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Animator and Illustrator, Lavanya Naidu, expresses how one can find more, happiness, room to grow, not only professionally but also personally, by focusing on producing work that is rather challenging and cherishing at the same time.

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Healers
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Wanderers

CG. All your illustrations are fun, represent happiness. How do you choose your characters and topics of illustration?

Lavanya. I try to be an optimist about most things in life. I guess my work too in many ways, reflects the same. I want to be able to induce in my audience, I want to be able to share that positive energy. A lot of my work, characters and environments are based on simple joys and human emotion. I draw inspiration from my relationships; my friendships; the people (and sometimes animals) I see around; everyday moments worth freezing on canvas; worth appreciating and taking a second look at.

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Bright Sunny Days
An illustration created for a friend celebrating her relationship.

CG. You use a very lively colour scheme that is, both, vibrant and subtle. Could you please tell us how you arrive at it?

Lavanya. My colour scheme has developed over time, and still has a long way to go! I began asking myself why does the sky have to be blue when it really isn’t always blue? There is a myriad of colours that we can play with. I began experimenting with different palettes and started understanding how the absence and presence of light change colour. It’s an ongoing journey and tremendous fun!

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Illustrations for Storytime Magazine
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Illustrations for Storytime Magazine
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Illustrations for Storytime Magazine

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

Lavanya.I have been extremely lucky to have had some wonderful clients. Most of my clients have approached me, having had looked at my work on Behance or my blog. I make sure to keep all of my pages updated with new projects, as soon as I can. I respect another person’s time and money as I would expect that in return, so it is of utmost importance that I deliver on or before a reasonable deadline. I usually take on work that I know, I would love to do so that I can be true to that commitment. Professionalism is key, it helps you filter out the unnecessities and focus on the actual task at hand.

Flamingo in My Garden. A beautiful diversity of birds of the Indian subcontinent come together in this lovely story.
The Dark Glen. Cover art for Tinkle Comics. What started off as a cover, soon turned into a comic inside as well!
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Where's the Mummy

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?

Lavanya.We live in an age where there is an endless choice, and it gets harder and harder to make an impact on your audience. Our attention spans are fleeting. However, if you love what you do, and you can put that into your work, people can feel it. If instead of focusing solely on staying relevant, we can focus on producing work that challenges us and that we are passionate about, it gives us more room to grow both personally as well as professionally.

Something fishy. No Smoke Without Fire – a personal short animation film. Background explorations for an upcoming personal short in progress.

I would say that quality of work is usually the most important aspect when acquiring work, followed by sharing it on different forums, where peers and professionals can see and critique your work, as well as sharing it on more public forums where people can relate and experience your work too. The learning never stops, so ask questions and keep at it.

The Bookworm. A personal illustration dedicated to my best friend, a voracious reader, even in dim lighting.
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Art made for TEDx Bangalore’s annual event.

CG. What inspires your style of work?

Lavanya.I am an avid observer and am stimulated by those around me; by everyday interactions, sometimes more complex emotion, or relevant subjects around the world that resonate with me. There is so much we have in common, so much to share, so much that can bring us together, that is what inspires me.

A Flamingo in my Garden.
To the Future. Personal art dedicated to my best friend and our enormous love for dogs.
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You Came. Personal work Concept art for an upcoming personal animation film.
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Published in Issue 37

Recent demonisation and changing Taxes has pushed most of us in planning our finances more seriously. So to answer some of the basic questions for designers, freelancers and creative studios, we interviewed some of the creative legends to guide and share their wisdom. 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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Representing people is no small task, especially when each one is a complex amalgamation of peculiar moods, styles, experiences and so on. Sketch artist, Prakash Thombre, readily takes on the challenge of transmitting real life onto the canvas through his various sketches of everyday personalities.

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Observation is where it All Begins

Among the various subjects he sketches and draws, Prakash Thombre always finds Portraits to be most fascinating and interesting – mainly because he chooses his subjects from real life. Most of them, he captures on camera when travelling, later using them as references. He feels drawing Portraits helps to study people around us and connect with them – it’s like capturing their life narrative in lines and shades in the form of sketches. He has a keen interest in body language and face reading.

