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Brice Chaplet aka Mr.Xerty

Brice Chaplet aka Mr.Xerty is a self-taught freelancer graphic-designer and Illustrator based in Paris, France. Having decided to go independent in 2007, he quit his job as a junior graphic designer at an automotive company and today specializes in digital art and mixed media artworks, importantly turning his passion into his job.


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Pencil or stylus? Paper or touch screen? This is just a start to the long list of questions that are swimming in every designer’s mind today. They say change is the only constant but has digitalisation really taken over the traditional methods? Would there be a time when the pencil will be forgotten forever like writers have forgotten a fountain pen? We discuss the issue with famous Indian designers and try to understand what they think. This issue also has some very talented and unique designer like Sachin Puthran, Raghava KK, Ramanjeet Kaur and Pavan Rajurkar got featured along with much more. Mr. Xerty and Amrei Hofstatter came with unique interpretation in our MadeIn section.

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Colours can paint a good picture or spoil it altogether, literally. Graphic Designer, Meroo Seth, speaks about and elaborates upon her approach towards finding the essential colour combination in sync with the remaining elements of her work.

Meroo Seth
Get Grubs Takeaway Bags.
Meroo Seth
Get Grubs Packaging Design.
Meroo Seth
Get Grubs Stationary design.

To connect is the calling.

Design plays a huge role in Meroo’s life; it’s a voice through which she finds expression. It not only makes her look at things differently but also manages to play with her opinions. Communicating complicated ideas simply; connecting with people, and making the world a beautiful place through appealing visuals is what spurs her. No doubt, she takes to an approach of fun, curiosity, happiness, and playfulness when working on her illustrations. She’s more than happy if her work can bring about a sense of delight in people, making them feel something good while solving problems as well.

Meroo Seth

Finding your own palette.

Colour sense comes with experience and the trial-and-error of playing with different sets of colours. She has seen her own colour palettes changing and evolving with time. Conversations with friends and strangers; meeting new people, and being open to new experiences are like finding a new colour palette, to Meroo. The process of building an unusual bridge between different observations and associations triggers insights and inspiration within her. According to her, emotion is the most important factor to consider while creating balanced colour palettes. That is why she avoids overusing a colour, while, many-a-times, the colour itself inspires her to create the design.

Meroo Seth
Making salad together.

Creating the balance.

Colour is a powerful and important communication tool and is tied to religious, cultural, political and social influences. So, it’s not enough for a designer to use a colour merely because one likes it.

Meroo Seth
Alphabet G Mug.
Meroo Seth
Alphabet M Mug.

Colours communicate various meaning; even all colours combinations signify differently, evoking varied emotions and feelings when paired with another colour. So, she believes it’s very important that elements in the composition balance weight. For example, the thickness of a form, colour, texture and the kind of forms should also have a consistent style they follow. Sometimes, the form cannot say it all; the use and amount of colours then play an even more important role in communicating the idea.

Meroo Seth
Cavaya Fine Dine Menu.
Meroo Seth
Cavaya Fine Dine stationary.

Harmonising elements.

Meroo firmly trusts that everything and everyone supports and relies on one another and that it applies in the case of colours too. Each colour change relies on what the rest of the colours and elements are. The shades and tones can be played amongst each other to provide an appealing look while balancing the elements of the composition.

Meroo Seth
Food posters.
Meroo Seth
Eating Together.

At times, she isolates a colour to give it focus, so as to create a totally unique impact. Likewise, she also plays with light and shade to create an interesting mood. While choosing a colour palette, she comes up with a few keywords the palette should reflect when creating a mood board for a particular subject – for example, ‘happy, fun and bold’. Now, that’s sure to spread some smiles.

Meroo Seth
Best Friends.
Meroo Seth
Coffee cups for The Hangout Café.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be a mix of both. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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Illustrator, Pracheta Banerjee, believes that if the fire within keeps burning, one will find their own unique way and style. With that, she stays true to her fondness for the eerie kind of beauty, and finds expression in showcasing deep emotions of characters in dark settings or environments.

Pracheta Banerjee - Beauty
Rhea and Sagittarius. Alternate depiction to the origin of Sagittarius, where he leaves his jealous wife, Rhea and becomes a centaur to escape her.

Dark is deep.

Pracheta is obsessed with the eerie side of beauty. For her, it leaves a heavy and mysterious impact, making one curious about the unknown while demanding the most attention. Her works are inspired from Greek Mythology to even basic human emotions, and have a lot of symbols and historic references, or may just be direct. She generally surrounds the character with elements that strongly convey their internal state or sentiment. Colours, in the process, have astrological references. There are certain aspects she highlights most while colouring, such as the eyes – some people’s intentions can be seen very clearly just by looking into their eyes. Likewise, if the lighting is strong, it adds a heavy impact to the entire painting, she feels.

