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Comics and 2D illustrations have always interested and inspired Manish D3mon and you can see how unique and deep his characters are.

Comics and Illustrations by Manish D3mon

Journey into art

Manish talks about his school days and reminisces about making funny and short comic strips at the back of the school notebooks. His friends would read them out loud, and laugh and appreciate his creativity which would really make his day. Soon, he made this a regular practice, and he talks with nostalgia about how his friends would wait for his comics. Even though the teachers would notice this, he would continue working on his comics. That’s how passionate he was to create art. This passion multiplied and grew over the years when he decided to become a comic artist.

Comics and Illustrations by Manish D3mon

After completing his high school education, he went to an art and animation institute where he got introduced to the world of digital art. Though there were multiple mediums of art to work on, Manish was completely glued to 2D illustrations. Other than the institute, he also learned the art from YouTube, Artstation, Deviantart and other tutorials.

Manish says that this was one thing that he had really worked hard in his life for. He sets his mind to a different art form once every few months and works towards mastering it. It really helps him work across a variety of art styles and we can find so many of them in his portfolio.

Manish says, “A year ago, I was just drawing fanarts, and recently, I have been more into quick-paced concept artworks and illustrations with slight humour elements in it, and I don’t honestly know what my mind would divert to next, but I’m looking forward to it.

Comics and Illustrations by Manish D3mon

Manga

Manish’s growing interest in anime can be easily seen through his work. He talks about his days at the coaching institute when his friends introduced him to anime. The first anime that he watched was Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and he was completely mindblown by it. After reading the manga with monochromatic illustrations and screen tones, he was in awe of how many expressions it showed and the storytelling it did. After watching and researching endlessly, he began creating manga. He loves creating them, and all his artworks have an influence on this art form.

Dream Projects and Future

Manish’s dream projects fascinate him every day. He aspired to have a fictional world of his own, where he could have his own characters. He also talks about his love for medieval-themed games and that he would love to work in a Witcher with CD Projekt Red. He is excited about many things and is always looking for interesting opportunities that are coming his way.

Comics and Illustrations by Manish D3mon

While talking about how he envisions his future to be, Manish says, “I have not planned anything for the future. I wanna see where the waves take me. Maybe, I’ll be working in a gaming company, maybe, I’ll have my own comic universe, maybe I’ll be working in animated movies, who knows.

But the final place I want to grow in, and this might sound corny when I say it, but I would like to be an artist, growing artists look up to. I wanna inspire people. I say this because I grew up looking up to these great artists with awe and respect that it made me think, “I want that too.”, as he concludes.

Comics and Illustrations by Manish D3mon

You can visit Manish’s Instagram page to support his work, and to be inspired by his characters and comics.

Comics and Illustrations by Manish D3mon

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Atanu Ghosh has worked with art for a little longer than a decade, and still manages to capture his imagination in his work. An illustrator and concept artist, he has worked across multiple mediums. Currently the assistant art director at Rocksalt Games, he produces characters that only one can imagine.

Characters by Atanu Ghosh

Atanu has loved dabbling with arts and crafts right from his childhood days. He has worked across multiple media, like sculptures, paintings, and illustrations. After graduating in art, he worked for a while in a book illustration company. He describes himself as a continuous learner, who slowly learns through the whole process and journey. He is inspired by great artists – legends and contemporaries alike and aspires to improve himself in their footsteps.

Characters by Atanu Ghosh
Characters by Atanu Ghosh

Atanu’s portrayals of characters are rather complex in terms of shapes, proportions, lighting, and colour. He has a very realistic approach to arts and always tries to add intricate details, which lead to the complexity of his graphics. You can easily tell each piece apart, but they all can relate to the common man at some level. Being a character concept artist, he likes designing the characters himself. Ubisoft’s project is one of his personal favourites, where he has really played around with the elements.

