• Alex van Houwelingen Illustration

  • Alex van Houwelingen Illustration

About Me



My name is Alex van Houwelingen, a South African based illustrator. After graduating BA Information Design at the University of Pretoria in 2006, I decided to give freelance illustration a try and to my surprise and joy everything worked out well. Today I am a sought-after illustrator especially known for my versatility and work ethic. I have a special talent for understanding human and development communication as well as business. I know how to visualize ideas and concepts in such a way that they are understandable to a broad public. I pride myself on always going the extra mile for my clients. My illustrations are published in books and magazines all over the world and I get extremely excited when I am approached for a new project. Have a browse through my work and please get in touch if you are interested in working with me: alexillustration@gmail.com.

What I do

Fun Facts About Me

Alex is one of those rare creative people who is absolutely dedicated, amazingly talented, passionate about his work - and sticks to deadlines! It’s always a pleasure working with him.

Jaco Jacobs – Children's Writer

Alex van Houwelingen is a publisher’s dream – he works independently, is always on time, and remains enthusiastic and highly professional even when the going gets tough.

Miemie du Plessis – Publisher, Lapa Uitgewers

I started working with Alex as a brand new, inexperienced Managing Editor in the educational publishing sector. Not only did he make it easy, but he delivered the most amazing work and made me look good! Alex's attention to detail and passion for his work clearly shows in every single piece he creates. He is my go-to artist for a wide variety of work because I know that the process will be enjoyable, and he will never disappoint. It has been, and will always be, a pleasure to work with such a creative, reliable and professional artist!

Karien Potgieter – Managing Editor, Pearson Education Africa

13 years ago, I had a project that required a visual that will explain multiple role-players in a very complex system. I knew I had to visualize the process, but didn't quite know how to go about. I also had a very limited budget. I reached out to students at a couple of art and design schools/universities, and Alex was the first one to respond. Even as a young student, his talent for not only the creative art but also for integration of information and clarifying messages, were astounding. We have a wonderful working relationship since then with more than 80 cartooning projects, many of them part of strategies that won local and global awards such as IABC Gold Quills, Loeries, and PRIMS. Alex is always on time, the work always to the highest standards, and his understanding of communication, information, and human behavior give him an edge over other artists. And when you just want to have fun and create graffiti street at your new office, Alex shows up with art students and also showed why he is more than just an artist in the form of being an amazing teacher. It is a privilege to work with this astute artists and intellectual.

Mari Lee – CEO, DevCom

Alex is an excellent illustrator, able to quickly understand key points and turn them into compelling visuals in a short space of time. We even used him to do live illustrations for one of our podcast series, and he produced up to five excellent cartoons within the space of one hour! Alex’s ability to work under tight deadlines, across a variety of styles and his wonderful sense of humor make him a pleasure to work with. His cartoons have complimented many of our media articles and appeared in several top media outlets.

