Friday, October 26, 2007


Hello, remember me? I used to blog here every now and then.. nowadays it's more "once in a blue moon". I promise to have my people look at the problem and get back to your people with some recommendations and timings. In the meantime - here's something I did recently , ok?

Friday, June 22, 2007

Little Girl

While we're on a roll, here's one inspired by my daughter.. I thought I'd colour this one in for a change..

Monday, June 18, 2007

Old Man

Ok, so I know it's been a while, but who's counting anyway? This one's for Jason Bronkhorst, who was the catalyst for something amazing happening to me. After nagging him endlessly, he was generous enough to give me an inkwell, and pen with various tips to start experimenting with. The results was something astounding... soon I was drawing semi-convincing figures for the first time... something that's always intimidated me; plus I discovered a whole new aesthetic to drawing I never thought I'd be able to reach..

It's as if the pen forced me to think about every stroke I made, and it shows ...
So thanks Jason... appreciate the interest and encouragement...

an old man that just came to me out of nowhere...

Some bathing ladies.. also.. out of nowhere

I really dig the postal stamps

Quote by John Lennon : "It is knowing, it is not dreaming.. of the beginning"

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Open letter to Theresa-Anne Mackintosh

Dear Theresa-Anne,

I was paging through a catalogue / booklet of your solo exhibition held in 2004, and realized again how brilliant and still so relevant your work is. As you may remember, I added your site under my links section a while ago. So this morning , when I clicked on the link, disaster struck. To start of with I spelt your name wrong, which you initially so kindly pointed out to me, and to add injury to insult, I discovered that the link itself was incorrect and actually went to the Apple home page. SO - Apologies Theresa-Anne, for totally screwing that one up; and thanks once again for the inspiration.

Marcel Rossouw


Monday, April 2, 2007

Chalk and cheese

The amazing , and simultaneously dangerous thing about chalkboards is that you could carry on until 2 in the morning (or until your chalk runs out) , forever drawing , correcting, drawing ( and if you have a camera, the added element of documentation - very important of course)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

side show signage

I've been going on about Coney Island and the crazy tales of what all happened there in the 20's and 30's , especially the side shows with freaks on parade, like the bearded lady, the sword swallowers, the mermaids, stuffed unicorns and all sorts of freakish oddities all on show for a nickel ( Coney Island used to be affectionately referred to as Nickel world, the train to Coney Island and every joyride , sideshow or other fantastic attraction being priced at a nickel).

But I suppose from a visual artist's point of view , the craft and sheer magical imagery of the posters and signage was something with a hypnotic appeal all of it's own. While in my own little sideshow daze, jumping from link to link online, I came across a modern illustrator , taking his cue from that era. His name is Joe Coleman, and here's his link. I'm sure there's more authentic examples out there, but this is merely a start.

While we're at it, some carny / side show lingo

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Some flowers

Ok, ok , so I know it's really cheesy, but I thought I'd post this in time for Valentiines Day. Did it a few years ago . Click here to download the EXE

Friday, January 19, 2007

Check it

I recently came across some really great sites, so I've decided to create a new section on this here blog, for all sorts of niceties I might come across whilst meandering through the electronic meadow. It;s called "Chew on this" and will hopefully be mediated on a regular basis. Have a look to your right please...down, down, little more.. there you go!

Monday, January 8, 2007


Came across an illustrator in the march/apr 2006 issue of print magazine who's work I really admire. I'm a sucker for this style of illustration.

His name is Cristopher Silas Neal ( click here to go to his website )

Thursday, January 4, 2007

The Hound, the Cat and Sir Toad went for a walk

Ok, ok , I know I'm supposed to be working but dammit my brain's still in holiday mode. More illustrations inspired by the artwork contained in the booklet of Smashing Pumpkin's "Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness".

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Man in the moon

Hey, back from holiday. Hope everybody got a neat present or at least laid/drunk/religion.. etc.
So paged again through the booklet of Smashing Pumpkins' "Mellon Collie" and the illustrations are just amazing. Old nineteen twenties style collage and line drawings ( some might remember the video of "Tonight Tonight ( click here to watch on youtube)" with people going into space in a zeppelin, walking on a strange planet with these flat landscapes in their swallow tail coats and top hats. Really beautiful grading and treatment. Herewith thus , inspired by aforementioned, a little sketch of how I think the man in the moon looks like