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In today’s digital world, traditional techniques and practices of illustrating and painting are getting lost. For example, who gets to see oil glazed on canvas in a design that is not antique? Anand Radhakrishnan, an illustrator, explores traditional mediums to express the mysteries and to enlighten the darkness that people and the world carry with them.

Illustrations from A personal project, Chaavi.
Ink drawing for inktober.

Let the subject take control.

Style of a designer is determined by the content and subject that the artwork contains. Most believe that designers have their unique style, which some have, but the idea is to not pick a style and stick to it through out, but to make it a journey of discovery and surprise.

Value study in graphite.

A designer is always attracted by expression.

An expression is what designers are looking for when it comes to feeling inspired and figuring out the soul of their design. Nothing can beat expressions that human faces and body radiate. Every little pose or nuance says something about the state of mind of that very person, and as a designer, it’s fun to play with it. Look anywhere and you will see the outside world connect with your inner-self and it’s when they meet, the best magic happens.

Cover image of my project called ‘III’.

Sometimes, the old is the way to go.

Digital has changed designers and the way people look at artworks these days. But often working with traditional media is favoured in order to break the clutter and stand out to enlighten. Oil, ink and graphite are some favourites that can be combined with techniques like hatching, alla prima painting using oil, glazing, collages etc.

Value study in graphite.

Messy is what they call neat.

Upon first glance, any subject one observes has a sense of mystery and unknown about them. Those dark hollow spaces that our minds can’t fill, translate into an uncomfortable feeling that can be pronounced in design using patchy and messy textures. So even if the subject in your artwork is communicating the same thought that designer wishes to portray, the way it is expressed also counts. This makes the artwork more tactile and organic, which enlighten the viewer.

Illustration for A college project. Chaavi.

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Tasneem Syed and Gauri Arora share their idea of niche, worthy packaging for traditional Punjabi Juttis, a traditional hand-crafted footwear that is very much an intrinsic part of North Indian culture.

Punjabi Jutti

Brief

A Punjabi Jutti is traditional hand-crafted North Indian footwear. Like any other footwear, they are generally presented to customers in simple shoe boxes, or sometimes even in the newspaper. The idea, thus, was to retain their elegance into traditionally authentic packaging, representing the roots they stem from.

Punjabi Jutti

Concept

The packaging of Punjabi Jutti – The sole of Punjab, should be compact and unique, just like the Punjabi Juttis. The hexagonal shape makes it convenient for storage, as it consumes little space, while it is also easily stackable when displaying in stores and transporting in bulk. The box can be used for display, which doubles-up as the packaging. It also comes along with a jute string attached, to make carrying the shoes more convenient.

Punjabi Jutti

Outcome

This is taking a step away from the conventional shoe boxes, and towards enhancing the whole experience of selecting, buying, packing and taking home a pair of Punjabi juttis, making it a memorable one. The transparent lid enables a person to have a look at the design of the jutti inside the box, without having to open it, and even allows the shopkeeper to pull out the desired Punjabi jutti while it is stacked on the shelf.

Punjabi Jutti
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The issue includes interactions with Preeti Vyas from VGC on ‘How to pitch for clients or retain the existing one’ and Ashish Deshpande from Elephant on ‘Challenges of working with a startup’, along with some best freelancers like Archan Nair, Shreya Shetty and Paul Sandip, sharing their knowledge of working with various clients. Also, Sachin Puthran from Thatzit.com gave a 10-point no-nonsense guide for studios to handle their finances. A must read, if you are planning for the financial year ahead or worried about your handling your money matter, this issue can give you much-needed insight and guide you to a better financial health of your business or freelancing. 

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Heartbreak and sorrow are emotions that everyone would have felt at some point in their life. That’s what makes Katherine Dawson’s illustration relatable; ones that people can look at and go “Yeah, I know that feeling.”

But a closer look at her designs reveal that in the negative imagery lies a positive spark. The use of bright colours communicates a spark of optimism that motivates to carry on. Her designs exemplify how designers can use personal stories and inspirations to project unique outcomes to the world.

How Can An Organ Hurt This Much? The feelings of pain and heart break are represented though this touching illustration.
Heart Felt emotions
Life Is Unfair. The illustration is made using watercolours, coloured pencils and ballpoint pen.
Heart Felt emotions
Wraped Heart. Inspired by the low point in life, the colours in illustration are the indication to still remain positive.

Published in Issue 28

This Illustration Special is best to know why and how illustration as a popular medium is taking the design world by storm! From evolution of illustrations to its place in the world today, renowned designers and illustrators like Abhishek Singh, Mukesh Singh, Archan Nair, Alicia Souza, Raj Khatri with some international talent such as Fil Dunsky from Russia, Iain Macarthur and Richard Field from UK, who live and breathe illustration, would be the right people to gain some insight from. With many more talents to explore with great insights and excellent techniques, again a fully packed issue is waiting to amaze you!

 

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Priya Amrut Shinde has followed a simple guiding principle through her art; love is supposed to complement. Through her unconventional interpretations of age old love stories, she has created minimal illustrations of Indian love stories of deities.

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Infinite Love (Radha Krishna)

Contemporary traditions

Starting with traditional forms of Gods and Goddesses, Priya transformed them using contemporary design elements. Subtly doing so, she has retained parts of the originality while minimising unnecessary details thus resulting in a vibrant and youthful canvas.

