Conceptual portraits
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A while ago, I was commissioned to do conceptual portraits of a filmmaker friend of mine and his associate. The plan was to use the illustrated portraits as their profile pictures on the website. In addition to interviewing them, they mailed me personality assessments of each other. Some of it was hilarious and some of it very real – one’s oddities and weaknesses cannot be hidden from someone you work so closely with. I was given creative freedom to blend their interests, personalities, passions and eccentricities into conceptual portraits that would characterize them.

Nicolene Louw
Pretoria, South Africa
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I am an illustrator based in Pretoria, South Africa, where I lecture, work as a freelance illustrator, graphic facilitator, and fine artist. I studied graphic design at the Univers… Show more.

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"Scenario Preis" at Fumetto international comics festival, Switzerland 2008 & 2012, (
United Nations, Oxfam, Nedbank, Duke corporate education, Eco Agriculture Partners, Deloitte consulting, Maskew Miller Longman, De Beers, Ludik Group, LAPA Publishers, Anadarko
"Nicolene has displayed remarkable sensitivity to conjure up stories of honest, interesting, cheerful people, true to their unique culture and context - even though the culture and context is quite different from the artists's own. Through line, colour, character and visual narrative, she's assisted our Community Relations team in northern Mozambique to initiate personal dialogue with rural communities around their involvement and role in the development of a natural resource mega-project. Thumbs up and appreciation to a storyteller of note!"
— M Eloff, Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, Mozambique Gas Development Project