The above example is a high quality cartoon, typically reserved for editorial use. I enjoy sketching cartoon characters with irate or just plain stupid expressions, so creating this one was an absolute delight.
Pilot's license certificate
David Barnes commissioned me to create a cartoon for his flying lesson certificates, and I decided to depict a trainee pilot making a major error during their lesson.
The cover page of the Bellville-based property consultants Rode & Associates read, "Listed funds gobbling up property stock."
I particularly like King Kong's eyes' dumb, crazed look. And the flaring nostrils.
Cartoons are highly effective conveyors of messages because they use visual communication, such as humorous illustrations, to leave a lasting impression on the viewer's mind.
An example is the above cartoon created to remind people to register for an upcoming conference. This cartoon is used in an annual email reminder and depicts a person unable to sleep due to worrying about not having registered yet.
Exquisitely intricate cartoon
Wyatt Earp – the Afrikaans comedy
A long time ago, I illustrated a poster for a satirical stage performance titled "Why't Burp," starring TV actor Chris Vorster. The show, subtitled "'n Afrikaanse Western," parodied the legend of Wyatt Earp in a uniquely South African way.
Chris and I both hail from the same high school in Bellville, or "behind the boerewors curtain." The poster's style was deliberately naive, crude, and cartoonish, popular with rebellious, young Afrikaans speakers like us at the time. This style had been popularised by the likes of Conrad Botes in the graphic novel Bitterkomix. Incidentally, Conrad and I also grew up together.
According to Chris, the poster was so popular in the Durban leg of the tour that most copies got stolen shortly after they were posted on the streets, the ultimate compliment. Of course, Chris had been known to exaggerate, so the jury is still out on that one ;-)
The happy couple
The request from this client was for me to produce a Simpsons-style cartoon of a dear friend and her significant other, situated in the Simpsons' living room with its familiar objects, but with slight modifications that reflect this couple's pastimes. From a technical standpoint, it was a caricature, since the subjects needed to be identifiable while adhering to the style.
Milking a dead cow
The headline of Rode's Report on the SA Property Market, a quarterly publication by leading property economists Rode & Associates in Bellville, read, "Profit margins milked dry." As an artist, the imagery of a starving farmer milking a cow skeleton was right up my alley – I have a taste for the macabre.
Sleepwalking to work
I created this cartoon for a workers' training program depicting an early bird to illustrate that employees who arrive early to work are more productive.
This cartoon was produced in the late 90s using traditional Pantone markers on paper, and each project consisted of approximately 100 cartoons. While this technique was expensive and caused strain on my wrist, I have since transitioned to using pencil and pen outlines before digitally adding colour to the final product.
The commissions were for Marine Products (Marpro) for I&J and Sea Harvest.
Serving a grim dish
This cartoon depicts the surprised expression of a diner as he discovers bones protruding from the fish he ordered. The cartoon character appears to be someone accustomed to luxury, as indicated by the formally dressed waiter. The fish in the cartoon has a mischievous grin.
The underlying message is that customers are unlikely to purchase products that do not appear visually appealing. This cartoon is one of hundreds created for I&J and Sea Harvest via Marine Products.
BigBird and Budgie
I was commissioned to create these cartoons as a gift for the client's partner, and I was tasked with using the likeness of the popular cartoon characters Tweety Bird and Kevin the bird.