Colleen Betty Brice
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"Colleen's ideas were good, and she brought an attractive touch to the column pages, succeeding in conveying some odd or difficult ideas very well indeed. I heartily recommend Ms Brice as an artist/ illustrator, and as a reputable freelance professional."
Former Editor of the Big Issue SA
I am not a big fan of self promotion so I would rather use this space to talk about art. It used to frustrate me that I could never create anything completely original, my art always reflected something in my environment. I learned that being creative is just combining what already exists in innovative ways. I can only, through my creativity, magnify some amazing thing and marvel at it, hoping that I am not alone in experiencing that awe and delight. I cannot improve nor take credit for any good product as I believe it all goes back to God.
My natural talent leans towards art that celebrates flora and fauna, especially those that characterise the Cape Peninsula in which I am fortunate enough to find myself. Cape Town is not perfect, not everyone in the Mother City is able to see her most beautiful angles so I hope to share impressions of her with everyone, without picking flowers or building over endangered fynbos. I enjoy supplying Envirokids Magazine and other educational publications with meaningful images. See my 'Fyntacie' page for more of my own art.
Below is a basic outline of my work experience. If you'd like to find out more, please contact me.
Painting in watercolour, acrylics and oils
Drawing in ink, pencil, pastel and charcoal
Polymer clay sculpting jewellery and small figures
2010 - present
2010 - present
Sparx Illustrators - Freelance Illustrator
April 2010 - present
I have been signed on with Sparx Illustrators' Portfolio since the beginning of my career. The agency has helped me greatly in establishing a solid reputation as an illustrator, sending new and returning clients my way and assisting me with the administrative tasks that confounded me in my early years of freelancing. If you contact them, I am sure the director, Mike Thorne will have some nice things to say about me.
Some of my clients through this agency include:
Stellenbosch University Medical Faculty
Oxford University Press
CDRA South Africa
The Big Issue SA
January 2014 - December 2016
I enjoyed my time of working with the Big Issue SA team, which only ended after the magazine came under new ownership. I contributed at least one illustration to the magazine each month. My art was often used in the opinion column. Some highlights include illustrating for well known journalists, Amy Jephta, Cat Pritchard, Eugene Yiga, Paige Nick, Helen Walne, Ben Trovato and Jani Allen. I even illustrated a cover on the subject of excessive homework in schools, in February 2016, and a full page portrait for an interview with actor, Charles Dance of Game of Thrones, first published by the Big Issue UK.
Clayologie - Facilitator
April 2016 - 2018
I started stocking Clayologie polymer clay in 2016, selling the product and associated accessories from my home and doing some demonstrations at markets and craft clubs. Although I am no longer a stockist because of other illustration work commitments, I continue to use this product to make and sell my own sculpted jewellery items at local shops such as The Kalk Bay Quarter and Namaste in Noordhoek.
Aside from the opportunities I have gotten through an illustration agency, I have also developed a good working relationship with the self publishing group, Porcupine Press and a team of talented illustrators who I have encountered over the years. This has resulted in returning clients and new projects coming my way on a regular basis.
Bergvliet High School - Matric Certificate
2002 - 2006
I am proud to have achieved the Art Award in grades 10, and 11 and the Art Practical Award in my final year.
Ruth Prowse School of Art - Graphic Design Diploma
January 2007 - December 2009
The subjects covered in this course included graphic design, desktop publishing, illustration, figure and object drawing, printmaking, photography and art history. After studying, I started to specialise in digital and handmade illustrations but I still occasionally use some of my photography and typography skills. Just don’t ask me to build a website from scratch. Since qualifying, I have also studied towards certificates in the Adobe Creative Suite to keep my knowledge up to date.