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Every day, one encounters all sorts of people – happy, angry, sad. These emotions are all displayed on their expressions, which give birth to different stories. Therefore, it’s the expression that’s the starting point for character artist Manav Sachdev. From expression to stories, he reflects on his design tenets.

Blob. As the name says, it has no shape or definition and is lost and helpless
Shiva

Silence Speaks a Thousand Words

Expressions, though a mute element, tells the complete story of a character. It holds in itself the complete ecosystem in which a character dwells. On gaming, one does have the opportunity to narrate and explain the character in motion. But on 2D medium, the expression of the character defines its persona. The body language, environment, costume and props of a character are all derived from the character. While the expression holds the key, every other element complements the authenticity of the character.

The Tribal Warrior – Kings Guard

The Rules for Creating a Character are Variable

In the field of gaming, the character comes out of a strong script and they have certain attributes like age, weight, strength, power etc. attached to them. One also needs to keep the variable of animation in mind. Whereas creating characters for other mediums, one has the freedom of creating a certain expression and form of the character. Of course, research and allegiance to the script play a big part. But an artist has the freedom to imagine without thinking much about making it suitable for animation.

Little Jack
Look for the Story Behind Every Expression!
Little Jack Fishing

What You Observe is What You Create

There is an extensive amount of research that is required for character design. It is important to be observant of the world around which helps one to visualise and create characters. Realism plays an important role in character design. It’s not about copying a character but observing it and then executing it in one’s own way. Exaggeration is the next step. It depends on me how much one wants to imagine and also what the script demands. Across the process, one needs to have a strong visual sense to create an authentic yet imaginative character.

Look for the Story Behind Every Expression!
Mortal Heroes
Look for the Story Behind Every Expression!
Rajasthani Nomad

The Subject Chooses the Artist

Everything around an artist is a source of inspiration. It is the hunger of learning something new every day, to observe something new and to execute something new that keeps an artist going. It’s a big world out there and we have a lot to learn. Let yourself loose in these inspirations. And before you realise, these inspirations will automatically push you into imagining and creating.

Look for the Story Behind Every Expression!
Look for the Story Behind Every Expression!
The Funny Side of Technology
Look for the Story Behind Every Expression!
Rules But No Rules

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. So Order Your Copy Now!

 

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Satish Gangaiah, a successful independent freelance illustrator and designer, teaches us a few tips and tricks of working in the creative field.

Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Sticker Design for Facebook
Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Sticker Design for Facebook
Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Sticker Design for Facebook

CG. What was the inspiration for you to take up illustration as a career (freelance illustrator)?

Satish. During my childhood, I occupied most of my time by drawing. My fascination for drawing has evolved through time. My inspirations have mostly been from the urban context or pop culture. Later during my career, I was exposed to art from across the globe. This pushed me to further explore and understand international design trends.

Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Raitha - Landing Screen illustration
Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Hooghly River

CG. Your artworks depict caricatures. Is that your style in general or do you use it for specific pieces of art? Are there any other styles also that you like to try out or that you follow?

Satish. My style is not exactly caricatured, instead it reflects a sense of lightness and is aimed at easy communication. Stylisations often convey the message far better than realistic depictions. As an artist, I believe in being versatile in style and content. It is important to mould your work based on the requirement.

Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Life with pets
Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Diwali Greetings

CG. Your artworks have a lot of Indian touch to them but projected in a very contemporise manner. Could you please tell us a little about this style?

Satish. I take great care to ensure that the style I create connects with the audience. The artworks of this particular style are based on the Indian context and are intended to give a local feel. They carry my lived experience, my influences and my inspirations. The added contemporary feel helps them resonate with the times we live in. They reflect the trends and sensibilities of today’s culture and society.

Illustration by Freelance Illustrator Satish Gangaiah
Chaatwala
Herbs to Home Poster

CG. Your profile showcases an animated version of reality through your work. Is it a concept, scheme that you follow?

Satish. Most of my work draws from my experiences and attempts at thinking out of the box. They all have a common thread that reflects different fragments of my identity. Most of my personal artworks are inspired by things around me.