Pat McClelland – PR Lead, Africa Sage

My Work

  • WorldCorporate

    World
  • Weg Tydskrif Child on BikeChildren's Illustration

    Weg Tydskrif Child on Bike
  • Weg Tydskrif 2Editorial

    Weg Tydskrif 2
  • Weg Tydskrif 1Editorial

    Weg Tydskrif 1
  • Watercolour PortraitArt

    Watercolour Portrait
  • Watercolour People Funny 3Sketchbook

    Watercolour People Funny 3
  • Watercolour People Funny 2Sketchbook

    Watercolour People Funny 2
  • Watercolour People Funny 1Sketchbook

    Watercolour People Funny 1
  • Watercolour Paris NightSketchbook

    Watercolour Paris Night
  • Watercolour Fugen Austria.Art

    Watercolour Fugen Austria.
  • Watercolour City NightSketchbook

    Watercolour City Night
  • Watercolour AeroplanesSketchbook

    Watercolour Aeroplanes
  • Vector Africa Tourism ItemsCorporate

    Vector Africa Tourism Items
  • Township Art IllustrationEditorial

    Township Art Illustration
  • Skewed DataCorporate

    Skewed Data
  • Sappi Info MapInformation Maps

    Sappi Info Map
  • Rendering Nelson MandelaCorporate

    Rendering Nelson Mandela
  • Rendering Desmond TutuCorporate

    Rendering Desmond Tutu
  • Rand Water Info MapInformation Maps

    Rand Water Info Map
  • Poster SchoolCorporate

    Poster School
  • Pen Watercolour N1 HighwaySketchbook

    Pen Watercolour N1 Highway
  • Pen Theodore BezaEditorial

    Pen Theodore Beza
  • Pen Ink FamilyholidaySketchbook

    Pen Ink Familyholiday
  • Pen Acrylic PortraitSketchbook

    Pen Acrylic Portrait
  • Oilpainting SeascapeArt

    Oilpainting Seascape
  • Oilpainting PragueArt

    Oilpainting Prague
  • Oilpainting KnysnaArt

    Oilpainting Knysna
  • Oilpainting KarooArt

    Oilpainting Karoo
  • Oilpainting HattemArt

    Oilpainting Hattem
  • Oilpainting FlorenceArt

    Oilpainting Florence
  • Mural Graffiti MandelaSketchbook

    Mural Graffiti Mandela
  • Mpact MascotteCorporate

    Mpact Mascotte
  • Medical SurgeryCorporate

    Medical Surgery
  • Medical NightsweatCorporate

    Medical Nightsweat
  • Live Drawing StyleLive Drawing

    Live Drawing Style
  • Live Drawing CocacolaLive Drawing

    Live Drawing Cocacola
  • Live Drawing 4Live Drawing

    Live Drawing 4
  • Live Drawing 3Live Drawing

    Live Drawing 3
  • Live Drawing 2Live Drawing

    Live Drawing 2
  • Live Drawing 1Live Drawing

    Live Drawing 1
  • Ink Watercolour PortraitSketchbook

    Ink Watercolour Portrait
  • Ink Watercolour Hotel Mila GuySketchbook

    Ink Watercolour Hotel Mila Guy
  • Ink Selfportrait Alex van HouwelingenSketchbook

    Ink Selfportrait Alex van Houwelingen
  • Ink People CampfireSketchbook

    Ink People Campfire
  • Ink John Calvin 2Editorial

    Ink John Calvin 2
  • Ink John CalvinEditorial

    Ink John Calvin
  • Ink HyenasArt

    Ink Hyenas
  • Ink Child SleepingSketchbook

    Ink Child Sleeping
  • Ink Child IpadSketchbook

    Ink Child Ipad
  • Hairstyles TownshipCorporate

    Hairstyles Township
  • Gouache Sedgefield BeachSketchbook

    Gouache Sedgefield Beach
  • Gouache SedgefieldSketchbook

    Gouache Sedgefield
  • Gouache RowingSketchbook

    Gouache Rowing
  • Girl CharacterCorporate

    Girl Character
  • Educational Zulu Reader 4Educational

    Educational Zulu Reader 4
  • Educational Zulu Reader 3Educational

    Educational Zulu Reader 3
  • Educational Zulu Reader 2Educational

    Educational Zulu Reader 2
  • Educational Zulu Reader 1Educational

    Educational Zulu Reader 1
  • Educational Zimbabwe 9Educational

    Educational Zimbabwe 9
  • Educational Zimbabwe 8Educational

    Educational Zimbabwe 8
  • Educational Zimbabwe 7Educational

    Educational Zimbabwe 7
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    Educational Zimbabwe 6
  • Educational Zimbabwe 5Educational

    Educational Zimbabwe 5
  • Educational Zimbabwe 4Educational

    Educational Zimbabwe 4
  • Educational Zimbabwe 3Educational

    Educational Zimbabwe 3
  • Educational Zimbabwe 2Educational

    Educational Zimbabwe 2
  • Educational Zimbabwe 10Educational

    Educational Zimbabwe 10
  • Educational ZimbabweEducational

    Educational Zimbabwe
  • Educational Rwanda 3Educational

    Educational Rwanda 3
  • Educational Rwanda 2Educational

    Educational Rwanda 2
  • Educational Rwanda 1Educational

    Educational Rwanda 1
  • Educational LesothoEducational

    Educational Lesotho
  • Educational Kenya 5Educational

    Educational Kenya 5
  • Educational Kenya 4Educational

    Educational Kenya 4
  • Educational Kenya 3Educational

    Educational Kenya 3
  • Educational Kenya 2Educational

    Educational Kenya 2
  • Educational Kenya 2Educational

    Educational Kenya 2
  • Educational Kenya 1Educational

    Educational Kenya 1
  • Educational Afrikaans Klara Majola 2Educational

    Educational Afrikaans Klara Majola 2
  • Doxa Deo Info MapInformation Maps

    Doxa Deo Info Map
  • Digital JeepCorporate

    Digital Jeep
  • Cover SubmarineChildren's Illustration

    Cover Submarine
  • Cover Octopus IslandChildren's Illustration

    Cover Octopus Island
  • Cover MuseumChildren's Illustration

    Cover Museum
  • Comic SafetyCorporate

    Comic Safety
  • Church Different PeopleCorporate

    Church Different People
  • Childrensbook Cover MouseChildren's Illustration

    Childrensbook Cover Mouse
  • Childrensbook Cover Broersbotha TafelbergChildren's Illustration