Pracheta Banerjee - Beauty
Lalaax. Basic brushes were used for the entire painting, except for the dragon, which has been painted from scratch along with self made textures.

Creating the space for fresh thoughts.

Always exploring ways to convey stories through her works with as fewer boundaries as possible, there are times when she’s just unable to get the work done. That’s when she starts fresh and gets back with a clear vision of what she wants to do. It helps to come back to the drawing board, refreshed and renewed, so as to be able to see things clearly. By exploring and being open to more new ideas, one can truly grow and find more answers in the process. It is important to actually feel or ‘be there’ on the scene, so as to express something.

Pracheta Banerjee - Beauty
Ornithophobia. A depiction of the fear of birds.
Pracheta Banerjee - Beauty
Original Character. Remake of an older piece of work.

To keep looking for beauty is vital.

She paints from memory, which requires a lot of photo studies and understanding of how it works, or from references, depending on the effect to be achieved. One has to take a break from time to time, and plan out a composition and work from memory; by this, the mind keeps on looking for new information. It keeps challenging the mind, and one may patch that up by looking at some references and understanding them. In time, one can mentally ‘see’ i.e. visualise the object or subject in 3D space.

Pracheta Banerjee - Beauty
Lolita. Work depicting Lolita fashion, which first originated in Japan.
Pracheta Banerjee - Beauty
Yui Aragaki. A study of Yui Aragaki, its salient features being the use of light and shadow effects.

Follow no one but your own style.

According to Pracheta, there is no right way to depict fantasy paintings effectively, as everybody has their own different style and method, and one may not work out for the other. One has to just keep practising and following their intuition. It is necessary to understand what one is painting, in order to move forward. In fantasy paintings, we usually get to see very heavily rendered works; lots of surrounding elements; colours and what not. The key is to find your own style; to break out from what has already been done. It all comes down to the final execution and what one wants to express.

Pracheta Banerjee - Beauty
Study. An effort towards practicing the application of good or unique lighting.
Pracheta Banerjee - Beauty
Mass Destruction. Cover page from artists graphic novel named 'Silence'.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be a mix of both. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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Though we are a country full of festivals all around the year, but this special time of year when not only you change your calendar but also the gifts, family dinners, celebrations and new year resolutions all makes it a special time in everyone’s life. Nithin Rao Kumblekar decided to capture this memorable time for the cover of Creative Gaga. Here he explains his thought process and step by step tutorial.

For any painting, to begin with, sketching is not only the most basic but the most important thing. The whole painting depends on it and can be considered as the backbone of any painting.

 

Here, I have focused on the subject from the top angle with slight fisheye effect. I did some scribbles first and then fine tune the outlines to make the subject clearer for the next stage. For sketching, I use Adobe Photoshop with Wacom Cintiq monitor and several different brushes which give the real feel of sketching with the pencil.

I normally use “Hard Round Pressure Size” brush by enabling brush pressure as well as thickness buttons in the top brush control panel. This will serve the purpose of getting the pencil sketch effect. This feature is also useful while colouring.

I have kept the main source of light from top hence the play of light and shadows are pretty simple in this illustration. Also, the characters expressions play very well depending on how we choose to place the light source.

Here, I wanted to get the festive feel in the entire colour tone. So I chose to get the orange and yellow tone which gives a warm feeling in the environment. The final colour tone can also be achieved even at the last stage by adding just a flat colour layer on top of all layers and then by trying different mode options in the layer pallet. But here, I chose to set the colour tone layer by layer. I did not use any colour filters, as I mostly knew which tone the final illustration should have.

The character colouring steps

To avoid any spill of colours at this stage, start by creating the characters and the props in different layers. And If you want to colour a specific part without disturbing the nearby object then you need to create each and everything in different layers and then group it under the character or the object name.

 

For example, in this illustration, I’ve created layers for the skin and clothes within the characters. And for the background, there are many layers for all the objects and that is where you may get confused.

 

When you have multiple layers then the convenient way to work on the desired layer is to hold the control/command key and then click on the part of the illustration that you want to select. The correct layer will be selected and then for colouring, again hold the control/command key and click on the selected layer under the layer panel, this will highlight/select the layer with selection marquee and you can begin the colouring. There won’t be any spill of the colour outside this selection.

