WONDERboom is South Africa’s longest-running rock band and is responsible for a long list of hits which have firmly been cemented as South African classics. In celebration of their 20 year anniversary, they wanted to have an animated music video created for the first single from their new album. For ‘Great Escape’ we scripted an epic action story around a couple escaping from an alien planet. We worked with countless illustrations to create a stop-motion style for the story which is set in outer space. Expect some intergalactic surfing, lots of explosions and outer space martial art battles. The single is available for download on iTunes and further insight into the making of the video, including interviews with the band, can be found in the behind-the-scenes-video down below. Massive thank you to Eleanor Barkes, Joshua Prinsloo, and Ashley Wedlake.
PROJECT / “GREAT ESCAPE” MUSIC VIDEO / CLIENT / WONDERBOOM
The German b-boy crew Escaflow has been at it for 11 years. Their anniversary event, ‘Schoolyard Breaks Vol. 2′ , was a high energy affair of b-boy battles, dance workshops and celebrating art and culture and the friends who share this passion. I created the promo poster and flyer, and also presented an art workshop, exploring the connection between visual art and b-boying. Together with the workshop crew, we created a stencilled artwork of legendary L.A. breaker Poe One from the Rock So Fresh, Zulu Kingz, and Style Elements crews. Poe travels the world giving master dance classes and workshops. We were fortunate to have him at 2016′s Schoolyard Breaks and surprised him with the artwork just before his workshop started. Check out the video, the poster, as well as some photos from the jam.
Organized and curated by Anne Schmeckies, I was invited to take part in a group exhibition in June 2016 at the Goethe45-Open-Air-Gallery in Bremerhaven, Germany. The outdoor gallery was created by 22 artists who created murals on connected outside walls. I had the privilege to create a combined artwork with CareOne and Daschu, two southern German artists who used their creativity to beautify the houses of residents in an under-privileged South African community in Grabouw, outside of Cape Town. Their work, titled ‘The Blue Area’, helped the people of the community take pride in their environment and receive hope through the power of art. Their piece at the Open-Air-Gallery in Bremerhaven is a continuation of this work and I had the opportunity to add my own style of painting, solidifying this cultural connection between South Africa and Germany. The video gives a little taste of the event in Bremerhaven, which included dance, live music, workshops and a photographic exhibition of Daschu and CareOne’s ‘Blue Area’ work in South Africa. Enjoy ! Audio production and sound design by Grenville Williams.
PROJECT / GOETHE45 OPEN AIR GALLERY / CLIENT / PERSONAL
A project I am particularly proud of, ‘Fluid Faith’ is the product of crossing creative minds with fashion photographer extraordinaire from Austria, Peter Grillmair. In only his second year as a pro Pete was the winner of the scholarship ‘Selected 2013′ by the German Professional Imagers Club ( PIC ) and has had collaborations with dutch wunderkind Anouk Wipprecht, who designed Fergie’s superbowl dress. ‘Fluid Faith’ is our first collaboration and is set in the future. The moody editorial uses a combination of photography and illustration to show the fate of a woman who is to be abused for pharmaceutical tests, before she turns against her torturers… Working in Cape Town and Vienna over many months we realised the project with the Braingorillas production team and had it published online in ‘Volume’ Magazine, one of Vienna’s leading art, music and cultural platforms.
As the C1 group at Cape Town’s German Language Centre, partner of the Goethe Institute, we were given the task to design a poster about Munich as part of a competition among the different groups. The winning poster would be selected for display in one of the Language centre’s lecture rooms which is appropriately titled ‘München’. Our poster communicates how much we dig the Bavarian Capital and even contains a little Bauhaus influence. We of course decided to create an animated video of the design brainstorm. It was super-fun ! Check it out below, along with images of the final poster design. Special thanks to Douw Kruger, Marlan Perumal, Ulrich Grobler and the German Language Centre. Camera and sound by Carl Booysen, and music production by Grenville Daniel WIlliams.
PROJECT / WIR BRAUCHEN DICH, MÜNCHEN ! / CLIENT / CULTURAL
Kinetic typography music video for the track ‘ Cape Crusader ‘ by South Africa’s pivotal hip hop group Prophets of da City. The animation was created as part of a series of live visuals which I performed with the group during their reunion show at the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Lyrics and production by Shaheen Ariefdien.
PROJECT / CAPE CRUSADER / CLIENT / PROPHETS OF DA CITY
As its pretty thrilling working on type projects, I had major fun producing this typographically-illustrated artwork for close personal friends who wanted to have their own customised world map. The concept was to represent each country of the world with a unique type style or illustration, but to completely mix up the positioning of the world’s countries within the global map. As we are all citizens of this world, we all share certain things in common, regardless of background and culture. And we all deserve the same respect and human dignity.
