Imagination Brought to Reality Through Characters
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.
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.
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.
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.