Yancke / Designer & Illustrator

I am a professional freelance creative Designer & Illustrator
I have a passion for Design and Technology, its past & its future.
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Branding Design


Editorial Design


Visual Design






Soft skills

Time Management
Decision Making


Animimated graphic


  • 1998-2001

    Graphic Design

    BA in Graphic Design, Nelson Mandela Metropol University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Graphic design qualification with a comprehensive focus
    on advertising and corporate design.

  • 2002-2006

    Bachelor of Arts

    BA in writing and editing in the media, film studies and fine arts. University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

    Writing and editing in the media, film studies and additional fine arts major with a sprinkle of history coursework.

  • 2015

    Responsive HTML5 and CSS3, Wordpress fundamentals

    Friends of Design. Cape Town, South Africa
    Responsive HTML5 and CSS3:

    • • Structuring a flexible website, handeling typography and hierarchies, images and media placement, form creation, building layouts and using HTML frameworks.
    • • Adapting web pages to multiple device sizes using media queries and enhancing the experience with custom typefaces, animations and effects all using little or no JavaScript.

    Wordpress fundamentals:

    • •In-depth focus on installing and customising content for WordPress.
      • • Build a customised template powered by the WordPress platform.

  • 2016

    User Experience Design Fundamentals

    Udemy: Joe Natoli. Online coursework
    • • Creating more effective web sites, mobile sites and mobile applications that encourage conversions and leave users wanting more.
    • • Creating effective web presence through the critical elements of user
    • experience -- strategy, scope, structure, skeleton and surface.


  • 2007-2017

    Freelance Design & Illustration

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Provide design and illustration services to a variety of clients, including:

    • • Illustrative design with a focus on vector art;
    • • Concept art and character design.
    • • 2D Animation; storyboarding and narrative art.
    • • Corporate identity and logo design.
  • 2008-2014

    Design & Illustration Lecturer

    Pearson Group, Cape Town


    • •Lectured courses that included: Illustration, Ioftware training, Animation, Design fundamentals and Digital Design.
    • •Responsible for mentoring students into maturity, giving them guidance and feedback
    • •Involved with moderation process and student grading.
    • • One of the original lecturers responsible for starting the Design Department.

About Me

  • Name: Yancke van Tonder
  • Date of birth: 05 Aug 1979
  • Address: 5 Teddington Rd , South Africa
  • Nationality: South African
  • Phone: (084) 5566297
  • Email: Yancke@gmail.com

What I do ?

I have been working as a Designer and illustrator and in the past I lectured Digital design & Illustration. My strengths lie in design fundamentals and illustration. I have extensive experience with vector art in Illustrator as well as traditional media graphics in Photoshop. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges that motion and animation brings. Detail-oriented and driven to advancing my craft, I welcome new puzzles and thrive when I am learning new skills and concepts.

  • Illustration
  • Digital Painting
  • Branding Design
  • UI Design
  • Writing and Editing
  • Lay-Out Design

Who am I ?

Growing up in the rural Eastern Cape, I spent my days watching cartoons, climbing trees, and doodling monsters. It was all over for me though when I saw my first Computer at a friend’s house, and realised with an unbridled lust “I must have one.” Since that young age, I have been ruining life and relationship in front of the glow of a mechanical brain. I am passionate about illustration and art that tell stories and I consider modern games and film media to be an art form that has surpassed that of the fine arts for the last 30 years. Eloquent and well read, with a deep understanding of culture trends, working as part of a creative team is an exciting prospect.
My work ethic places great value in planning and ideation, and nailing down the basics before you jump head first into a project and attack the fine details. I place great value in group discussions over the merits and faults within work produced, and learning through group interrogation of design aesthetics. Having gone through traditional fine arts training as well as a design program has given me a great respect for alternative ways of approaching problems, and the value of sweat in the problem solving equation.


I seek opportunities that allow me to improve the skills of my craft and as a human being. Organizations filled with passionate people and a strong sense of community is crucial in my self improvement process. I am presently expanding my experience in UI / UX design. I focus on using my interpersonal skills to coax the best out of any team members build good user experience and become an honest asset to any employer. As an individual, I'm self-confident you’ll find me creative, funny and naturally passionate. I’m a forward thinker, which others may find inspiring when working as a team.

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Address/Street 5 Teddington Road, Rondebosch,
Cape Town, South Africa
Phone Number (084) 5566297