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Nature is blessed with a wonderful variety of things and one that captures the eyes of many are the animals. Created in various forms and having unique patterns, Richard Field, illustrates them in his own style using worldwide cultural influences. He elaborates on his nature inspired designs.

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The Dark Owl.
Aiyana
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The Travelling Turtle.
The Night Owl

CG: What is the story behind what you do? How did you discover your talent and how did you work towards making it more than that? What were your inspirations? What were some challenges you had to overcome?

RF: Field-inspired, a play on the words ‘feel inspired’, is my name as an Illustrator. Having been inspired by so many things, it’s nice to do some inspiring of my own. My collection started when I was trying to make a bit of extra cash selling flash sheets to tattoo parlors around South London. Tattooists are always on the look out for new artwork to display in their shops. I used to work on black and white illustrations inspired by a variety of cultures around the world. My Native American, Mãori and folk art inspired illustrations caught the eye of a few people on Facebook and I decided to start adding colours and working on a new collection inspired by some of the nature’s most iconic animals.

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The Bull.
Giraffe
The Aware Wolf
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The Stag Prince.

CG: Animals play a central role in your designs. Can you throw some more light as to why? How did you find inspiration in animals and their patterns?

RF: Isn’t wildlife the most wonderful thing we have on this planet? I’ve definitely chosen the best subject to illustrate. The shapes and patterns that it forms never cease to amaze me. It’s a great achievement to be able to put your own stamp on animals we see so often. I enjoy trying to add a bit of personality to them – the ‘Wise’ Lion or the ‘Truthful’ tiger. Nature is full of so much hidden beauty, the idea is to try to encourage people to take a closer look at the artwork and look beyond to read the halftones and patterns.

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African Buffalo.
The Crowned Crane
The Last Black Macaque
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The Mountain Ram.

CG: Your designs have a striking contrast against black, creating an illuminated look and feel. How does that enhance the design?

RF: In my current collection, I work on black using a similar colour theme across all prints. By using strong, bold colours on black I hope to encourage the user to look closer at the detail. It’s not easy working on black, sometimes the colours can get a bit lost during the printing process – but I love the end result. Hopefully, people like how the artwork jumps off the canvas.

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The African Elephant.
The Last Lion
Zebra
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The Truthful Tiger.

Published in Issue 28

This Illustration Special is best to know why and how illustration as a popular medium is taking the design world by storm! From evolution of illustrations to its place in the world today, renowned designers and illustrators like Abhishek Singh, Mukesh Singh, Archan Nair, Alicia Souza, Raj Khatri with some international talent such as Fil Dunsky from Russia, Iain Macarthur and Richard Field from UK, who live and breathe illustration, would be the right people to gain some insight from. With many more talents to explore with great insights and excellent techniques, again a fully packed issue is waiting to amaze you!

 

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India’s vividness is a great inspiration for designers galore. From culture and traditions to behaviour and insights, a plethora of concepts lie hidden in this multicultural land. Graphic Designer, Somdutt Sarkar, explores this rich culture to translate them into memorable design.

 

Embedded with cultural symbolism, his design combines Indian animals with a truck-art inspired appeal to create wall art that stands out. Quirky, native and attention grabbing, Somdutt’s artwork is laden with patterns, Indian motifs and meaning. Creating designs that satiate not only standards of aesthetics, but also practicality and timelessness, he says that designs can’t be simply a frivolous act of creation. “I try and incorporate some meaning in my designs, be it using an obscure art form or giving work to skilled craftsmen.” says Somdutt. Surely, his designs are not just show pieces.

 

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The world is a beautiful and balanced composition of humans and animals where currently an imbalance has been created between the two. Rohan Dahotre has translated his love for animals into illustrations in an attempt to create awareness and restore this balance.

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Giant Panda, Inktober - Endangered species
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Cat-ba Langur
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Emperor Tamarin

An unhindered interest to watch animal documentaries and amazed by the behaviour of animals, Rohan names Nature as his biggest inspiration in life and accredits it for where he stands today in his professional career of being an illustrator, specifically illustrating animals.

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Toothless. Rohan’s pet cat and roommate
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Black Buck. Apparel print for Chumbak

An animal lover by nature, Rohan studies and observes animals in terms of their form, characteristics, behaviour, colour, patterns, texture and habitat. With an aim to make people aware about the existence of these creatures and the beauty that lies within them, he took to drawing animal portraits.

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Indigo Owls. Pattern designed for Chumbak
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Lynx, Inktober - Endangered species

Inspired by tribal art in general and African doodles lately, Rohan began experimenting with doodles of tribal patterns on photographs of animals in the wild. An extremely positive response to his first doodled-Rhino on social media motivated him to the extent that he created an entire series based on tribal art doodle on animals.

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Lion. Apparel print for Chumbak
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Letter D Owl. 36 Days of Type
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Mandril, Something Sketchy

Living for Animals!

Describing himself as a versatile artist, Rohan tries out different kinds of styles. He is of the opinion that using the tools of pen and ink help him in strengthening the foundations of his of artworks and keeping his basics in place.

 

The excellency of his skills earned him an opportunity to doodle for Google and work with WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.

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Slender Loris Inktober - Endangered species
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Darwin’s Fox. Previously classified as critically endangered by ICUN but in 2016 down listed as endangered
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Bat, Inktober - Endangered species

Full of an undying love and an undiminished devotion towards the protection for animals, he loves working on projects involving nature and animal conservation. Rohan is presently working on a few personal illustrations on the endangered species while also illustrating for children’s books.

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Dog
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Pygmy Three-toed Sloth, Inktober - Endangered species
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Indigo Owls. Pattern designed for Chumbak
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Dog

Challenge Yourself, Go Beyond!

Not such a big fan of type art, he still took up the challenge of ’36 days of type’ only for his love towards animals and came up with a series called “Owlfabets”, owls in alphabets, drawing owls, keeping the style clean and minimal and yet not losing the identity.

 

Rohan recommends the budding artists to carry a sketchbook everywhere they go as inspiration can be found in the bizarrest of the places and then comes the need to have a place to pour that thought onto.

The future is full of endless possibilities. Create your own.

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Orang-utan, Inktober - Endangered species
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Happy Birthday. Illustrated for a friend’s birthday
Issue 44 - Creative Gaga

Published in Issue 44

Who doesn’t want to become famous, when everyone knows your name and especially for us designer, it is the basic dream every design student or young artist dream. But behind every successful studio, artist or designer there are stories of challenges, struggles and their unique solutions to these. With this issue, we interviewed many well-known names from the creative industry and found their different learnings and experiences behind making their own self as a brand. Though they all have a different take on this topic, still they all unanimously emphasise on focusing on their skills and quality delivery of the final outcome. So, if you are looking to establish yourself as a brand in the creative market or already in the process of it, this issue is a must read. Full of insights and inspirations from the best of the talents, this issue is waiting to reach your desks.

 

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