Characters by Atanu Ghosh
Characters by Atanu Ghosh

Atanu feels that his style will be a mix of realism, with bits of imaginative exaggeration. He gets this from his interest in Sci-fi movies and tech. Every stage of art is very essential for the character to come out in detail. Working across different levels of complexity, Atanu’s work moves from sketching to drawing, and then comes the most colourful part of hues and materials. He focuses on each piece for a good 3 days, until these stages give him a satisfactory output. He is deeply inspired by people who have dedicated their lives to the arts, who work passionately towards their life’s purpose.



Peter Mohracher, Ruan Jia, and Anthony Jones are some artists to who he looks up to. Atanu feels that digital art today has made things easy for artists as well as the spectators. He uses both manual and digital modes of working but prefers the digital in the current day owing to easy access. Atanu feels that every artist should every now and then reinvent themselves, and he is also shifting his style towards a more patchy, oil painting kind of style. Other than art, Atanu also enjoys spending time with his family and pets. Travelling is a frequent hobby, one that keeps him inspired and peaceful.

You can find Atanu’s characters and designs on Instagram.

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Nidhi Isaac

A portfolio is not just a record of your work, and it’s defiantly not a compilation of your illustrations, photographs, or logo bank, it instead is a window to your passion for design and an expression of yourself. A design recruiter can easily gauge design aesthetic, illustration skill, software comfort, composition, and typographic knowledge, at a glance! Unless exceptional, these are not reasons to hire, but just reasons to keep a designer in the running.

Your professional and personal life experiences, as well as your personality, give you a unique lens to comprehend the world, which becomes a unique strength to add to a team. The challenge is finding the right team and an alignment that works for both you and the organisation. This can only be understood if you showcase what makes you tick, which will speak volumes to the right person.


T
he last 5 years have shown a shift in portfolio content that we at Elephant Design find exciting and promising in the young designers we meet. The following practices, in particular, have caught my attention:

Not Just Design But Thinking

Anyone looking at your portfolio should feel curious in a few minutes, do not demonstrate only skill but also process. Show how you understood the context, competition, and consumer. Highlight why you made those choices.


Not Output But The Outcome

Design is about emotion and behaviour. Talk about how you wanted people to feel and what you wanted them to do, and then tell us how you made it happen.


Be Accessible

Today everyone has a digital portfolio, whether a website or a page on a portfolio site, keep it simple and easy to navigate.


Be Clear

A recruiter will spend only a few minutes on your portfolio, so highlight the role you have played in different projects or different teams. Equally important is to be clear about the role you are looking for and why.


Be Relevant

Put in the effort to understand the bigger picture, the team, the organisation, and where their market is going; feature work that is relevant to them.


Show Initiative

Whether college event brochures or freelance work, it is vitally important that designers show the initiative to work independently and the interest to move from academia to real-world assignments.


Build A Conversation

No one expects young designers to have all the right answers, but it is refreshing when they ask considered questions or showcase relevant areas of inquiry. In short, work towards landing your dream job. Showcase your best self, tailor your portfolio to the organisation and what they want. As with most of us, it doesn’t happen immediately. Keep your eye out for the right opportunities and build the relevant portfolio that will get you there

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Abbey Lossing is an illustrator, who creates magic through her work, as she weaves characters across various situations. She is based in Brooklyn, New York. Minimal designs depicting everyday activities, with a twist of shapes and figures are ways she casts her charm. Her illustrations are bold, colourful, and eccentric – yet touches your heart the moment you lay eyes on them.

 

Her background in screen printing along with her digital skills helps her create these characters with playful energy. She has had some of the top brands like Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter as her eminent clientele. She is inspired by fashion, textiles, and details and one can easily notice these patterns in her work.

 

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There’s a palpable sense of expectation in the air as we enter 2022 and this is playing out in unexpected (but beautiful) ways in the design world.

Design trends from eras gone by seeming to be cycling back into vogue faster than ever before, and logos are getting bolder and less constrained as designers look to exercise full creative expression after almost two years of feeling cooped up inside.

