The Cartist

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Official magazine of the British Guild of Motoring Artists


South African Automotive Artist and Designer Clive Botha The Cartist Member of British Guild of Motoring Artists


Clive Botha - South African Automotive Artist


by John Napper, Editor - Published Nov/Dec 2016


Automotive Artist and illustrator Clive Botha, is based in Port Elizabeth, which forms part of the greater metropolitan area of Nelson Mandela Bay. Home of South Africa's automotive industry, Nelson Mandela Bay is a global, turbo-charged engine for the manufacture and export of vehicles, home to Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford, as well as tyre manufacturers, Continental, Goodyear and Bridgestone as well as many more automotive component manufacturers and suppliers.

“I have been drawing since I was a small child and growing up in the 'Motor City' fuelled my passion for cars and the automotive industry,” says Botha. “In April 2016, I applied for membership to the GMA and was accepted as a Full Member. This is a great honour and I am proud to represent my city and country on this distinguished platform.”

Botha graduated with a National Diploma in Graphic Design from the former Port Elizabeth Technikon (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). He has over 10 years’ experience, managing his own digital marketing agency, MotorMedia Communications, where he primarily focuses on automotive-related industries.

Over the years, he has done work for large corporate brands, small to medium-sized businesses, as well as individual clients – locally, nationally and internationally. Botha explains, “Although I deliver a range of marketing and design services to the automotive sector, drawing and illustration is, and always will be, my first love! For this reason, I created a division within my agency called 'The Cartist' that specifically focuses on automotive art commissions and car drawings for clients worldwide.”

“I mainly work in graphite, coloured pencil and graphic marker. However, I do not focus on one particular style or medium, I often incorporate pen, pastel and gouache into some of my automotive artwork which ranges from quick sketches to highly finished renderings. I would describe myself as a perfectionist and I am extremely detail-oriented, but at the same time I also enjoy being a bit more expressive in my artwork.”

“I like to experiment with different styles and techniques and recently started doing 3D anamorphic artwork, which is a distorted projection or drawing that appears three dimensional when viewed from a particular vantage point. In addition to my automotive artworks, I also like to draw pencil portraits of people, pets, animals and other subject matter.”

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