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While observing people in real life, he generally tries to find the story about the person. Carefully observing the costumes, facial features, gestures, posture, etc. tells him an interesting story, which he then tries to capture in sketches and drawings. Aspects or elements like these help display and represent the core personality or temperament of the subjects. When he is observing a subject, he studies the minute details about their costumes, poses, gestures, expressions, facial features and so on. If everything compliments each other, it becomes an interesting story to capture in lines as a sketch or drawing.

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The Style is Best when Synonymous with Spontaneity

Prakash is not very comfortable with following one style or technique, nor is he comfortable with the typical copybook fundamentals of rendering. He likes to be spontaneous with the tools and its application, and prefers the lines to be free-flowing and organic in nature – nothing rigid, nothing attempted. Further, with regard to the style of sketching and colouring, the nature of lighting and the likes depends on the time and place.

Usually, on location, he chooses to use the pencil, finding it to be the most efficient tool to play with the line pressure and tonal values. Sometimes, he also uses fountain pens, but with flex and fude nibs, as they provide fantastic dynamic lines, depending on the pen angles and pressure. The sketch artist finds water-colour to be the most dynamic medium since he feels It gives a lot of flexibility with the way one applies and uses it.

Using fundamental tools and techniques is the base of foolproof skills

If we take a good look at it, most of the designers today are inclined towards using smart devices to draw and sketch – like the iPad or Wacom Cintique – which Prakash feels cripple the true potential of the designer to draw with real tools. He rather opines that designers should use these tools but, at the same time, bring in and maintain the habit of drawing with hands and real tools, where they don’t have options like ‘Undo’ and the likes at their disposal. So, starting the design process with sketching using real tools will help explore and capture ideas quickly, and then explore further to refine it through Smart devices like the iPad or Wacom.

Published in Issue 41

Every year brings many opportunities and hopes along with celebrations. For this issue, we reached many visual artists and designers to know their expectations from the year 2018. This issue’s cover designer, Shreya Gulati is exceptionally impressed by the advancement of technology in design, especially how VR & AR has impacted new ways of creating.

 

Honing and sharpening one’s skills is always a quest for every creative. So, whether you have many or none expectations for the year, this issue is a must-read.

 

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The world of design is huge and every client’s need is different. As a versatile designer working for a broad spectrum with regards to commercial requirements, Rahul Arora is able to push his boundaries, explore more styles and learn in the process.

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Digital art by Rahul Arora
Out of ideas

The ubiquity of the Internet and digital technology today has opened the door to the myriad of opportunities. As the online platforms are transparent and great to showcase one’s work while discovering the work of others worldwide.

Versatile Designer
Koi Fish
Digital art by Rahul Arora
Book illustration

Style of the Designer is a Reflection of the Client’s Sensibility and Vision

With diverse projects and context, each client has a different agenda and every script has its own requirements. Sometimes, the sensibilities of the clients vary too; some have a clear vision whilst some want to develop by working in tandem with the artist. Therefore, the foremost step is to discuss the script/ project with the art/creative directors to get an understanding of how they visualise the final product. Latching onto their concept, a versatile designer has to create styles portraying the same.

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Castle on the rock
Versatile Designer
Sneeze

The Characterisation is Pivotal in a Narrative

The characterisation is a gradual process that first involves understanding a few pre-requisites before delving into its creation. As, context, appearance, ideology, and age are some of the factors that must be thought out prior to creation. So that, the exaggeration of these features amplifies the ‘key qualities’ which evoke interest. Relating the surrounding with desired detailing to enhance and portray the protagonist’s role conveys the storyline.

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Minister of Universe
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The butcher

Tackling Different Avenues

Working on comics is like making a movie where you can convey stories through illustrations and words by generating it frame by frame. Studying the human anatomy and expressions is a must for a compelling narrative. Creating arresting illustrations that appeal to the readers, is challenging and a test for artist’s imaginations.

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Lazy Sunday Ride
Digital art by Rahul Arora
Book illustration

Storyboards are the pre-visualisation of a story/film/ad-film. Here much importance is given to the character placements and the angles rather than the colour schemes in the suggested visuals.

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Book illustration
Digital art by Rahul Arora

Advertising, on the other hand, is completely distinct. With tight deadlines, the challenge is to prioritise and achieve the required quality in the given time frame.

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The imp

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Lift

Colour Schemes and Mediums have their own Charm

They play a major role in bringing a story to life and convey the important aspects of the composition to set a mood of the narrative. Traditional mediums such as oils, poster colours, pastels, watercolours and pencil sketching often allow the designer to hone his skills and learn the intricacies.