After all the characters and objects are coloured it is time for the background light fixes. In these images, you can see the difference as I’ve added slight glow as well as little shadows to make the characters stand out. And finally after completing everything sometimes you might want to change the size of some objects or change few colours. Since we had everything in layers it is easier to do these minor adjustments even at the final stage. I had increased the size of the boy by about 15%. And we have reached the final illustration.

I almost forgot to mention one important thing that to always save the file and keep duplicating it. As sometimes, the file might get corrupted due to some system error or something else. But If you have duplicate files then you don’t have to begin the illustration from scratch. So saving is a good habit but duplicating the files is even better. Good Luck!

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be to a mix of both, the traditional and digital media. Digital Illustrator Nithin Rao Kumblekar also shared his love for the printed calendars and emphasis on the effectiveness of it. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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Amey Chodankar specialises in illustration design and comes from an artist family that has influenced his thoughts and design sensibility. In awe of power display, dressing and style statement of Gods, he has developed his collection of Pixel Gods.

Since childhood Amey had been observing and learning every skill from moulding clay to painting, living with a very religious and cultured family which is full of artists, became a driving force to be an artist. Fascinated by larger than life characters, animated on the beats of the drums, the stories and character detailing, Amey had a vision inspired by the popular game, Contra, which led him to develop his own series of Pixel Gods.

 

Initially filling the grids on paper forming characters pixel by pixel inspired him to draw with digital tools that are now a complete set of deities. Pixel characters are intricate, with a simple plain background and typeface keeping the character details prominent. In order to realise his future plans for animations, he has kept these illustrations minimalistic.

Pixel Gods
Lord Brahma
Pixel Gods
Goddess Laxmi
Pixel Gods
Lord Ganesha
Lord Krishna
Goddess Saraswati
Lord Shiva
Garuda

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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Freelance illustrator, Nithin Rao Kumblekar, felt the need to look at life positively, especially the days ahead (which people generally are anxious about). What resulted was a lively and lighthearted calendar with fun images and engaging colours.

days ahead
days ahead

The Brief.

Calendars, in general, are mostly boring, drawing an unexciting or rather tedious perception of the days to come. In contrast to these standard, typical and monotonous patterns, the intention was to create a positive-feeling calendar that would radiate a sense of exuberance and liveliness as one looks through the days ahead and schedules priorities or the likes.

days ahead

The Concept.

The approach thus involved simply creating colourful and playful imagery for every month of the year; ones that would cheer-up and bring a smile upon the viewer, instead of causing a sense of seriousness or grimness. This required bright colours, fun settings and depictions of quirky characters in positive fantasy worlds.

The Outcome.

Projected images featured an otherwise irksome traffic jam, a common situation on Indian roads, in a happy context, providing an upbeat view into everyday life. Likewise, images ironic to India yet funny, such as a Santa funnily sunbathing at a beach, found their way in. Yet, the calendar avoids necessarily adopting a month-specific illustration, considering that the weather across India is not very distinct as it is in western countries.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be a mix of both. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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A bold use of colours throughout his work makes for a signature that Artist, Shinoj Padmanabhan doesn’t force. Find out more how this doodler at heart has been using technology to enhance his love of drawing.

Fascinated by Deelip Khomane’s work, artist, Shinoj Padmanabhan believes there are millions of unique styles out there. So why not be open to everything?

 

Pushing his boundaries and not being limited to the size of his canvas, has led to exploring various styles, keeping his portfolio fluid and dynamic. Subject to his mood, his work uses anything from one to the innumerable amount of colours which is also based on characteristics and attributes of his project.

 

Watch out for his straightforward visuals, they turn into prominent complexities through layers of colours and silent backgrounds!

Colours

Companionship.

Individual renderings of two colleagues fused together to represent the next stage of their lives; a gift to two colleagues who got married.

Colours

Sree Muthappan.

Dashes of colour to the folk Hindu deity, Sree Muthappan make this rendering a modern vision of the age-old depictions of the God.

Colours

Iridescent.

Adding his vivid style to a favorite look.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be a mix of both. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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‘A book shouldn’t be judged by its cover’, but that phrase does not always apply to the world of packaging. Graphic Designer, Abhishek Agarwal, explains how he turned a simple box of just sweets into one of the authentic sweets bearing the essence of India.

Traditional Sweet Makeover
Traditional Sweet Makeover

The Brief.

Sweets are not simply a delicacy, in India; they’re intrinsically linked to auspicious occasions and traditional festivals, which abundantly exist in the Indian culture. It was thus no surprise that Bangalore-based sweet shop, Kartik Mithai, desired a design makeover bearing a traditional resemblance; one that was characteristically ‘Indian’ and strongly asserted the same.