Tik Tok lady, personal artwork

CG. What are the messages that you aim at bringing across through your artwork?

Satish. One common message is that of joy. I am neutral as far as identity politics goes. Instead, I create my characters in a utopian realm of happiness. My artworks are also a tribute to the things that have shaped and inspired me. My messages are simple, minimal and relevant to us all.

Welcome to the world of corporate culture, personal artwork
Republic Day Tableau, personal artwork

CG. Could you give an insight into your design process, from the beginning till the end to get the desired output?

Satish. I always begin with a systematic understanding of the requirement or the subject. The next step is research; it is vital as it helps me explore multiple possibilities in representation as well as making the delivery of content more efficient. It also gives a good foundation on to base their concepts and ideas. After that, I start compiling mood boards and inspirations for the ideas. I also start making key sketches in tandem. This helps me keep the idea fresh and innovative. I believe by giving this amount of time prior to making an artwork always adds value to it. The next process is all about developing the idea into an artwork.

Chronicles Over Coffee

CG. In brief, what has your journey been like being a freelance illustrator?

Satish. My journey has had its ups and downs, in spite of that, I have enjoyed it so far. Experience has taught me that the more planned and well managed the process is, the more sustainable and easy the journey becomes.

Swayamvara, personal artwork

CG. Being a freelancer yourself, what would be your words of inspiration and a few tips for all the people wanting to start out a career in the field of illustration in today’s times?

Satish. The advice I can give to those who are starting their career is – always be passionate. Being passionate about your art practice also builds empathy to appreciate good art and design. And always try to create your own identity. Success always follows slowly if you are focused and retain the passion to be creative.

Good Morning

Published in Issue 48

A Freelancer’s Life in India! Every day, with a dream of ‘Being Your Boss,’ many creative professionals jump into the pool of freelancing. But many are not well prepared for the life of the freelancer, which brings many challenges along with benefits. So to explore further, we interviewed many freelance illustrators and designers to get answers to the question you should ask before taking the final call of becoming your boss! So, if you are planning to or have already become a freelancer then this issue is a must-read for you.

 

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If you want to make a mark as an illustrator or looking for someone to work on your next project. No need to search for hours and go into endless profiles to find inspiring Indian illustrators. We present to you the best of the best Indian illustrators from a long list of Instagram illustrators of India who you must follow…

An illustrator, graphic designer, and drummer based in Mumbai. Part of two Mumbai-based metal bands Providence and Gutslit, Aaron is a self-taught artist who works in both traditional and digital mediums adding Eerie and Gothic elements to his artworks. With over 14k followers on Instagram, he also goes by the name Kidsquidy.

 

Aaron has teamed up with MTV India as their senior designer in the past. His work includes creations for several band albums and merchandise for the songs like ‘Squishy and Spongy’ by the band Primitiv.


2. Abhilash Narayanan

Abilash Narayanan has worked on several national and international projects including animated Indian movie ‘Hanuman Returns’ with the direction team of Anurag Kashyap. This Instagram artist is an animator, director and designer who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts from the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum in 1999.

 

Abhilash is currently freelancing for pre-production designs, concepts and content development while illustrating for children’s publications and pursuing personal projects.

Author and artist Aditya N. Chari have accomplished specialisation in several types of illustrations with his in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and character designing that helped him write his successful books ‘Figure Study Made Easy’, and ‘Portrait Techniques Made Easy’.

 

Aditya has obtained his degree from Sir J. J. Institute for Applied Arts, Mumbai and worked with various agencies and brands including MTV Asia, Leo Burnett, Forbes India Magazine, ISCKON and did character conceptualisation for the film Bahubali and several other televised serials.

Lover of art since childhood, artist and illustrator Alicia Souza who has a significant fan following on Instagram. She lives in Bangalore with her family of 5 including a dog and a guinea pig. She has worked for various companies in the like The Telegraph, Tanishq, Mondelez- Cadbury, Yahoo, The Hindu, Wipro, Google, IIMB, Cornetto, Ashoka Foundation, Penguin, Grand Mercure, and Myntra. Alicia also sells merchandise designed by her.

