The Key Elements of Storytelling Illustrations!
Arjun Kutty is a self-taught artist, who always had a passion for creating beautiful and captivating pieces. Arjun's journey as an artist began with traditional art, where he specialised in hyperrealism. However, three years ago, he discovered the vast scope of digital mediums and quickly picked up the necessary skills.
This led to a career as a comic book illustrator and eventually, as a concept artist for short films, games, and animations. We asked Arjun Kutty what he considers the most important elements when making art.
Importance of story, composition, perspective
We asked Arjun Kutty what he considers the three most important elements when making art. “The main element for a good illustration is Story,” says Arjun. According to the artist, the most important element in a good illustration is having a story that the audience can connect with. This allows the audience to engage with the artwork on a deeper level and understand the message or emotions being conveyed.
The next important key element is composition. Whether it is incorporating light and colour or not, the composition of the artwork is crucial to make it visually pleasing and stand out from the rest. The third key element is perspective, as it can add an interesting and dynamic aspect to the artwork. The artist believes that incorporating these key elements can elevate an illustration and make it truly captivating.
Observing the pros for artistic development
Arjun has learned to perfect these elements in his art through observation and studying the works of professional artists. “These elements are important across all mediums of art, as they form the foundation of any artwork,” he adds.
Creative process of facing a challenging project
Arjun Kutty’s primary medium for creating concept art is digital, with Photoshop being the main software he uses to draw and paint. He has worked on a variety of projects, but some of the most notable and challenging include artwork for Netflix where he had to create an Indian version of Wednesday Addams.
This project took a while to complete as it required a lot of creativity and attention to detail. His creative process for designing characters, environments, and other elements begins with finding inspiration from art books. He goes through these books and forms an idea in mind. Then, he searches for references online or in these books and starts creating concepts.
Keeping up with an evolving and growing industry
The artist believes that the field of concept art is constantly evolving, with new artists entering the field each year. However, he believes that as long as new concept art and fresh ideas are brought to the table, the growth and need for concept artists will continue to be immense.