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With September almost hitting the calendar, don’t lose out on a minute more! With lots of creative platforms organising workshops and events this month, sign up for something new, look out for your best suitor and get your mind’s creative skill development in action!

CSDO Candle Making - Creative Gaga

September 6-8
New Delhi, India

Startup Candle Making Course

Taken in by the fragrances of wax in different shapes, forms, sizes and colours?

 

Join this Startup candle making course, learn a detailed step by step procedure and create the beautiful candles that you have always wished to see in the surroundings of your everyday environment and add some cosiness in your life!

 

Venue: Craft And Social Development Organisation (CSDO, E-61), South Delhi

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Rohan Dahotre - Creative Gaga

September 8
Coimbatore, India

Doodle Owl Workshop

Doodle Owl Workshop will be conducted by Rohan Dahotre, one of the top 30 illustrators of India. Register yourself for this workshop to learn the secret tips and techniques to doodle a variety of owls in different styles. Also get to know how to apply recycling techniques while creating doodle art.

 

Venue: Orita Sinclair School of Design and Music, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

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Indian Photography Festival - Creative Gaga

September 6 – October 7
Hyderabad, India

Indian Photography Festival

A Not-For-Profit initiative of Light Craft Foundation, the International Photography Festival (IPF) showcases a wide range of photography from India and around the globe with a series of events, including talks and discussions, portfolio reviews, workshops etc.

 

It is a platform for professional and aspiring photographers, photography lovers and the public, IPF promotes the art of photography as well as addresses the social issues through the medium of photography.

 

Venue: State Art Gallery, Hyderabad

More details here

 


NatureIn Focus Festival - Creative Gaga

September 7- 9
Bangalore, India

NIF Festival 2018

With its fifth edition rolling out, Nature in Focus Festival is back once again fabricating a platform  to bring together people who think-alike,to spark conversations among the novices, amateurs  and the experienced, recognizing and awarding the best work and inspiring the community.

 

Join this community of people from a variety of fields related to nature, wildlife and conservation, be a part of debates and talks and take back some interesting information.

 

Venue: The Oterra Hotel, Hosur Road, Electronics City Phase 1, Electronic City, Bengaluru

More details here 

 


Wood working - Creative Gaga

September 8-9
New Delhi, India

Advanced Woodworking Workshop

Seeming just right for a budding DIYer, this advanced woodworking workshop will teach you about wood as a material, the various joinery techniques and the use of advanced woodworking tools like the table saw, compound miter saw and a plunge router.

 

The creatives out there, grab this chance to learn something new in the world of wood and also take back with you a self-made barn stool!

 

Venue: Makers box, D-181, Okhla I, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi

More details here

 


Stories In Art - Creative Gaga

September 15
Mumbai, India

A Brush With Art – Stories In Art!

The tradition of narrative art dates back to the early ages of humanities, representational and symbolic of the times it was created in.

 

A brush with art stories in art is a workshop for people to dive into the rich history of narrative art in India,examine the works and the style, trace the stories and narratives and create their own visual stories as takeaways.

 

Venue: The Pomegranate Workshop, Gr. Flr, Kalpana Bldg, Plot No. 14, Marubai Mandir Rd, Matunga (East), Near Don Bosco School, Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400 019

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Copperplate Calligraphy Workshop - Creative Gaga

September 15-16
Bangalore, India

Copperplate Calligraphy Workshop

Looking for a place to learn the calligraphy techniques to beautify the small pieces of text that you write for personal use or as gifts?

 

Be a part of this Copperplate calligraphy workshop taught by the master Avinash Kharat, explore the creative potential within you and learn the magical tricks to add grace and delicacy to your calligraphic skills.

 

Venue: 91 Spring Board (7th Block, Koramangala), 4th Floor, No 22, Salarpuria Towers-I, Hosur Road, Koramangala, Bangalore – 560095

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September 15-16
Mumbai, India

Copperplate Script – A Pascribe Approach

Learn Copperplate Script using the 4 Fold Symmetry and gain an accurate control over curves by joining Copperplate Script, a Pascribe Approach in Delhi and Mumbai. An introduction to the anatomy of the letters gleaned from 18th century English Writing Master Copybooks, learning breathing and rhythm techniques for a better insight into the lightness of touch and the construction of flourishes comes along.

