Graphics Trash in Notebook

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Graphics Trash in Notebook
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil HB

Today I studied Pierre-Yves Riveau a french pencil artist. He is also a designer and illustrator. His work is very good.  I do not do pencil sketches myself and more concentrate on oil paintings.  But I need to do something different then I draw.  I also like to do acrylics in that time.  I am not serious to sell it but I like to do the drawings.  I like to tease people with the most popular artworks in the world.  The reaction on twitter was very bad and did not get really got impressions on this artwork when I post it.

Yesterday I thought to bring small articles in on my blog, this is to tell people about other famous artists.  It will explain what they do and their work.
The pencil sketch is of Pierre Eves Riveau and I called it Graphics trash in a notebook.

Pierre-Yves Riveau the Artist

Pierre-Yves also know as Pez is an artist from Nantes(France).  He gets his inspiration from Graffiti and Pop Culture.  Pez is an Illustrator and Painter.  He is also known as a good designer he also creates with a tattoo style ornamentation.

He is now described as a genius in illustrator.  He is known for creating predictable stuff.  He produces “Distroy” a Disney Logo, which is a series of works of the character of Bart and Homer Simpson, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Super Mario. This is broadcast as globally pop-culture characters. These characters are transformed into a fun and cheerful characters.  It is not really for children but is very creative. describes it as “capturing the dark side of the famous cartoon characters”.
My humble view of the Artist Pez. I don’t find pictures of the artist himself.  I only see his work this is up to this date, maybe later he will show his face more often.  He is not on twitter but on Instagram and Facebook.  His work is brilliant and he is a genius and his artworks are the most expensive artworks currently in the world.  This is what the internet said.  He gives a lot of attention to detail, it is very creative and I must say I would like to draw like him.


Dark Summer

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 750cm x 1050cm
Depth: 5.5cm
Weight: 4.8 Kg

I think my work is both to express the inner world (expressionism) and the feeling or experience (impressionism) combined with the abstract. This painting tells you about the Zulus living still in current times and in the past which is part of their culture what was. I think I paint the inner feeling of the black Zulu. The description of the detail of the ethnic which they were and still are living in.

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Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: No Title
Medium: Pro-ArtSTUDENTSKETCH20 Sheets120GSM CARTRIDGE A4 Acrylic Paint

The painting is signed by Donjon, when I started to paint again I was thinking of changing my name to Donjon.  

I listened to this music while I was doing the artwork. Tori Amos – “Silent All These Years”

Zulu Shield

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Zulu Shield
Medium: A4 Paper Acrylic Paint

I was already in the bed and turn around to sleep, I then turn on my a back to sleep. It is very hard for me to lay on my back to sleep because then I snore my self awake. So I then turn back and lie on the other side. When I closed my eyes and I saw these images. I was tired and did not feel very well and thought if I don’t stand up now and do it I will forget it in the morning. I stood up and come and paint it. It took me about twenty minutes to paint this in Acrylic. Now I am done and going to sleep now.
The history of the Zulu Shield.

The shield was used by the Zulu tribesman in battle for hundreds of years in the war. It is no longer used in battle but now used in traditional Zulu ceremonies such as weddings and funerals, in the modern western world. These animals have played an important social, economic, political and spiritual role in the development of the Zulu’s, Xhosas and Swazi people. Both in the past and present, but urban generation knowledge fade.
The Zulu shields have played a vital role in the traditional Zulu’s battles and have always been handcrafted from the cowhide or more commonly know in Zulu terms as Nguni Cattle. The Nguni people are a group of people primarily speak Nguni languages and is predominantly in Southern Africa. The Nguni people are Zulus, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi people. The most notable of these kingdoms is the Zulu Kindom which was ruled by Shaka Zulu, a powerful warrior king whose conquest took place in the early nineteenth century.

There are 5 types of Zulu shields, which are each used for different occasions.

