Illustrator Lungile Mbokane uses earthy tones and inspiration from newsprint

Johannesburg based illustrator Lungile Mbokane creates images inspired by newsprint, earthy tones and broad, slashing brushstrokes

Johannesburg-based Lungile Mbokane has an avalanche of work waiting to be discovered.  His portfolio of work has optically complex illustrations drawn in deep red and brown tones. And, while Mbokane works in digital mediums, his work looks like it may be drawings on a crumpled piece of folio paper or newsprint. The effect is charming.

“Art happened to be one of the talents that I have, and I ended up pursuing it more than any other talent,” Mbokane says.

While he is influenced by artists such Sindiso Nyoni and the ins-and-outs of life, Mbokane’s work is never the same. “My aesthetic never really stays the same,” he says. “Sometimes the emotions influence what I illustrate and as a result I have a series of art that portrays different things.”

Currently a student at Midrand Graduate Institute and working part-time in retail Mbokane wants to get behind the lens: “I have a dream to also peruse photography to add on what I am as an artist.”

All images courtesy of Lungile Mbokane