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We go through many interesting design projects each day and find them inspiring enough to be shared further. Projects which have the potential to inspire and spark multiple ideas. So, here are few selected one for this week’s illustration inspiration, enjoy!

Illustration by Anand Varma
Illustration by Anand Varma
Illustration by Anand Varma

Illustrations by Anand Varma

Illustration by saurabh-chavan
Illustration by saurabh-chavan

Illustrations by Saurabh Chavan

Illustration by Mark Powell
Illustration by Mark Powell
Illustration by Mark Powell

Illustrations by Mark Powell

Illustrations by Ranganath Krishnamani

Sketches by Rahul Muraleedharan

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We have seen a wave of change with many artists adopting iPad pro and vouching for the comfort and flexibility it provides. And, even in Lollypop, all the artists have been illustrating on Procreate and have been keeping their iPad pro closer; so we got on to understand what is it that they like so much about procreate and if they could share few insights of the features that might be of help.

We asked Preethika Asokan, Sr. Illustrator in-house to shed some light on Procreate. Here is what she had to say:

Why I love Procreate?

iPad Pro is my digital sketchbook and procreate is my favourite medium. As a professional Illustrator, I draw for a living, and I have no complaints about that. But at the end of the day, or on a day off, I am very tired and I get super lazy to sit in front of my computer again and draw for my personal projects. But ever since iPad pro and procreate came into my life, I can cosy up anywhere and draw more for myself. I can take the iPad to a park or a cafe, get some fresh air, Vitamin D and let the creativity flow. It’s like drawing with a pencil but with the digital advantages; the magic of undoing, and myriads of colours and brushes to choose from, I am able to do wonders beyond imagination. P.S I still love my sketchbook and watercolours, they will be my forever travel buddies.

Features in Procreate

The basic UI is easy to use if you are familiar with other Illustration software like Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. There are so many features and few amazing tutorials available online to learn it end to end. Now, I’ll just talk about some of my favourite features:

01 Drawing Guide

We have 2d, Perspective, Isometric, and symmetry. You can also change the grid size, customize your guidelines. Select drawing assists in the layers to paint strokes according to your guidelines. Now, making that fancy isometric illustration is super easy.

Procreate

02 Clipping Mask and Alpha Lock

The clipping mask is a recent update from Procreate 4.2 that I absolutely love, this lets you clip multiple layers to the content of one layer, allowing non-destructive alterations.

 

The alpha lock is a transparency lock. If you turn them on in layers, any painting or other action you do on that layer will only affect the pixels that were already there.

03 Recolour

I use this feature way more than others because I am never satisfied with the colours I choose initially. I love to experiment with them. It’s under the adjustments, pick the colour you want to change in the particular layer, and experiment with your masterpiece. Adjust the flood option for desired results.

Procreate

04 Favourite Brush Set

You can easily import custom made brushes to Procreate. But my most used brushes are procreate’s default brushes, they have some amazing range.

Procreate

05 QuickShape

The ultimate update in 4.2 is about making shapes. I feel like my pain reached the creators and I feel so happy! With QuickShape you can create perfect shapes without lifting a finger. You draw a shape and hold, and QuickShape will create the exact shape you need, ta-da!

Procreate

06 Tips and Shortcuts

Please check out the Procreate website, handbook and Instagram account for their tricks and tutorials. These are some basic shortcuts and gestures, that I wish I knew when I started using the application. Still, after a year of using the app, I keep figuring out new things that the app can do and feel stupid for not knowing it earlier.

07 Streamline for Brushes

If you want your line to be clean and smoother, increase the streamline percentage in the brush edits. This is an absolute delight to use if you want to do some precise hand lettering. Also with the stroke taper option under brushes, you can control the exact taper amount and shape.

Conclusion

I see that people often question whether to invest on Wacom Cintiq or iPad pro. Though I personally prefer iPad pro, I would say it depends on the work you do and specifications. Ipad pro and procreate is a great tool for all your personal Illustrations and to the extent your professional Illustrations also. I have used them for creating Illustrations for both Web and print and the results were pretty good.

