Doodler and Illustrator
I am an artist and self-taught graphic designer living in Johannesburg, South Africa. I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil, however life always had other plans and my art became more of a hobby over the years.
I never lost my love of creating art and find sketching and doodling to be a great way to relax and unwind and now I can share some of my artwork with you in the form of adult coloring books.
I took art as a subject right through school and used to spend every moment I could in Art Class. After finishing High School I went and studied Art at College, but was very disappointed as there were no classes to teach painting techniques, etc.
When my children were young I changed from oils to watercolors as it was easier with little ones around. Later on I changed to acrylics, again because of the ease when it comes to setting up and packing up afterwards.
Because of my busy lifestyle I find that I don't paint as often as I would like, but that doesn't matter because I am always doing something creative anyway.
Layout and Design
I currently do the layout and design for two magazines for the South African IT industry. This is what pays the bills. But it still allows for a great amount of creativity. Unlike larger publications where there are several staff members, it is basically the editor and myself working on the issues, so I have a lot of freedom when it comes to the look of the articles, withing spec of course.
It is a very deadline driven job, but if you enjoy what you do, it's absolutely great.