#MTVShugaComic - Calling All Illustrators in SA!


By Tinashe Venge


MTV Shuga and MTV Breaks are opening up the industry again! We're bringing back the official #MTVShugaComicBook and we are looking for South Africa's most talented illustrators and graphic designers to work on it! Do you think this could be you?

We did it in 2017 and we’re doing it again in 2019! The MTV Shuga: Down South Comic Book is coming back and it will be hitting shelves around the country before Spring 2019 and we can’t wait for the entire Shugafam to read it. But first… we have to design it — and that’s where we need YOUR help!

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Happy Saturday! Have you checked out the #MTVShugaComicBook ?? Follow @mtvshuga to find out more 🎉👀

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If you didn’t already know, we at MTV Shuga pride ourselves on offering opportunities to young talent. After opening up the industry to actors and directors this year, we are looking to put some young illustrators on the map with a once in a lifetime opportunity. We’re assembling a team of six young artists who will design our MTV Shuga: Down South Comic Book!

MTV Shuga tells the very real stories of young people across Africa; therefore it makes sense that the stories be told by the voices and talents of young people. The MTV Shuga Comic Book will be designed, scripted and illustrated by young people from cover to cover. Every frame, every blurb and every character will be designed by your hands #Shugafam. How exciting does that sound?

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Do you want to know how frames like these come to life? Head over to Insta stories to see a short step by step tutorial courtesy of #MTVShugaComicBook chief illustrator, Loyiso Mkize. It's not too late to enter our @mtvbreaks competition (link in bio!)

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I’m Hooked! How Do I Enter?

So you’re a young, talented designer and you’re excited to enter the #MTVShugaComic competition. Great! Taking part couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is:

  1. Illustrate/draw your favourite #MTVShugaDS character (IMPORTANT: You can only choose to draw characters from the SECOND season of MTV Shuga: Down South. Check out the cast here)
  2. Upload your artwork to either Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You only need to submit once, don’t worry, we’ll see it!
  3. In your caption tag @MTVShugaDS (Twitter) or @MTVShugaDownSouth (Instagram) or @MTVShugaDownSouth (Facebook).
  4. Lastly, include the hashtag #MTVShugaComic and then publish your post.

How easy is that?

What Else Do I Need To Know?

The competition runs from the 10th of April 2019 to the 30th of April 2019 and is only valid to entrants from South Africa who are aged between 18-26.

As well as that, double entries DO NOT COUNT so rather choose your best work and upload it to your preferred social network.

The winning illustrators would also need to be available to work with our team from the 13th of May to the 30th of September.

You can read the full terms and conditions for this competition here.

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REGGIE 😎🔥🔥🔥 #MTVShugacomicbook #Sazi4President #Illustration

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What’s next?

So start sharpening those pencils and aligning those grid lines because you have exactly TWENTY DAYS to submit your entries before our competition closes. Make sure your entry is uploaded before the deadline and give it your best shot.

Who knows, in a matter of weeks we could be introducing you to the Shugafam as our next MTVShugaBreaks Winner!


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