A bold use of colours throughout his work makes for a signature that Artist, Shinoj Padmanabhan doesn’t force. Find out more how this doodler at heart has been using technology to enhance his love of drawing.

Fascinated by Deelip Khomane’s work, artist, Shinoj Padmanabhan believes there are millions of unique styles out there. So why not be open to everything?

 

Pushing his boundaries and not being limited to the size of his canvas, has led to exploring various styles, keeping his portfolio fluid and dynamic. Subject to his mood, his work uses anything from one to the innumerable amount of colours which is also based on characteristics and attributes of his project.

 

Watch out for his straightforward visuals, they turn into prominent complexities through layers of colours and silent backgrounds!

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Companionship.

Individual renderings of two colleagues fused together to represent the next stage of their lives; a gift to two colleagues who got married.

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Sree Muthappan.

Dashes of colour to the folk Hindu deity, Sree Muthappan make this rendering a modern vision of the age-old depictions of the God.

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Iridescent.

Adding his vivid style to a favorite look.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be to a mix of both, the traditional and digital media. Digital Illustrator Nithin Rao Kumblekar also shared his love for the printed calendars and emphasis on the effectiveness of it. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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It’s been a year of the whacky; one might as well call it ‘abstract’ and ‘formless’, with open to interpretation the Brexit, Demonetisation and Trump Presidency. Yet, with an entire year in perspective, and a new one in sight, the universal feeling as always is of festivity. Especially with the jolly vibe of Christmas around lights, decorations, Christmas trees, fancy cakes that look like elite architecture, and so on.

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The festive is also time for design. In fact, it is ‘the time’ of design, as without design, festivities might have no relevance or significance. The gifts one chooses; the wrappings; what one decides to put on (be it on oneself or on the home walls); the choice of delicacies laid on the platter. Everything is precisely a design, carefully chosen after fine and careful contemplation, isn’t it? Unknowingly or unconsciously, everyone’s scrutinising the intricacies of each little aspect that gives shape to the celebration, to the best of their abilities and possibilities… with a keen eye than otherwise.

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This keen sense, somehow, is restricted only to our festivals. But, if you look from a larger perspective, one finds a massive festival to be in play all the time; one we do not acknowledge as much—the earth spinning perfectly (with no one wildly bouncing about or falling away–not a small deal, though that might’ve been funny); the synergy between the sun, the moon and the earth; the planetary system in perfect sync, floating with total balance in empty space; the interdependence of all life… An utterly foolproof, magnificent design, completely flawless, don’t you agree? A constant, fabulous festival that we so easily take for granted every day.

 

Life itself is a festival, a design that we get to admire and shape at the same time, if only we pay attention to it. Whether we recognise this is what matters.

 

Have a happy and joyful holidays!

‘A book shouldn’t be judged by its cover’, but that phrase does not always apply to the world of packaging. Graphic Designer, Abhishek Agarwal, explains how he turned a simple box of just sweets into one of the authentic sweets bearing the essence of India.

Traditional Sweet Makeover
Traditional Sweet Makeover

The Brief.

Sweets are not simply a delicacy, in India; they’re intrinsically linked to auspicious occasions and traditional festivals, which abundantly exist in the Indian culture. It was thus no surprise that Bangalore-based sweet shop, Kartik Mithai, desired a design makeover bearing a traditional resemblance; one that was characteristically ‘Indian’ and strongly asserted the same.

Traditional Sweet Makeover
Traditional Sweet Makeover

The Concept.

To effectively match such a need, merely design knowledge proved inadequate; it was fundamental to, at the same time, delve into Indian culture and its elements, and use clues that would effortlessly associate with traditions. This in turn, readily translated to rich colours, floral patterns, Indian symbolism and such other attributes that an Indian audience could easily relate to.

Traditional Sweet Makeover

The Outcome.

Seven themes that screamed ‘India’ were created, depicting peacocks, symmetrical forms and traditional moulds unique to the country’s history and culture, subtle yet appealing shades and the likes. On the whole, the intention was that the boxes, with their appearance, openly proclaim the sweetmeats inside as ‘Indian’ before they could even be opened.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be a mix of both. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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Creative Controller, Vipin KV, talks about how his team spread seasons greeting across festive India, using Lee products such as denims, tees and accessories as the mediums of depiction. Every Indian festival is unique, and so must be its celebration!

