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Sunday, June 4, 2017


If you’re an illustrator with serious talent looking to get a big break, this could be it. MTV Breaks is searching for creative illustrators and colourists to translate the multi-award winning television drama series MTV Shuga into a unique and original comic book.

Draw one of the MTV Shuga: Down South characters and upload it to Instagram, using the hashtag #MTVShugaComicBook. Check out for reference.

The organisers say: “We hope that you post this call to action and have attached some graphics that would great if you could link/ direct the traffic to

“Your entry will be judged by a panel, including the renowned visual artist Loyiso Mkize, who has specialised in both illustration and painting and is the founder of Loyiso Mkize Art. He has been on the comic book scene for nearly 10 years and has been involved in numerous South African comic books, including Supa Strikas.

“If you fancy yourself the next Loyiso, you need to be between 18 and 25 as well as a South African citizen to enter the competition. You also need to be available from June 14 to September 29 and should not have worked professionally as an illustrator before.”

Not only will illustrators have the opportunity to get their work produced on an original MTV Shuga comic, but the winner will be mentored by the award-winning Loyiso and will receive R5,000 towards tuition fees.

If illustrating and colouring are what you do best then enter now! Check out for details

MTV Shuga: Down South can be viewed on SABC 1 on Fridays at 22h00 and Sundays 20h00 CAT. The series is also available on the MTV Shuga You Tube Channel, .

MTV Shuga: Down South is supported by the South African government’s Department of Basic Education, PEPFAR (The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), Marie Stopes International, ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action MSM & Transgender Programme, CIFF (Children's Investment Fund Foundation) and FHI 360 (Family Health International).

MTV Shuga: Down South is produced on behalf of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base by Quizzical Pictures.

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