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Digital art by Rahul Arora
Lady with the lamp

When working commercially, a digital medium is much easier and straight-forward to execute. As you can easily start with a quick thumbnail that gives a glimpse of the idea which then can be elaborated to form the layouts and finally, pencilling and colouring it in Photoshop can be done post the client’s approval.

Versatile Designer
The Passenger
Digital art by Rahul Arora
An evening at the terrace

Published in Issue 39

As the festivity is all around, every brand or business is trying to impress the Indian audience. But what really works for us Indians? What is an Indian design? And how we can make designs for India? To understand it, we interviewed some Indian creatives who are successfully creating designs for the Indian audience.

This issue of Creative Gaga is a light read for someone looking for inspirations or insights on Indian design and how the Indian audience can be enticed. So go ahead and order your copy or subscribe if you want to keep receiving a regular dose of inspirations!

 

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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.

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A city of Strange - Mumbai
AnandRK - Enlighten
A city of Strange - Mumbai
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A city of Strange - Mumbai

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 throughout, but to make it a journey of discovery and surprise.

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A city of Strange - Mumbai
Illustrations from A personal project, Chaavi.
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Paradiso Retailer Variant, Image Comics

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.

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Brigands#1 ActionLab Comics
Ink drawing for inktober.

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.
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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.

Value study in graphite.
Illustration for A college project. Chaavi.

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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Working as a freelancer can provide many benefits, but with the number of individuals hopping into the industry today, it’s vital that you exert effort to make your resume stand out. This remains true for graphic designers as the nature of their jobs allows and encourages creativity in their work.

The quality of the resume you submit to potential clients can make or break your chances of securing a freelance job as a graphic designer as it plays a vital role in your employment in the design industry. Essentially, your resume gives employers an idea of what your skills are and how these can contribute to their companies.

 

For you to impress potential employers, and finally enter the freelancing industry as a graphic designer, improve your resume by following these tips:

1. Don’t Go Overboard

Naturally, graphic designers are creative individuals who are expected to think out of the box to provide their clients with great concepts and outputs. Creativity is also essential to ensure that their works are original.

 

But regardless of how creative you are as a designer, you shouldn’t go overboard when it comes to crafting your resume. Regardless of how tempting it is, you shouldn’t heavily design your resume with colourful fonts and cursive texts, as this will only make the document look cluttered. The appearance of your resume can affect an employer’s decision to hire you—and if it looks cluttered, they’ll likely move on to another applicant who submits a clearer, more streamlined resume.

 

Instead of using your resume to impress employers, keep it simple and informative. A clean resume can leave a lasting impression among employers, increasing your chances of becoming a freelancer. Utilize clear, readable fonts and avoid placing too many unnecessary elements. If you can’t help but put colours into your resume, choose only two, at best three, that is not too vibrant and are easy on the eyes.

2. Link an Online Portfolio Your Work

The content of your resume plays a vital role in your chances of landing freelance work, but this doesn’t mean that you should incorporate your work in this document and submit a ten-page long resume to employers.

 

If you want to show off your skills as a graphic designer, link to an online portfolio when submitting resumes online. Doing this is the best way to prove to employers that you’re capable of doing whatever skills you’ve indicated in your resume.

 

When linking an online portfolio or attaching samples of your work as a graphic designer, only include those that are related to the position you’re applying for and make sure they’re updated. Sending samples that are irrelevant to the position you’re applying for will only discourage employers from hiring you.


3. Use the Right Keywords

Employers who are looking for freelancers will maximize applicant tracking systems to make it easier for them to scan resumes and narrow down their options. This is one of the reasons why you should pay attention to the keywords you use in your resume because this can impact your visibility in these tracking systems.

 

To determine which keywords to include in your resume, look at the job posting published by employers and take note of what they’re looking for. Are they looking forward to adding a graphic designer who has experience in using Adobe and After Effects? Then add these keywords to your resume. Adding your skills in branding, colour theory, typography, and user interface on your resume will also make your application stand out in these tracking systems.

 

There are countless keywords pertaining to graphic design, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t stuff your resume with all of these. Only include keywords that are relevant to your skills that also match what the employer is looking for.

4. Highlight Relevant Technical Skills

Employers who have been recruiting graphic designers for years will likely know what to expect the moment they see resumes from applicants. More often than not, they already know that most applicants will indicate their experience in InDesign or Illustrator. There’s nothing wrong if you include these in yours too, but you shouldn’t stop there.

