The Cartist


" Driven by perfection.  Fuelled by passion. "  - The Cartist 



Hi there!  My name is Clive Botha, also known as "The Cartist", and it is an absolute pleasure to meet you!  I am an automotive artist and designer based in Port Elizabeth which forms part of the greater metropolitan city of Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

My love for cars must be as old as I am, because I don’t recall when it started. Cars have had a strong presence in my life ever since I can remember.  I drew a lot of inspiration from cars as I grew up in the 'motor city' of South Africa.

My passion for art led me to study graphic design at the Nelson Mandela University, after which I sidelined my love for art and worked in the automotive media and communications field for over a decade. 

However, over the past few years I rediscovered my passion for motoring art, dusted off my sketch pad and pencils and reimmersed myself into my passion.  I went on to create "The Cartist" - a full-service automotive art and design agency, and I've since done work for clients around the globe.

Based on my experience in the media and communications field, I have also incorporated a business unit within “The Cartist” called MotorMedia, which provides media and digital communications services to clients in the automotive sector who want to elevate and promote their brands online.


Attention to Detail

From Pencil to Pixel to Print - I create unique car drawings and designs.  Everything from the pencils and paper I use, to the packaging the artwork is shipped in, is authentic, original and of the highest quality.  Old-school techniques are combined with modern materials, to make sure that every commissioned artwork that leaves my agency is a beautiful masterpiece.

My mediums of choice are graphic markers, pens and pencils, however, I do not focus on one particular style or medium.  I often incorporate pastel, gouache and airbrushing in my artwork which ranges from quick sketches to highly finished renderings. 

I would describe myself as a perfectionist and I am extremely technical and detail-oriented.  I precisely reproduce every line and shape of the car on the paper, so I can fill the car with colours, highlights and shadows. The complex shapes of cars create some very interesting reflections and shadows, which is what I enjoy when I’m drawing a car.  With every stroke, the drawing starts to look more realistic and comes to life on the page.


Passion for Performance

Over the years, I have had the privilege to travel to leading automotive manufacturing countries such as the USA, Germany, Italy, France and England, which further fuelled my passion for cars and for motoring.  I have had the opportunity to visit numerous motoring showrooms, motoring museums and racetracks, where I test drove some of the world’s most iconic supercars, such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and Corvette, to name a few.

Back in 2011, I completed an Advanced Driving Skills course with Yokohama Driving Dynamics at Gerotek Vehicle Testing facility and have since test driven vehicles for various brands.

In 2016, I was accepted as a full member of the prestigious British Guild of Motoring Artists. This is a great honour and I am extremely proud to represent my country on this distinguished platform.

Today, I am an automotive artist and designer specialising in classic and contemporary sports and performance car drawings and artwork for clients worldwide. 





A three-page article in the September/October 2020 issue of “Round Up”, the official magazine of the Mustang Owners’ Club of Great Britain.  The magazine is distributed to over 1800+ members and a digital copy is available for members online.  The article was also shared with the GT40 Club.  The Mustang Owners’ Club of Great Britain was formed in 1979 and is the original and largest Mustang Club in the UK.