We spoke to the global community of freelance designers at 99designs by Vista about what logo design trends they think will define the year ahead – here’s what they had to say:

‘McBling’

Like them or not, the naughties are back with vengeance. While some may feel it’s way too early for a 2000s revival, design culture disagrees and a growing number of logos are leveraging this Y2K aesthetic. Featuring diamontes, bling, gothic fonts and plenty of pink, it’s a blend of emo, kitsch, grunge and hip hop all rolled into one – and it has an endearingly ‘cheap’ and youthful feel that’s brimming with the optimism of the era in which it was born.

Logo design by Fahrenheit 32 on 99designs by Vista

Logo design by spARTan on 99designs by Vista


Stretched and Continuous Lettering

In 2022, we’re seeing a growing trend towards wordmarks that play with stretched and continuous lettering as designers increasingly create customized typography to produce truly unique logos and visual identities for brands. Stretching singular or multiple letterforms increases the expressivity of the type, placing emphasis on different letters that mimic the vocal stress when read aloud. This technique directs the viewer’s gaze around the design and gives the mark an infinite feel – as if the word were to go on forever.

Logo design by bo_rad on 99designs by Vista




A Groovy Revival

Will the 70s ever go out of fashion? Logo design doesn’t seem to think so as we tend to see the decade revisited in different ways each year. This trend is categorized by its optimism and peaceful, laid back attitude – no wonder we’re seeing it brought back to life for 2022. Bold, saturated colours and curvy, bubbly letter forms bring minimalist layouts to life for some seriously smooth retro vibes.

Logo design by KisaDesign on 99designs by Vista


Blurred Logos

For 2022, we’re also seeing more designs that distort letterforms with blur effects to create movement in type. Whether that’s simply blurring the edges of a word or the whole mark, the focus here is less on readability and more on intrigue. This is all about creating an air of fluidity to give logos a 3D feel in 2D environments which also opens up the door to animation for digital assets.


Layered Elements

A new twist on an old classic, logos that feature layered, sometimes contrasting, elements are also rising to prominence this year. These designs take simple elements like geometric shapes and lines and layer them with striking washes of color. Again, readability comes second to aesthetics here with experimentations with color, patterns and line thicknesses creating unexpected interruptions.

Logo design by annalisa_furia on 99designs by Vista

Design by Hitsik on 99designs by Vista


Grunge Revisited

The 00’s aren’t the only recent decade to receive a revival in 2022. The pre-millennium 90s grunge aesthetic is also making a ferocious comeback as design rebels against the mainstream. Here we’re predominantly seeing wordmark logos that feature gritty typefaces to place brand names front and centre. The use of rough textures give these logos a handmade feel and the dark, moody colour schemes ooze of brooding energy.

Logo design by 99Spy on 99designs by Vista

Logo design by Maciev on 99designs by Vista


Scribbles and Sketches

While some designers are seeking solace in simpler times of decades gone by, others are looking to charming, child-like scribbles that infuse a welcomed innocence to logo design. While these sketches have an unfinished and raw feel to them, monochromatic colour schemes create an air of simple sophistication to logo designs.

Logo design by DaliakK on 99designs by Vista

Looking at these logo trends together, it’s evident that designers are keen to push traditional creative boundaries in 2022 – not only to breathe new life into styles of yesterday but give rise to innovative new ones too. They’re unpredictable and experimental, and something tells us they will be the perfect backdrop to the year ahead.

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In the world of innumerable artists and their brilliant artwork, inspirations are everywhere. Follow the top 40 Indian illustrators and be a go-getter!

With digital art and illustrations picking up rapidly in the market, its time to be updated with it and know some of the masters performing it beautifully in their own unique styles.

 

Read through the list of best 40 Indian illustrators, know their styles and get inspired!

1. Aaron Pinto

The senior designer for MTV India, Aaron Pinto is a multi-talented young lad, commonly known as Kidsquidy. He is not only a graphic designer and an illustrator, but also a drummer for two Mumbai based metal bands, Providence and Gutslit.

 

A true lover of music and an ever-ready challenge acceptor, he works with different bands helping them recreate visions to go hand-in-hand with the type of music they make, designing the brand merchandise for them and their album art work as well.