 

Venue: Rachna Sansad Prabhadevi

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Darter Food Styling And Photography - Creative Gaga

September 21
Gurgaon, India

Food Styling And Photography Workshop

Tired of posting cliché food pictures on Instagram? Not to worry anymore!

 

Join the food styling and photography workshop, learn new skills through live demo sessions by food bloggers Deeba Rajpal and photographer Prasad Np for pro-quality food photographs.Also get introduced to the basic concepts and props used for food styling, a must-know for food photography.

 

Venue: GREENR, 01, 32nd Avenue, Sector 15, Gurgaon

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FOAID - Creative Gaga

September 21-22
New Delhi, India

Festival Of Architecture And Interior Designing

Originated with the idea of celebrating the glory of Indian Architecture & Design, the Festival of Architecture and Interior Designing has lived up to its promise.

 

A platform for creative minds to meet & discuss the new facets of the design fraternity, FOAID in its journey of design has embarked on to the 5th year, this time in an attempt to explore the theme, Time To Re-imagine.

 

Venue: NSIC Exhibition Complex, New Delhi

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Darter Wildlife Photography - Creative Gaga

September 21-23

Jungle Tales – Wildlife Photography Tour Of Kabini

A wildlife photography enthusiast? Cherish natures’ beauty captured as still imagery viewed on digital screens?

 

Grab this perfect opportunity, be a part of the Jungle Tales a wildlife photography tour of Kabini and enjoy a weekend of photography by exploring, experiencing, learning and sharing the rich diversity of wildlife by vehicle, boat and on foot.

 

To Join Contact: Sreedevi/ Shreeram M V at 9740083260/ 7022166822
Or Email at Photography@Darter.in

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Bird Photography Workshop - Creative Gaga

September 22- 23
Jaipurdoddi, India

Bird Photography Workshop

Enrol yourself for this one-of-a-kind bird photography workshop to go beyond the basics and master advanced techniques of bird photography. Taking place at a beautiful lake edge and instructed by an award-winning wildlife photographer Phillip Ross, there can be no better option for you to improve your skills of capturing these grand flying creatures in their natural habitat.

 

Venue: The Outback Farm, Jaipurdoddi, Karnataka

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INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2018 - Creative Gaga

May 26 – November 25 2018
Venice, Italy

Biennale Architettura 2018

16th International Architecture Exhibition

The Biennale Architettura 2018 is a six month long International Architecture Exhibitiontaking place in the venues of the Giardini and the Arsenale in the beautiful city of Venice.

 

This edition themed ‘FREESPACE’ puts forward examples, proposals, elements – built or unbuilt – of work exemplifying essential qualities of architecture, which include the modulation, richness and materiality of surface, and the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing the embodied power and beauty of architecture.

 

Venue: Venice, Italy

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Beijing Design Week 2018 -Creative Gaga

September – October 2018
Beijing, China

Beijing Design Week

Beijing Design Week (BJDW), launched in 2009, is a national large-scale annual cultural event and international A-type creative design event held in Beijing with the approval of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, which is cosponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Beijing Municipal Government.

 

As the design week with the largest scale in Asia and creative design public service platform with international influence in Beijing and with sustainable development, every year BJDW attracts more than 2000 designers, institution representatives and academic professionals, more than 100 registered media and an audience of about 5 million.

 

Venue: Beijing, China

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Design Junction 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 1 – 23
London, United Kingdom

DesignJunction

Designjunction connects the world’s most renowned design brands with some of the world’s leading design professionals. Showcasing more than 200 brands in a series of inspiring and centrally-located venues, it has built an unparalleled reputation as the show ‘where design meets’ during the London Design Festival.

 

Having attracted more than 28000 visitors in 2017, this year designjunction is moving to the cultural hub of the South Bank.

 

Venue: London, United Kingdom

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London Design Biennale 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 4 – 23
London, United Kingdom

London Design Biennale 2018

The 2018 London Design Biennale, devoted to the theme, ‘Emotional States’ will see participants from six continents exhibiting engaging and interactive design installations across Somerset House.