Always on top of their game, Ready D and Azuhl form two thirds of the Beatbangaz and are among the best in the business when it comes to all things turntablism, hip hop and eclectic music production. Below are three single sleeve designs for their latest releases, ‘B-boy Toolkit’ , ‘African Trappazoid’ and ‘ Ek is Joe Barber’, released under Platform 7 Productions.
PROJECT / SINGLE SLEEVE DESIGN / CLIENT / AZUHL & DJ READY D
2015 Saw the release of Opel’s new Adam in South Africa. A sporty, tech-savvy city-slicker aimed at young, free-thinking, individual ” game-changers “, it was decided to market it by aligning the brand with a personality whom Opel believes displays these qualities and way of life. I was commissioned to create 10 large scale artworks that were exhibited in different high-traffic public venues in South Africa, to market the Adam. The highlight was creating a customised Roger Williams Adam by using different panels of the car as illustration canvasses. This emphasizes the fact that the Adam is fully customizable with the owner being able to select the colours of different elements of the car, to suit their individual style, taste and personality. Apart from working with the highly energetic, super-creative and award-winning team from 360 Degrees, what made the project a true creative pleasure was the fact that I could work within some of my favourite fields of art and design : illustration, graphics, mural art and live visuals / digital drawing at the Adam’s launch event, the Opel / LISOF Fashion Collab in Johannesburg. View the animated video below as well as detailed images of the artwork and the customised Opel Adam.
PROJECT / OPEL ADAM / CLIENT / 360 DEGREES / OPEL ( GM South Africa )
I was commisioned by internationally renowned, multi-awarded artist, director and playwright Brett Bailey, to create the artwork and animations for his radical take on Verdi’s Macbeth, which premiered in Cape Town before touring Europe in 2014 and New Zealand in 2015. Described as South Africa’s most exciting and provocative theatre director, Bailey has set his version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy in Central Africa : Conflict rages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as African warlord Commander Macbeth and his ambitious wife murder the king and unleash a trail of horrific destruction among multinational treachery, ethnic warfare and brutal militia. Inspired by bold African design elements, the opera’s animated visuals are combined with exquisite stage and lighting design to create a surreal visual realm of communication. Much more important though than the striking images, is the vision and ultimately the message of the work which made it one of the most important projects I have worked on thus far. The show received five stars in London and has been described as ” Visually and musically breathtaking ” ( Sunday Independent ) and as ” A séance where high Western art meets pan-African ethos..” ( The Star ). All photographic content courtesy of Nicky Newman.
“Safety first, Dude” is a custom skate deck that was created as a birthday gift / going-away present for Fabrizio Minutolo, the Italian-Spanish-African-Australian-German founder of “Chill Mode 2000″ and master of the “Maximum Chill” ! Illustrating Fab’s passion for the ocean, diving, photography, skating, surfing, animals, fauna and flora, the design was somewhat inspired by the oldskool typography-filled surf & skate designs of Jim Phillips, especially in the bold colour usage and image-heavy layout. This in turn highlights Fab’s colourful, permanently happy & super-chilled personality. As the ultimate hombre and one of the coolest humans alive to all who know him, we say maximum respect to the original Von Dudenstein ! Big thanks go out to Siraaj Petersen and Shannon Loxton for assisting to get this one out in under 4 days.
“I Love Hip Hop” is an annual Dutch music festival which takes place in Den Haag and features some of the most groundbreaking and cutting-edge European Hip Hop acts. Graffiti is one of the core elements of Hip Hop and the festival always has a fresh line-up of visual artists creating murals while the music performances take place. During 2014 I was invited as one of 7 artists to create live, custom artwork inspired by the love of Hip Hop culture, music and the consciousness it promotes. Check out the images below for a glimpse of my visual contributions to the 2014 event !
PROJECT / I LOVE HIP HOP FESTIVAL / LIVE PAINTING EVENT IN HOLLAND
During April and June 2014 I had the privilege to exhibit my latest work entitled ‘Crossroad’ to an international audience ; in Cape Town with one of my creative partners and friends from Bremen, Dirk Mertin ( Dee One ) and in Amsterdam a collection of my solo works. Both exhibitions were strongly supported by core German partner Each One Teach One, with the Amsterdam show being led by Dutch partners Manage Your Art. Crossroad led to groundbreaking successes, locally and internationally. View the highlights video below and click on any of the images to view all the photos, as well as images of the Crossroad Exhibition art collection.
PROJECT / CROSSROAD AMSTERDAM & CAPE TOWN / INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
June 20th 2014 sees the opening of Crossroad in Amsterdam. Following the very successful debut of Crossroad in Cape Town, I have teamed up with Dutch organisation Manage Your Art, to present a solo exhibition of some of my music posters. Poster art is one of my favourite design disciplines, and because music has played such a strong role in the Crossroad project, it was the natural choice of theme to use in the project’s Amsterdam showcase. Crossroad Amsterdam opens on 20 June 2014 at 21:00 at De Duivel, 87 Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. View the official Crossroad Exhibition site at www.crossroad2014.org.