 


2. Abhishek Singh

A graduate from NID Ahmedabad, Abhishek Singh is an artist, graphic novelist and an animation film designer. He has worked for animation projects with Cartoon Network, a series of Virgin Comics and UTV in collaboration with Shekhar Kapoor and Deepak Chopra.

 

He believes in the fact that an illustration is all about a story and the story-tellers. For him, the character is the plot and the plot is the character. You can discover a character to tell your story by knowing his insights and following his tips here.

 


3. Aditya Chari

An illustrator, character designer and a concept artist, Aditya Chari, a B.F.A graduate from Sir J. J School of Art, has been on the team of many different movies for character designing. Not only is this, he has created artworks of varied kinds ranging from photoshop and demo portraits to nudes and rapid sketches.

 

Aditya has designed and made illustrations for major brands and big advertising companies like, Forbes, Mudra, O&M, MTV Asia and Leo Burnett to name a few. With a count of more than 1500 portraits tagged to his name, he is also the author of two art books, Portrait techniques made easy and Figure study made easy, used as study guides by students.

 


Indian Illustrators - Alicia Souza

4. Alicia D’Souza

Exposed to many different cultures, Alicia Souza is a freelance illustrative designer residing in Bangalore. Loving to draw and never stopping, Alicia successfully and very easily transformed her passion for art into her profession of illustration and comic art. Her work has appeared internationally in children’s books, magazines and news-papers.

 

After having worked for many different brands of reputed honor like Google, Yahoo, Tanishq and The Times of India to name a few, Alicia moved on to set up her successful quirky business venture to create a happy business that makes you smile wide!

 


Indian Illustrators

5. Anand Radhakrishna

Anand Radhakrishna is a freelance Mumbai-based illustrator. For him, the artwork is not about picking up a style and sticking through it, instead, he makes his artwork as a journey of surprises and discoveries.

 

His passion for storytelling in any medium got him to explore traditional mediums to express the mysteries and to enlighten the darkness that people and the world carry with them. His inspiration comes from masters like Moebius, Alphonse Mucha etc.

 


Visual Communication - AnantKulkarni

6. Anant Kulkarni

Having grown an interest in visual and pictorial forms while a student at the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, freelance Illustrator and Designer, Anant Kulkarni, went on to work with various publications and later taught as a professor at the same prestigious institute from where he graduated.

 

His art follows a simple ideology of engaging visual communication through basic shapes. Transforming objects into forms using geometrical shapes, he keeps his audience engrossed in the visuals, maintaining their curiosity.

 


Indian Illustrators

7. Arshad Sayyed

Capturing local flavours in the complexity of a muted colour palette, Arshad Sayyed is a Mumbai-based designer and illustrator, graduated from Sir. J.J School of Applied Arts. Following his belief, “To fill every heart with art”, Arshad has been successful in setting up his own venture, Wallcano, specialising in environmental graphics, space branding and graffiti.

 

He feels that for a designer it is important to stick to the roots while following the aspirations and moving closer to ones’ dreams.

 


Indian Illustrators

8. Ashish Subhash Boyne

A fresh graduate from Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art, Ashish Subhash Boyne is an Illustrator and Graphic designer based in Mumbai who started freelancing while still at college. According to him, the world is full of opportunities, one just needs to know which and when to take one.

 

He has his own mantra for a bright freelance career and ascertains the fact that showcasing everyday stories in a refreshing manner can open doors to a ‘not so every day’ life!

 


9. Chaaya Prabhat

Graphic designer, illustrator, and lettering artist, Chaaya Prabhat is an artist based in Chennai. She has worked on picture-book and digital illustration projects with numerous companies including Penguin UK, Hachette, Facebook, and Google. Her talents have received several laurels from Behance and Adobe.

 

Chaaya’s colorful illustrations are often inspired by artworks found within the leaves of books and also derived from her acute observation of the world, nature, and wildlife. Read about the pros and cons of working as an independent illustrator in India according to her.

 


10. Febin Raj

Based in Bangalore, Febin Raj is a 26-years-old illustrator who graduated from the College of Fine Arts Thrissur and hails from Kerala. His affinity towards art began at a young age. This ardent love for fine arts only deepened when he was introduced to watercolors, which he believes has the ability to capture his emotions perfectly.

