Jean Louis Du Preez - New Zealand-based Freelance Illustrator and digital artist.
My work is a 2D mix of whimsical, fantasy, Sci-Fi, and children's illustration with a warm pallet provoking and entertaining the viewer's imagination. I am inspired by nature, organic shapes, abstract sculpture, and the surreal. See my print store for prints of my abstract work.
I immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2014 to give my children a better chance for a stable future. I had to work full-time as a tradesman for seven years. During this time, I used my free time to self-educate and develop my craft. I currently work part-time as a tradesman aiming to become a full-time illustrator.
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember, influenced by the early "old school" illustrators of the '70s to '90s. High school art and a diploma in digital multimedia are my formal training; the rest is self-taught. I switched from traditional oil/acrylic painter to digital 2D and 3D. As artists, we are constantly evolving and thriving to improve our craft. For me, art and design combined with a story, vision, or simple idea is an adventure that unfolds as the creation develops. This love of art ensures constant fresh additions to my portfolio.
In 2020 I illustrated the book "Broken" by Floyd Gary Pierce (ISBN-13 : 979-8573264103) but did not work on the cover. Then in 2021, I set myself a challenge and wrote, illustrated, and self-published my children's book, "The Big Bad Bush Fire" (ISBN-13 : 978-0473571238)
In-house graphic designer & illustrator.