I’m Bonita, a freelance illustrator and designer from South Africa. I am passionate about illustration and design and love to make people happy. My hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, painting, baking and hiking. I am also very introverted and not much of a talker.
I’ve been drawing and painting since I can remember, but I first started designing when I was working for a local soap company – they desparately needed a better-looking price list. I fell in love with design. After that, I worked for a producer and self-publisher as a personal assistant. Naturally she needed some designs too, and as I had a bit of talent, she let me design some new logos. Soon I didn’t have much time for “assisting” and became her full-time illustrator and designer. I designed everything from CD and DVD covers and their clichés to book covers, created book layouts and illustrated the books as well.
I realised that I desparately wanted to fulfill my childhood dream.
I never went to university or college because we couldn’t afford it, but I knew this is what I wanted to do.
After working more than two years at that company, my brother-in-law said he needed a full-time designer. I worked four years for his company, designing logos and websites and stationery and many other things, taking on illustration and other design jobs after hours.
Now, I am a freelancer. I use my spare time to perfect my craft as a designer and illustrator, practicing and experimenting with tools and styles. The best part is that I get to do what I love most, while at the same time making customers happy with things I had a great time making. Nothing is as satisfying as looking at a completed project after hours of hard labour, saying to myself, well done, Bonita, and then receiving the same level of positive feedback from my clients.
I want to create something for you
If you need a new design for your company, or have a wonderful book with words but no pictures or layout, or a website in need of some styling, colour, illustrations, or icons, please send me an email. I’d love to chat about it and find a way to fill that need.
Below are a few things my clients have to say about my work.
The Ground, Sweden
HomeTown Local, USA