 

Another way to improve your resume when looking for freelance work is to highlight your relevant technical skills. Aside from including your experience and skills in using countless design tools, show your employer that you’re also knowledgeable in marketing tools. Other skills, like video editing and animation, should also be included in your resume as these can increase your value as a graphic designer.

 

To make it easier for employers to assess your technical skills, categorize this section into several buckets, such as marketing, coding languages, and design. You can also indicate your level of expertise for these skills to make it easier for employers to gauge your suitability for the job.

5. Master the Fundamentals of Resume Writing

Regardless of the position and employer, you’re eyeing to apply to, graphic designers still have to follow the fundamentals of resume writing. These are essential to ensure that you’ll end up submitting a document that highlights your skills in the most professional way possible.

 

For you to improve your resume when applying for freelance work as a graphic designer, take note of the following:

 

  • Condense Your Resume into One Page
    Employers don’t have the luxury of time, which is why you should, as much as possible, submit a one-page resume. Remember, your resume should be a snapshot of your skills and experience as a graphic designer and not a detailed list of everything you’ve accomplished in life.

 

  • Double-check Your Work
    Proofread and edit your resume at least twice to ensure that you’ll submit a document free from misspelt words and vague employment dates.

 

  • Organize Chronologically
    When including your history of graphic design works, it’s better to list them down from the most recent to the oldest. Don’t forget to include the names of the companies you worked for, the dates or durations of those jobs, as well as a short description of the scope of your job.

It’ll be Worth it

Your resume is important for many different reasons, but keep in mind that this isn’t your portfolio. Your resume isn’t a means to showcase your works (that’s what your portfolio is for); instead, it’s meant to highlight the experience and skills you can bring to the company.

 

Although it can be tedious to improve your resume, the efforts you’ll put into the process will be worth it as this document can become your ticket to finally land a job in the freelancing industry as a graphic designer!

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Being different, standing out from the crowd and shining like a star is what every achiever dreams of, but not everyone achieves it. Jithin Roda has followed certain of his own principles since childhood to achieve this milestone of shimmer and brilliance.

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A kid who not only loved watching cartoons but was quite a few steps ahead of his age as Jithin could spend hours thinking and creating his own versions of these cartoons.

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Decapod Monsters

Always wanting to do something which interested him, making a career choice came very easily to him. From childhood, with a mindset that constantly worked on creating the non-existent, Jithin decided to take up illustration as his profession as it was a tool for him to speak his mind and communicate with the world in a visual manner.

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The Fantasy-land in Making!

A big fan of watching fantasy movies and an avid reader of the same genre of books, these interests transported Jithin’s mind to a parallel world. He has created a series of characters belonging to a fictional and imaginary world, some being inspired by animals of the human world.

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With concepts in the making and story-boarding, he has created some of his characters to be related to each other, connected through a story. He hasn’t left it at just generating faces and giving these faces a body, he has also worked intensely on the background of these creatures with an intricate level of detailing in both, the creature and their surroundings.

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Hunter and his beast

Sometimes the use of referential images helps him in channelizing his vision into visualizations in the right way, acting as a guiding factor and preventing him from getting lost in his world of imagination.

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Decapod Monsters

Digital Impressions!

Using only digital mediums to transform his thoughts into reality, it is quite an investment of time to produce the output he wants. Being a digital creator, he spends a varying amount of time ranging from just ten hours on one piece to a couple of weeks on another piece, depending on what is required of it.

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Depending on the need of the artwork, he makes a decision whether to create his character just to be looked at from one angle in a two-dimensional frame or does the character have to be designed with a possibility to be viewed from multiple sides, which then needs to be done in a three-dimensional frame giving the viewer a complete insight into his imaginative thinking.

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Out of the Box Methodology!

Sometimes being different and not following the traditional path of portfolio making works out to be more successful than the regular and generic way of going about it. This is true in the case of Jithin and his career. While creating his portfolio, he did not follow the way of making what everyone does, instead he just did what he liked!

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His portfolio work, mostly being fictional, never really was a hindrance in his career options. It rather opened up many more doors for him. Not really wanting to work with studios and in-house jobs, being hired or not didn’t deter Jithin from doing what he loved.

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Flip

With the profile created using his portfolio, he has been able to find numerous freelance jobs as it gives him the freedom to express his creativity the way he wants.