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festivals

The Brief.

India being a land of festivals, Lee – the world’s premier denim brand – runs promotional offers for various festive occasions across India, Featuring popularly celebrated festivals such as Durga Pooja, Diwali, etc. we were asked to create posters announcing the same.

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festivals

The Concept.

Taking forward the inimitable visual language we had earlier developed for Lee, every festival was given a representation made purely out of their apparel such as denims, tees and accessories. Shot and designed in-house, each poster was worked on more as a work of art than as a sales push. Be it dhols (a kind of Indian drum) or boats or mithai (traditional Indian sweets), we recreated the instantly recognisable elements by hand, purely using the Lee products.

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The Outcome.

Since the brief allowed a free reign to work with and experiment, it became possible to make for unique communication pieces amidst all the starburst clutter, while having fun with the possibilities. What thus materialised was a representation of festive India, using the brand’s products as a medium.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be a mix of both. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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Mistakes are not really as evil as it sounds, on the contrary in most cases it helps you to evolve as a better person. We can learn a lot from our own mistakes. Also, for any artist, it can be a great exercise to revisit the old artwork just to see how much you have improved. To do the same, concept artist Shyam Deshpande re-illustrate his old illustration with new learnings. Here, he shares his process and all the learnings from his mistakes.

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Mistakes

Step 1.

This is one of old work painted back in 2013 and I was pretty happy about it then, but after some time, it doesn’t look as great as I thought it initially. Actually, I feel the same for most of my artworks which I believe is a good thing in a way as it portrays your continuous evolvement as an artist.

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Step 2.

Since I wasn’t too happy with this 3 years old artwork, I started working on it again. The basic idea was to show a fearless lady who’s a Mercenary goes with a ‘cute’ but fearless pet. So, in this revisiting exercise, I decided to design a tribal character, inspired from the Nigerian tribes reference which I found while looking for references for Hyena. I used few different elements from references with incorporate some of my own ideas.

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Step 3.

After finalising on the characters and design elements I tried to work on the final lines. I believe, it’s good to fix most of the issues in the drawing stage.

Mistakes

Step 4.

Even if you add lots of details in the drawing and great rendering with a nice colour scheme in the first silhouette, it will still be a waste of time. As there will be no attitude in it, it will be boring and stiff. But on the other hand the second silhouette, clearly shows a particular attitude, the confidence in the stance comes due to the distance between the legs, the dynamic line of action which adds to the drama. So it’s always good to check the silhouette and correct it before going for the detailing.

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Step 5.

Before adding colours, worked in grayscale as it’s very important to get the values and tones right. Skipping this may confuse you in hue & saturation and you may also miss the correct values. Also, it’s easier to paint once you have the values place in advance. You just need to add one more layer on top of the grayscale in colour blending mode and start painting.

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Step 6.

The final Image after all the colours with raw brush feel as I wanted to highlight her raw nature & the aggressive attitude.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be to a mix of both, the traditional and digital media. Digital Illustrator Nithin Rao Kumblekar also shared his love for the printed calendars and emphasis on the effectiveness of it. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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Joyjit Deb

Joyjit Deb is a mostly self-taught artist with an art college degree specialised in Graphic Design; currently working with J. Walter Thompson, New Delhi, he also freelances as an Indie Game Artist. His journey has been a colorful ride as his experimental nature enabled him to work in many roles over the years.


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His journey started from when he was 10 years old; drawing as a child led him to graduate from the Trivandrum Fine Arts College. After a series of different job profiles he has acquired of a skill set that truly sets him apart in terms of not just in his thought and design process but also in his experimental works.


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Telegramme Paper Company is a seaside studio run by Bobby Evans and his wife, Kate in Margate, UK. With clients such as Penguin Books, AMVDDBO, BBH, Conde Nast, and the likes, they produce an equal mix of commercial illustration and design projects, apart from self-initiated illustrations to sell via telegramme.co.uk


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Formed in 2013, Studio Kohl is a boutique studio by NID, Ahmedabad graduate, Mira Malhotra – a designer, visual artist and illustrator. Its works mainly involve image-making and print-based projects, branding and packaging for lifestyle clients and NGOs alike, with expertise in mental health and gender issues.


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