PROJECT / CROSSROAD AMSTERDAM / MUSIC POSTER ART SOLO EXHIBITION
Crossroad Amsterdam Promo Video and Poster Art Preview
My latest exhibition entitled “Crossroad”, is a collaboration with German artist Dirk Mertin, also known as Dee One. It is an honour to share this occasion with the highly accomplished Bremen-based artist. Inspired by the vast amount of choices all people face in life and how these influence our realities, the exhibition serves as a platform for creating crossroads on many different levels. All proceeds will be donated to Capetonian NGO’s Funimfundo Preschool and Young In Prison. The musical crossroad will be provided by South Africa’s DJ Azuhl and Germany’s DJ Phax Mulder at the event’s afterparty at True Italic, 15 Bree Street, Cape Town. Crossroad opens on 3 April 2014 at 17:30 at the Black Box gallery, 52 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa. View the official Crossroad Exhibition site at www.crossroad2014.org.
PROJECT / CROSSROAD CAPE TOWN / ART EXHIBITION by DEE ONE and ROGER WILLIAMS
When tasked with the rebranding of a well known event technical company from rock and roll to corporate, a fine balance must be maintained to keep the spirit of the brand, while creating a slick and powerful identity. This was exactly the goal with the branding of Golden Circle, formerly known as Hellfire Sound and Lighting. The company is one of South Africa’s leaders when it comes to the highest quality sound, lighting and related AV requirements for festivals, corporate and music industry events. The flame from the original identity was kept, while the overall look and feel was polished to reflect the company’s unmatched level of production and service. View their work at www.goldencircle.co.za.
PROJECT / GOLDEN CIRCLE IDENTITY / CLIENT / GOLDEN CIRCLE EVENT TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
Cape Town VJ crew Reel to Real was formed by South African hip hop pioneer DJ Azuhl and long-time friend and collaborator DJ B-side. When I teamed up with them as their VJ and designer, our first mission was to produce to freshest live shows when it comes to beats and visuals alike. Inspired by oldskool music videos, each show is a unique and eclectic blend of music, videomixes and energetic performances. Have a look at the Reel to Real logo, EPK video, and check out the brand new website www.reeltoreal.co.za via one of the link images below. Last but not least, keep your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground to not miss the next live gig !
PROJECT / REEL TO REAL / VEEJAYING, LOGO & WEBSITE DESIGN ( HTML5 & CSS3 )
The founder of Hamburg Photography studio, Ahoi Studio, is as passionate a skateboarder as he is a photographer. It was only fitting to design a customized skateboard as an art piece to compliment the studio’s slick, yet creative interior. The top features a typographic design with well-known slogans from Hamburg, while the bottom incorporates the studio logo, corporate colours and elements of the owner’s other personal interests. View the work of Ahoi Studio at www.ahoi-studio.de.
PROJECT / AHOI STUDIO SKATEBOARD / CLIENT / AHOI STUDIO HAMBURG
During April and May 2012, I launched my latest series of solo works entitled Alles Roger, at exhibitions in North and South Germany ( Bremerhaven and Ladenburg ), as well as in Europe’s capital of art and culture – Vienna, Austria. Art sales, rave reviews and the large amount of people in attendance all contributed to the success of the exhibitions. Worldwide support came in the form of friends, art enthusiasts and fellow creative professionals sending their wishes via email and social media platforms. Some photos from the art shows are featured below, along with the highlights video containing some footage from the events. Click on any image for press reviews, more photographs and of course the full collection of art !
PROJECT / ALLES ROGER / SOLO EXHIBITION
Alles Roger Highlight Video and featured photographs
For my series of international solo exhibitions entitled “Alles Roger”, I once again drew inspiration largely from music. The struggle for freedom in different social and personal contexts has emerged as a key theme in the work, and it is explored in a variety of graphic scenes. “Alles Roger” debuts at the internationally renowned Kunsthalle Bremerhaven with a fusion of live music and visual art, while the charming city of Vienna and the peaceful southern German town of Ladenburg, host its final European showings. Visit www.kunstverein-bremerhaven.de for more information, and enjoy the Alles Roger promo video, as well as a preview of the soon to be unveiled work, down below.
PROJECT / ALLES ROGER / SOLO EXHIBITION
Alles Roger promo video featuring the exclusive track ” Vibes ” by EJ von LYRIK, courtesy of High Voltage Entertainment.