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Ape

”For the beginners stepping into this world of professionalism and tough competition, he is of the opinion that one should try and improve in every possible way out there”

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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.
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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.

Portrait by Vikas Sharma
Portrait by Vikas Sharma

1. 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.

Portrait by Vikas Sharma
Portrait by Vikas Sharma

2. 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.

Portrait by Vikas Sharma
Portrait by Vikas Sharma

3. 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.

Portrait by Vikas Sharma
Portrait by Vikas Sharma

4. 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.

5. 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.

Also if you are a beginner, then make sure to:

a) 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.

b) Pre-plan on lighting

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

c) Shoot a million pictures

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

d) Use an aperture setting

– Between 1.4 to 8, depending on the lens.

e) Always shoot camera raw

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

f) Learn Photoshop

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

Published in Issue 17

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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Story-boarding is not just creating beautiful pieces of art. Instead it is presenting ideas and content in a strategical & comprehensible style. Saumin Patel tells us more.

Story-boarding

An illustrator at heart, Saumin started out professionally by joining an animation studio creating online cards. Eventually realizing his plus points, he decided to manage the backstage of animation, which is designing and illustrating for the animated projects, also known as story-boarding.

Story-boarding

What is story-boarding?

As the name suggests, it is a story told through multiple frames in a visual manner, defining an entire process in detail. Used for animated films or even shooting a scene in a movie, story-boards help the director in streamlining his vision and allow the team to align themselves with this vision to achieve the desired result.

Story-boarding

Story-boards are not just pretty pictures, they are the shots which supposed to evoke certain emotions and enhance the story, conveying an overall mood but could be subjective to each individuals’ interpretation.

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Story-boarding

Every element used in here becomes a character, be it fire, wind, trees, water or rocks, thus becoming a definitive source of information about what the scene is going to be like. In short, it is a manifestation of the creators’ thoughts through tangible elements.

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Story-boarding

Story-boarding puts forth the anticipated difficulties and helps in deriving solutions for the scene’s smooth-sailing.

 

The beauty of a story is that it can be expressed by different directors in their own unique style. So as a storyboard artist, it is essential to convey the essence of the director’s idea and vision in a clear-cut manner through these frames.

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Story-boarding

Story-boarding for advertisements is a bit different from that of films. Advertising is all about presenting to the client, hence the story-board needs to be completely finished and aesthetically appealing. Whereas for a film, it is about clear communication of ideas from the director to the entire team, showcasing the flow of the sequence to build the expressions and the mood. Beauty and aesthetics take a bit of a backseat in this case.

An Artist’s Individual Style

Saumin’s style is mostly comic, giving a lot of details about layouts and backgrounds, thus making it simple and easy for the entire team to execute the shoot. For him, the excitement is more about brainstorming and presenting ideas and options to the directors rather than drawing the boards out. His style and work culture helped him carve a niche for himself in this sector and got him working for some of the reputed names in the film industry like Ashutosh Gowariker and Sriram Raghavan to name a few.

Work-life

A big fan of director Sriram Raghavan, Saumin along with his friend created an original graphic novel for the promotion of Agent Vinod, published by Westland Publications Ltd.

For Raghavan’s Andhadhun, Saumin has worked on a few key sequences, creating boards in his own style to function as inspirations and concepts for the sequences. He has also created promo images for the Bollywood blockbuster Stree and has had the opportunity to storyboard a song and the climax sequence for Vikas Bahl’s Super 30.

Words of Wisdom

There is learning at every stage.
Before story-boarding, it is necessary to study and understand films, television shows, comics, performing arts or any other subject that needs to explore. Reading fiction and non-fiction adds up to the knowledge base of an artist, thus helping him in expressing his work better.

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Published in Issue 45

When celebrations are all around for the new year, everyone is curious about what this new year will bring. So, the rounds of looking back to the past year and trying to predict the new one starts. We started the same exploration through this issue by reaching various experts for their take on the trends for their respective fields. So, go ahead.

 

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Add character and emotion to your designs with these amazing calligraphy fonts and grab your audience’s eye.

Calligraphy is a very essential part when it comes to designing and finding the right font for your designs, but identifying the correct one can be a difficult and arduous task. Calligraphy fonts have been around for centuries now and can bring handcrafted texture to your designs with evincing elegance and charm.

