About Graphic Design Genie

Alanie Botha-Austin
Graphic Designer and Artist
BA Visual Degree in Visual Communication

About me

My name is Alanie, and I am a freelance graphic designer, visual artist, and illustrator. I also own a preschool in Centurion. My passion for creativity led me to pursue both careers, and I find joy in bringing imagination to life through my art and design work while also providing a nurturing environment for young children to learn and grow at my preschool. 

I studied and completed my BA Degree in Visual Communication at the Open Window School of Visual Communication in 2005. My subjects were Communication Design, Illustration, Layout and Web Design, Photography and Visual Culture (Art History).

Graphic Design

I have been working actively in the graphic design industry since 2003 and have over 20 years of experience in the field. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients, ranging from small businesses to large corporations. My passion for design and commitment to delivering high-quality work have allowed me to build long-lasting relationships with many of my clients.

With my extensive experience in the industry, I am confident in my ability to provide high-quality design services that exceed your expectations. Let's work together to bring your ideas to life and create a product that truly stands out. 

I currently exclusively offer the following Freelance Graphic Design services:

  • Logo Design and Branding (View my Logo Design Portfolio)
  • Stationery Design (Business Cards, Letterheads, Email Signatures)
  • Marketing Material (Print and Digital Pamphlets, Brochures, Advertisements)

I have extensive knowledge in the use of the following software:

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Lightroom
Adobe InDesign
Freehand MX
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Powerpoint
Adobe PDF
Roland Versaworx

Final Designs are supplied digitally to clients in digital or ready to print format.

If you would like to make use of my services, you can download the Graphic Design Client Briefing Document. After completion you can email it to alanie@graphicdesigngenie.co.za and I can create your desired design.

More about my Art and Illustration

After completing school and studies, I focused on my graphic design and work, limiting time for my art and illustration. During 2020, when we had lockdown in South Africa due to COVID, I started investing more time in my painting and drawing, and I am thankful for being able to pick up my brushes and pencils once again to allow me to express my love for art. Art and illustration can be a great way to cope with stress and anxiety, and many people have turned to these activities during the pandemic. Additionally, investing time in creative pursuits can also lead to personal growth and a sense of accomplishment.  

I enjoy using mixed media, especially painting with watercolours, acrylics, and gouache, and also drawing with pencils, pens, markers, and pastel. I also offer creating digital illustrations, which I create using ProCreate and Adobe Illustrator. I recently started using oils as a medium at the beginning of 2023 and fell in love with them.  

My all time favourite artist is Salvador Dali, and I am also very fond of Picasso and Van Gogh. Leonardo da Vinci is also a favourite, not only for his art but also for his inventions. Each of these artists had a distinct style and technique that set them apart from others, making their works instantly recognisable. Their ability to evoke emotion and tell a story through their art is what makes them timeless and beloved by so many. 
My artwork is often inspired by nature and the beauty of everyday life. I enjoy experimenting with different techniques and styles to create unique and vibrant pieces that evoke emotion and tell a story.  

Creating art has always been a way for me to express myself and connect with others, and I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue it as a career. I hope that my art can inspire and bring joy to those who see it.  

I want to start giving art lessons, which will hopefully become a reality within the next year. I believe that teaching art will not only help me share my passion with others but also allow me to learn from my students and their unique perspectives. I am excited to see where this journey takes me and the impact it will have on both myself and those around me. 

You are welcome to go and have a look at my Art Portfolio so see some of my recent work.