 

His minimal landscapes and unique color palette are often inspired by the beauty of nature. He travels extensively, and these are often reflected in his artworks. He is currently working as a Visual Designer at CasaOne.



Illustrating for a Publication

11. Gajanan D. Nirphale

Participating in state-level drawing competitions and winning trophies worked wonders for Gajanan D. Nirphale and served as his inspiration to earn a degree in Applied Arts and jump into the field of illustration.

 

Being a part of different publication houses like DNA and Zee Media boosted his confidence in experimenting with different styles across a wide range of projects like building storyboards, character designing and portraits.

 

An optimist by nature, he takes up challenges and considers them to be advantages as they help him up his skills in this fast-growing world, both personally and professionally.

 


Indian Illustrators

12. Harshvardhan Kadam

Harshvardhan Kadam conceives, perceives and executes his experiences through visuals. He has illustrated characters for graphic novels and children’s books and has also served as an Art Director for animation and live-action films for various production houses across India.

 

His artwork and illustrations are not just limited to books and papers but goes out to reach the community through one of most effective means, which is mural and wall art.

 


Indian Illustrators

13. Lavanya Naidu

A graduate from the National Institute of Design, Lavanya Naidu is an illustrator and animator. She has had the opportunity to have been a part of the designing team at Google, Ted X, Cartoon Network and the likes.

 

An optimist about almost everything in her life, the same is reflected in her artwork as well. She wishes to spread the positive energy and induce happiness through work. She believes in taking up the work one is passionate about and allows for a persons’ growth, both professional and personal.

 


14. Lokesh Karekar

Founder-director of LOCOPOPO Design Studio, Lokesh Karekar is a visual artist specializing in illustration and design. Having worked for design firms like Grandmother India and Alok Nanda, he likes experimenting with new tools and techniques like paper-art, collage, clay-modelling and others.

 

Lokesh’s LOCOPOCO Studio believes in discussing the idea rather than too much referencing. The focus is on identity design, to create images and illustrations for a simple and luxury design.

 


Indian Kukreja

15. Lovely Kukreja

With his career beginning as a computer operator, Lovely Kukreja did not give up hope and pursued his passion as a commercial artist. Now, with over twelve years of experience in Game Art and Content Management, he runs his own gaming studio, White Mice Media. He is also an independent art and design consultant with a specialisation in childrens’ books illustrations.

 

In addition to his gaming studio, he paints different aspects of Indian mythology and sells merchandise products. While illustrating, he follows the principle of 3M’s: Meditation, Motivation and Manifestation.

 


Indian Illustrators

16. Manasi Parikh

A graduate from NID in Animation Film Design, Manasi Parikh now experiments with illustrations, animations, textiles, painting, sculptures and spaces.

 

Fascinated by the fact that how everything in the world is woven together to create the existing social fabric, she loves understanding stories around her and documenting the same through her drawings.

 

Art and drawing for Manasi never called for a conscious effort to make things relevant, it all just fell into place, organically. She proposes that one should let the inner-self flow through illustrations.

 


Indian Illustrators

17. Meroo Seth

Meero Seth is a trained graphic designer from MIT Institute of Design, Pune. Her excellent skills in the field of illustrations got her an opportunity to intern at one of the in-demand brands, Chumbak. Presently, she is working in a Motion Graphic Design studio, Breakfast of Champions.

 

She follows trails of fun, curiosity, happiness and playfulness when working on her illustrations and feels that emotions are the most important factors to consider while creating balanced colour palettes. Her style is all about mixing the right colours.

 


18. Mira Malhotra

A designer, visual artist and illustrator, Mira Malhotra is a NID, Ahmedabad graduate who started her boutique studio, Kohl, in 2013 which reflects Indian culture and heritage in all of its works.

 

Following the idea of ‘Glocal’, she merges the local content with a global treatment to contemporarize it, yet allowing the design to openly speak Indian. The thought that cultures cannot be preserved in glass cases, got her moulding them in a way that they remain to continue in a time-relevant manner.

