Mieke van der Merwe | A Traveller’s Perspective

Mieke van der Merwe
Hongdae Fleamarket

 

Since we first featured her as part of our 2010 Graduate Series, here, Graphic Design major and illustrator Mieke van der Merwe has been teaching English in South Korea.

 

Her travels have not been restricted to Asia though and over the last two years Mieke has visited the UK, Europe and America, and she has been drawing all she sees along the way. Mieke fills journals with her hand drawn snapshots and says, “To me a journal is a place where I can capture the essence and spirit of a country through a way of expression that a photograph often fails to capture.” Only teaching half day, Mieke has time to sketch on a regular basis to update her page, A doodle a day.

 

In March last year she was part of the 5 man exhibition, ‘Radar’, at Salon91. She says, “In this exhibition I exhibited works of my European and Asian travels and was well received by the South African public. In November of 2012 I had a solo exhibition in South Korea to showcase my work which also consisted of my travel styled illustrations. People found the drawings quite interesting because I was drawing Korea from a ‘foreigner’s’ point of view in a ‘South African’ based style. It was a true privilege to have been able to exhibit in two countries, and seeing different responses and feedback on the style and content of the work.”

 

Mieke describes her work as loose and expressive, portraying more the feeling of her surroundings than a perfect realistic representation. For her, the process of making the picture is very important, and she is quick to work mistakes into her images feeling they contribute to the end result.

 

Mieke moves back home next month to pursue a freelance career. Find more of her work at www.behance.net/mieke.

 

Mieke van der Merwe
Biking in Amsterdam
Mieke van der Merwe
New York
Mieke van der Merwe
New York Colour
Mieke van der Merwe
London
Mieke van der Merwe
Insadong
Mieke van der Merwe
Ireland
Mieke van der Merwe
Iceskating in France
Mieke van der Merwe
Hongdae 1
Mieke van der Merwe
Venice

 

3 Comments

  1. love the city drawings!

  2. Fantastic! I love the use of strong lines and the expression it gives.

  3. Love these sketches Mieke you have a great loose style and attention to detail at the same time! Awesome stuff.