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Illustration for stage: "Why't Burp"

Client: Chris Vorster, actor

This poster was designed & illustrated for (now TV actor) Chris Vorster's satirical stage performance "Why't Burp" during 1998. Subtitled "'n Afrikaanse Western", it was a send-up of the legend of Wyatt Erp, à la South Africa.

Konrad got the job via SmartArt, a small design studio in Bellville. Of course, both Chris and Konrad grew up there behind the boereworsgordyn, as some Southern Suburbs types like to refer to it.

The style was naive, crude and cartoon-like, popular with rebellious, young Afrikaners at the time – a style popularised by the likes of Conrad Botes in Bitterkomix (Conrad and Konrad also grew up together).

The poster proved so popular in the Durban leg of the tour that all posters were stolen soon after being posted in the streets, according to Chris. Compliments don't get better than that! Of course, Chris has always had groot bek, so the jury's out on that one ;-)

Note that, to save cost, the poster was designed and printed in 3 process colours – magenta, yellow and black, having sacrificed the cyan. It was an exceptional case though, as most printers would charge the same as for full colour. It's amazing what you can do with limited colour, and in this case it suited the warm, sepia colour associated with cowboy flicks.

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