economists who were scheduled to speak at the event. The idea was suggested by Rode's marketing manager, Lynette Smit, and resulted in a visually appealing and attention-grabbing marketing campaign.
Caricature for Editorial
In this issue of quarterly research and analysis publication Rode's Report on the South African Property Market, the former Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, had something to point out on the graph behind him. It's worth noting that Mboweni would later become the Minister of Finance in President Cyril Ramaphosa's government.
Simple Caricature as Gift to the Boss(es)
The staff of BDO Spencer Ward, a firm of chartered accountants, commissioned me to create a group caricature of the company's directors.
Due to budget constraints, they requested a line art caricature. I received separate photographs of each director, which I then caricatured and merged into a group caricature.
Caricature as a Birthday Present to Dad
Natalia requested a caricature of her father riding his Harley-Davidson as a gift for his 60th birthday. The caricature needed to feature her father's biking club emblem, and the most enjoyable part was getting the chrome of the motorcycle just right. I ensured that it had a certain glossiness with sharp lines and clear reflections, capturing the essence of her father's beloved Harley.