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Shantiniketan, Hyderabad and now in Scotland, traveling and working in this diverse environment have given Sukanto Debnath a vision to cater to a range of clientele and dip his feet into a global palette of art and culture.

Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Dogs and People
People in Groups
People Walking
People in Groups. Capturing Hungarian locals with elaborate facial features along with their unique body language.
Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Illustration for Caravan Magazine India

Not Staying Put

The best part about working in a creative field is coming to something new every morning; Sukanto Debnath has been fortunate enough to have carved his niche in India and abroad for his style of work, designs and unique approach. Starting his career in animation right after his formal education ended to a point where he freelances from Scotland. This global artist has been influenced by his changing surroundings (traveling) and exposure to different cultures.

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Little Landscapes
Little Landscapes

To-Do or Not To Do?

The eternal question of how much detailing is too much to get simplified through Sukanto’s thought process and his extensively detailed yet sketchy illustrations. With a deep thought behind every piece, clearly represent an experienced animator who is showcasing some lesser-explored human behaviour and body language.

Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Folk Dancers
Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Folk Dancers

Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Folk dancers in red
Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Folk Dancers

Signature Sukanto

Every artist has his own signature style, something that sets him apart. Sukanto has evidently achieved that through his illustrations and completely understands his zone. Although his work comes under a particular shadow, there isn’t a shred of repetition or dullness. Yes, the tones are muted and there are a lot of portraits but the sheer excellence in capturing the typical human essence is commendable.

Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Assassin Nuns of Pistachio. Illustration for the book “Assassin Nuns of Pistachio”
Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Assassin Nuns of Pistachio. Illustration created for a book by Manish Anand, published under Penguin Books
Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Boys, Tattoos and Wheels. A poster tribute to the cool boys!

Diversity, a True Teacher

Getting a formal degree in art got Sukanto a job as an animator but how he has developed over the years is what elevates him from the regulars; he believes that diversity in the form of travels and exposure to various folk arts and cultures can open up an artist’s mind to think beyond the usual and result in mature design. This particular trait has made him produce very unique characters that are simple and not overly dramatic.

Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Design Sketches for Veen Land
Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Design Sketches for Veen Land
Fehervari. Study of a group of people on a winter morning showcasing the dissimilarities
Viz Dev for 3D animated short Ad

Viz Dev for 3D animated short Ad

Survive the Dreaded Block!

Running out of ideas or getting stuck while developing a particular theme is a common challenge that has bothered artists since the beginning of time. Sukanto tackles these by regular breaks and indulging in other forms of art such as movies, which clears his head. He then comes back to his board with a fresh mind and ready to pen down his creative awesomeness! He believes art should be fun, challenging and demanding but still fun.

Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Couples and Cellphones
Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Couples and Cellphones
Illustration for Mailfold Blog
Traveling - Sukanto Debnath
Illustration for Mailfold Blog
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The art can not be described in a single frame as it has no genre, religion or language. It makes you feel the beauty of freedom. It is a free expression of the human mind, senses, ideas and feelings.

 

Bijay Biswaal is a self-taught artist, born at Pallahara in the Angul district of the Indian state of Odisha, and worked as a Chief Ticket Inspector at Indian Railways at Nagpur, India. He took the early retirement from his job to continue his passion for paintings. 

He uses the different types of mediums to express his feelings Watercolour, Oil Pastel, Acrylic, Pencil & Ball Pen sketches and Caricature. Most of his artworks are fascinated by the beauty of Indian culture, dance and mythological stories.

 

Observing the costumes, gestures, posture and scenes in everyday life tells him an interesting story which he then captures in his watercolour sketches and drawings. Bijay (artist) finds watercolour to be the most dynamic medium as it gives a lot of flexibility with the way one applies and uses it.

 

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Immersive Rhythm, Acrylic Painting
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Vighneswara, Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic painting
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Wet platform MELATTUR , Kerala, Acrylic on canvas
Finding Nagpur on the Ghats of Varanasi, Acrylic on canvas
माँ लक्ष्मी Laxmi, ballpoint pen on paper
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ऐरावत , The Majestic Elephant, Ballpoint Pen on Paper
Tribute to Telangana, Acrylic on Canvas
Watercolor
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Wet Platform Bilaspur, acrylic on canvas
Artist
Bombay Village, Watercolor on arches
ODISSI..GOD’s own dance form, ball point pen on paper
Dance of Chilika, Ballpoint pen on paper
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Selfie-expression, ballpen on paper
Odisha village, watercolour on paper
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There are stories hidden in faces and bodies. Exaggeration brings them to the fore. A good caricaturist lives the subject and discovers the multiple facets that make the story. Caricature artist Manoj Sinha reflects while talking about his design process.

Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Donald Trump, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
PM Narendra Modi, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Captain Amarinder Singh, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha

To watch is to learn.

Keep your eyes wide open. Watch every character and everything about them. Absorb yourself into your characters and feel their presence around. Understand their behaviour, attitudes, experiences, and temperament. There is a story made by all these elements. Observe their actions, as they often determine the story. And then exaggerate all these through your strokes to re-tell the story.

Ajay Devgan, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Daroga ji, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Om Puri, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
caricaturist
Mr. Nitish Kumar, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha


Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Aamir Khan, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Raj Babbar, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
caricaturist
Mr. Rahul Bajaj, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha

Mind precedes the pen.

Forget paper and pencil for some time. Take mental notes of their personality, work, and gestures, creating images in your mind, that’ll eventually come out in the form of caricatures. A caricaturist not just observes, but dissects. Study not just the character of every person, but the characteristic features as well. Generally, subjects have distinctive features that instantly catch the eye of an artist. In such cases, it becomes easy to exaggerate them and create the caricature. In other cases, the artist needs to dig deep into the subject and find out which feature or aspect to play with.

Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Virat Kohli, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Harmanpreet Kaur, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Kapil Dev, courtesy Hindustan Times Group

A caricaturist not just observes, but dissects. Study not just the character of every person, but the characteristic features as well. Dig deep into the subject to find out features to play with.


Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
RONALDINHO, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Danny Boyle, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
caricaturist
Naseerudin Shah, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha

Fun is inbuilt.

One needs to know the nuances of the subject to add to the appeal of the artwork. Read and analyse everything about your character. It will automatically develop a personal opinion about the person. As a caricature artist, the opinion is often laden with humour. Put the character in focus and the fun in the story will come out automatically. The more colourful a personality, the more fun you have doing the caricature.

Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
A P J Abdul Kalam, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Pranb Mukharjee, courtesy Hindustan Times Group


Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Jayalalithaa, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Yashpal, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha

Caricature is not fiction.

Almost every time, a caricature is about a real personality and the story attached. It is the duty of a caricaturist to portray the true character of the subject chosen. Therefore it is important to understand the thin line that separates humour from sarcasm. The key lies in creating insightful humour and most importantly, being true to the character. That is why one needs to spot the “LOL” factor in everything around. You never know, what strikes off the next story.

Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
George W. Bush, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Bal Thakrey, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha
Ranveer Singh, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha


Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Dalai Lama, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Barack Obama, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Mr. Ratan Tata, courtesy Hindustan Times Group by Manoj Sinha

A story is timeless.

A good caricature starts a relationship, between the story and the viewer. Media, today, is moving at an astonishing rate. Therefore it is important to choose topics that are not going to be forgotten at the next ‘Breaking News’ segment. The importance of a story lies in the fact that it brings education along with fun. This way, the news may become redundant but the awareness of the change that the news brings to the daily lives of the people, lingers on

Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Steve jobs, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Mark Zuckerberg, courtesy Hindustan Times Group
Manoj Sinha - Caricaturist
Sunder Pichai, courtesy Hindustan Times Group

Published in Issue 12

first interactive issue of Creative Gaga with Augmented Reality features. This issue focuses on the transition of Advertising from real to virtual and blurring the boundaries of both at the same time. Also bundled with lots of interesting articles and interviews.

 

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Every brand starts with keeping consumer needs in the mind but with time many lose that connection. The Branding & Design agency, Design Stack has been helping many significant brands to resonate with their evolving consumers and in the process, they are creating exquisite brands. Here we are showcasing a few of their recent projects!

Client: Gout & Arigato Pvt. Ltd.
Scope of Work: Visual Identity and Packaging System

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Brands

Design Stack developed the brand identity for Ether Atelier Chocolate, an exclusive range of artisanal chocolates. The project included designing the packaging for an assortment of tablets, pallets and bonbons as well as limited-edition seasonal collections.

The subtly elegant black and gold aesthetic along with custom-designed typography reflect Ether’s purity, richness, quiet complexity and incredible nuance.

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Published in Issue 49

The Design in 2020! Each year starts with many predictions, anticipations and a lot of hope for bad things to go out and good things to come in our life. The year 2020 has already started with eventful initial months and may hold more surprises in coming times. To understand what’s coming from the design perspective, we featured some of the best design projects from last year. Also discussed a few broad questions like how minimalism will affect our designs or what all an illustrator to keep in mind to be successful and much more. So, if you are a curious designer or professional interested in design, then this issue is a must-read and is a collectable with a stunning cover design from Parvati Pillai.