 

The world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and curators gather in the capital to explore and show how design impacts our very being and affects every aspect of our lives – the way we live and how we live – and influences our very being, emotions, and experiences.

 

Venue: London, United Kingdom

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Paris Design Week 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 6 – 15
Paris, France

Paris Design Week

The eighth annual Paris Design Week, scheduled to overlap with Maison&Objet Paris, invites French and international professionals and the general public to discover the best showcases of design in Paris.

 

This event is an itinerary uniting 250 participants who proudly promote first-rate design in Paris and also brings together the talents and forces of retailers, galleries, showrooms, hotels and restaurants for ten days to share their experience in design and creation with the public.

 

Venue: Paris, France

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Helsinki Design Week - Creative Gaga

September 6 – 16
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Design Week

Helsinki Design Week is a multidisciplinary design festival that presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. Held annually in September, the festival programme contains around 250 events every year and boasted about 161,000 visitors in 2016. Helsinki Design Week chairs World Design Weeks from 2017 to 2020.

 

Venue: Helsinki, Finland

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MAISONOBJET 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 7 – 11
Paris, France

MAISON&OBJET

MAISON&OBJET is a great lifestyle platform formed at the intersection of business and creativity, revealing solutions to visitors from around the world in search of uniqueness.

 

A key meeting place for professionals in the art of living, M&O brings together a 360° product offering ranging from home decor and interiors, accessories and furniture to fragrances, kitchen-ware and kids things, fulfilling the diverse needs of global users and markets.

 

Venue: Paris, France

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Top Drawer 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 09-11
London, United Kingdom

Top Drawer

Top Drawer, London’s largest design-led gift trade event, is a perfect platform for UK and international lifestyle brands to present new ranges and best sellers in the curated and complementary worlds of home, gift, fashion and craft.

 

With each world showcasing an expert sector edit, this is where the leading brands, designers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors come to do business with the most successful creative retailers and contract buyers from across the UK and beyond.

 

Venue: London, United Kingdom

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London Design Fair 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 15 – 23
London, United Kingdom

London Design Festival

The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, and as the gateway to the international creative community.

 

It aims at promoting the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design. 2017 saw an inflow of about 450,000 individual visitors from over 75 countries.

 

Venue: London, United Kingdom

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100 Design 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 19-22
London, United Kingdom

100% Design

The commercial cornerstone event of the London Design Festival, 100% Design is officially the UK’s largest design trade event and the dedicated meeting place for business and design in London.

 

Attracting more than 27,000 visitors over 4 days including architects, interior designers, retailers and designers, 100% Design features unrivalled talks programme, bespoke installations and a curated selection of world-leading international brands.

 

It is the destination for architects and designers to discover interior design trends and emerging talent during London Design Festival.

 

Venue: London, United Kingdom

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IDSA International Design Conference 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 19 – 22
New Orleans, LA

IDSA International Design Conference 2018

The Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) International Design Conference aims to celebrate the diversity, overlap and undeniable power of design.

 

Placing multi-disciplinary design through multi-sensory experiences on the main stage will cultivate a shared understanding that allows designers from all backgrounds to rally around common themes and challenges.

 

Venue: New Orleans, LA

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London Design Fair 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 20 – 23
London, United Kingdom

 London Design Fair

London Design Fair is the most international trade destination during the annual London Design Festival.

 

Located in the creative heart of East London, it brings together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries and attracts a design-savvy public to enjoy the very latest trending from an international collection of furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations.

 

Venue: London, United Kingdom

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Brand Design Conference 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 21 – 22
London, United Kingdom

Brand Design Conference 2018

The Brand Design Conference aims at establishing a new forum for brand research and discussion, putting Design at its core, as Design is the craft for Branding. It seeks to focus on the vital and underrepresented role of Design theories and practices in Branding, unveiling Design’s potential to create brands and the wider impact of Design in Branding.

 

Venue: London, United Kingdom

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Bologna Design Week 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 25 – 29
Bologna, Italy

Bologna Design Week

Bologna Design Week (BDW) is an international event devoted to the promotion of design culture in Emilia-Romagna. Organized in the historic centrein collaboration with Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, BDW is an event that maps and combines cultural, creative, creative, productive and distributive excellence into an integrated communication project.

