Jean Louis Du Preez
Jean Louis Du Preez
Illustrator & Digital Artist
Dunedin, New Zealand

Summary

(Pronounced "Shaan Looie" for those inclined to call me "Gene Lewis")
Jean Louis Du Preez - New Zealand-based Illustrator and digital artist.
My work is a mix of whimsical, fantasy, stylized comic, realism to abstract, and editorial illustration. I enjoy a muted, warm pallet rendered in loose line-work, watercolor, and inks with a touch of texture.
I am inspired by nature, organic shapes, abstract sculpture, and the surreal— also quirky decorative creations, textures, ceramics, metals, and furniture. I love colors and have loads of color combinations and pallets.
I have a diploma in Graphic Design (Hirt & Carter Cape Town 1998) and a Diploma in Interior Design (The Interior Design Institute 2017). My favorite toy is my Wacom Cintiq.

I immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2014. I worked full-time as a tradesman for seven years. I used my free time to self-educate and develop my craft and portfolio. I currently work part-time as a tradesman (Got to pay the bills while chasing the dream!), aiming to become a full-time illustrator. Ultimately being hired by an Agency is my dream and goal, so I constantly work to improve my portfolio.

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 my later diploma in digital multimedia (late 1990's) are my formal training; the rest is self-taught. I switched from traditional oil/acrylic painter to digital in 2018 when I decided to pursue a career in illustration.
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 illustration ensures constant fresh additions to my portfolio.
I am constantly upgrading my skills and knowledge through the MATS (Make art that sells) courses by Lilla Rogers. Hands down the best source of online education for aspiring illustrators.

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)

Skills

2DDigital PaintingIllustration

Software proficiency

Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
Affinity Photo
Affinity Photo
Affinity Publisher
Affinity Publisher
ZBrush
ZBrush
Keyshot
Keyshot

Productions

  • Untitled
    • Book
      "The big bad bush fire" - Amazon
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Author, illustrator, designer
    • Company
      Brush of Galilee
  • Broken
    • Book
      Broken
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Illustrator
    • Company
      Floyd Gary Pierce - Author

Experience

  • Graphic Designer at Splash Magazine
    Hermanus, South Africa
    January 2009 - December 2013

    In-house graphic designer & illustrator.