About Us

About Pixelsmithstudios

We started Pixelsmithstudios with the vision of helping and inspiring South African Animators,VFX Artists and Illustrators by creating personal profiles for animators and profiles for animation studios, creating animator lists and animation studio lists, display our job board, listing animation schools in South Africa and publishing Honorable Mentions where we interview an artist we picked and then go to town on sharing their awesomeness (ness). The idea behind our project is to help where we can, make it easier for people to find you, create jobs and share your work and the work of others on our blog and social media channels.

We’re mainly focused on South Africans (so that we can contribute to the local industry) but that never stopped us helping people abroad. Get in touch if you need any help or just want to say hi 🙂

We cater to:

  • Animators (Anyone in the CG Pipeline really)
  • Illustrators
  • VFX Artist
  • Any creative individual
  • The odd gamer and nerd here and there

The Team

We game when we can, we dabble in our arts and we help where we can! We’re a collection of nerds,photographers,journalists, geeks and gamers. This team has moulded Pixelsmithstudios into what it is today through hard work, good times and a shared dedication towards inspiring others.


Ruan Smit

Editor, Ideas Taster,Social Media and SEO Manager, Husband, XCom Commander, Kamikaze Tor

I’m the creator of Pixelsmithstudios and I have a dream of inspiring artists and creating a community of like minded people. My hope is to create a blog which is inspiring, interesting and inspires fun. I’ve found hundreds of inspirational work out there and I want to share peoples work, help them brag about it and give the talented people out there some exposure (Hence the Honorable Mentions).


  • Gaming
  • Photoshop
  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Comet Poi
  • SEO and Social Media

Barend Combrink

Monarch of the Imaginarium
Barend is a writer by trade, but when he’s not creating fictitious realms he acts as a wall to bounce ideas off of and correct your spelling. He loves to experience other people’s imaginations by reading a lot, playing too many video games and watching series until they are canceled and anime until they are too bizarre to comprehend.
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Gaming
  • Listening
  • Watching
  • Using Spellchecker

Andre Wells

Chief Strategy Strategist
Andre Wells has been part of the team since the beginning and always gave some technical and creative input when he felt like it. He helps with strategising the strategies and Capslocking all the capslocks.
Zombie Hunter
Gym Mayor
WOT collector


The History of PixelsmithStudios