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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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 am a Design professional with digital design & illustration and lecturing experience. My strengths lie in visual problem solving and illustration. I have extensive experience with vector art in Illustrator as well as traditional media. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges that motion and animation brings. Detail-oriented and driven to advancing my craft, I welcome new challenges and thrive when I am learning new skills and concepts. In recent years I have worked on UI, motion graphics, and training documents, as well as freelance in the marketing and logo design speheres.

  • Illustration
  • Logo design & Branding
  • Digital Painting
  • Editorial Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • UI Design
  • Animation
  • Writing and Editing

Software knowledge:

  • Illustrator
  • After Effects
  • Photoshop
  • Clip Studio
  • InDesign
  • HTML & CSS
  • Blender

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, and realised with an unbridled lust “I must have one.” Since that age, I have been ruining life and relationship in front of the glow of a mechanical brain.

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. Past experiences have 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. Passionate colleagues are crucial in my self improvement process. I am constantly expanding my training through self study. I focus on trying to nurture the best out of any team members and become an honest asset to any employer. As an individual, I'm independent and you’ll find me creative and naturally passionate.



  • 2018-PRESENT

    Lead Designer, E-Learning
    for the retail sector

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Illustration and digital design for a large retail group, including:

    • • Vector assets for online training and printed documentation,
    • • Digital design and UI problem solving within challenging
      technical limitations;
    • • e-Learning and infographic animation for broadcast and digital platforms;
    • • Determining overall digital design UI "look and feel" for e-learning programmes.
    • • Managing the production enviroment, liaising with contractors and arranging shoots, etc.
  • 2008-2014

    Design & Illustration Lecturer

    Pearson group, Cape Town


    • •Lectured a range of subjects including illustration, software 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.
  • 2007-PRESENT

    Freelance Design & Illustration

    Cape Town, South Africa

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

    • • Illustration for industry,
    • • Experience with art for clothing industry with a focus on Vector art;
    • • Concept art and character design particularly in branding and promotion, layout and exhibition events, (including promotional material and brochures);
    • • Animation in After effects; storyboarding and narrative art.


  • 2018-Present

    Blender 3d software training.

    Self teaching and online coursework.

    Study/Course content included:

    • • Low poly modelling.
    • • Node: Shading and materials.
    • • Product renders.
    • • Studied (Parametric) non destructive modelling workflow.
  • 2016

    User Experience Design Fundamentals

    Udemy: Joe Natoli. Online coursework

    Course content included:

    • • Increasing web conversion rates.
    • • Completeing project goals more accurately.
    • • Aiding and alleviating user frustration.
    • • Accurately measure the effectiveness of applications.
    • • 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.

  • 2015

    Responsive HTML5 and CSS3, Wordpress fundamentals

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

    • • Technical insight about the web design process.
    • • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.




Branding Design


Editorial Design


Visual Design






Soft skills

Time Management
Decision Making

I'm available for freelance projects

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Send me a message
Email Address Yancke@gmail.com
Phone Number (084) 5566297
Address/Street 5 Teddington Road, Rondebosch,
Cape Town, South Africa