Visual artist Annada N. Menon had been working in corporate as a visual designer after which she shifted to freelancing to let her art progress at its natural pace. Her portfolio holds thoughtfully created posters, album art and book illustrations which are all inspired by her surroundings and expression of emotion.

 

Currently based in Pune she studied at the at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. Menon has drawn amusing illustrations like ‘The Chonky Animals’ series with comical animals in different forms.

Taking inspiration from mysteries revolving around our existence and the interconnectedness of our thoughts, emotions and the universal chain of reaction which we witness from the micro to macro level, self-taught visual artist, illustrator and digital artist Archan Nair draws semi-abstract and surreal creations.

 

Archan, with 93K Instagram followers is based out of Berlin, Germany. He has collaborated with various companies such as Nike, Canon, Netflix, Samsung and GQ. Read his journey to becoming a brand in the Design Industry.


7. Ayush Kalra

Illustrator Ayush Kalra is a final year student of Pearl Academy, New Delhi with over 50K Instagram followers. His illustrations are inspired by artists all over the world with bold colours and intricate details. Currently working as a freelance artist he had his illustrations published in Bollywood magazine ‘Fitlook’.

 

Ayush has also illustrated a children’s book and worked on a few album covers in the past making his portfolio richer.

Finding inspiration from books, illustrator Chaaya Prabhat draws magnificent illustrations with wildlife and nature. Although she currently lives in Chennai, she had spent three years in Hong Kong where she explored the lengths and breadth of art.

 

With Post Graduation in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design Prabhat possesses over 50k Instagram and has worked with The Times of India, Penguin House UK, Hachette and Facebook.


9. Dhwani Trivedi

The profound lover of fantasy, Dhwani Trivedi is based in Mumbai and works as a graphic designer and illustrator, who grew up with comics, stories and books. To bring her imaginations to life, she began wielding pen and pencils marking her entry into the realm of art, making fathomless illustrations.

 

A Visual Communication graduate, Trivedi has worked with various companies including several animation studios in Mumbai for a range of projects such as branding, character design and illustrations for animated videos.


10. Fathima Hakkim

The charming personality, Fathima Hakkim is an architect, artist and visualiser possessing 53K Instagram followers. She has inspired thousands with her art and public speaking. Every creation by her has a story of her struggles and the psyche of life behind them

 

Currently living in Bangalore she graduated from Bishop Jerome School of Architecture. Hakkim has been featured in books and has also illustrated for multiple children’s publications.


11. Febin Raj

Illustrator, Febin Raj, can do it all with his passion for fine arts, from capturing the beauty of travel in calming illustrations to drawing the vigour of creativity in artworks. Febin is presently living in Thrissur, Kerala, striving to bring the beauty of watercolours to his digitally created works with minimal sceneries and wicked hues.

 

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Arts from the College of Fine Arts, Thrissur and has over 15K Instagram followers. Raj is also an avid traveller, which is visible in his artworks and works as a Visual Designer at CasaOne.


12. Gaurav Basu

Gaurav Basu, professionally known as Acid Toad, is a graphic artist based in Bangalore who draws dark, psychedelic artworks, often influenced from the bizarre. Gaurav is also an active musician and lead of his band, Inner Sanctum.

 

He went to The College of Fine Arts at Chitrakala Parishad in Bangalore, where he completed his Bachelor’s of Visual Arts. This talented metal-head has worked with several renowned bands in India and also co-owns Bangalore based design studio, Krack’s Inc.

Harshvardhan Kadam, a muralist, artist and illustrator with over 14K Instagram followers describes his job as bringing colour to people’s lives. He hails from a family of artists and his journey into art began as a child.

 

Together with his brother, Kadam began their studio Inkbrushnme after realising walls as a potential medium for storytelling to diverse audiences. They have now painted over a hundred murals across the country and abroad, few of which can be found in Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow, Jaipur and France.


