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Digital arts student shortlisted for Yogi Sip Young Creators Network competition

Zico Mthethwa
Zico Mthethwa

Digital arts honour's student, Zico Mthethwa, was recently shortlisted for the Yogi Sip Young Creators Network competition. He was selected from over 600 creatives from across the country who submitted their best work to take part in this year’s Young Creators’ Network competition. The selected artists stand a chance to design Yogi Sip’s packaging for 2021 as well as a cash prize of R20 000.

While acknowledging that working with the well-known brand may open a number of doors for him and strengthen his portfolio, Mthethwa shares that being part of the top 15, as an up-and-coming designer, is already a win for him as it will expose him and the work that he creates to a much wider audience.

"I am hoping to get exposure as an up-and-coming designer and to get my name known in South Africa as a designer who creates work that even Yogi Sip SA finds more than worthy to put on their packaging," he said.

As an animation fan, Mthethwa’s interest in art grew as a kid when he began to recreate the cartoon characters from some of the shows he would watch growing up. In grade three, he began tracing out these characters, paying much focus on Dragon Ball Z’s lead character, Goku. "I recall how my mum bought me brown covers for my books and this friend at school had the latest cartoon covers of Yu-Gi-Oh. I borrowed them and spent the week drawing out my own cover. That actually made my books easily stand out to the teachers."

Mthethwa is looking forward to gaining financial freedom and creating higher quality work without any limitations. He has also just finished his latest work, Jika (2020). "I wanted to express the energy, diversity and the freedom the generation of today has. We can all party together, no matter our sexual orientations, colour and beliefs."

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Zico Mthethwa
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084 958 1202

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