Imile Wepener is an artist and illustrator from Kempton Park, South Africa. Imile earned a BA Honours in Visual Communication (specializing in Illustration) in 2015 from The Open Window Institute in Pretoria (one of his Honours projects even nabbing him a Loerie Award in 2016). While in High School, Imile was the apprentice of a South African master puppeteer, and added the skill of puppetry to his repertoire that also includes sculpture, animation and painting.
He currently mostly works as a freelance illustrator, having created commercial illustrations for Standard Bank; Exclusive Books; PUMA; Motherland Coffee; Scholastic; Karen Zoid; Bouwer Bosch; Desmond and the Tutus; Shortstraw; Donna Magazine and many others, for which he was ranked #17th best illustrator in South Africa by the Loerie Awards and as one of 50 of the best Emerging Creatives by the Design Indaba.
He recently completed a large project with children's author Jaco Jacobs for Lapa Publishers, resulting in '101 NAGMERRIES', a large children's book of scary stories with over 100 illustrations. Earlier this year he also illustrated various portraits of famous local authors for a nationwide Exclusive Books campaign. Apart from commercial work, he also frequently exhibits his own artworks in solo and group exhibitions.
I was shortlisted for the NAMI CONCOURS Picture Book Illustration Competition and my work was exhibited at The Magical World of Contemporary Picture Book Illustration in Seoul, Korea.
Loeries - Best Ranked Illustrators
I was ranked as #17 on the Loeries List of Best Ranked Illustrators 2018
Culture Leader Arts Competition
I was runner up in the Visual section of the Culture Leader Arts Competition 2018
Design Indaba Emerging Creatives
I was chosen as one of 40 of the best up-and-coming young creatives in South Africa, and exhibited at the Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town.
The Loerie Awards
I was awarded with a Student Craft Certificate in 2016 for one of my Honours practical assignments - 'Bad Blood 1')
BEHANCE PORTFOLIO NIGHT JHB
I was awarded with Best Design/Illustration Portfolio 2015 at the Behance Portfolio Night JHB 2015