Simphiwe Mangole

A 25-year-old illustrator inspired by cartoons like Dragon Ball Z, Felix the Cat and more.

Johannesburg-based illustrator Simphiwe Mangole says that getting into trouble for drawing in his textbooks was a weekly routine. Now, the 25-year-old illustrator and designer is happy to report that he does it for a living.

His is work, influenced by popular graffiti and cartoons like Dragon Ball Z, features bold linework, colour and urban subject matter.  He attributes his daring approach to design to where he grew up. He describes it as a nowhere coal mining town called Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal. It’s the type of small town atmosphere that forces a young person to be creative to deal with the boredom.

Mangole has interned with Graeme Jenner and Rob McLennan of King James II. This was followed by a 3 month stint at Y&R’s Labtsore. He was later offered a job at Mullen as a junior designer, where I worked on brands such as SANBS, Nando’s and Nestle. He received his first Loerie award for work done on SANBS.