14. Hazem Ameen

With a desire to weave stories out of paint, Hazem Ameen is a 24-year-old artist based in Kerala, with 12K+ Instagram followers. He captures the essence of his imagination with light, colours and form. Upon realising that he could not receive his heart’s desire through college education, Hazem quit college and started freelancing, although he had enrolled in 3Dsense Media School, Singapore for deepening his knowledge in the field.

 

He has worked with several companies such as Paizo Inc, the role-playing game Pathfinder, etc. Now, he is back in Kerala working as a freelance illustrator.

 


Hrishiraj Vradhaman Gawali is a creative storyteller and cartoonist who began his career as an illustrator. His passion for art motivated him to modify to new techniques such as digital painting. Hrishiraj nevertheless enjoys painting on canvas and sketchbooks, with pastels, watercolour and countless other mediums.

 

The storyteller draws taking, inspiration from life around him and his artworks are a reflection of society itself. He is currently working on the ‘Upcoming Bollywood Project’.


16. Jasjyot Singh Hans

The lover of the neon mix of fashion, music and pop culture Jasjyot Singh Hans is an illustrator who has worked with many national and international companies including Google, The New York Times, Elle India and Sabyasachi Couture. His works revolve around self-love, body image and sexuality.

 

With his 24K+ Instagram followers, he uses his platform to spread body positivity and has studied animation film design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and has an MFA in Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.

Graduated in animation, Lavanya Naidu found happiness in illustrating children’s books and has illustrated over 50 of them. She is based in Melbourne and has worked as a pre-production design supervisor and animator on the animated series The Stranger Chores and is currently working on an animated feature film and a short film.

 

Lavanya has graduated from The National Institute of Design and Gobelins l’Ecole de l’Image, Paris and is the designer, animator and conceptualizer of several children’s educational mobile applications,

Mumbai based founder and director of LOCOPOPO Lokesh Karekar is specialised in illustration and design and was featured in the prestigious ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ list in 2015. He has worked for design firms like Grandmother India and Alok Nanda in the past.

 

Karekar also treasures experimenting with new tools and techniques like paper-art, collage, clay-modelling and others. His illustrations include bold compositions and a variety of line-art inspired by local culture, and his personal travel experiences.


19. Maromi Sagi

With over 51K+ Instagram followers Ankita or popularly known as Maromi Sagi is a freelance digital artist based in Kolkata who quit her job at an IT firm to plunge into the world of art. She worked tirelessly to master the profession with the help of several books, art blogs and YouTube videos.

 

Her artworks give form to the abstract, such as emotions and memories. She is currently working for many US-based companies after deciding to learn Adobe Photoshop and receiving several commissions to paint digital portraits.

Medha Srivastava, award-winning cosplayer, illustrator, concept artist and game artist is graduated in Animation and Film Making from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune and has over 17K followers on Instagram. She worked as a game artist in Dhruva Interactive, Bangalore.

 

With her bold colour choice and context, she spouts about social issues on her social media platform inspiring change in society.

Co-founder of Mechico Design, Meroo Seth is a graphic designer, specialising in branding, packaging, and typography. With her 10.6K Instagram followers, she shares her artworks with bright colours, neat linear lines and geometric shapes.

 

Based out of Mumbai, Seth has a peculiar liking for modern illustrations. The believer of sharing stories through art makes her process of illustrating fun yet serious.

Concept artist and illustrator Mohan Sonawane have received various awards for his excellence in the field of illustration and graphic designing. With over 20K Instagram followers he lives in Mumbai.

 

Mohan has also designed various games and made many amazing portraits. He graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J.J Institute of Applied Arts.

Living in Bangalore, Muhammed Sajid works as a Creative Designer at Dunzo. His works are inspired by culture and nature. Coming from Calicut, Sajid is drawn towards nature since greenery is tied to his childhood. He is comfortable with both traditional and digital mediums of art and can adapt to changes rather quickly.