 


Indian Illustrators

19. Mohan Sonawane

Graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J.J Institute of Applied Arts, Mohan Sonawane has received various awards for his excellence in the field of illustration and graphic designing. His desire and passion for the field got him to develop his skills as a concept artist and also as an illustrator.

 

Spreading his knowledge of art with the world, he has shared a step by step tutorial on how to create a portrait with perfection.

 


20. Muhammed Sajid

Muhammed Sajid is currently based in Bangalore and working as a Creative Designer at Dunzo, He obtained his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Trivandrum Fine Arts College, Kerala. His works are inspired by culture and nature and as drawn to nature since greenery is tied to his childhood and home.

 

As a versatile artist, Sajid quickly adapts to various mediums and can work with ease in both traditional and digital. Sajid feels illustrations can be used to explain things we don’t really talk about!

 



21. Nithin Rao Kumblekar

Nithin Rao Kumblekar began his career as an Art Director for an advertising agency and started freelancing full-time from 2010 onwards. He is a graduate of Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore. He has illustrated for several national and international campaigns for companies such as Hollard, Intel, IBM, Lenovo, Pepsi, Brittania, Vodafone, Expedia, to name a few.

 

Primarily a digital artist, Nithin captures texture and emotions brilliantly. In his tutorial, he explains his thought process of how to bring festivity to your ideas. He has worked in several advertising agencies such as McCann, Ogilvy, and Triton

 


22. Pavan D. Rajurkar

Pavan D Rajurkar is a Freelance illustrator and graphic designer residing in Mumbai, India. He graduated in Applied Arts from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, and obtained his Master’s in Animation Film Design from NID, Ahmedabad. He has worked in JWT, Interface, RK Swamy, BBDO, DDB Mudra, Radio Mirchi, and several others in Mumbai and abroad.

 

His contemporary artworks are the result of constant experimentation and exploration as he strives to find new styles and mediums to enrich his illustrations. When it comes to the debate of the century; traditional vs. digital, he believes both are like the two sides of the same coin.

 


Indian Illustrators

23. Parvati Pillai

Parvati Pillai discovered her passion for illustration during her Bachelors of Animation which got her working for Chumbak and Tinkle. She pursued her Masters’ from Finland which opened up many doors for her to be a part of publications and brands like Google and its likes.

 

She believes in the fact that trying out new styles and forms of illustration are key for a designer to grow at one’s craft. She is ever-ready to take up challenges and perform story-telling through different styles of illustration.

 


24. Pooja Bhapkar

Pooja Bhapkar is an illustrator and graphic designer, experienced in branding and packaging, who now works in finding motion graphic solution with a UK based studio.

 

If understood in depth and detail, the Hindu mythology is informative and scientific. According to Pooja, history and mythology relate to our present and it is an illustrators’ task to modernise the traditional in a creative form, for it to become a story to be understood by everyone.

 


25. Prateek Vatash

Prateek Vatash has specialized in 3D and 2D techniques and combines them together to form vivid and vibrant artworks. The use of bright neon colors and incorporating unique textures offer a distinct style to his artworks. He is a graduate in Visual Communication and Graphic Art from Srishti Institute of Art, Prateek shares an interest in various fields such as typography, architecture, and interior design.

 

He is currently based in Bangalore and has worked with several renowned companies across the globe such as Apple, Adobe, and Wacom, to name a few. His works have been exhibited in several galleries nationally and internationally.

 


26. Prakash Thombre

Design entrepreneur, artist and Motorcycle nomad, Prakash Thombre captures a whole lot of views during his travel-times and later uses them as references to create the masterpieces seen in his portfolio.

 

His 25-year career spans an array of various media & industries, blending UX design, visual design, branding and technology to create compelling user experience across form factors.

 

He believes in finding spontaneous narratives in real life personalities and loves developing them on his canvas.

 


27. Pracheta Banerjee

A self-taught painter, painting since she was only 11, Pracheta Banerjee is a young, Kolkata-based illustrator and comic book artist, currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia at St.Xavier’s College.

