The Cartist – Clive Botha is an automotive artist, designer and illustrator based in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, which forms part of the greater metropolitan area of Nelson Mandela Bay. Home of South Africa's automotive industry, Nelson Mandela Bay is a global, turbo-charged engine for the manufacture and export of vehicles. It is home to Volkswagen (the largest automotive manufacturer on the African continent), as well as tyre manufacturers, Continental, Goodyear and many more automotive component manufacturers and suppliers.
Drawing as a young boy, Clive drew a lot of inspiration from cars as he grew up in the 'motor city of South Africa'. His passion for art led him to study graphic design at the Port Elizabeth Technikon, now part of the Nelson Mandela University. He sidelined his love for art and dedicated the past decade to building a marketing and communications agency which focuses on automotive-related industries, as well as test driving vehicles for various brands. However, over the past few years he rediscovered his passion for motoring art, dusted off his sketch pad and pencils and reimmersed himself into his passion. He went on to create 'The Cartist' that specifically focuses on his love for automotive art and illustration and has since done work for large corporate brands as well as for clients nationally and internationally.
He mainly works in graphic marker, coloured pencil, graphite and pen, however, he does not focus on one particular style or medium. He often incorporates pastel, gouache and airbrushing in his artwork which range from quick sketches to highly finished renderings as well as amazing 3D anamorphic optical illusions. He would describe himself as a perfectionist and is extremely detail-oriented, but at the same time he also enjoys being a bit more expressive in his work.