 

In an attempt to accessorise the artwork while maintaining a focus on the key characters, she has used motifs that are generally associated with the characters. Hence, you find minimalistic elements like flowers, mountains, and waves serving as backdrops in each artwork.

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Eternal Love (Lakshmi Narayan)

Seamlessly integrating the male and female deity was a challenge, solved by the colour blue which is evidently a common theme across all artworks as the ‘Neelkanth’ is another name for Shiva, Vishnu rests underwater and Krishna has often been represented in the colour blue. So while the blue symbolises the men in all three couples, it is the other half that brings more colours and variety to the artwork.

Affectionate Love (Shiv Shakti)
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The issue includes interactions with Preeti Vyas from VGC on ‘How to pitch for clients or retain the existing one’ and Ashish Deshpande from Elephant on ‘Challenges of working with a startup’, along with some best freelancers like Archan Nair, Shreya Shetty and Paul Sandip, sharing their knowledge of working with various clients. Also, Sachin Puthran from Thatzit.com gave a 10-point no-nonsense guide for studios to handle their finances. A must read, if you are planning for the financial year ahead or worried about your handling your money matter, this issue can give you much-needed insight and guide you to a better financial health of your business or freelancing. 

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Ben Kwok, who got his BFA in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach, takes us through his own experinces and insights gained as a keen illustrator.

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Pearl Jam Front

My journey has been a great learning experience, with lots of bumps and setbacks. I guess it’s part of the journey to make mistakes and learn from them. I knew I wanted to be an artist since I was around 7 years old. I loved drawing so much, that I knew it had to be my career when I got older. At that age, I wasn’t really thinking about a career; I just wanted to draw all the time and make a living doing what I love.

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Rams Head

CG. What do you feel is the distinct quality or characteristic in your style of work, which appeals to viewers?

BK. I think my “ornate” style is what appeals to the viewers. There are lots of artists working in this ornate style, which is great because I think this style should be exposed to more people. Aside from using ornate patterns to decorate animals, I feel like my distinct approach on ornate patterns is different from most artist. I like to use patterns to express the form and shape of the subject. I don’t just put any random patterns because it’s important to me that the shape of the animal is properly shown. I also like lots of tiny details, and I do most of my shading with a ballpoint pen. From what I can gather, there are very few artists out there using the ballpoint pen as their main drawing medium.

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CG. What is the core idea behind the intricate patterns and symmetry you shape your work around?

BK. It’s a practice in meditation, to be in the “flow state”. One of the major benefits of drawing is that I get to get lost in the process. To get lost in all the intricate details. It allows me to get out of my own head, and just focus on creating. Aside from the mental benefits of my artwork, I do enjoy inject sacred geometry and other various patterns to compose the drawing. As for the patterns itself, it’s all pretty random. I just draw whatever I feel like drawing. I try not to overthink the process.

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English Bulldog

CG. What do you feel is the balance between marketing, portfolio and quality of work when it comes to acquiring work? Do you think there’s anything more a designer needs to do?

BK. I was taught that I should be proactive in acquiring work. I’ve had little to no success when I reach out to random possible clients asking for work: I’m not great at it. It feels like begging, and it doesn’t feel good. Clients tend to shoot down artists who are asking for work. Maybe, asking for work shows that you’re not highly sought after? So, my strategy is to continue to grow as an artist and create work I want to work on. It’s no accident that my portfolio is 90% ornate illustrations. It’s what I love doing, and what I want to get hired to do. In short, just do the best work you can do, and hopefully, the right clients find you. As for marketing, every artist/designer needs to be on social media. Regularly post your work so it’s out there for people to appreciate. Please keep in mind that your amount followers are a reflection of the quality of work you produce, so only put out your best work.

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CG. What is your approach towards acquiring clients, and how do you fulfil their needs?

BK. I just do my best work, and let the clients contact me. I don’t recommend this method because it takes a long time to be established and to have the internet presence. I’m just one out of millions of talented artists that are out there. The only difference is that my work is very clear and focused on ornate illustrations. If a possible client is interested in ornate artwork, my name should be on top of that list.

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Silverback

I fulfil the client’s needs by asking lots of questions about what they want. I try my best to give them what they want, but, at the same time, I’m the artist, and if I think the concept could be enhanced, I will advise the client. However, at the end of the day, it’s what the client wants, not what I want. Clients should keep in mind that the more freedom and trust they give me, the better the work I will produce. When I’m constricted to certain design parameters, the artwork always suffers. I’m at a point in my career where I have the freedom to say no to projects I’m not excited about. As a younger artist, I would take whatever comes my way.

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Cat Head

CG. What advice do you have for young and new designers regarding how to balance finance and passion?

BK. In regards to finance, always live below your means. If you make $3000 a month, don’t spend all $3000. If you want freedom, you need to have financial independence. Try to have at least 3-6 months of emergency funds. Meaning if you suddenly lose your job, you have 3-6 months worth of savings to keep your afloat while you look for another job or project/s. Ideally, you have zero debt, because the more financial freedom you have, the more you can pursue your true passion.

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Ornate Elephant
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Anand Radhakrishnan

A freelance Illustrator based in Mumbai, Anand Radhakrishnan is a graduate from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, topped up with a couple of years of learning illustration at The Art Department. He is passionate about storytelling in any medium and derives inspiration from masters like Moebius, Alphonse Mucha etc.


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Mukesh Singh is a freelance Illustrator and Concept Artist. He studied his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the reputed Sir J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai in 1997. He’s worked with great names like Prana Studios and Liquid Comics.


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