till i read this.

inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. when i was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. he would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it, the two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. the penguin was alone in there, i thought, and i worried for him. when i told my father this, he said, "don't worry susie, he has a nice life. he's trapped in a perfect world."

from the lovely bones by alice sebold


love long distance//

in the spirit of romantic love... meet ivan and melody.

“Love is not affectionate feeling, 
but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” 

- C.S. Lewis


love, love, love

i have been asked to do quite a few commissioned couples portraits lately and it being the month of luuuurve i thought i'd post away.
as an artist, one of my favorite things to explore has always been people. i love drawing people, simply because it amazes me how every nose, every eye, every strand of hair, is different to the next and how one line can suddenly make an otherwise unrecognisable face immediately familiar.

'we shall lack nothing for our Shepherd is the Lord'
this first portrait was done for my friends over at love made visible (super talented and lovely couple, bruce and rebecca). they wanted to bless their fellow wedding photographer friend travis, from we love pictures, with a portrait of him and his beautiful wife maike for his birthday. when i grow up, i wanna be as cool-a-couple as these guys.

'nautical love'
this portrait was commissioned by a couple i had never met. i thought it might be a bit challenging as i usually like to feel connected to my subjects in some way, but diane sent me the most beautiful intro to her relationship with ryan and all i needed was a glimpse of who they are to be inspired. (this lady adores her husband!) when she mentioned the words 'sailing' and 'ocean' i knew exactly what i wanted to do with the piece.


day 1: draw yourself

came across this new john mark mcmillan song yesterday. which inspired my portrait.

'we have seen a darkness, but we have seen a light.
we have seen a darkness, but we have seen a sun.

the valley of the shadow knows our name,
we have seen the night
but we have seen the day.
born into the grave, but born a second time.
we have overcome. we have overcome.'


30 days. 30 drawings. one huge swop party!

doing a 30 day drawing challenge. found this nifty list of things to draw on the net, tweaked it a bit, got some friends amped and starting today! ending the project with a huge swop party. fun!

if you're keen to join the challenge, download a printable copy of each day's drawings here or request to join our group on facebook and stay updated. if you don't join the group, just drop me a mail (rudutoit@yahoo.com) so i can send you details for the swop party.

happy drawing!


themba international

thanks to themba for this great opportunity to design a shirt graphic for them. i got hooked up with this rad project through my friend vanessa van zyl, (from aleph) who also happens to be part of the themba team. (connections, connections...)

we are knit together.
underneath it,
we're all the same.
made for community, made to belong.
this desire for tribe.

The concept of being 'knit together' inspired me to look at different patterns and textiles. I tried to marry that into a symbol/graphic that evokes a feeling of tribe. being knit together.

hope you guys like.
go support themba international!