 

But again, we have to remember Procreate is a raster software, so you don’t get the flexibility of resizing them quite often. The major problem I have faced with procreate is the artwork getting pixelated or blurred when resized. But they have recently updated an interpolation feature in transform, which helps out a bit with this issue. But needless to say that this is the best investment I had made recently. They may not replace Illustrator or Photoshop, but Procreate sure is one of my favourite software application.

 

Here are a few of the illustrations done by me on Procreate:

Article by Preethika Asokan, Sr. Illustrator at Lollypop Design Studio

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Bradley Hart gives pop art and pointillism a new twist with a unique choice of medium. Bradley creates pixilated photorealistic pictures by injecting paint into bubble wrap. Yes, the packaging material. He painstakingly injects each bubble with acrylic paint where the excess drips onto the back of the piece. He then carefully removes the drippings from the plastic to reveal the final piece.

 

Based in New York, Bradley’s “The Bubblewrap Proposition” features portraits, landscapes, abstract concepts, and even some hybrid pieces (canvas and bubble wrap). Conceptually, he draws a parallel with digital media and the manual creation of “pixels” in his work while keeping true to album creation and traditional painting.

 

He also makes it a point to recycle all the materials used as much as possible, highlighting the irony of using mass-produced single-use items for delicate physical artistry.

 

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It is important to be motivated and be inspired as an illustration. Annada N. Menon shares some of the tried and tested way to keep creating and growing.

Illustration is one of the most expressive and experimental modes of design and/or art. As an illustrator myself I find it a medium to not just communicate a story of my own life but of others as well. There are times though that I am not able to do so or worry about how I will stretch my career as an illustrator over the next 30-40 years. If you have symptoms of sweaty palms, procrastination, clients who want you to work for exposure syndrome, competition and a shelf full of empty sketchbooks.

First, let me share a few things I did to motivate myself and hope these simple steps hopefully can help.

The most important thing, take it slow. There tends to be a point due to the influence of social media where most artists want to get famous too quickly. And also want to mint money within a month of making the decision to become an illustrator. Well it definitely doesn’t work that way. Mostly reduce their shelf life and the will to learn or experiment with techniques to execute work.

Motivated - Illustration by Annada Menon

So take sometime, every artist makes their mark if the process consists of patience and positivity. If you feel you can’t find your own way, join a studio, learn the tricks from a professional and discover yourself. You can also collaborate with fellow freelance illustrators.

Next, get inspired but don’t copy. I have observed that people tend to feel the need to follow market trends. Never churn your creative juices on something you don’t sympathise or empathise with.

For client work, stand your ground always on providing only original work. If it’s inspired from somebody’s work credit them if you post it on social media. Don’t obtain professional or personal gains through another person’s idea. The art world is chaotic already and you don’t need to throw in a copied work into the mix. The joy of creating something of your own makes your heart swell with joy and helps you move forward always.

Freelance - Annada Menon

This is one of my favorite points also something I am trying myself to achieve is to be versatile. I feel in the market today the biggest element that creates chaos or confusion is an artist wanting to find his/her own style. Finding your own style has its one pro that is you can turn your work into a unique language and you get recognised for it.

The con is it restricts you. One may become too comfortable with it. So indulge yourself in art books, movies etc to inspire yourself and constantly experiment with mediums to create an inventory of content and styles.

Know your worth. This is a climb of time and patience. Being offered too less for a project or nothing at all brings an artist down the most. As a freelancer, this is the most challenging and stressful part to figure out. Don’t shy away from getting help. Ask fellow artists on how to go about charging a client.

The guidance is a great push towards you ultimately landing a project of your choice and exclusive of bargains. Just keep this in mind, materials to execute your work digitally or traditionally have to be bought or maintained. Let’s keep general bills mind as well. Though it is a push towards making money but it’s a basic mode of motivation for any human.

Also, don’t forget to follow artists. I use to be slightly demotivated or envious of successful illustrators. I found a healthy way around this on how to get motivated by their art. My explanation here is purely based on the brilliance of their work and not on how many followers they garner in a month.

