Caricature as a gift
Thabo Matime of Pretoria loves braaing and potjiekos, is an avid collector and smoker of cigars, passionate about BMWs and his luscious beard, plays a bit of golf but is "a shocker" and is passionate about music and an aspiring closet DJ.
Konrad had never had a client that was so happy about the final artwork.
This caricature was drawn for a property economics publication's cover. The headline was, "How to lick the cap rate problem".
The caricature was of Erwin Rode of Bellville-based Rode & Associates, based in Bellville, Cape Town. He's been known for his sometimes cringe-worthy sense of humour by his family.
Caricature as retirement gift
Cape Oil, producers of sunflower oil etc., asked us to draw a caricature of a top manager who was about to retire. It was his farewell present.
We were given a few pictures of the manager, affectionately known among employees as "The Godfather", for his love of gambling and always having something up his sleeve when it comes to business. If you look closely at the full caricature, you'll see oil dripping from his sleeve.
Bishop Desmond Tutu
Something Konrad did in his early days (1997) as a caricaturist.
South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu (sometimes lovingly referred to as "The Arch") has one of those faces that are a cartoonist's wet dream. The more expressive a face, the more you have to play with.
Tutu has played an important and constructive role in building democracy and is generally seen as one of those really rare species in politics, the good guy. 'Bad guys' are usually a better source though because you can get downright nasty!
Caricature of children
Business Kid is an organisation in Gauteng that promotes training for disadvantaged children who want to enter the business world, through interactive programmes, initiatives, workshops and awareness campaigns. Commissioned by Lucia Nteke.
Caricature as graduation gift
Nerita Kluyts's grandparents in Durbanville commissioned this caricature as a graduation gift for their granddaughter on the day of her graduation at Stellenbosch University in 2019. She got her Honours degree in Accounting.
This was a particularly difficult caricature, as she was a highly attractive 21-year old woman. In Konrad's experience, probably because there's so much pressure on women to look beautiful, distorting features on a woman to make her look funny can be tricky. Luckily, the clients said he got it just right!
Caricature as farewell gift
Grey Advertising of Mowbray, Cape Town, called Konrad for his caricature artist skills – they needed a caricature of brand manager Franco Maria Maggi. It was given to him as a farewell gift when he left South Africa for Mexico.
Elements they wanted him to incorporate would be Franco's Italian ancestry (born & bred), his enviable travel history (he's been to just about every country in the world), his love of music, Heineken, and his cheekiness and kind, caring and witty nature.
So, Konrad made his jacket green for both the Italian feel and the Heineken brand colour - Heineken was his portfolio. The background was a cowboy flick sunset, "riding into the sun", with the odd cactus for the Mexican reference. The rest is obvious.
Konrad's responsible for Rode & Associates' quarterly property research publication covers, and sometimes it means drawing caricatures of real people.
For this edition of Rode's Report on the South African Property Market, Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni had something to point out on the graph behind him. Please note, this was in 2006 – Mboweni, now Minister of Finance (2020), is quite a bit older today.
Caricatures for event invitation
Property economics conference 2008
This e-mailed announcement for Rode & Associates' annual property conference involved caricatures of the speakers – all expert economists. It was a great idea by Rode's marketing manager Lynette Smit, and we ended up with a colourful, eye catching e-mail.
Obviously we couldn't draw a detailed caricature of each speaker due to the budget involved as well as the small sizes, but we did relatively simple, scaled down illustrations that did the job.
It was quite difficult, as it was based on one photo of each speaker, often in bad lighting, missing detail and so forth, but we managed after Lynette sent back two caricatures for being ... less than flattering to the speakers ;-)
It is of course the nature of caricaturists to distort people's stand-out features, but one must find that balance between humour and flattery.
Caricature as corporate gift
BDO Spencer directors
Konrad was approached by chartered accountants BDO Spencer Ward's staff to create a group caricature of the directors of BDO. The budget was relatively small, so they wanted a line art group caricature.
Konrad was sent separate photographs of each director, which he then caricaturised and pasted into a group.
Caricaturing one face takes time, so in the case of a group, less time is spent perfecting each of the caricatures.