Bahari Blue #4 – The Hella Cool Art of Simangaliso Sibaya (Panda Exclamated)

August 30, 20192 min read

Simangaliso Sibaya Simanga is a freelance concept artist and character designer from Soweto, South Africa. He studied at The Animation School, South Africa.

Simangaliso Sibaya together with Ntsako Terence Tako Maluleke, Tomoya Imai and Peter Ramsey led a drawing workshop at the Isivivana Centre during Cape Town International Animation Festival 2019.

From a profile on the Cape Town International Animation Festival website, he is currently working for a company called Diprente Films as a Visual Developer, Concept Artist, and Character Designer. He enjoys and practices both traditional and digital forms of art and is inspired by the world around him.

He’s also working on a show with Terence Maluleke (Tako Universe) called DOGS BOX, about dogs boxing, and the politics behind the action-packed sport.

Simangaliso aka Panda Exlamated’s art is hella cool. His character designs and concepts are magical, colorful and take your imagination on wild adventures. Phew, we can’t get enough and we bet you won’t either.


DEONTAY WEILER (Deontay Wilder + rottweiler) by Simangaliso Sibaya Simanga DOGS BOX
Deontay Weiler from the upcoming show DOGS BOX by Simangaliso Sibaya and Ntsako Terence Maluleke
Ntima character design by Simangaliso Sibaya Panda Exlamated
Ntima by Simangaliso Sibaya
Flame by Simangaliso Sibaya. Costume by Ntsako Terence Maluleke
Flame by Simangaliso Sibaya. Costume by Ntsako Terence Maluleke
Tonko by Simangaliso Sibaya
Tonko from another project by Tako Universe, Simangaliso, Mogau Kekana and Mohammed Hoosen
Simangaliso Sibaya illustrated self-portrait
Illustrated self-portrait of and by Simangaliso Sibaya Simaga
Rion by Panda Exclamated
Rion by Panda Exclamated
Hellthor (Hellboy + Thor) by Simangaliso Sibaya
Hellthor by Panda Exclamated
Mum madness illustration by Simangaliso Panda Exclamated Sibaya Simaga
Mum Madness by Simangaliso Sibaya
Pendulum the Albino Primate by Panda Exclamated
Pendulum the Albino Primate by Panda Exclamated
Brutal Bot Tank by Panda Exclamated
Brutal Bot Tank by Panda Exclamated

See more of Simangaliso Sibaya “Panda Exclamated“s work on Instagram and Behance.

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.

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