 

Venue: Bologna, Italy

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MARMOMACC 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 26 – 29
Verona, Italy

Marmomacc

Marmomacc is the world’s leading event for the lithic industry and represents the entire supply chain, from raw, semi-finished and finished products, machinery and processing technologies to the possible applications of stone in architecture and design. A platform where business meets professional updating, Marmomacc is the go-to fair for operators in the stone industry.

 

Venue: Verona, Italy

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PHOTOKINA 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 26 – 29
Cologne, Germany

Photokina 2018

Photokina is the world’s leading trade fair for imagery. Photokina is setting new standards as a provider of impulses and it will in future thus optimally reflect the fast-paced nature and the ever-briefer innovation cycles of an increasingly digitalised industry.

 

In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne.

 

Venue: Cologne, Germany

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A@W Paris 2018 -Creative Gaga

September 27 – 28
Paris, France

ARCHITECT@WORK

The unique and innovative exhibition layout of Architect@Work, PARIS was created by C4 -Creative Fo(u)r. Here the presentation spaces are transformed into a gallery of exposure and to ensure an optimal contact between exhibitors and visitors, visitors are automatically led along a route that winds its way through small, uniform modules.

 

Exhibition gallery is composed of uniform modules grouped by a unit of 4, forming a square. The corners of these squares are used to showcase the innovations of the exhibitors and in the centre each square, a multimedia console accommodates multimedia equipment and documentation.

 

Venue: Paris, France

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Vienna Design Week 2018 - Creative Gaga

September 28 – October 7
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Design Week

Defining design as an essential part of the cultural production,Vienna Design Week is Austria’s largest design festival. Opening up creative processes and giving scope for experimentation on site are core elements of the festival concept.

 

The festival shows that design shapes our material culture, our every-day life and our world as consumers. Simultaneously, it influences our lifestyles and most fundamentally, our aesthetic senses and judgments.

 

Venue: Vienna, Austria

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Chandan Wadhwa - Time for Rebranding

Founder-director of Lopamudra Creative Studio, Chandan Wadhwa is a branding expert who strongly believe in karma. By making sure they put their best in every project, the team has worked with many well know clients like Ireo Grand Hyatt, Red FM, Magic Bricks, Hindustan Express, Kenstar, DT Cinemas, HCL and Nokia to name a few.


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Basic colours and shapes, when used in the right rhythm, can change our perspective about the things we see around us every day. Rahul Khobragade has taken this approach to depict the birds of nature, to showcase the beauty and elegance that we miss out on!

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Singularly inspired by nature, Rahul Khobragade’s illustrations are a true extraction of it. The use of ideas, shapes, colours and styles are all deduced from nature.

 

With a desire to always present his viewers with fresh and vibrant work, he prefers to use gradient art and abstract vectors.

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A bird lover, Rahul created a series of illustrations on birds and their beauty, aiming to explore each bird’s unique and independent identity.

 

With an intention to portray the common birds that we see around us every day from a new perspective, he made an attempt to explore this particular series using basic shapes and overlapping multi-layer style.

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To bring out the quirkiness and the dynamic traits of each bird, he used a style of simple gradients merged with low patches. The use of bright, dazzling happy colours, in addition to the mentioned techniques helped him define an over-all language for the bird series, yet giving every illustration a distinctive appearance and bringing out the beauty and charm of each these specific birds.

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Published in Issue 43

With the changing weather comes the season of Interns, with fresh new energy everywhere and your talented creatives wanting to test their skills and knowledge in the real world of live creative briefs and super creative professional environment.
This issue is a must-read for internees and fresh talents. Go ahead and order your copy here or subscribe to not miss any future issues!

 

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Tom J Manning

Originally trained as a product designer, Tom J Manning later turned to graphic design. Having done a course in sequential illustration at Oxford Brookes University, UK, he took up freelancing as his chosen way to work.


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We live in a world where everyone around is a character, playing a role for some reason. Art Director, Saurabh Chandekar, takes notice of every day people and reveals his interpretation of them using contorted and distorted illustration styles. Here he talks about this unique skill he’s got.

