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Imagining a story in your mind about something like playing cards that you have seen since you were a kid and making illustrations on paper with ink can be very interesting! Anup Kokate’s work is one such example to look out for.

Playing Cards Character Illustration
KING OF HEARTS.

A cartoon lover since childhood, Anup was always inquisitive to know about those characters, illustrations and other artsy things attached with cartoons. Growing up with these thoughts locked up in his mind, he decided to take up professional training in fine arts as this was the key for him to open up doors to graphic design and illustrations, now a part of his heart.

Playing Cards Character Illustration
KING OF CLUBS.

Playing cards as a kid got him wondering and curious about what would happen if the playing card characters actually could come out from the cards and fight with each other! This was his inspiration to illustrate the playing cards series.

Playing Cards Character Illustration
QUEEN OF DIAMONDS.

Influenced much by the key rules of designing learned at the beginning of his career, Anup believes in simplicity rather than multi-coloured and jazzy stuff. Which can be seen in his illustrative card series where the monsters are created using line drawings in monochromatic tones and varying thicknesses.

KING OF SPADES.

Believing in competition with oneself, Anup is of the opinion that one should work purely for the satisfaction of the inner self and improve self-abilities and skills to be a part of the race being run by many.

Playing Cards Character Illustration
KING OF DIAMONDS.

Published in Issue 43

With the changing weather comes the season of Interns, with fresh new energy everywhere and your talented creatives wanting to test their skills and knowledge in the real world of live creative briefs and super creative professional environment. With this comes many dilemmas like where to intern and how to get selected in your favourite studio. So to bring little more clarity on current market trends of selecting the right interns, we interview some of the well-known studios to find their ‘Secret Process’ of selection. Where Visakh Viswambharan, founder of Appiness Interactive said that they only ‘hire attitude, and train skills’. For him, hunger to learn and go-getter attitude wins the real race in his team. Also, the founder of Wallcano, Arshad Sayyad, seconds the opinion of keeping the right attitude of learning and keeping up with the current trends & social media works for his interns. We also, gathered insights from freelancers, independent designers and seniors creative on the importance of an internship.

 

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Art is all about materialising your expressions. Vishnu PR takes us through his tutorial of how he transforms the expressions in his mind or even the expressions visible in a piece of art into his style and statement by creating a digital portrait.

Creating from imagination and references is one thing, adding your personal touch to these references and imaginative thinking completely changes the structure of the artwork for the good, defining the artists’ style.

 

For the creation of a portrait, inspired from an oil painting, in his own style, Vishnu has represented his personal touch in various forms of detailing like managing the light, shadow and highlights and addition of textures in just the right amount.

 

Follow the step by step guidance to know the secrets of making a digital portrait look real and surprise yourself with your own creation.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 1

Start by making an outline of the image that you want to create.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 2

A suitable base colour needs to be added to the created outline. Base colour is an important factor to create a digital art or portrait.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 3

The next step is to add different tones of colours in order to achieve the desired light and shadow effects. To give the skin a realistic look, use texture brushes to create a textured effect on the skin.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 4

In your mind, divide the picture into multiple parts and start by detailing out one part of the picture at a time. This organisation helps in a clear analysation of what exactly needs to be done next and is a smooth way of developing the picture.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 5

Then comes the time to adjust the levels of light, shade and highlights. This will take the picture art a step closer to the actual image.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 6

The fixing of lights and shades is followed by the addition of textures. The more accurately the textures are added, the more detailed will the outcome be.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 7

The textures add depth to the portrait. This is then followed by the detailing of the face and its parts like the eyes, nose, lips, etc.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 8

Now focusing on the hair and detailing it out to perfection. But always keep in mind that doing the hair is time-consuming and requires a lot of concentration.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 9

Finishing up the hair gets us very close to the finished portrait. Make sure that all different parts are detailed out in the proper manner and in the right amount of detail. As a mistake, as small as that of placing a strand of hair at the wrong place can disturb the portrait.

Make a Digital Portrait

Step 10

The final steps to finish up the portrait include last-minute touch-ups and detailing.
The amount of time put into creating a portrait is directly proportional to the outcome! This painting in particular was done by Vishnu in about 15 hours.

It is not easy for an artist to explain all the details and steps required through just a few words! Every step described above is needed to make it look the way it looks. Missing out on even one step can change the final result.

