SUPPORT LOCAL By Way Of Illustration Volume 1


Curated Showcase of South African LEGACY

BY WAY OF ILLUSTRATION Zooms into the lives, workspaces, and journeys of illustrators.

Telling our story Illustrators share their journeys – the lessons, challenges, and triumphs with revealing and unfiltered honesty. It’s a curation of the life and career lessons of illustrators known for breaking visual conceptual barriers and gaining sought-after recognition. This is their story.

In today’s connected and curious world, Africa’s talented creators and storytellers actively contribute to the global creative community and its economy. Even with a multibillion-dollar creative industry, however, many still struggle to build and grow sustainable careers that can support and improve their quality of life. Sharp-Lee Mthimkulu decided that had to change for illustrators like himself.

First launched in 2019 as an event series in Johannesburg and now evolving into a book series, By Way Of Illustration (BWOI) has helped illustrators across the continent by making room for conversations on the practice, business and career opportunities of the world of professional illustration. 

BWOI’s first book volume captures these stories, actively zooming into the lives, workspaces, career paths and insights of illustrators to further support and grow their creative community.


Shiloh Masego Rak

@mase_shiloh - Architech & Artist

Thando Kubheka

@seaweedsword - Freelance Illustrator

Hust Wilson

@Hust Wilson - Type artist & Illustrator

Neo Mahlangu

@nenemahlangu - Fine Artist & Digital Designer

Sthembiso Mpehle

@Dipopaai - 2D Animator & Illustrator

Thapelo Keetile

@grimmzsa - Concept Artist & Animator

Togo Langa

@sonoflanga - Social Impact Entrepreneur & Art Curator

Rendani Nemakhavhani

@rendanii - Art director & Graphic design

Kevin Smith

@Agent_ksmith - Artist & Lawyer

Minenkulu Ngoyi

@miningoyi - Artist & Print Specialist

Luthando Mfabe

@warinnovation - Graphic Design & Software Development

Ndumiso Nyoni

@ndumiso_nyoni - Illustrator & Animator


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By Way Of Illustration Docuseries Season 1

Community of illustrators from johannesburg South Africa sharing thier stories. Unmute below videos to listens.

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Studio Leetchi ZA in collaboration with Creative Nestlings