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THE MODERN BUDDHA.
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THE MODERN BUDDHA.
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KAMALA. A gorgeous lady lotus seller standing with a sense of grace is “Kamala".

Making it More than Just a Hobby.

The first step for any artist or designer is to realise that they ha ve the skill. And if it is a yes, then you must evaluate how much you enjoy it. And depending on what your answers are, sets the course of whether you’ll be making it a profession or not. From drawing doodles in notebooks when we were kids, only some grow up to study design at university level. Once the platform is set, the world is all yours. Every designer must find a niche, whether it’s abstract or the real world around you, from the emotions in your heart to the very real fruit seller on the street, it’s all about how you want to represent the world through your designs.

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A WOMAN OF ATTITUDE. Treading through a station like she owns the whole road. “A Woman of Attitude” triumphs all.
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THE INTERTWINED CHAOS.
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THE STORY OF LONG.

Exaggerate because the World Does So.

The world is full of exaggerations, so why not use that in your designs? We live in a world where people sometimes pretend to be more than what they are. A unique take on the world can be achieved by using illustrations to disclose the reality of exaggerations. It’s important to be mindful to not encroach into the caricature territory, as that form of design is all about appearance. Try and explore how every person is. Depicting that using contorted and distorted shapes is one way.

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CHUNKY. “Chunky” is a fat boy walking on the street who goes ‘awe’ over a dog.
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Step Out of Structure.

Design comes from the heart irrespective of the place or ambience. Try not to stick to a particular canvas or tool. Be it a marker, a rotring pen or just a simple pen, it’s the idea and observation that creates.

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Illustrations are No Longer for the Back Pages of Your Pads.

In the net-savvy world, where it’s become to easy to obtain ready-made art, the scope of illustration has been the widest thus far. People, companies and brands understand the importance and value in investing in illustrations, and therefore hand crafted techniques are in demand.

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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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The Costa Rican advertising agency, Publimark Mullenlowe, imagined what the branding & identity for the venue of the games would look like, and explored the possibilities of design.

Publimark Lowe toyed with the idea of having the 2016 games organized in their country, Costa Rica. They decided to explore the scope of branding for the venue if it were hosted in one of their provinces. The objective of the design was to encompass the very local nature of Costa Rica, making sure to keep the indigenous culture, art and flavour intact; and yet being perceived as a global design for international games.

 

Solution

A group of designers created a brand identity for each of the seven provinces, taking inspiration from the rich culture, architecture, nature, and the warmth of the people.

1. San Jose 

The capital of Costa Rica is an emerging city where one can witness the rich culture, as well as the progress and development.

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The logo reflects 3 aspects of the city, the energy, the ever-changing landscape, and the rich diversity of culture and history. The dynamic logo form is taken from 3 parts of the city map, which is abstracted and adaptive.

The branding is inspired from the vibrant energy of the city, the duality of nature vs. city, and the effervescent nature of the people.


2. Alajuela

Famous for its volcanoes, cattle rearing, natural resources, warm people and intricately hand-painted ox carts, this province has an incredibly vibrant culture.

2016 Games Identity Reimagined

The logo is a rendition of the iconic ‘torch’ of Juan Santamaria, with the elements inspired from the ox cart paintings.

The branding is inspired from the organic art style of the ox cart paintings, letting the identity have a dynamic personality that complements the stance of the sportsmen.


3. Cartago 

A small province that is abundant in its indigenous flora, fauna and architecture.

The logo brings together 3 important natural and man-made architectural icons of the province, namely, The Basilica, Turrialba Volcano and Cachi’s Dam.

The branding is inspired from the intricate mosaic tile work seen in the province, using this as the base.


4. Heredia

This is the smallest province of Costa Rica. It is known for its flowers, the peacefulness and sense of belonging of the people.

The logo combines these very factors thus representing a petal and a joyful person.

The branding began with the petals, which further expanded to overlapping patterns and layers.


5. Guanacaste

This province is known for its folklore, history, and vast landscape.

The logo is an abstraction of 3 key points, the art, the landscape and the bull fights.

