I am an illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa.

I began freelancing professionally in 2005, and have worked on a variety of projects, focusing mainly on Health Promotion, Animal Welfare and Education – but diversifying to include Woman’s magazines, film, museum displays, and greeting cards.

My work is very much in the public realm and can be spotted all over the country in schools, hospitals and education centres. You may even have seen it on the road on one of SACTWU’s Mobile Clinics and vehicles, in your doctor’s waiting room as you flip through a Home magazine, in a school textbook or on holiday at the Betty’s Bay penguin reserve.

Art has always been my passion, and is integrated into my formal education: I matriculated from the Johannesburg National School of the Arts and completed my degree in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 1995. I followed this up with a children’s Art teachers training course for Outcomes Based Education at Wits Technicon with David Paton; my final graduation project being on Art and Literacy.

Before establishing myself as a professional freelance illustrator, I devoted myself to teaching art classes, and working with books, initially in the Johannesburg Public Library and later as the Children’s Manager at Exclusive Books Hyde Park. My clients have included The Western Cape Health Department, Cape Nature, Breadline Africa, Phoenix Burns Project, ACESS, The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, SACTWU Workers Health, Intaka Island, Maskew Miller Longman and Pearson Education, Oxford University Press, , Macmillan Education, Baseline Publishing Services, Home Magazine, University of the Western Cape, Mdzananda Animal Clinic, MTE Studios, Egg Films, Carbon Films cc, Shoot The Breeze Productions, V.A.M.P, Joe Public, Four Paws South Africa and Wilfred Jewell consultants among others, as well as private commissions.

Feel free to browse my gallery of works; if you would like to commission me for a project or an illustration please email me via the Contacts form

I look forward to hearing from you


Kate Boyes