We took a look at some of the projects Johnny Kotze from The Motel has been busy with over the last few months. Recently making the move from Cape Town to Joburg, Johnny works as a freelance illustrator and designer for a host of clients both local and international. He is represented by Pell-Mell in Paris and American agency, Jennifer Vaughn.
A true versatile illustrator, Johnny’s portfolio features a range of skillfully executed illustration styles, his most recent works being characterized by detailed craft and soft pastels. He enjoys playing with imaginary shapes and ’60s styles and names Martin & Alice Provensen, Jim Flora, Anthony Lupatelli and Miroslav Sasek as influences.
The Motel is a space where Johnny showcases his favourite work done over the last five years. Take a look: themotel.co.za
He described each of the projects featured here.
The Explorer – An illustration for the print and online communications for the Virgin Goliath Challenge. Sibusiso Vilane was the first black person to complete the three pole challenge: South Pole, North Pole and Mount Everest. This illustration is a tribute to his achievement. Ad agency: Black River FC Johannesburg.
Global Warming – A self-initiated and promotional illustration depicting the change of weather and effects of global warming; a melting world and flooded towns and cities. It was inspired by a particularly hot Summer and cold Winter.
The Letter X -An illustration I did for a type exhibition hosted by Wolves. Each artist was given a letter of the alphabet to illustrate for the event. I was given the letter ‘X’ and based it on one of my favourite fonts, Georgia. It has also been included in the limited edition Essie Letterpress 2013 South African Artist’s Almanac.
Petite Belle – I was asked by the Canadian Children’s Hospital and annual charity event The Snowflake Ball, to do a once off artwork that would then be auctioned off to raise money. The theme was ‘Springtime in Paris’ but I went for more of a winter theme with a snow globe inspired Paris city scene. It’s has landmarks the Arc de Triomphe on the right, The Notre Dame on the left and off course the famous Eiffel Tower in the centre.
Black Forest – This Illustration was done for a limited edition chocolate packaging. Clothing boutique LOOM and local organic chocolatiers Honest Chocolate joined forces to create a limited edition artist series of chocolates. This piece was inspired by the wooded mountain ranges in Germany called the Black Forest and also the children’s book tale of Red Riding Hood.
Central Park – A self-initiated illustration and design for a textile print based on Autumn colors and the theme of Central Park, NYC.
Bear Hug – An illustration for a Penguin Books children’s book about the effects of deforestation. All the animals’ homes have been destroyed by man and Bear comforts them.
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