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