Bertil Toby Svanekiaer is an animator and 3D generalist from Ghana. Bertil is arguably Ghana’s foremost 3D animator. He is the founder of OOTO (Out of the Ordinary) Studios and co-founder of Indigene B.R.O.S., the studio behind Azumah: A Ghanaian Hero. At Indigene B.R.O.S., Bertil serves as creative director on the company’s projects.

Bertil turned heads with his first film, Chaskele back in 2012 with its originality and energy. Chaskele was his final year project at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI). In 2019, Bertil announced a revamped version of Chaskele that featured a new, 3D aesthetic and teased an expanded story.

In 2017, Bertil worked on the animated music video for Jayso’s song, Have a Party. The video according to Bertil, took him a whole year to produce.

We had a sit down with Bertil on our podcast Space Squid. Listen to Kadi and Bertil talk about Ghanaian animation, Chaskele and Annecy Animation Festival.

Listen here.

Explore Bertils 3D world below.


Bertil Toby Svanekiaer
Bertil Svanekiaer self-portrait
Giant steps walk cycle by Bertil Toby Svanekiaer
Sai Poyo poised for action. Still from Chaskele Ghanaian Animation by Bertil Toby Svanekiaer
Sai Poyo from Chaskele
Hair Love by Toby Svanekiaer
Hair Love by Toby Svanekiaer
Okpoti the Accra Boy by Bertil Toby Svanekiaer
Okpoti the Accra Boy by Bertil Toby Svanekiaer
Sunshine by Bertil Toby Svanekiaer
Sunshine by Bertil Toby Svanekiaer
Koby Spiky Nkrumah 3D portrait
Kobby Spiky Nkrumah
Chillz by Bertil Toby Svanekiaer
Chillz by Toby
Nana Akuffo Addo 3D art by Bertil Svankiaer
Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo
Have a Party by Jayso

See more of Bertil Toby Svanekiaer’s work on ArtStation, Instagram, Behance and CG Africa.

Bahari Blue curated by Squid Mag's Kadi Yao Tay and Kofi Sydney Asare
Bahari Blue Series

Bahari Blue is Squid Mag’s Kadi Yao Tay and Kofi Sydney Asare’s and illustrator Bolaji “Art Nerd X” Olaloye’s scrapbook of favourite African (including the diaspora sometimes) artists they love, are inspired by and believe the whole world needs to know about.

So far we’ve featured Alfred AchiampongVenus BambisaMalcolm WopéSimangaliso SibayaKofi OfosuIfesinachi OrjiekweKudzai NgunduSalim BusuruRodney Tawanda NgunduJuni BaPoka ArtsNatasha Nayo and Hanson Akatti.