Retro, sporty and old school were the key words during the creation of a custom helmet for French sports personality Marguerite (Margot) Laffite. Margot, the daughter of famous F1 driver Jacques Laffite, is not only an experienced competition driver, but also works as a journalist and television presenter for Eurosport/Sunday F1, amongst other shows. The helmet had to suit Margot’s fashionable yet simple style, but at the same time express the racy nature of her personality. A logo consisting of an M and a daisy (“marguerite” in French ) was created, and incorporated in the back of the design. With a slick green, grey and red colour combination, Laffite’s helmet has a classic finish and launches her into the pole position of style. Margot Laffite Facebook page
PROJECT / MARGOT LAFFITE CUSTOM BELL HELMET / CLIENT / BELL HELMETS EUROPE / MARGOT LAFFITE
The fun-loving nature of my little nephews Luke and Aaron, inspired this animated and quirky illustration of them. I depicted them in a colourful world consisting of orange trees, green grass and blue skies. For Luke and Aaron, having some serious fun is nothing more than business as usual!
Delight Rental Services (DRS), a Berlin based company, offers professional photography and lighting equipment for productions world-wide. They regularly host a networking event where photographers and other creatives come together and exchange ideas in a social environment. I was commissioned by Diazo (Berlin) to design the September 2011 event poster with an urban wall art look and feel. www.diazo.de / www.delight-rent.com
As a premium espresso bar, Vida E Caffe offers coffee, food and an energetic atmosphere second to none. The instore espresso machines provided the perfect opportunity to tell the story of coffee by physically illustrating how it came to be what we know and love today. Using a very specific line-art and colour combination, I illustrated the historic timeline with a style treatment reminiscent of old textbook drawings. Click on any of the images to view the full artwork, or view the instore photos in the design section. ( This work was created while working for the Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town. ) www.vidaecaffe.com
PROJECT / THE HISTORY OF COFFEE / CLIENT / VIDA E CAFFE
The Sanlam Cancer Challenge is a golf tournament aimed at raising funds for cancer treatment. One of the prizes is a day on the green with South African Golfing legend Ernie Els. The event poster was inspired by propaganda art from the early 1900′s, as it illustrates the call to action to support the cause. ( This work was created while working for the Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town. ) www.sanlamcancerchallenge.co.za
One of the many summer concerts organized by Blossom Strike Entertainment featured EJ von LYRIK at the Cape Farmhouse in Scarborough, Cape Town. The artwork had to capture each band member’s unique personality, as well as the band’s collective soul, funky vibe and contagious energy.
PROJECT / SCARBOROUGH CHAMPS / CLIENT / BLOSSOM STRIKE ENTERTAINMENT
Austrian record label Affine approached me for a poster design to promote the debut South African concert of the Vienna-based electro artist The Clonious. Accompanied by fellow Austrian musicians Lehrl and Cid-Rim, the trio were joined by South Africa’s Mr Sakitumi for the Cape Town event.
PROJECT / THE CLONIOUS / CLIENT / AFFINE RECORDS AUSTRIA
Poster design advertising the wide range of music available at Musica, a leading South African lifestyle retail outlet. Thousands of music notes were used to create the image of Jimi Hendrix, in order to illustrate how one store houses all the music one could desire. 2006 GOLD LOERIE WINNER. ( This work was created while working for the Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town. )
The Jimi Hendrix concept was branched out to advertise Musica’s impressive dvd collection, this time by physically building the popular image of King Kong with strips from old film reels. ( This work was created while working for the Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town. )
Illustrations created for an Austrian / South African music project entitled “Majoni”. The illustrations are of the different musicians who collaborated to create the music. Created partly in Cape Town, and partly in Vienna, the music was published by independent U.S. label Percepts Recordings.
Character design for an animation for 8 Ink Media’s Hip 2 be Square website. During the site’s upgrade I was requested to design a bunny character that gets beamed up into a flying saucer, and gets released as an upgraded, superhero version of himself. Instead of a normal upgrade message, the animation would appear when the user logs on to www.hip2be2.com. Click here for the full storyboard.
“Where’s Wally” style illustration to advertise the Hyundai Santa Fe’s ability to allow one to escape to the world of nature, to be tucked away deep in a jungle, far from the hustle and bustle of daily city life. 2006 SILVER EAGLE WINNER (X2) / 2007 ONE SHOW FINALIST / 2007 CANNES FINALIST
T-shirt design of Larry McDonald, legendary Jamaican percussionist of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The design was done for the release of McDonald’s 2009 album “Drumquestra”. McDonald is regarded by many as a premier reggae percussionist and has worked with music legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bad Brains and Lee Scratch Perry.
During 2010, the Cape Town band EJ von LYRIK and The Champions embarked on a colossal European tour, playing on major global stages such as the Paleo Festival in Switzerland, alongside acts like as Jamiroquai and Gentleman. Upon their return to Africa, they played a legendary show to their hometown audience.
PROJECT / HOMECOMING / CLIENT / HIGH VOLTAGE ENTERTAINMENT