 

Sajid obtained a degree in Bachelors of Fine Arts from Trivandrum Fine Arts College, Kerala. His fluid style has helped him reach out to a large audience including on Instagram, with 53K followers.

Nithin Kumblekar, freelancing illustrator captures texture and emotions brilliantly. He initially began his career as an Art Director for an advertising agency, which he quit to pursue a career in freelancing. He has amassed tremendous experience, having worked for several advertising agencies such as McCann, Ogilvy and Triton.

 

Kumblekar graduated from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore, in the year 2005 and he has also illustrated for several national and international campaigns for companies such as Hollard, Intel, IBM, Lenovo, Pepsi, Brittania, Vodafone and Expedia.

With 33K+ followers on Instagram, illustrator Nikhil Shinde is an Automotive Engineer by academics but an artist at heart. The illustrator currently lives in Mumbai, India. His illustrations are emotive, sepia-toned with big eyes and are inspired by different characters, mermaids and real life.

 

Shinde started his career in the art field back in 2010 and is a victor at drawing from scratch. As a designer, he contributes to the art style and personality with the creation of both real and non-real characters.

 


Currently residing in Helsinki, Finland, Parvati Pillai is a freelance illustrator and designer. With her passionate storytelling using illustrations to narrate her tales and express her ideas, Parvati has gained over 14K Instagram followers. Her artworks are marked by their simplicity and vibrancy, all inspired by her observant nature and love for travel.

 

Currently pursuing her Masters’ in Visual Communication Design at Aalto University, Finland, her experience spans from social enterprises to design studios and legal design firms. Parvati has also worked for several established companies including Chumbak, where she worked for two years as the Head of Designs.

Taking inspiration from mythological stories, animated films, colours, culture and heritage, illustrator and graphic designer Pavan D Rajurkar’s works are contemporary and a result of constant experimentation and exploration. His love and appreciation for Indian art forms and culture have helped him find his style and artistic identity.

 

Rajurkar holds over 10K followers on Instagram and is a Post Graduate in Animation Film Design from NID, Ahmedabad. He has worked for numerous advertising agencies such as JWT, Interface, RK Swamy, BBDO, DDB Mudra, Radio Mirchi and several others in Mumbai and abroad.


28. Prateek Vatash

Creator of vivid and vibrant artworks, Prateek Vatash is based in Bangalore. He has specialised in 3D and 2D techniques and is a genius at combining them to form his aberrant illustrations. He shares his artworks with his 25K Instagram followers, which incorporate bright neon colours and unique textures.

 

A graduate in Visual Communication and Graphic Art from Srishti Institute of Art, he also has an interest in various fields such as typography, architecture and interior design and has worked with several distinguished companies across the globe such as Apple, Adobe and Wacom

With his 25-year career span, design entrepreneur, artist and motorcycle nomad, Prakash Thombre never fails to capture views during his travel-times and later uses them as references to create the masterpieces seen in his portfolio. A believer in finding spontaneous narratives in real-life personalities and developing them on his canvas, Thombre holds over 60K+ Instagram followers.

 

Transmitting real life onto the canvas through his various sketches of everyday personalities takes deep observation of the costumes, facial features, gestures, posture, etc of the person. Moreover, about the style of sketching and colouring, the nature of lighting and the likes depends on the time and place.

The founder of Liquidink Design Studio, Ranganath Krishnamani is a talented designer, illustrator and artist, with over twenty years of expertise. With 63k Instagram followers, the Bangalorean relishes travelling and learning new tools and techniques. He artfully captures the heritage, culture and the mundane life in his sketchbooks and illustrations.

 

Krishnamani obtained his Masters in Fine Arts from Chitra Kala Parishat in 2000. His creative studio has specialised in designing engaging user experience and illustrating visuals for compelling narratives for several globally renowned companies such as Google, Adobe, Facebook, Adidas, Creative Mornings and Invision.

Artist and illustrator Rahul Khobragade is based in Mumbai and designing and art have remained with him since his childhood, shaping his thoughts, views and perspective of the world itself. He often draws inspiration from nature, where he gathers young ideas in regards to forms, structure and tones. He has currently shifted to full-time work as an illustrator at Anarock, Mumbai.

