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I suppose we change with the years. Here’s an updated self portrait. This year, I have more hair. And my hay fever seems to have subsided.

Sketchbook Scan

I got a new (leather bound, oh so fancy) sketchbook for Christmas. I’m spending some time with it, and this little guy (and his dog) decided to say hi. Love when characters almost draw themselves.

 
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Gamkaskloof, aka, Die Hel / The Hell

**Note: This column has been moved to the March 2014 edition of High Life, so, it will have to wait a while before being up and flying, but keep an eye out for Chris Schoeman’s column, it’s really very nice. 

An illustration I did for a column by Chris Schoeman in the High Life Magazine about The Hell, a remote part of the Swartberg valley, known as Gamkaskloof. I loved reading this column, which describes how a small community lived there in isolation for over a hundred years. A road to The Hell was only built in 1962, prior to which the only way to get there was on foot (some religious readers might argue here). One of my favorite parts of the column is what Chris writes about the quiet:

“That’s what I’ll always remember, the deafening silence.”

This place is definitely on my “to see” list. Just not in summer, if the name is anything to go by.

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