CARTOONS

South African cartoonist Konrad Rode (based in Cape Town and previously in Bellville) often creates cartoons for editorials, book covers, and educational and training programmes.

Konrad uses cartoons to add humour to the often morbid subject of economics, to training programmes and so forth, which is appreciated by both workers and business people.

 
 

 

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Bodybuilder

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The above example is a high quality cartoon, usually reserved for editorials. Konrad loves drawing people with stupid or angry expressions, so this one was a real pleasure.

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Milking a dead cow

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"Profit margins milked dry," read the headline for Rode's Report on the SA Property Market - a quarterly publication by leading property economists Rode of Bellville. It referred to building contractors who are unable to make a profit anymore, probably because of spiralling building costs or strong competition.

Konrad loved drawing this one. He has a sense of the macabre, and the thin, worn, starving farmer milking a cow skeleton was right up his alley.

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King Kong

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"Listed funds gobbling up property stock," this 2005 edition of an economics publication by Bellville consultants Rode & Associates read.

Konrad particularly likes King Kong's eyes' dumb, crazed look. And the flaring nostrils.

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Sleepless

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Cartoons really work so much better to convey any kind of message.

Visual communications like humorous illustrations ensure the message stays imprinted in the viewers mind.

This cartoon was created to portray someone who hasn't yet registered for an upcoming conference, and is used every year as a e-mail reminder. He can't sleep because he's worrying about not having registered yet.

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Why't Burp

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This poster was designed & illustrated for (now TV actor) Chris Vorster's satirical stage performance "Why't Burp" during 1998. Subtitled "'n Afrikaanse Western", it was a send-up of the legend of Wyatt Erp, à la South Africa.

Both Chris and Konrad grew up in Bellville, behind the boereworsgordyn, as some Southern Suburbs types like to refer to it.

The style was naive, crude and cartoon-like, popular with rebellious, young Afrikaners at the time – a style popularised by the likes of Conrad Botes in Bitterkomix (Conrad and Konrad also grew up together).

The poster proved so popular in the Durban leg of the tour that all posters were stolen soon after being posted in the streets, according to Chris. Compliments don't get better than that! Of course, Chris has always had a groot bek, so the jury's out on that one ;-)

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Greeting monks

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A loyal client of ours, Louw Redelinghuys asked Konrad in 1992, when he was still a graphic design student, to draw him a series of cartoons for use in Marine Products's (Durbanville) training programmes for workers, and he's been doing it ever since.

There has been a much needed trend among South African corporations to train workers to create a sense of pride and ownership in their companies, and because a substantial proportion of these workers are illiterate, cartoons with their attention-grabbing humour are an ideal tool.

In this cartoon we portrayed two (not humourless) serene-looking Buddhist monks greeting each other to show respect as company value.

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Live, fast cartoons

Motivation

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Amazon asked Konrad to create quick, live cartoons for a training course for customer service managers. Cartoons are an effective way of engaging employees.

Commissioned by Amazon.

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Sleepwalking to work

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This workers' training programme cartoon was created to depict an early bird. It was used to explain that workers who arrive at work early are more productive.

This cartoon dates from the late nineties, when Konrad used good old Pantone markers on that medium called paper. Each project comprised more or less 100 cartoons. It was an expensive technique that almost caused him repetitive stress injury in his wrist. Nowadays Konrad still does pencil and pen outlines, then scans the cartoon and adds the colour digitally.

Commissioned by Marine Products (Marpro).

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Serving a grim dish

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In this cartoon – one of hundreds commissioned by Marine Products (Marpro) – we portrayed the shock on a diner's face after discovering the fish he had ordered had bones sticking out its back. The diner looks like a silver spoon fed type, so his standards must be rather high (pronounce using stiff upper lip).

You'll notice that the fish has a sly grin. The lesson: Customers won't buy our products if they don't look presentable.

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Awaiting death at the ICU

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One of Konrad's favourites. The headline for this edition of an economics report read, "Building industry into ICU."

The nurse and the priest have a bit of a Priest and Prostitute theme going. Not even the sight of the sexy nurse could revive the patient. And check the vulture behind the window, just waiting for the patient to push daisies.

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What clients say:

 
 
 

Lynette Smit
Marketing manager, Rode & Associates

"A creative genius..."

 

Pieter De Waal
Sole proprietor, Hermit on the Hill

"A stickler for detail, Konrad appreciates the difference between good and great, and won't stop tweaking till the end-product meets his exacting standards.

His offbeat sense of humour, coupled with his ability to transform this into his designs, makes it a pleasure to brainstorm new concepts with him.

Konrad has been a key member in developing my brand, and I always look to him for inspiration and creativity."

 

Tania de Maine-Oosthuizen:
Manager, Tharagay Addictions Services

"We love his work, from initial ideas to final designs! What he has done for us, was simple, yet elegant, and purely beautiful".

 

Zeki Hilmi
Sole proprietor, Chelsea Village Framers and Antique Shoppe

"Konrad has this exceptional ability to develop illustrations.

We were so thrilled by the work he undertook for us that we employed Konrad to design our wedding invitation, which, through collaboration and Konrad's outstanding knowledge of graphic design, he designed for us exactly what we were looking for. All our guests commented and said, "what an amazing wedding invitation!"

I recommend Konrad to everybody and will use him in the future again."

 

Sanett Uys
Marketing manager, Colliers International (SA)

"The work Konrad did for us has been outstanding! His customer service is great and his creativity exceptional. He is willing to think out of the box and come up with new ideas, which we love."

 
     

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