 

Rahul obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Government College of Art and Design, Nagpur and has gained plenty of experience as a freelance illustrator.

A passionate wildlife illustrator based in Pune, Rohan Dahotre, does not fail to capture the wild on paper with flair and grace. He enjoys illustrating animals, birds and all things wild and strives to raise awareness on several issues about wildlife, especially regarding their conservation and welfare on his Instagram with 14K followers.

 

Rohan completed his graduate studies in Animation from the Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune. He has designed logos and illustrations for various programs such as ‘Save the Great Indian Bustard’.

Currently studying Animation and Film Design at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, illustrator and designer, Rohan Bhatia with the help of his illustrations and graphics, narrates stories and weaves tales. His innate curiosity allows him to experiment with various mediums and surfaces, including walls.

 

Together with his brother, he has recently built a brand, ‘The Right Brothers’ and has attended several comic conventions, both nationally and internationally, showcasing his work in many of them.

Self-taught contemporary artist, Sajid Wajid Shaikh specialises in illustration and design. His exaggerated styles and colours, together with the use of basic shapes, communicate a strong message to its onlookers. He tends to take inspiration from music and fine art to create unique works and has shared them with his 17K+ followers on Instagram

 

Mastering the visual language of shapes, forms, compositions and colours, Sajid runs an independent design and illustration studio, 46&2 and has worked with a plethora of renowned clients from around the world, such as Google, Facebook, Air Canada, Paypal, HP, Yahoo and Adidas.

 



35. SAMji

With over 66K+ followers on Instagram illustrator, SAMji loves creating pop-culture and futuristic designs and splurging vibrant colours on the canvas. His first step into the realm of art was through the field of animation but after several years of exploration, he realised that his true love lies in the field of illustrations and thus began his career as a freelance illustrator.

 

SAMji took up BFA in Applied Art but dropped out in his third years, thus not receiving any formal education in art.

Saurabh Chandekar’s affiliation towards arts began as a child, hailing from an artistic family he was brought up surrounded by music, theatre and drawing, this played a significant role in his life. He is a creative director, illustrator, painter and founder of design studio Aaiba Design.

 

Saurabh earned a diploma in Commercial Art from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya and started working in a designing firm in Pune. He has worked for several renowned companies such as Vespa, Lifebuoy and Starbucks.

Artist and muralist Shahul Kollengode hails from the beautiful green town of Palakkad, Kerala but is now based in Dubai, UAE. The untutored artist began drifting his way from canvas to murals and is the founder of 100W Production. With 16K+ Instagram followers, he boasts a plethora of experience in the art industry.

 

Shahul’s vibrant murals have found their way to several notable spots and he was commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed, Prime Minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai to feature his work at the World Art Dubai.

Shaivalini Kumar, a Visual Communication Designer primarily works with illustration and typography. A firm believer of the fact that extraordinary designs are created by finding magic in the ordinary and mundane, Kumar specializes in ‘illustrated type‘, an avenue of type design that combines the fields of illustration and graphic design.

 

With 21K+ Instagram followers, she is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and has worked with various companies such as Google, Chumbak and Microsoft. Kumar is also the co-founder of the art studio SuperNova in Los Angeles, USA.

Coming from the river city of Benaras illustrator, Shital Verma draws portraits adorned with varying strokes. His pencil turned blank papers into lifestyle magazine design, page scribbles, children’s books, graphics, info-graphics, ad campaigns, packaging design, storyboards, digital illustration, logo designs and even digital Illustration. His artworks have been regarded by several celebrities.

 

Graduate in Fine Arts from Banaras Hindu University he has worked with Dainik Jagran, Nav Bharat Times, Mindworks Globael Media and DNA Mumbai.

Illustrator and TEDx speaker Sri Priyatham has been working in the realm of art for over a decade. He is inclined towards pop culture which is reflected in his art on his Instagram with 20K+ followers. Sri has also hosted multiple across the country and some of his collaborators include IIT-M, Tech Incubators and co-working spaces based out of South India.

