Beguiling Botanical Whimsy

The work of South African illustrator and graphic designer Johan de Lange, aka Joh Del has been described as whimsical and uniquely individual.
His clients range from small indy outfits to giants like Nike seeking to regain street cred and cool.
His practice encompasses a wide range of illustration and design related projects, including book covers, logos, illustrations for advertising, papercrafts and murals. And in his spare time, Johan creates children’s books.

The Flowering Plants of South Africa, a botanical chart, featuring a collection of 85 interesting and useful South African plants, is one of Johan’s most recognisable pieces (above).

Not only a work of art, the piece also includes the plants’ scientific names, aiding in identification, and features the bugs and critters used for pollination, too.
The original work took three months to complete, from research to sketching in pencil, drawing in ink and printing.

“Inspired by historical botanical illustrations, I wanted to create a classic botanical chart in a fresh style that is beautiful as a work of art, but also functions as a practical chart for identifying the flowering plants,” says Johan.

We are also inspired by the Cape’s unique botanical bounty – see why the Cape Floral Kingdom is a botanical treasure chest, one of only six floral kingdoms in the world, the smallest yet by far the richest, and among the very hottest of global biodiversity hotspots. Home to more plant species than the entire northern hemisphere, with 70% of plants found nowhere else in the world, this fynbos region is also one of the most threatened reservoirs of plant life.

Joh Del is one of South Africa’s most sought-after illustrators and designers. You can download his shoring plants wallpapers from his site www.johdel.com  
Acknowledgment: Visi.co.za; 10and5.com 

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