Traditional Sweet Makeover
Traditional Sweet Makeover

The Concept.

To effectively match such a need, merely design knowledge proved inadequate; it was fundamental to, at the same time, delve into Indian culture and its elements, and use clues that would effortlessly associate with traditions. This in turn, readily translated to rich colours, floral patterns, Indian symbolism and such other attributes that an Indian audience could easily relate to.

Traditional Sweet Makeover

The Outcome.

Seven themes that screamed ‘India’ were created, depicting peacocks, symmetrical forms and traditional moulds unique to the country’s history and culture, subtle yet appealing shades and the likes. On the whole, the intention was that the boxes, with their appearance, openly proclaim the sweetmeats inside as ‘Indian’ before they could even be opened.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be a mix of both. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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Creative Controller, Vipin KV, talks about how his team spread seasons greeting across festive India, using Lee products such as denims, tees and accessories as the mediums of depiction. Every Indian festival is unique, and so must be its celebration!

festivals
festivals

The Brief.

India being a land of festivals, Lee – the world’s premier denim brand – runs promotional offers for various festive occasions across India, Featuring popularly celebrated festivals such as Durga Pooja, Diwali, etc. we were asked to create posters announcing the same.

festivals
festivals

The Concept.

Taking forward the inimitable visual language we had earlier developed for Lee, every festival was given a representation made purely out of their apparel such as denims, tees and accessories. Shot and designed in-house, each poster was worked on more as a work of art than as a sales push. Be it dhols (a kind of Indian drum) or boats or mithai (traditional Indian sweets), we recreated the instantly recognisable elements by hand, purely using the Lee products.

festivals

The Outcome.

Since the brief allowed a free reign to work with and experiment, it became possible to make for unique communication pieces amidst all the starburst clutter, while having fun with the possibilities. What thus materialised was a representation of festive India, using the brand’s products as a medium.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be a mix of both. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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Mistakes are not really as evil as it sounds, on the contrary in most cases it helps you to evolve as a better person. We can learn a lot from our own mistakes. Also, for any artist, it can be a great exercise to revisit the old artwork just to see how much you have improved. To do the same, concept artist Shyam Deshpande re-illustrate his old illustration with new learnings. Here, he shares his process and all the learnings from his mistakes.

Mistakes
Mistakes

Step 1.

This is one of old work painted back in 2013 and I was pretty happy about it then, but after some time, it doesn’t look as great as I thought it initially. Actually, I feel the same for most of my artworks which I believe is a good thing in a way as it portrays your continuous evolvement as an artist.

Mistakes

Step 2.

Since I wasn’t too happy with this 3 years old artwork, I started working on it again. The basic idea was to show a fearless lady who’s a Mercenary goes with a ‘cute’ but fearless pet. So, in this revisiting exercise, I decided to design a tribal character, inspired from the Nigerian tribes reference which I found while looking for references for Hyena. I used few different elements from references with incorporate some of my own ideas.

Mistakes

Step 3.

After finalising on the characters and design elements I tried to work on the final lines. I believe, it’s good to fix most of the issues in the drawing stage.

Mistakes

Step 4.

Even if you add lots of details in the drawing and great rendering with a nice colour scheme in the first silhouette, it will still be a waste of time. As there will be no attitude in it, it will be boring and stiff. But on the other hand the second silhouette, clearly shows a particular attitude, the confidence in the stance comes due to the distance between the legs, the dynamic line of action which adds to the drama. So it’s always good to check the silhouette and correct it before going for the detailing.

Mistakes

Step 5.

Before adding colours, worked in grayscale as it’s very important to get the values and tones right. Skipping this may confuse you in hue & saturation and you may also miss the correct values. Also, it’s easier to paint once you have the values place in advance. You just need to add one more layer on top of the grayscale in colour blending mode and start painting.

Mistakes

Step 6.

The final Image after all the colours with raw brush feel as I wanted to highlight her raw nature & the aggressive attitude.

Published in Issue 35

The season of the festival has started and everyone is preparing to have a unique one this time with less cash and more fun. We interview many creatives who creates promotional or calendar design each year. As most of the thing around us had shifted to digital, even calendar design and the promotion has shifted. But Yorick Pintos, a strategic consultant at studio Kohl suggests that best option would be to a mix of both, the traditional and digital media. Digital Illustrator Nithin Rao Kumblekar also shared his love for the printed calendars and emphasis on the effectiveness of it. If you are interested in print design & want to understand the future of the same. So, go ahead and order your latest issue copy!

 

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