 

He has been featured in various print media across India. Sri has worked with companies like Netflix USA, Zee Studios, Microsoft-Redmond and Wacom.


41. Svabhu Kohli

Visual artist and storyteller Svabhu Kohli is an independent multidisciplinary artist based in Goa with over 11K Instagram followers. This multi-faceted artist has specialised in creative direction, art direction, immersive art, film, projection mapping, installation art, design, illustration and storytelling. He draws artworks inspired nature, mysticism, magic and mechanics.

 

He also raises his voice for various social issues and has designed for singer Ziggy Alberts.

Based in Mumbai, digital artist and caricaturist, Uday Mohite has over 68K Instagram followers. He has an experience in the field of art of over a decade and has drawn various caricatures of celebrities and sceneries.

 

A graduate of Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Uday has worked in several leading newspapers, including DNA and MID-DAY.


43. Vishnu PR

An illustrator and artist based in Bangalore, Vishnu PR is specialised in digital art with over 12K+ Instagram followers. He pays immense attention to details, textures and colours. Vishnu has reached an almost photographic level of perfection with his fierce passion.

 

He graduated in Applied Arts from RLV College of Music and Fine arts in Kerala and has also worked as an art director at Loud Chilli Studios, with a focus on graphic design.

Working strenuously to perfect his craft and exploring several mediums and styles regularly, Mumbai based artist and illustrator, Yogesh Bhushare possesses 11.4K Instagram followers. His style majorly involves doodling and college. Currently, Yogesh works at a digital marketing and advertising agency as a creative group head- design.

 

He graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts from D.Y. Patil College of Applied Arts and Crafts, Pune and has worked for companies like Leo Burnett and Taproot.

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It’s easy to watch a sixty-minute play, stand up and clap or look at a painting or portrait for hours and be spellbound. In such cases, it’s not only exemplary execution that excites the viewers, but also the impeccable composition that makes for the perfect picture. Aman Chotani, a renowned travel photographer, shares the tricks for compiling the right shot that’s more than just a photograph.

5 Tips for Capturing the Talking Portrait

01. Focus on the Eyes

Eyes are the main element in a portrait because there’s a reason why they’re called ‘the window into the soul’. Eyes can make or break your story and thus it’s advisable to always take them in sharp focus.

5 Tips for Capturing the Talking Portrait
5 Tips for Capturing the Talking Portrait

02. Use Elements and Depth to Highlight Your Subject

If elements were worthless, we’d frame our passport photographs and hang them on the wall. This only emphasises how the use of elements like reflections, shadows and patterns in your composition can make a shot more attractive and exciting.

 

If you want your subject to be the main focus in the image, create a shallow depth of field.

5 Tips for Capturing the Talking Portrait

03. Choose Your Subject Wisely

It is but obvious that a professional not only knows the best process but also understands what raw material makes for a perfect masterpiece. Needless to say, this goes for a photographer as well, when working with portrait shoots, selecting an important face is a quality that is mastered with time and experience. Like good actors make the movie better, similarly amazing and interesting faces make your shot interesting.

5 Tips for Capturing the Talking Portrait

04. Let the Light Guide you

The most important tool is to follow the light. Play along with nature’s incredible phenomenon, for it gives you the perfect colour palette and hues to work with. Make your subject pose according to the light; keep them as silhouettes or bathe them in the golden beam. After all, “controlling light is photography”.

5 Tips for Capturing the Talking Portrait

05. Talk Through Metaphors

Metaphors are considered a powerful tool in language. It can also be employed in imagery where you can use one image to suggest something else. This is really hard and takes time to master because it’s a fine line between corny and effective.

5 Tips for Capturing the Talking Portrait

Published in Issue 25

Creative Gaga kicks off the year with an issue that asks the important questions, is it the web that’s leading the brands or the other way around? With 2014 witnessing an increase in brands investing in digital marketing, 2015 will only be bigger. We can say India has accepted the revolution, where more and more people are opening browsers to e-commerce, literally window shopping, and setting up shops online as well. The issue brings together renowned designers with digital experience, who discuss and throw light on the pros and cons of this change and where we possibly are headed with this in the future.