 

Obsessed with the eerie side of beauty, which leaves a heavy and mysterious impact making one curious about the unknown, her works are inspired from Greek Mythology and basic human emotions. Always exploring ways to convey stories through her works, she feels that the Dark Causes Delight to Create Eerie Beauty!

 


28. Priyanka Karyekar

Graduated in Communication Design from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Priyanka Karyekar is an illustrator and designer based out of Pune. She believes that for an artist to truly evolve, one must follow the 3 H’s which are the Head, the Heart and the Hands, symbolically representing ideation, empathy towards people and skills to execute ideas respectively.

 

She uses a concept-based approach for her artwork as she theorizes that there needs to be a strong concept behind every illustration.

 


29. Rahul Arora

Rahul Arora is a Mumbai based freelance digital illustrator. Believing in the fact that being versatile is a game changer in digital art, his spectrum of working typologies in the field of design is pretty wide, varying from illustrating for advertising to character designing, story-boarding, environment designing and comic books illustrations.

 

Keeping his clients in the centre of any project, Rahul feels that the designer is responsible for conveying the idea of the client through the creation of styles matching the needs of the clients; thus the style of the designer is a reflection of the clients’ sensibility and vision!

 


30. Ranganath Krishnamani

Ranganath Krishnamani is the founder of Liquidink Design Studio and Bangalorean at heart. He has worked with several brands and studios and has led design teams at Adobe, Redbus, Oracle, and Symphony Services.

 

His artworks are often inspired by heritage, culture, and the mundane life which he artfully captures in his sketchbooks and illustrations. Look at his original and vibrant illustrations in which he captured the look and feel of Coronavirus included pandemic. Krishnamani obtained his Masters in Fine Arts from Chitra Kala Parishat in 2000.

 



31. Ritaban Das

A character designer, illustrator and storyboard artist, Ritaban Das has an experience of working in the animation & gaming industry for almost 9 long years and is presently working as an Art Director at Sparky Entertainment, an animation studio in Chennai.

 

His work is mostly character-driven, where he blends in humour and graphic designing, wanting to convey a story with every character that he creates. Ritaban as a visual communication artist feels that it is important to portray a complete story or image to the reader and keeping this in mind he tries to narrate stories in a single frame.

 




Nature - King Cobra - Rohan Dahotre

32. Rohan Dahotre

An animation designer from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Rohan Dahotre is a Pune-based illustrator who has an experience of working in the animation and gaming industry for about 2 years and is currently working with Chumbak.

 

Greatly inspired by nature, Rohan adds depth and detail through shapes and patterns to animal photos to give it a new identity.

 

Through his illustrations, Rohan attempts at enhancing the magnificence of the natural world, hoping that people will understand and respect these creatures and their habitat.

 


33. Sameer kulavoor

Producing work which is the result of the intersection of contemporary illustration, graphic design and art, Sameer Kulavoor is a Mumbai-based designer and visual artist. He is the founder and director of Bombay Duck Designs, an independent illustration design studio and self-publishers.

 

Featured and interviewed by many different publications, he has been on the list of GQ India – 50 most influential men for two consecutive years of 2015 and 2016 and he also made it to Forbes India – 30 Under 30 in 2013.

 


34. Shashank Mishra

Shashank Mishra is an illustrator and concept artist with over ten years of experience in the art industry. Upon graduating from the College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow, Shashank began honing his skills in several mediums.

 

As an artist, Shashank maintains a distinct difference between personal and professional artworks. The professional illustrations often focus on the technical aspects and are service-based, attending to the needs of the clients, whereas, personal artworks are his outlet and voice, thus maintaining focus on the expression. Shashank is currently working as an Art Lead at Zvky Design Studio.

 


Siddhi Ranade - tale-telling

35. Siddhi Ranade

With a Commercial Arts degree from L. S. Raheja School of Arts, Mumbai, Siddhi Ranade explored new styles and developed a taste for stories while working with Ravi Jadhav Films. Siddhi’s illustrations are an art of tale-telling expressed through the use of colors which he derives from the life of his subjects.

