Inus Pretorius is a recent graduate of The Open Window, where he majored in both illustration and communication design. He is also the maker of some of the freshest work we’ve seen in a while.
He attributes the new worlds he creates and the surreal twist to his work to a love for fantasy and science fiction. The rest he credits to being rooted in many hours of getting lost in Where’s Wally? books when he was younger.
Inus has an ongoing fascination with people, their quirks and idiosyncrasies and says he is happiest when creating worlds, characters and narratives; whether in portraits or detailed, isometric and character-filled scenes.
There are no short cuts to coming up with new people, animals and aliens to fill these spaces. Inus says, “Although inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places, I find that it is through buckling down to work that my imagination seems to really jump into gear. To me, creative work is self-reinforcing in that way and every project opens doors to numerous others.”
As for the future, he says, “It would be great to see my work on different platforms and perhaps even branch out to other disciplines. I’ve only very briefly dabbled with animation, but when I did, it was the most amazing feeling to see characters and worlds come to life, so I’d love to collaborate with animators one day. I’m also exploring illustrated typography more and more and working on a body of work tentatively called ‘Rigmarole’ which will, God willing, be ready for display early in 2014.”
A poster I illustrated to depict a world much like a large, floating studio space, filled with obscure, masked characters engaged in different creative crafts.
I recently made a handbound, illustrated zine dealing with the question, “If your house was burning down, what would you save?”. It features four people, their objects and some close-ups.