The branding embodies the earthy, rugged nature of the province.


6. Puntarenas

This is the largest province of Costa Rica. Here it meets the majestic Pacific Ocean, thus it is known for its beach, sunsets, seashells and waves.

The logo is inspired from the shell form, abstracting it, yet rightly representing Puntarenas.

The branding uses the logo form and plays with the repetition of patterns creating a versatile identity.


7. Limon

This province is known for its fantastic flora and fauna. The people here are happy and vibrant, and are infamous for the carnivals.

The logo brings together all these elements, creating something eclectic, cheerful and lavish.

The branding is a result of layers of the different elements of nature and the people.

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Designers

San Jose – Marianela Solano

Alajuela –  Gloriana Guadamuz

Cartago – Adriana Astúa

Heredia – Susana Salas

Guanacaste – Franklin Guevara

Puntarenas – Rodrigo lobo

Limon – Milena Soto

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Giovanni Rojas

 

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For an artist, the images you grow up with, linger on for long. As you grow, you think of recreating them, basis your understanding and expertise. That’s exactly what designer Sandeep Menon does with a traditional image he has grown up with. He gives it a twist and renders it in a new form. He explains how.

Traditional Influences

Step 1

Collected reference as the first step. Looked to some of these traditional images while starting the project. It’s a good practice to go back to reference images while recreating something.

Step 2

Started by doing some head studies. These were just explorations of the mask and an exercise to get into the world of Kathakali. The attempt was to achieve something that was semi-realistic in style.

Step 3

Decided on the final sketch. Started by drawing the heads and the rest of the body evolved. Since the character had multiple heads, it seemed natural to give it several arms.

Step 4

Started with a black background. Black would bring out the vibrant colours and the gold accents against a dark background.

Step 5

Next, the background was given a gradient wash, so that it feels like the light source was on the top. Gradient tool was used for the purpose.

Step 6

Scanned the sketch and dropped it on the background, on a Multiply layer.

Step 7

Started blocking in solid colours. Not really focussed on the rendering but got the colours right at this stage. Used a simple solid round brush.

Step 8

Established a light source on the top, slightly towards the left. Started rendering the character by using a combination of brushes. To push the coolness in the shadows, added a little bit of blue to all the shadows.

Step 9

Since the main focus lay on the heads, zoomed in and started working on them. It’s important not to add details all over the image but save it for where you want to lead the viewer’s eyes.

Step 10

To give highlights to the gold material, used the colour dodge tool. Set the highlight mode to 15%.

Step 11

Arrived at the final image. Note that a shadow was added to the base to ground the character. Also, the painting style changed from the centre, where it was detailed to the base, where it was loose and very rough.

Published in Issue 15

In this issue, we invited leading Gaming professionals to share their inspirations along with their suggestions to improve the Gaming Art in India. Featuring some of the big names of Gaming Art like Vinay Vikram Singh, Sandeep Menon and Neeraj Menon along with Internationally renowned Russian studio, ‘Grafit Studio‘ and many more talented creatives. So, go ahead

 

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Portraiture, as an art form, is much older than photography. Great portrait masters have spent their lives learning this art. Vikas Sharma, a self taught photographer, finds himself in the same pursuit. He shares some of the rules of portrait photography, with the hope that one breaks them.

Eyes do the Talking

They are the foundation of a portrait. What do you want to do with them? Strong eyes, spontaneous, piercing, dull, happy or sad? Eyes looking away from the camera? Or closed, perhaps? Look at the subject’s eyes and decide what kind of story they speak. You can read the subject’s mind just by looking into their eyes.

Composing the Story

Just as an artist draws on his blank canvas, think about how will you compose within your viewfinder. Are you going to show the surrounding or just a blank background? Again, this will be dictated by what you want to show in your portrait.

No Talking at the Back

The strongest portraits are the ones, which emphasise the subject by using a simple blank background. Keep things simple, unless there is something really exciting in the background that complements the story. If you are unable to control the background due to the limitation of a studio, use a shallow depth of field to blur out the background.

