Karlien Villiers

is creating Illustrations, Original Artworks and a Graphic Novel

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Ain't got much but still want to help? Thanks. Access to exclusive Patron-only content. 
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Twice the thanks! In addition to all previous tier rewards, you'll also see the inside of my studio, my periodic patron-only blog posts on drawing, creating comics, navigating the art industry, and more. 
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Hi everyone,
I'm Karlien de Villiers an artist based in the Cape Town area, South Africa where I live with my partner, two daughters and our cat, Milo. I'm an illustrator, exhibiting gallery artist and an internationally acclaimed author of graphic novels - the next one is due out sometime this year (more realistically next year). I need to buy time.

"PeDegree" : Who am I?

I draw therefore I am.

I studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Stellenbosch University. After graduating I worked as a commercial designer in an advertising agency in Cape Town. In 2006 I completed a Master's Degree in Information Design at Pretoria University, and has worked as a Lecturer in Illustration and Visual Communication Design at Stellenbosch University’s Visual Arts Department from 2006 to 2017.

I am the author and illustrator of the graphic novel My mother was a beautiful woman. The novel was published in a German translation in Switzerland, and emerged as the second-best seller at the Fumetto International Comics Festival in Luzern in 2006. The book has since been translated into French, Spanish and Italian. I have presented solo exhibitions in South Africa and abroad (Switzerland, France, Germany) and regularly participate in local and international group exhibitions. My work is widely sought after and has been collected by private, corporate and museum collectors from all over the world, and has been described as "Sophisticatedly Naughty" by Elle Decoration.

Teaching, Painting and Drawing has been a huge part of my life and I hope that I can inspire, help and share my knowledge and experience through Patreon. I am very experienced in providing professional feedback and advice including but not limited to art direction, concept development, compiling a portfolio, different painting, illustration and drawing techniques, color use, design and composition.

I also have over 15 years of professional experience working in the illustration and fine arts industry such as: exhibiting through art galleries; working with curators, painting and drawing in traditional media such as watercolor, ink, oil paint, acrylics, gouache; working in digital illustration media; publishing comics and graphic novels; working with magazine editors, illustrating book covers and brainstorming ideas from concept to final artwork.

Here's the Deal - Some strings attached
Depending on your chosen Rewards Tier, you can expect the following from me:

  • Exclusive images of my work and my world for Patrons only
  • Behind the Scenes peek into my Studio (and all the secret stuff not posted on social media)
  • Secret Sketchbook Pages and Naughty Images 
  • Insight into how I work, what inspires me and what I read and listen to
  • Blogs posts and Tutorials about Techniques / Media / Paint etc
  • Exclusive Patron-Only Hi-Res images with the non-commercial Rights to print on personal items e.g. T-Shirts, Mugs, Fabric, Placemats etc
  • Signed Original Limited Edition Fine-Art Prints 
  • Signed Original Artworks in Watercolor/Gouache/Acrylic on Cotton Paper 
  • Commissioned Artworks - e.g. a portrait of you, your loved ones, your pet, your boss, your secret crush or anything that tickles your fancy or fantasy
  • Individual Feedback / Consultation or Q & A Session with me 

Become my Patron
I would like to say genuinely Thank You for considering to become my patron. Any contribution is greatly appreciated! You can check out the rewards section to see exactly what I have to offer. If you like my work but money is tight, then please follow and share my work on social media instead!

Will you please join me on this exciting new journey as a full-time artist?

$0 of $500 per month
When I reach this goal I will be able to buy more art materials. This means that I can draw more and will be able to create more content for my patrons, and test out and review more art supplies.
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