Category Archives: Illustration


Take two highly creative individuals in their respective fields, toss them into a think tank and let their talents compliment each other.
Enter Shinomi – a creative collaboration between myself, Shinji Akhirah and Nomi Handmade.


Nomi Handmade (view her Etsy shop here) is a designer that specializes in creating beautiful objects and jewellery using traditional South African Shweshwe prints. Her work is meticulously detailed, yet elegantly simple and expressive. Her passion for her craft is only rivaled by her love for words and wine (not in that particular order ūüôā I’m ecstatic to be collaborating with her on our side project entitled “Shinomi”.

Shinomi means …

  • To surpass
  • To outdo
  • To endure

We’ll be exploring various avenues in our design application, from textile through to digital and perhaps even the virtual.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be involved with this venture.

Cindy & Travis – Illustration


Every so often I get a request from my friends for commissioned work. I love that they value my input and art that they wish to support it with payment (lol). Seriously though, it’s both an honour and a privilege to be able to do work for my friends. This time round it’s an illustration to be printed at A1. It was commissioned for a birthday gift that also happened to coincide with an anniversary of sorts.

Cindy and Travis - Illustration

What a blessing.

These two individuals are awesome, do amazing things for those less fortunate and have incredible energy. The inspiration for the illustration came from a photograph of a moment that they shared on the river banks at a weekend getaway.

Thank you guys for letting me co-create a small part of your story and I look forward to many more moments shared with you.
One love.


Red Dawn – a series inspired by a Japanese palette

I’ve always been fascinated with Japanese style – in both its complex and simple forms. The fluidity with which¬†they approach technology and design often feels like something natural yet mechanical.

With that interest at heart..

Red Dawn was born.

The images below belong to a series of six and is available for print reproduction at A0 (down to A2) as a giclee canvas print.
It can either be supplied box-mounted or unmounted. I’ll be doing them as a single run – yes only 6 will be available worldwide, ever!
I’ll be posting the remaining 3 images in the near future.
You can either grab the whole lot (for the collector’s out there) or an individual version.

For pricing, contact me via email with your sizing and artwork request number as listed below.







Shift Espresso Bar – Custom Characters

I love coffee. And I love drawing characters.

So when tasked with the opportunity to create a series of new characters for a cool new spot in my hood РShift Espresso Bar РI naturally grabbed it with both caffeine-charged hands. It was great to work with Luigi (co-owner) on this as his feedback was always constructive and relevant.  I feel that the result really grinds down (sic) to the essential personas depicted.

I’ve tasted all three varieties and I have to say that The White Wolf seems to resonate with me the most.

If you’re in Cape Town, more specifically the Green Point area, you should pop in and try one of their specialty brews.¬†Free Wifi + great aesthestic + great coffee at very decent prices. A laid-back cafe to meet up with friends or make new ones. One cup might be enough, but I prefer a minimum of two.


Life Is Beautiful – you just need to open your 3rd eye.

Life is Beautiful.

It is a gift to be celebrated, with all it’s complexities, colours, flavours and tastes. Inspired by the season of summer and the sonic colourscapes of Cape Town.
My home away from home.

I drew my inspiration from the Peacock, the ocean and some of the indigenous fynbos that we are lucky to have here in Western Cape. Seriously, it doesn’t grow anywhere else on the planet.

Not my usual colour palette but trying something different and new is what it’s all about. I’m getting amped about some large works in the pipeline and with the summer coming up, you can only imagine the happiness I’m feeling for creation. I can see this working for a bunch of clients out there as an installation piece (so, holla if ya hear me :).
Could work for *insert client* here….

– Shinji



ReImagine – Infographic

ReImagine – an infographic depicting a simple overview of theshinjukueffect approach to transmutation.


I was afforded a wonderful opportunity with a previous company that I worked at – John Brown Media SA – to gain knowledge and tuition from another awesome institution as part of their up-skilling component within the business. I opted for some insight and training with the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy.

Headed by its two charismatic, highly intelligent and passionate personalities Dave Duarte and Max Kaizen – I knew it would be special. One aspect of the course involved creating something that could be digitally shared and preferably something that could be used to teach another.

I love sharing knowledge that in turn could possibly create new mental connections to the internal dialogue and the external world.

I have often been asked how I go about conceptualising my ideas or approach things with such familiarity, even when dealing with new subject matter. So I decided to share my one of my mental processes by means of the infographic below. (click on the image to view it larger in a new tab)

ReImagine Infographic - theshinjukueffect


I’m pretty stoked with the end product and the results of a week’s worth of sharing (nothing super viral, but sufficient and relevant gains across platforms were acquired thus achieving my own goals successfully).

It’s quite literally and visually a snapshot of one of the imaginative models that¬†I use. I hope that it sparks new ideas within your own mind to create great things. Most importantly to have fun whilst doing it.

It was made to be shared, so please do so if you feel like inspiring someone else.

Cape Town – We Love You

Cape Town - We Love You

Cape Town – We Love You.

This is a sentiment I often hear uttered from the lips of the many diverse people that visit or live in my beautiful city.¬† It is embedded with flow both at natural and social levels. We’re a globally connected upgraded fishing village with some seriously gorgeous landmarks. We’ve got a floral kingdom that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. We are flanked by two temperamental oceans that collide and give birth to a dynamic and varied species of aquatic life.