Freelance - Annada Menon

First, I look out for their process. How many hours they spend on their work. The materials they use and most importantly how they use it. Always watch videos of artists who inspire you. You tend to get a glimpse of their workspace. They create an environment that complements their nature of work. That is something even I have put to use and developed a small safe haven of my own to work within.

Finally, I would like to say, just be passionate and bold of what you do for yourself or for others to see. The field of illustration can get intimidating but its not impossible to make a mark. Hopefully these words were encouraging to help someone take a step closer to being original, experiment and practice in those empty dusty sketchbooks stacked away for months 🙂

Motivated - Illustration by Annada Menon

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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!

 

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SD Corporation, a joint venture of Shapoorji Pallonji and the Dilip Thacker Group approached Patch Design Studio for space design of their marketing and sales office in Mumbai ‘Sarova Experience Centre’. They are responsible for several acclaimed real estate projects nationwide. Their vision is to create extraordinary spaces through the process of redevelopment by infusing new life to old and dilapidated buildings, giving a fresh and modern look to cities. Here is the brief case study of the ‘Sarova Experience Centre’ project by Patch Design Studio.

Space Design of Sarova Experience Centre
Space Design of Sarova Experience Centre
Space Design of Sarova Experience Centre

Brief

Sarova Experience Centre is a sales and marketing office for prospective home buyers for a large residential complex project proposed in Mumbai’s western suburbs. The centre wished to establish an informal connection with the customers and desired to break away from the typical sales spaces of the real estate developers.

 

Hence, it is necessary to invoke the sense of warmth and comfort of a home while retaining the functionality and professionalism of office space. Space must not only be welcoming but also provide a sense of belonging and security to the customers while remaining contemporary, informal and lively.

Space Design of Sarova Experience Centre

Solution

Clean contemporary design with key custom-designed fixtures provided a sense of warmth, informality and liveliness to the place while also satisfying the client’s desire to create a space with a youthful appeal. The formal meeting rooms have been tucked in at the edges, in niches created by existing RC shear walls clad in wood-like laminate.

 

A stepped seating amphitheatre type of space has been designed to showcase audio-visual presentation to potential customers, who are embraced by the warmth of wood-like flooring which frames the large graphic wall art, which brings life and colour to space.

Space Design of Sarova Experience Centre

The designers’ keen attention to detail can be witnessed in the custom-designed light fixtures for the customer areas. The room exudes an aura of relaxation with large open seating zones within the sales gallery, complete with a high bar counter type of seats next to low sofa seating clusters.

Space Design of Sarova Experience Centre

Every year many exceptional design briefs are being answered with brilliant solutions by many talented designers. Some manage to reach the limelight through awards and other recognitions, but not all. And that is where the ‘DCS-01’ comes into the picture with detailed case studies highlighting the challenges, research, and unique solutions to each obstacle faced in reaching these final design solutions. An inspiration and a collection of quality design projects created in India recently.

 

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Mural artist Shahul Hameed unravels his secrets to remaining cheerful, positive and hopeful as we endure these stressful times while staying at home.

Stay Home
Tomorrow. Illustration depicting our hopes for a mask-free and better tomorrow

CG. What are some of the innovative ways through which you are tackling this lockdown?

Shahul. Staying at home and making art! These are challenging times, but I came up with new ideas for working at home. I’m trying my best to stay positive. I think this is a brilliant opportunity to spend time with our loved ones. This is also a perfect time to catch up with things you’ve missed. One of the best ways to spend time is to do what you like.

CG. Many people experience art blocks during these trying times. Have you been through something similar? If yes, could you share your strategies for overcoming them?

Shahul. Art block stems from lack of motivation and inspiration, but I create illustrations that reflect my perception of the current situation, emotions that provoked me by news, discussions and trends on social media. Therefore, I don’t experience art blocks. I’m using this time to interact with my followers on social media. Through such interactions, I can understand what people like and what they want to see.

