A quick and fun Q&A with illustrator Lorenzo Plaatjies


20-year-old illustrator and developer Lorenzo Plaatjies is best known for sad boy content –  illustrations of longing and loneliness against an aesthetically pleasing backdrop, creating a blend of pain and pleasure. In all his work, Lorenzo channels his emotions. His illustrations paint an honest picture of his heartfelt feelings. In this Q&A we get to know him a little better. 

Q; If you could only use one app in all your work, which one would you pick?

A: I’d choose Adobe because it’s what I use to create my works

Q: What is your philosophy on illustrations?

A: I think it’s up to the artist to define the purpose of their work, mine though is I see art as a form or tool to channel sometimes reflect, a mood or emotion.

Q: Given the chance to showcase one piece of creation you’ve created to the entire world which one would you pick and why?

A: I’d pick any of my Sudden reflection pieces, they resemble most of my work,. So one is enough to have an idea of what majority of my work is like.

Q: If you met the president of our country right now and he said “sell me on why I should give you A: R1 million to use in your creations as you please, in just 10 words” –  what would you say?

A: Invest in the kids.

Q: If you could only use one colour in all your creations, what colour would it be? And why?

A: Pink, because the colour has grown on me. It’s become a part of my brand

Q: Describe your illustrations to a blind person

A: Imagine glitter mixed in with angst. Then tailor-made into something unabstract

Q: If you could take credit for any piece of creation, which one would you claim? Why?

A: I’d like to think I’m entitled to take credit for any of my works, but it would have to be any one of the portraits

Q: If you had the power to change anything about the country’s creative landscape what would you change?

A: I’d make it so that artist valued themselves and what they do more.

Q: What would your autobiography be called?

A: Painting My Ego

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, name three things you’d make sure to have with you.

A: My phone, a solar charger, and an internet connection. So I could work on something

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