This city is vibrant, busy and scaling like you won’t believe. Everyone loves Cape Town – for a multitude of reasons known and unknown.
It’s a nexus of contradictions, intellectual contrasts and disproportionate wealth. Yet it has the allure of that sweet nectar.
That feeling that puts you at ease and creates anxiety at the same time. It’s your favourite piece of music played by 30 talented musos all playing on their own timelines. It’s jazz in its syncopation, yet pop in it’s manifestation. It’s trying to emulate New York as investors and city-planners seem to transplant ideas from foreign interests onto local streets. Sometimes unaware or without care of the possible ramifications of such a progression. Everything is possible here, if you’re in the Loop…or more recently the Bree.

Cape Town – We Love You.
Don’t try being something that you’re not.
You know better.

Neo African Goddess – Limited Release

I was sitting listening to some Fela Kuti whilst having a cup of  Cafe Najjar when I started sketching this Neo African Goddess in my notebook. The flavours and sounds were infusing my creative flow with a quiet calm, but the sort of calm that comes just before a storm. I knew she needed to be redrawn and reproduced only a handful of times.

6 reproductions. Belonging to a range of individuals.

  • an ex-Girlfriend
  • an art-collecting, blue-chip company Chairman
  • a secretive Saudi Prince
  • one of my oldest friends and my Godson’s father

The final two reproductions are available for sale, at either A2 or A0 sizes. She brings light and hope into the homes and offices that she inhabits (so I’ve been told) – even having been referred to as a lucky talisman. I put goodwill, love and passion into creating her image and being the Neo African Goddess that she is – she reflects and resonates all of that positivity and intention.

If you’d like to secure one of the last two available canvas prints, drop me an email before its too late.


A little sample of the inspirational music from the genius Fela Kuti…

Digital Headphones

I spend a lot of time listening to music, often inside headphones. I also spend a fair amount of time in front of a screen, in applications that use grids and perspective. So one late night some time ago, I rendered these digital headphones.

To date it’s been viewed over

  • 7000 times across 4 continents (stoked)
  • used in a bunch of online articles
  • and received love across the globe.

Not a bad result for 30min of work/play.


Classical Distortions Artwork

I’m passionate about education and¬†being able to utilise my skill-set to assist a good cause, so when I was approached by Organik Media and DJ PsyGuy to create artwork for an experimental non-profit based endeavor – Classical Distortions – I was both honored and excited. All proceeds from the sales of the album are¬†donated¬†to Equal Education – an initiative that helps to repair South Africa’s poorest schools.¬†



The¬†artists involved – both of local and international acclaim¬†– donated their time to this novel idea. The music –¬†an electronic reconstruction and interpretation of Classical pieces with a trance/breakbeat flavour. The tracklist is as follows…

  1. E’naxx (Intro) -TICKETS
  3. The Wreckoning –¬†EMP
  4. Blackout –¬†DELIRIANT
  5. Toy with your mind –¬†ZION LINGUIST
  6. My first chemistry set (Cybernetix rmx) –¬†CHEMOGEN
  7. Toccota Infuzued –¬†PARANA
  8. Know what i mean –¬†SOLAR AXIS
  9. The Dream –¬†ON
  10. The Runner –¬†ARTIFAKT

Show your support for this positive initiative by purchasing your copy of Classical Distortions here.

We Build Each Other Up – Limited Print

¬†I’m from South Africa.¬†Cape Town specifically. And Cape Town likes to build.

A place where we celebrate colour, diversity and at least in my personal capacity – we want to build each other up. Creatively, inspirationally and intellectually. Cut the fat from the bone, optimise and uplift.

With that ethos and inspiration, I created this pop-art styled piece. Those are my hands as they form to resemble a sprouting tree using each iteration and extension of its digits as branches. It’s available as a limited canvas print from A0 down to A2 with a run of 10.

We Build Each Other Up

“We can only grow together – We build each other up”.

Until my shopping system for prints gets implemented (currently in beta), you’re welcome to email me¬†for pricing and any further information.


Katherine – the cat burglar

I was sitting around watching The Dark Knight one day, sketching whilst enjoying a cup of coffee (you’ll notice that this might be somewhat of a trend) whilst thinking of a special someone.

And with that, Katherine was born.

The illustration is inspired by the archetypical Catwoman image but with an innocent girlish twist. I’ve included a bit of the process in the accompanying images.

Mediums used: Pencil, Ink and shaded digitally.

Katherine - initial inking after pencilKatherine - fully inkedKatherine - digital shading added

Desktops by theshinjukueffect- free downloads.

Download these free desktops from theshinjukueffect.

Right click to save the file to your device.

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Every once in a while – more frequently than not –
I make desktops. Random acts of creativity.
Bursts of thoughts extracted from the Morphic Resonance reservoir.
Made with love – made to share.

I’ll try to update this post at least every two weeks, so please bookmark it or visit regularly to get your fix.

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Drako – Inspired by the local graffiti legend, Falko Starr.
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Digital Lover – Done during a lunch break at the John Brown SA offices.
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“Why does time Dragon?” – When staring into the future, remember to stay present.
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PrayState – Meditation is merely a means to reconnect with the almighty source of all things. A way for us humans to drown out the noise and ego to re-affirm certain fundamental truths that exist.