 

Calligraphy fonts can be used for both personal and commercial projects. It comes in a range of styles depending on what kind of design project you are working on but uses them sparingly so it doesn’t overpower your designs.

 

There are plenty of calligraphy fonts online to pick but it is imperative to finding the one that fits with your design to give your work a unique and organic feel. To help you out we have picked the best calligraphy fonts for you which come in a variety of styles and completely free!

01. Cartel Deux Handwriting Typeface

Calligraphy Fonts - Cartel Deux Font

 

The Cartel Deux typeface series are relatively new to the scene, and come in about 5 styles. You can use this font flawlessly for your personal and commercial projects like logo, shirt design etc.

 

Created by Typehaus

Free Download


02. Atziluth Script Free Font

Calligraphy Fonts - Atzilith Font

 

Atziluth is a fabulous font based on brush calligraphy. This font comes with tons of alternates and ligatures for branding or logotype purposes and is very accessible and flexible. It is very easy to use and includes Ligatures, Contextual Alternates, Stylistic Alternates, and also Swashes.

 

Created by Anton Cahyono

Free Download


03. Olivia Script Italic Font

Calligraphy Fonts

 

Olivia is a modern calligraphy font that is very graceful and sophisticated. It comes with around 300 glyphs and does support Multi-Language with Uppercase, Lowercase, Numerals, punctuations, and other alternate characters.

 

Created by Font Bundles

Free Download


04. Almairah Script Font

Calligraphy Fonts

 

Almairah is a family of modern signature font that includes 3 typefaces. The first style is smooth and drifts with every character resembling the handwriting of a professional calligraphic writer. The second one displays more curvy and stylistic features and the third takes a more confident stance with bolder letters.

 

Created by Khoir

Free Download


05.Highlander Marker Font

 

Highlander is a calligraphic marker font that boldly spreads its wings with a selection of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation. It puts an incredible texture to your designs that may be used for postcards, flyers, posters, menus, brochures, UX and UI projects, social media posts, apparel items, and branding or marketing ideas.

 

Created by kavoon

Free Download


06. Julietta Messie Font

Calligraphy Fonts

The fabulous strokes of the brush evident in every letter and character are hard to miss since they provide such an elegant appearance, best suitable for printed projects, branding and packaging projects, and online projects like social media banners for posts and advertisements and many others.

 

Created by Ghuroba Studio

Free Download


07. Autogate Script Duo Font

Calligraphy Fonts

 

Autogate is a font duo serif and script that suits branding designs, invitation and business cards, logotypes, and apparel. The features this font includes are not to be taken lightly as the unique designs of the uppercase and lowercase letters that can be combined to create eye-catching results. The font also includes punctuation, symbols, numerals, ligatures, alternates, etc.

 

Created by Letterhend Studio

Free Download


08. Calingham Script Font

Calligraphy Fonts

 

The Collingham font with its swift curves carries brush designs that hold an exciting texture which allows it to present that classic look that we all appreciate, especially with the uppercase letters. It comes in TTF format with 7 stylistic sets and 35 ligatures so you can have access to all the options you need for your design projects.

 

Created by Dier Studio

Free Download


09.Birmingham Signature Font

Calligraphy Fonts

 

This elegant font includes marvellous designs for lowercase and uppercase letters so that every word counts, as well as a unique style for symbols and numbers that deviate from the normal boring fonts. And as if that wasn’t enough, it also supports multi-language so you won’t run into any trouble. Because of its authentic look, multiple alternates, and exquisite flow, it’ll be the perfect tool to add to your fonts’ collection, and it can be used in many projects.

 

Created by Letterhend

Free Download


10.Vladiviqo Handlettering Font

Calligraphy Fonts

 

It comes with different and varied looks for uppercase and lowercase letters, punctuation, and all the symbols and alternates as well. This large collection will allow you to blast your creativity onto the screen with no regrets whatsoever. It comes in OTF, TTF, and SVG formats and is considered a web font, so everyone will get the chance to experience it.

 

Created by Incools Studio

Free Download


11.Diamor Free Script Font

Calligraphy Fonts

 

This is the Diamor Script, a beautiful monoline font for your elegant projects. It will surely grab the attention of everyone who’s looking. This font comes in OTF, TTF, and WebFont formats and it also includes Open Type features that offer variety.

 

Created by Deadlock Studio

Free Download


12. Thirdlone Handmade Font