William Mabin

Freelance Illustrator & 3D Graphic Designer

Location:Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
2 Skills
Curriculum Vitae

Full Name: William John Mabin

Date of Birth: 06 March 1986

Place of Birth: Johannesburg

Nationality: South African

Contact Details: Cell: 082 856 5606/
079 036 7677
Email: william.mabin@gmail.com; william.mabin@yahoo.com

Academic Qualifications:

Damelin Randburg:

2004: IEB Matric with University Exemption

University of the Witwatersrand

2010 : Master of Art in the field of Digital Arts specialisation in 3D animation

2008: BA (FA) major in photography + BA courses at first year level in Psychology and
Political Studies

Title of Master’s Research Report:

‘The Presence of Classical Hollywood Narration in Video Games
A Study of Grand Theft Auto 4’

Additional Experience:

I attended night classes at the animation company Luma during the second part of 2010. This included extra classes in XSI:Softimage, animation and about the animation industry.

Academic Awards:

Golden Key Society Member: On the basis that I am in the top fifteen percent of achievers at the University of the Witwaterstrand 2011

Senior Merit Bursary. 2009.

The Standard Bank Group Foundation of African Art Prize: Awarded to the best undergraduate essay in African art studies. 2007.

Selected to exhibit in Martienssen Prize exhibition. 2007.


I have a comprehensive knowledge of Photographic media both analogue and digital having majored in Photography for two years. I have experience with Web design and graphic design.

I am also very familiar with advanced computer programmes, which comprised both my
undergraduate and postgraduate University courses. These programmes are:

• XSI: Softimage
• Dreamweaver CS2-CS4
• Adobe Photoshop CS2-CS4
• Flash CS4
• Adobe Indesign
• Adobe Illustrator
• Final Cut Pro

In addition to this I own Zbrush and am in the process of teaching myself to use it, through the use of online tutorials and am integrating it into my digital work flow.

Work Experience:
(In descending order)

• Web design tutor for 4th year level in the Division of Digital Arts, Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand in Dreamweaver CS4; Flash CS4; Photoshop CS4 (NQF level 7) 2009
• Poster Designer for Wits School of the Arts Conferences and Seminars 2009
• airport collections 2007-2008
• transported two children on a regular basis between their school and home 2006-2008
• Waiter 2003-2005

Extra Mural Interests:

• Taekwondo, World Taekwondo Federation: Blue Belt (7th)

• Muay Thai, Warrior Sports Association: Blue Belt Green Stripe (6th)

My Strengths:

Through my Photography I have developed my critical and creative thinking skills. In 2008 I embarked on a photographic expedition into the Gautrain tunnels. There I succeeded in creating a series of photographs that are unique in their temporal and physical contexts. Through the photographs that I have taken I have learned a lot about the art of being a documentary photographer as well as a critical observer. Attaining a number of firsts in my final year of undergraduate study I proved that I had attained both technical and conceptual mastery of the medium.

I have strengthened my people skills in my working interaction with a wide variety of people, especially foreign tourists and visiting academics. I have also proved myself to be trustworthy by delivering people including young children to their destinations safely.

As a contemplative individual I always consider the society in which we live attempt to see things from different people’s perspectives. I am sensitive to other’s needs. I am a very sociable person who enjoys teamwork and collaboration. I value honesty and reliability and try very hard to live up to these ideals myself. I enjoy the opportunity to be creative in a variety of ways for example through artistic expression. While having a strong conceptual basis I am also interested in commercial branding and character design.

I aspire to acquire substantial experience in the animation, design industry which will ultimately allow me to run my own animation/ design company.

I enjoy reading and research as well as physical activity with a particular passion for martial arts.


Prof Anitra Nettleton (Professor of Art History, University of the Witwatersrand): email- anitra.nettleton@wits.ac.za

Prof Shireen Hassim (Associate Professor in Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand and former employer)- cell no. 082 6841955
Skills (2) Rating
3D Graphic Design