1. Isihlangu – the large battle shield used by King Shaka Zulu. This is about 1.5 m (5ft) in size.2. Umbumbuluzo – The small battle shield that could easily be held in one hand when attacking.3. Ihubelo – A small courting shield often this is dyed of red color.4. Igqoka – A small dancing shield that is used at traditional Ceremonies.5. Ihawa – A difficult rare shield to find.
Zebra and Kudu hides are also used to make these shields but not considered authentic Zulu shields. Cowhide color patterns will play a role in who has what Zulu shields. The rare large white color shield will be kept for a Zulu chief or a high-ranking Zulu warrior. This would help in the battle to know who was in command in the confusion of fighting.

Not only give the shield physical protection but also symbolic nature was implied as well. Shields were seen to have medicinal, magic powers. Before a battle, shields were sprinkled with herbs (muti). This was done to increase the protective power of the shield, to ensure that the warrior came to no harm.

This Nguni cattle (the skin they use for the shields) seems the only cattle which determine the wealth of a Zulu man. If a young man wants to marry a father’s daughter he has to pay his father an amount of Nguni cattle to marry her.

The Nguni cattle breed is a special to southern Africa. These cattle are introduced by Bantu-speaking tribes to southern Africa during the migration from the north of the continent between 600 and 1400AD. The settle down in KwaZulu-Natal in the east. It is part of the “Coastal Belt”, which is, over much of this region, more than 220 km wide. The largest of the rivers is the Tugela river, a portion of whose water is pumped over the Escarpment of the Highveld to supplement the water supply to large industrial cities of Gauteng.

The Nguni cattle are known for the fertility and resistance to diseases, a favorite breed amongst the local Bantu-speaking people in Southern Africa. They are characterized by their multi-colored skin, which can present many different patterns such as white, brown, golden yellow, black, dappled or spotty.

When I started to paint again I was playing with the idea to change my name – that is why the painting says Donjon.


Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Boy
Paper and Pencil.

This is a pencil sketch which I draw quickly one night, I like the artwork, the hair of the boy and the shape of his body. I make notes on the front of the drawing and always keep the original.


Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Bird
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: A4

Characteristics of my work

I think my work is very colorful, ethnic and it is people-based ( most of the work, and that is what I want to do. Currently, I am more focus on the Zulus which make my theme unique, it is about what they wear and how they use their color). What I try to do with my work is to modernize the Zulu culture into my paintings. My work is about culture, is about the people living in South Africa. It is about there style and how to improve on it. My goal is to pull constancy of certain characteristics of my work. The work must always relate to each other. My ideas came directly from the ethnic styles and use of the Zulu culture/tribe. It is also about the complexity of the different tribes and people in South Africa, which I will later give attention to. I will also look to combine unique characteristics of them in my work, and they make it my own style. Short of trying to create new art for the tribes, to extend their possibilities by using their creativity. Types of accessories are also been used to show what the culture liked and what they wear.

My work focus on abstract and modern art. I focus on real decorative art similar which can be used on fabrics, textiles were my favorite subject when I studied.

My work is very lavish and outlandish and not minimal. However, some of the caracoles, acrylics and pencil sketches are somehow minimalist which accompanied each painting as part of my recording. I need to create my own unique paintings with my style that reflect my personality which
gives an identity to my own “brand” and helps to differentiate it from the crowd. I am very strict to give quality work, to make sure that I use the materials, sprays, canvasses as required. It is very important for me to go through the instructions on how to use the materials so that it can live very long. My focus is not to become a commercial African life Sketcher but to look more to the artistic side of it.

My target customers or art buys are the people who enjoy and appreciate modern art. The framework which I want to pull through all my work makes it expensive and therefore I need to focus above the
normal income person, businessman, and collectors. I want to be known as an African Life Sketcher with very rich color use, use my own style and
develop and improve. Like what the Romans did with the Greek art which they copied I think I will do.