This year's Behance Portfolio Review night recently took place at the University of Johannesburg FADA Gallery. The event forms part of a global network of reviews that take place in over 120 countries. It is aimed at bringing young creatives together to share ideas, work, and most importantly, receive advice and feedback on their portfolios by industry mentors and professionals.
The Johannesburg review was organised by the UJ Department of Graphic Design in partnership with Nicework agency and students from different design institutes around Gauteng attended to show their portfolios to expert reviewers. The event was open to all design students, and the work shown reflected this broad spectrum that included photography, illustration, industrial and layout design.
After two hours of back-to-back student reviews, the mentors convened to select the standout portfolios of the night. Imile Wepener, an Illustration Honours student from the Open Window Institute in Pretoria, was a unanimous choice. Imile's organic textured style, bright colours, playful and clever subject matter made his work irresistibly eye-catching.
Imile earned his BA degree in Visual Communication Design in 2014. When asked who and what inspires him, Imile had the following to say:
"My sources of inspiration are extremely varied, but I have always loved children's book illustrations, as they are extremely happy and creepy at the same time. Artists such as local illustrator Piet Grobler and 50's Disney concept artist Mary Blair have had an influence on my work. My fellow illustration classmates also inspire me, as they create such varied work. My lecturers Nina Torr and Maaike Bakker are also my inspirations, as they furthered my love and passion for illustration."