My name is Wilmarie Viljoen from Johannesburg, South Africa. I'm a stay at home mommy of a gorgeous little boy! I'm an artist at heart, I love creating new ideas, and especially expanding my existing range of plush toys called the BOO!beloobies. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Being lucky is a wonderful thing, and I've been really lucky with the publishing of some of my toys. Thanks to some lovely people at Baba en Kleuter Magazine, I was featured in 2 consecutive months, February and March 2014!
My Aeroplane in the top left corner
Omo the Octopus in the bottom left corner
Thank you to everyone at the Magazine and Publishing house that believes so vehemently in my creations, it's an affirmation that let's me know all my hard work is paying off!
I just adore little Manic the Monkey, and decided to start using him in some drawings.
He reminds me of a knitted blue monkey I had as a little girl. This little Monkey had unbelievably long arms and legs, specifically knitted like that by my Mom so that I could carry the little critter on my back by means of curling it's arms around my neck, and knotting it's legs around my waist.
I miss that Monkey, I'm 36 years old, and I miss him. I have such fond memories....and unfortunately in the course of my lifetime he went missing.
So I decided it's time to make my own version, and he will be coming out in many versions of himself....he will be illustrated, and hopefully my little blue monkey will live on in Manic's adventures!
Yes, I've been bitten, and I hope to keep this going all year long.
I've finally found my voice, and my own unique way of drawing....it takes time and patience for it to develop...but when you finally can see it for yourself, you just want to keep going.....so I will!
Will be doing colour versions of all my illustrations shortly, and will be sharing it! I will also be looking into doing art prints of the respective watercolour originals, so I'll post details of that soon!