    Childrensbook Cover Broersbotha Tafelberg
  • Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie PickupChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie Pickup
  • Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie FriendshipChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie Friendship
  • Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie FossilChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie Fossil
  • Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie ElephantChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie Elephant
  • Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie DinosourChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Z is vir Zackie Dinosour
  • Childrenbook Wolraad Woltemade 4Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Wolraad Woltemade 4
  • Childrenbook Wolraad Woltemade 3Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Wolraad Woltemade 3
  • Childrenbook Wolraad Woltemade 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Wolraad Woltemade 2
  • Childrenbook Wolraad Woltemade 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Wolraad Woltemade 1
  • Childrenbook Wojtek BearChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Wojtek Bear
  • Childrenbook Watercolour TownChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Watercolour Town
  • Childrenbook Watercolour Private SchoolChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Watercolour Private School
  • Childrenbook Watercolour HunterChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Watercolour Hunter
  • Childrenbook Watercolour FunChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Watercolour Fun
  • Childrenbook Nkosi Johnson 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Nkosi Johnson 1
  • Childrenbook Nelson Mandela 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Nelson Mandela 2
  • Childrenbook Nelson Mandela 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Nelson Mandela 2
  • Childrenbook Nelson Mandela 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Nelson Mandela 1
  • Childrenbook MouseChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Mouse
  • Childrenbook Matriekheld Henley on KlipChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Matriekheld Henley on Klip
  • Childrenbook just Nuisance the DogChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook just Nuisance the Dog
  • Childrenbook Japie Greyling 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Japie Greyling 1
  • Childrenbook Ink PirateChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Ink Pirate
  • Childrenbook Ink Fun IllustrationChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Ink Fun Illustration
  • Childrenbook Ink 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Ink 1
  • Childrenbook Humphrey the Whale 3Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Humphrey the Whale 3
  • Childrenbook Humphrey the Whale 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Humphrey the Whale 2
  • Childrenbook Humphrey the Whale 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Humphrey the Whale 1
  • Childrenbook Huberta Hippo Hunting 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Huberta Hippo Hunting 2
  • Childrenbook Huberta Hippo 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Huberta Hippo 1
  • Childrenbook Gouache Sheep BarnChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Gouache Sheep Barn
  • Childrenbook Gouache SheepChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Gouache Sheep
  • Childrenbook Gouache Moon 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Gouache Moon 2
  • Childrenbook Gouache Moon 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Gouache Moon 1
  • Childrenbook Gouache KiewietChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Gouache Kiewiet
  • Childrenbook Gouache ElephantChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Gouache Elephant
  • Childrenbook Gouache BirdsChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Gouache Birds
  • Childrenbook Dan and Cuddles 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Dan and Cuddles 2
  • Childrenbook Dan and Cuddles 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Dan and Cuddles 1
  • Childrenbook Christian The Lion 3Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Christian The Lion 3
  • Childrenbook Christian The Lion 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Christian The Lion 1
  • Childrenbook Christian The Lion 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Christian The Lion 1
  • Childrenbook Afrikaans 3Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Afrikaans 3
  • Childrenbook Afrikaans 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Afrikaans 2
  • Childrenbook AfrikaansChildren's Illustration

    Childrenbook Afrikaans
  • Childrenbook Africa 3Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Africa 3
  • Childrenbook Africa 2Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Africa 2
  • Childrenbook Africa 1Children's Illustration

    Childrenbook Africa 1
  • Cartoon Sage Late PaymentCartoons

    Cartoon Sage Late Payment
  • Cartoon Playing With FoodCartoons

    Cartoon Playing With Food
  • Cartoon MedicalCartoons

    Cartoon Medical
  • Cartoon Lion KingCartoons

    Cartoon Lion King
  • Cartoon Gluten Hansel GretelCartoons

    Cartoon Gluten Hansel Gretel
  • Cartoon Eties AfrikaansCartoons

    Cartoon Eties Afrikaans
  • Cartoon Afrikaans Oogkunde OpticianCartoons

    Cartoon Afrikaans Oogkunde Optician
  • Caricature 2018Caricatures

    Caricature 2018
  • caricature 2017Caricatures

    caricature 2017
  • Caricature 2016Caricatures

    Caricature 2016
  • Caricature 2015Caricatures

    Caricature 2015
  • Caricature 2015Caricatures

    Caricature 2015
  • Caricature 2014Caricatures

    Caricature 2014
  • Caricature 2013Caricatures

    Caricature 2013
  • Caricature 2013Caricatures

    Caricature 2013
  • Builders Warehouse Info MapInformation Maps

    Builders Warehouse Info Map
  • BirdCorporate

    Bird
  • BirdCorporate

    Bird
  • Berkhof LouisEditorial

    Berkhof Louis
  • AugustineEditorial

    Augustine
  • Afrit PencilsketchArt

    Afrit Pencilsketch
  • Acrylic Sunsetbeach Patong ThailandSketchbook

    Acrylic Sunsetbeach Patong Thailand

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