Category Archives: Illustration

Arabella Simpson – Illustration

In a world that is increasingly digital, we really appreciate illustrators like Arabella Simpson. She uses pencils and paper to create her work, which is limited and informed by the size of the paper she is working on. By throwing together seemingly incongruous images, inspired by the objects and world around her, she is able to create a unique style that is immediately recognisable.

We love it!

Check out more of her work here.


Paul Paetzel – Illustration

Paul Paetzel is a German illustrator who was born and raised in Berlin. He has a busy, comics and sci-fi inspired illustration style that we can’t get enough of. Whether it’s futuristic cities, superheroes, monsters or just traffic jams – the narrative and detail in his work is plain to see. It’s really difficult to look at his work and not feel like a kid again, flipping through comics and magazines, getting excited by all the amazing drawings.

Give him a follow on instagram here, to see more of his work!

Stellenbosch Academy Student and Lecturer named in the Picture This! International Children’s Book Competition 2018

There’s nothing we love more than seeing the students and lecturers at the Stellenbosch Academy do well and this piece of news covers both! Marike le Roux (our HOD for Discourse and Illustration) and Monique Groenewald (a third year student) entered thePicture This! International Children’s Book Competition 2018 in May. We’ve just heard that they are winners!

Each year only three illustrators are chosen from each country (SA, UK, Belgium / Netherlands and Germany) and with both Monique and Marike winning, two out of the three SA winners are from the Academy!

Amazing work – we’re so proud!

You can learn more about their achievements here.

Bio Suisse – Print Campaign

This campaign by thjnk Zurich for Bio Suisse uses some really smart visual thinking along with great illustration to get its point across. It’s a rather complicated point to communicate – that organic food production is also good for local animal life. There must be an endless number of ways one might be able to represent this visually, but this route chosen by thjnk is really clever. These foods which can stand in for parts of these local animals are just perfect!

See more below.

Oat the Goat – Interactive Story

Wow! We love this work by Assembly and FCB New Zealand for the New Zealand Ministry of Education. It tells the story of Oat the Goat and his travels, teaching young children to understand how their actions can affect the people around them.

With a beautiful animation style, immersive sound design and a great story – this is truly digital work of the highest order. We do suggest you spend some time checking out the site and seeing just how far digital work can be taken.

You can read Oat the Goat’s story here (in English or in Maori!).

Screen Shot 2018-06-08 at 15.19.57


Fran Caballero – Illustration

Fran Caballero is a Glasgow-based illustrator with a style that is at once both simple and frenetic. Colourful but not overbearing. Somewhat inspired by older illustration styles, and yet entirely modern at the same time. These contradictions are what make his work so appealing.

Whether it’s crazy wrestling bodies with intertwined legs and arms or people clinking bottles together – his touch is apparent.

You can see more of his work on his website here.

Subin Yang – Illustration

Subin Yang is an illustrator working out of New York who got her Bachelor’s degree in illustration from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR.

We love her busy, slightly crazy illustrations that have so much to see and experience inside all of them. Whether she’s illustrating produce, food, or domestic scenes her energy always shines through.

We can’t wait to see how much further her talent takes her in her career!