 

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Sri Priyatham takes us through his beautiful journey of establishing himself as a freelance illustrator in the digitalised world of today. Here, he also highlights the merits and demerits of being a freelancer.

Earning his very first commission from his bedroom turned studio, Priyatham took to freelancing by metamorphosing his passion into profession, without having to leave the comfort of his home. An ardent believer of a conventional lifestyle without weekends, he feels not working under someone allows a free-flowing lifestyle and an individuals’ diversified growth.

Starting is Important

Facebook as a medium has worked wonders for Priyatham since his very start as an art student and a budding freelancer, for his communications, promotions and commissions. The outburst of other social platforms like Instagram, Reddit and Imgur helped him extend his reach to the continents of America, Europe and Australia to earn his clientele.

It is up to you!

Preferring freelancing over a day-job, Priyatham feels that freelancing is an individuals’ choice to make. An efficiently flexible working method, freelancing lets a professional explore and expand his horizon, to develop and revamp his personal skill-set, much-needed for survival.

Having its own positives and negatives, freelancing can be quite challenging. Time flexibility and absence of a pressure factor, unlike day-jobs, calls for a lot of self-motivation and commitment to deliver within the self-created deadline. Freelancing gets one working throughout the week, devoid of weekends and a social-life, unlike the conventional lifestyle. Inconsistent income and unrealistic price negotiations are some short-comings of this profession.

Also, a lot of fake freelancer-artist profiles in the market lead to a generalization of genuine and false artists in the same category, leading to a region-specific freelance deficiency.

The Freelancer Way!

To enter into the freelance market, one needs to befriend and fellow freelancers through collaborations and social media. Acquainting to existing standards, price charts and market likes and dislikes. To be in the limelight and attract future-potential clients, a freelancer needs to promote himself and his work by nominalising prices and offering discounts, creating promotional content and upgrading the portfolio with new-refreshing content, besides delivering ongoing projects in time!

Illustrating by blending creativity with trends and expressing it by #hash-tagging and wordplay is a smart tool to grow the followers list. But to translate the ‘following’ into ‘buying’, (or convert the followers into clients,) a freelancer needs to maintain high-quality standards.

Apart from being an illustrator, Priyatham is a movie-buff and a trendy reader. The variety of reads on Reddit and Quora serve as an inspiration for him to illustrate and sketching his favorite actors and film-makers motivates him. He is happy that his passion for art is an obsession!

Reaching out to the budding freelancers, Priyatham says that this is a slow process and requires consistency to be successful. One should be inspired and draw every day, just how you breathe, in-order to be better than yesterday. Making social profiles public and communicating and presenting yourself in the best way to mark your presence in the digital world is most needed in todays’ era.

Published in Issue 34

This is a rebranding special issue focused on finding the answers to some of the basic questions like what is the right time for re-branding? or what all needs changing and how exactly? We interviewed some of the best branding studios like Landor Mumbai, Elephant, VGC, Inchwork, and many more. If you are considering rebranding or want to learn more about the art of doing it then this issue is a must read. So, go ahead

 

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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 design inspiration, enjoy!

Illustrations by SAM JI

Illustration for The Creative House by Kouzou Sakai

Illustration for The Creative House by Lena Vargas

Design exploration for Heartbeat Agnecy by

Budapest Central European Fashion Week identity in 2018 by kissmiklos .

McDonald’s M5K by Shun Izumi and Casa Locomotiva Estúdio

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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 design inspiration, enjoy!

Inspiration - SupersizeThem
Inspiration - SupersizeThem

Supersize Them Illustrations by Alvaro Palma and Mr Misang

Typographic experiment by Velvet Spectrum

Knowing by Archan Nair

UnThinkable by Archan Nair

Inspiration - Branding
Inspiration - Branding

Branding and Packaging for 29 Gourmet Club by Xavier Esclusa Trias

Inspiration - Pop Gaga
Inspiration - Will Smith

LUMI by Roli™ by Peter Tarka

Masrouf Brand Identity Design by Baianat

Inspiration - Poster by Xavier Esclusa Trias A
Inspiration - Poster for Coca-Cola

Tarot Parrot by Aaron Pinto

Matriarch by Aaron Pinto

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It’s really good to see more inspiring illustrations and designs by Indian Illustrators/Designers during the second phase of COVID-19. Let them coming and keep sharing your creations to be part of this list.