Light-up Your Thoughts

While this is an infinite subject in itself and the most important one too, keep it simple. Keep it soft. Look at how great artists like Rembrandt have played with it. Think about what you want to achieve. Will it be flat? Is it low key? Or high key? Will, it has the dimension or will it have drama? Will it be warm or cold? Or perhaps a combination of all these. Whatever you decide make sure the picture is about the subject and not your lighting talent.

The subject of the Discussion

Know your subject, make them comfortable. They should enjoy and have fun. Nervous or uncomfortable subjects don’t make good portraits. Don’t even show them a camera unless you know they are ready for the picture. If possible meet the subject in an informal setting before the day of the planned shoot. Get to know them and listen to their stories. It will give you ideas on what kind of portrait you want to shoot.

Invest in a good portrait lens

• 60mm to 135mm is a good focal length range.
• Get a fast lens with the aperture of 2.8.

Pre-plan on lighting

• Be ready with a reflector if you are shooting outdoors.

Shoot a million pictures

• You definitely can with a digital camera.
• Try different angles, get high or down low.
• Focus on the eyes.

Use an aperture setting

• Between 1.4 to 8, depending on the lens.

Always shoot camera raw

• Do not apply any in-camera filters like contrast, saturation etc.
• Keep all those things for postproduction in Photoshop.

Learn Photoshop

• It’s your darkroom of the digital age. Commercial images today are 30% photography and 70% Photoshop.

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We tried to capture the time of chaos and confusion we all are in. How it inspires and influences creative thoughts. Starting with the cover design by Ankur Singh Patar, who captures the duality in the way we treat women. Followed by a conversation with Italian illustrator Giulio Iurissevich who explores beauty behind this chaos. And many more inspirational articles to explore.

 

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Don’t jump to the conclusions and enter into a world of assumptions, wait till The End, know the reality and live on peaceful terms for the time after completion of a project. Anuj Prasad from Desmania shares his insights about this phase, the last mile, as he calls it.

What is the Last Mile?

It’s often seen that designers and clients start getting flustered when the project is on the brink of completion. This is the last mile and the toughest to handle, because at this stage mind is in an anxious state to complete the project and get on with the next one.

 

Most designers feel the euphoria during creative phases and lose steam as the project moves into technical and execution mode.Perhaps, the last mile is the most important mile in any passage of activity that must come to a conclusive end. It is also the most frustrating mile as one is almost there but yet not.

It is the same feeling as your plane circling around before landing or your train parked at the outer locations as it crawls to the destination.

 

Such situations make the virtual time expand to disproportionate dimension, creating a good likelihood of losing cool. Flaring up at this point is so obvious, while the challenge is to let the positive energies flow steadily.

Tough to Handle? Not Really!

Patience and perseverance is the answer.

 

It is like making a painting with a hazy idea and then evolving it into something meaningful. Yet the final strokes make all the difference. Believe it or not, but a masterpiece is differentiated from an average piece of art based on the final strokes.

The same holds good in design, sustained energy to keep improving till the end of the project, penetrating down to tweak the final details, small little modifications and refinements make all the difference.

 

Being open to inputs from the stakeholders, while responding in judiciously is an art that each one of us needs to master consciously as our experience grows.

After-Effects of the Last Mile

The last mile has the power to break long-lasting relationships. Primarily because it creates the slip between ‘completion with contentment’ and ‘completion for the heck of it’.

 

A small advisory to the team to be prepared for this phase is a good beginning. Thereafter, project managers need to take on the mantle with a focussed aim to exceed the expectations of the client at the time of completion.

The intent should be to pair with the client and run the last mile as a true companion to touch the finishing line with aplomb and give a high five to each other!

Devaki Neogi is primarily a self taught illustrator. She was essentially trained as a fashion designer at NIFT, Bangalore, India. After working for few years in the apparel industry as fashion designer, she made a professional transition to ‘Illustrations’ as her chosen career. She is most keen on working on comics, and creating art for them. She has created the art for a few children picture books and comics. In comics, you’ll find her work in Zombie Broadway (Virgin Comics), Dr.Ajax (Pipedream labs), Mixtape (Manta Ray), Mumbai Confidential(Archaia comics). Currently working on a comic creator-owned project and designing/illustrating for graphics for kids wear.


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