 

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Everything around us is the result of a design thought, conscious or unconscious. Diving deep into the story behind its creation inspires original creativity. Ruminates the young and promising illustration & design studio, LOCOPOPO, founded by Lokesh Karekar.

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Illustration for Royal Stag Whisky packaging Design

We Live in a Designed World

There is design in every object or thing around us. From a bus ticket to apparels, from roads to an entire city, and every single thing around us is designed. Good or bad, it has been “designed” by somebody. The environment that we grow up in defines our choices of colours, patterns, purposes and forms. As consumers we prefer for a certain kind of design. And as creators, we subconsciously play the role of a designer, conceptualizing a product according to our choices. This is the most fascinating fact about the world around us.

Illustration for Taj Vivanta
Identity design for Myoho - a fashion apparel brand
Identity and label design for SIX FIELDS wheat beer

Creating is the best way to get Inspired

Inspiration can come from anywhere. That’s the most heard statement in the life of a designer. What we do with it shape up our creativity. Travelling is just a beginning to imbibe ideas. Scribbling, doodling, clicking photographs, recording incidents is the next step. As creative minds, we need to keep dabbling with the triggers so as to come up with our own ideas. This is what keeps the mind of an artist fresh, original and prolific.

Identity design for Mango Pickle
Collateral design for Mango Pickle
Collateral design for Mango Pickle
Coaster design for Mango Pickle
Collateral design for Mango Pickle

Our Roots Define our Identity

Our culture has a rich reservoir of forms and content. As designers we should search within and dig out references that are related to our roots. But the quest doesn’t stop there. Being part of the larger global family, our job is to merge our design sensibilities with the international one. Keeping the composition and colour preference modern and the choice of figures and patterns Indian, or vice versa, we are actually contributing our bit to make our own art socially appreciable. It’s time we simplify, modify, create shapes and motifs inspired from Indian traditional styles and implement them correctly with proper use of colours.

Brand illustration language created for festival mailers for Aditya Birla Capital
Brand illustration language created for festival mailers for Aditya Birla Capital
Brand illustration language created for festival mailers for Aditya Birla Capital

Illustration is an Illusion

And of course, a beautiful one. It’s wonderful to observe how it seamlessly integrates into the central thought of the project at hand. Ranging from minimal and form based work, where the whole charm is concentrated in one form to very detailed, sometimes bright and vibrant imagery, illustrations are carriers of ideas and have no existence of their own. Trying to define style through one’s illustration abilities is a wrong approach. Rather, one should focus on one’s communication abilities and explore the preferred design tools.

Illustration for Jack Daniels
Packaging Design for Jack Daniels
Play card Design for Jack Daniels
Play card Design for Jack Daniels

Every Medium has an Inherent Wit

As designers our job is to give a contextual twist and make the humour relevant to the design. There is fun around us. We don’t even have to search for it. If our process of getting inspired is right, it automatically transforms into our works. Be it illustration, collage, clay modeling or even product design, the medium inherits this wit and automatically gets translated through the specific language of the medium. The human figures in my work often follow a feeling of caricature as that is what I imbibe from the human faces around me.

How the stability of the Indian Rupee affects industries like infrastructure, automobile and banking. Created for Moneycontrol.com
How the stability of the Indian Rupee affects industries like infrastructure, automobile and banking. Created for Moneycontrol.com

Be Original

Look around and you’ll find your voice resonating in one of the elements of your root, your own culture. Get inspired from it, and embark on the journey of finding your own language.

Illustration created for LAKME - Absolute Salon advertising campaign
Lifestyle Illustration created for Lodha Bellissimo

Published in Issue 04

This is a Inspiration Special. The issue with the best insights from some of the top space designers and advertising tips from Happy Creatives with some exclusive mix of media experiments in type and digital art.

 

 

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