Stay Home
Connect and reconnect. Illustration which is to serve as a reminder that this is the time to connect or reconnect with our loved ones

CG. You’ve recently painted murals on the walls of your home. Is it something which you’ve always wanted to do? Could you kindly share your experience on the same?

Shahul. Yes, I always wanted to share my passion with my family. By combining my art and my wife’s fondness for interior designing we created something unique. I realised that we can lighten our mood by lightening others’ spirits, so we did our best to remain positive and weaved little moments of happiness together. We want to spread this hope and positivity because we all need it right now.

Stay Home
Mural dedicated to the front line workers who are fighting this pandemic to keep us safe

CG. Most of us are witnessing a shift in our perspective of life and the world due to this pandemic. Have you witnessed something similar?

Shahul. This stay at home order has brought the most significant shift, especially in expats’ lives. As the stay at home orders have been issued, the expats are all confined to a densely packed multi-storey building. I did a lot of illustrations to educate people about this issue.

Stay Home
Digital art reminding us to stay at home and stay safe.

CG. What are your thoughts on spreading awareness of this pandemic through art, especially mural art in public spaces? Could you kindly talk about your recent illustrations about CoVID 19?

Shahul. Art is created to communicate and to inspire us to act and think. I believe it has the power to change society. My recent illustrations are all about ‘stay home, stay safe and enjoy comfort’. I think it is sufficient for us to sustain our health and happiness at this moment. Take measures to remain optimistic and mindful. Practice self-love, especially now. We must spread hope and positivity.

Stay Home
Expat. Mural dedicated to the expatriate Indians who are stranded abroad
National Disinfection Program. Illustration depicting UAE’s ‘National Disinfection Program’

CG. Mural art would require you to go out in public places to paint. How safe is it to do so? How has this affected your projects and your livelihood?

Shahul. All my projects are commissioned by art galleries and corporate, therefore they provide the safety measures. My projects and livelihood remained safe and intact.

Stay Home. A mural in the artist’s home highlighting the little moments of happiness
Stay Home
Costume design for who can’t stay in house anymore. Go Corona Go.

CG. Which is your favourite mural among the ones you have illustrated during this lockdown?

Shahul. My favourite mural created during the stay home order is ‘Expat’. When our world is threatened by a pandemic, the expatriates are worried about life, security and wages. Several of them are stranded here. These are people who came as visitors, as students, as business personals to name a few. There are several uninsured patients and pregnant women. I tried to bring out these problems through my illustration. Expatriates should be treated as human beings.

Dream

CG. Why have you chosen to become a mural artist?

Shahul. It began with a simple desire to see my drawings on a bigger scale. Over the years, I began enjoying it more and started appreciating the dialogue which public spaces create between my work and the people around it. It feels great to interact with people who stop to watch me and take photographs of my works. I enjoy their interpretations. And now, I simply love this work.

Don’t panic
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A covid day in the street

CG. How does culture influence your art? What are some of the distinct features in your artwork that you would attribute to your culture?

Shahul. I believe culture impacts society and the individuals within it. I take inspirations from everyday scenes and contemporary life. My art is an aesthetic reflection of the modern age.

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CG. Your works are abstract and vibrant. What is the role played by the colours in your artwork?

Shahul. I love to play with colours. My colour palette renders a unique satiating effect on the onlookers and the concept of colour gradation is pleasingly inoculated to create ripples of shades, which root to limited colours but create visual imagery of multiple hues.

Illustration highlighting the importance of sanitising and staying at home

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We all started this year anticipating many things, but nobody thought of life coming to a complete halt. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced every human to re-evaluate their attitude towards nature and life. We also have been forced to lock down in our houses. Though we are no more in the lockdown, still many unfortunate ones continue to lose their lives and livelihoods. This isolation has given many of us the time we needed to finish our long pending tasks. Some have turned to art and craft for peace and solace. While most got relaxed and enjoyed their time with family, others used the focussed time to prepare themselves for the life post lockdown. On the other hand, creative freelancers found it helpful for them to focus and produce more as their work setup usually is within their homes. So, to understand how all the creatives have handled the lockdown, we reached many who have been creating and sharing inspirational artworks during this time. So order your copy if you are looking for inspirational COVID lockdown artworks and some advice on how to handle the current slowdown more creatively!

