Imile Wepener is an artist and illustrator from Johannesburg, 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 South African master puppeteer Toby van Eck, 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.
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