 

His take on the field is that an artist needs to be up-to-date with the industry and that the artwork.

 


36. Shaivalini Kumar

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

 

Through her work, she has been able to connect and communicate with people, engaged in different fields, from all over the world and has also been featured in many different publications. Confident about her work, she believes that you can judge books by the cover!

 




37. Shreedhar Sutar

Shreedhar Sutar is a digital illustrator based in Mumbai. Bold strokes and vibrant colors set his sketches apart. He is a graduate from Vasai Vikasini College for Diploma in Applied Arts and is currently working as a freelance artist specializing in sports illustrations.

 

Shreedhar draws inspiration from sports and culture. In his tutorial, he explains how he depicts the speed, movement, and vibrancy of games with grace and beauty.

 


38. Shreya Gulati

Shreya Gulati is an illustrator and an animator who graduated from the Institute of Design, Pune and is presently working as the head of design at RKSV. She is a person who enjoys a variety of things like eating street food, ogling old English architecture and playing with stray cats and she also brings this versatility in her work.

 

For Shreya, inspiration is not something that is acquired but it is the objects, visuals, words or anything that influence a person and seep into ones’ memory. She is of the opinion that versatility and having a unique point of view goes hand in hand!

 


39. Tanmay Mandal

Tanmay is a primarily self-taught artist and gathered his knowledge in art through years of intense training and strenuous practice. His innate unbridled curiosity fueled his inspiration and imagination in his tedious journey as a concept artist. He is currently residing in Prague, the Czech Republic.

 

His career began in the year 2010 in a start-up online game studio and creating a world from fantasies and bringing it to life through paint is part of Tanmay Mandal’s job description.

 


40. Yogesh Bhusare

Graduated from D.Y. Patil College of Applied Arts & Crafts, Pune, illustrator Yogesh Bhusare dreamt of creating masterpieces and hitting it big early by working towards his design and product brand since the day he graduated.

 

Working with various companies, he picked up tricks of the trade and was successful in launching his design and product brand AWWSOME. Loving to try out different and new styles, Yogesh feels that experimenting brings you closer to your masterpiece.


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Keya Mahata is an Indian artist trained in various forms of applied art. She specialises in character design and goes through her journey in the gaming industry.

Character Design by Keya Mahata

Keya is an Indian artist who creates unique pieces of art through different mediums. She considers painting to be her purpose, passion and all her pieces of art are indicative of that. The colours that she uses for her paintings feel like a reflection of her colourful soul, inspired by rustic, rural backgrounds.

Character Design by Keya Mahata

She began her journey into art at the tender age of 12, and her brother was the first to notice her talent and skill set. He pushed her to explore her creative side, while she enrolled in a fine arts college where she goes on to discover multiple facets of her passion. Having graduated in applied art, she explored drawing, oil colour, and digital painting, while also beginning to work in gaming as a concept artist. She herself is inspired by the paintings of Karla Ortiz, Jason Seilor, and Tianhua Xuz, where she looks up to the fine quality of work that they provide.

Character Design by Keya Mahata

She has worked on interesting projects for Zynga Games, Aristocrat Games, Googi Games, Dragon War Games, and Ubisoft Games. She feels more inclined to character designing where she feels that she can give a lot of texture and style to her work. Being fluent in realistic, semi-realistic, and cartoon styles, her defining factor is her working style. Her process involves the creation of a mood board first, and then she slowly moves on to exploring the basic shapes of drawing and then working out the colours.

Character Design by Keya Mahata


She gives a lot of detail into the character design while looking out for the story, creating new styles, and adding more intricate work. Caricatures focus mostly on a character’s facial expressions, but with the whole design, the thinking of the designer changes. “Relatability is an important factor”, says Keya as she puts a lot of her skill in designing and colouring a character. She aspires for more and more people to relate to it.

On current trends, she feels that art is art first. One should look to explore their creativity with their art, practice, and hone their skills. Using softwares like Photoshop comes next, even though the digital world is changing so rapidly. She urges people to get the “art part” right, and you can achieve the outcome easily by using any of the zillion updating available tools.

Character Design by Keya Mahata