 

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Founded in the year 2012 by Ipsit Patel and Rika Chaudhry and run along with firm partner Shruti Gaonkar, Patch Design Studio believes in providing design solutions that work at every scale, creating cohesion between the overall contexts to the smallest details. Based in Bandra, Mumbai, the team believes that every client and program is different and hence each project with it, its own unique criteria.

 

The studio works on a wide range of projects from entertainment venues, to restaurants and retail outlets, from exhibition spaces to temporary installations, from residential, commercial and institutional interiors to architectural and urban environments.


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P Mohan Aditya found himself as a 3rd-year student at the SRM College in Andhra Pradesh, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering when the pandemic hit last year. Thereon discovering a global shortage in the supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) while also realising the need for eco-friendly solutions considering the large amounts of waste generated from its extensive use, Aditya decided to troubleshoot both problems in one go. He took to designing the ‘Face Shield 2.0’ – a biodegradable version of the original face shield that is meant to protect one’s mucous membrane (i.e. eyes, nose and mouth) from getting infected with the Covid-19 virus.

While durable elastic was used to make the 3-ply-corrugated-cardboard headband adjustable for all head shapes and sizes, the transparent visor was crafted from a thin layer of 175-micron reusable plastic. Essentially, Aditya applied the CAD software to put the transparent sheet of the face shield into design while the headband was crafted using a CNC machine. Thus using the CAD model as a means of input to the CNC machine, the transparent sheet and the cardboard were cut accordingly to put together a lightweight 16kg/sq.cm protective face gear.

Having submitted his application for the copyright to his improved design of the face shield under the IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) last year at the Indian Patent Office in Kolkata, his claim was accepted and successfully granted recently in 2021.

Aditya’s innovation has not only won the praise of Adimulapu Suresh, the Minister of Education in Andhra Pradesh, but has also been distributed amongst medical and security personnel working on the frontline.

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James Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist from the UK who shares his artistic process with 4 million people via Instagram and TikTok, and we can see why. Watching him develop his pieces, ranging from cartoon characters to concept lettering to catchy logos, is a hypnotic journey in precision. Consuming all his content will show his process with calligraphy brushes, spray paint, airbrushing and occasionally gold leaf paper.

 

His work exhibits bright saturated colours and a comic or pop-art style with those classic inked-lines. James has attracted the attention of famous brands like Rolls Royce, Amazon Studios, Converse, Samsung, and Nickelodeon for promotional work, and he also teaches brush lettering around the world.

 

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We have all picked up a product off the shelf just because it looks attractive. Sometimes it’s the story on the packaging and other times, it simply looked irresistible. Whether we buy it or not, we cannot deny that the right packaging is capable of catching our attention.

Product and packaging design is a complex and delicate field of design, which requires great attention to detail and storytelling. It is all the more important in this discipline of design to understand and keep up with the latest fashion, since trend gives us a sense of what catches people’s attention, what they want and what they desire. Read on to catch the drift of what’s in style for 2021 in product and packaging design.

01 Go Green!

Packaging Design by Shaivalini Kumar
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by Uido Design Studio and Lautaro Lucero

 

The threat of climate change and global warming are very real and every day takes us one step closer to our extinction. We can now witness the impact of the years of negligence and carelessness in all the wildfires, floods, droughts and diseases which are spreading rampantly across globe. This has opened our eyes to our errs. We now consciously choose to be as sustainable and as eco-friendly as possible. This can be observed in the shift in product and packaging design. Brands and business now use biodegradable packaging with materials made from paper, corn, mushrooms and potatoes.


02 Sketchy


by Meroo Seth

 


by Sajid Wajid Shaikh

 

A well thought and carefully composed illustration can establish a unique and singular brand identity. Illustrations and graphics have the power to communicate beyond words and rationale and connect with consumers on deeper level. They have the ability to give profound meaning and identity to your brand.


03 Tell me a story