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A master piece is not just created by drawing a few lines and colouring the different areas formed. It indeed is a full package of detailing the model, the textures, the lights and the angles involved, just in the right amount, as Dushyant Bhardwaj explains us.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Lighting Doodles. A quick lighting doodle using basic shapes like boxes and spheres.

With a keen liking and special place for drawing and sketching in his heart as a kid, Dushyant Bhardwaj was inspired by the amazing sketches and art pieces that his cousin created on Lightbox. This got him learning in detail and depth what he really loved, sketching and expand his learning horizons to three-dimensional art. It even escalated his interest levels for the subject

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Wiring the Needles. A fun render experimenting with miniatures using 3DS Max, Photoshop and V-Ray.

An Artwork Without a Story is Like a Ship Without a Rudder!

This thought made Dushyant ponder about everything he saw around him. A picture with interesting lighting and gripping elements engrossed him and he in turn attached a story to it as this made it easier for him to put his thoughts on canvas while recreating the same scene.

 

Old, abandoned buildings and structures always caught his attention as they definitely had a story attached to them, which Dushyant tries narrating through his work.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Detective’s Desk. An apartment of 40-something detective while solving a crime committed in the city.

Detailing: The Key to Create Realistic Art!

Detailing depends on the kind of outcome that is wanted and also camera angles one works with. Adding details to a piece of art will definitely make it look real and believable, but if overdone can completely ruin it.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Little Radish. Based on the concept of Goro Fujita, a test scene to learn more about Arnold renderer engine.

While detailing a realistic image, it is important to keep in mind the overall view of the artwork while designing model and the intricacies of its textures. A stylised artwork would not require so much detailing as a realistic one would.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Abandoned Storeroom. The idea was to convey that libraries, books, newspapers, cycles and other old things are dying in the modern world.

An artwork with a closeup view would require one to focus first on the primary details like microelements, that will be in limelight, and then move on to the secondary details to be developed for the overall view.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
ISO Game Renders, Elvenar. Environments created for Innogames – Elvenar.

For instance, working on a texture which is rusty and has paint chipped off would require to concentrate on the area having the chipped paint, the formation of the cracks and the spreading of the rusted texture. Also, adding too much chipped off paint and rust may destroy it and take the life out of that asset.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Lighting Doodle. A quick lighting doodle using Maya and Arnold.

Lighting: A Creator or a Destroyer!

Lighting plays a crucial role in any scene. It can either can make a scene or break it. Deciding the lighting for the scene has to be a smart choice as it should be in tandem with the storyline and the subject of the scene as well as be successful in conveying the emotions attached, for the scene to be comprehensible for the viewer.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
ISO Baby Room. An experiment with the new render Fstorm to achieve a very soft mood with modelling, texturing and lighting.

Taking inspirations for lighting from Pinterest and other imagery for reference is always helpful. Dushyant Bhardwaj uses a mix of different digital softwares like 3DS Max, Maya, V-Ray, Photoshop, Arnold, to name a few, for the creation of his artwork pieces.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Junkbot. An experiment with substance painter to texture a junkbot modelled using 3DS Max.

Sailing in the Sea of Professionals!

Stepping into a market full of talented professionals has never been easy. For him to be successful, Dushyant Bhardwaj believed in the fact to create quality work rather than quantity. To be noticed and commissioned, he started putting out his portfolio on the digital and social media like YouTube, CGSociety forum and Artstation.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Room. Artwork inspired from the short film Alarm.

He suggests the same to budding and upcoming artists to thrive in the field they love. Also, as the saying goes, perseverance is the key to success.

Dushyant Bhardwaj
Silent Witness. A scene to study about cinematic lighting and storytelling in a still picture.

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Being different, standing out from the crowd and shining like a star is what every achiever dreams of, but not everyone achieves it. Jithin Roda has followed certain of his own principles to achieve this milestone of shimmer and brilliance.

Childhood
March

A kid who not only loved watching cartoons, but was quite a few steps ahead of his age as Jithin could spend hours thinking and creating his own versions of these cartoons.

Childhood
Decapod Monsters

Always wanting to do something which interested him, making a career choice came very easily to him. From childhood, with a mindset that constantly worked on creating the non-existent, Jithin decided to take up illustration as his profession as it was a tool for him to speak his mind and communicate with the world in a visual manner.

Childhood
Creatures II

The Fantasy-land in Making!

A big fan of watching fantasy movies and an avid reader of the same genre of books, these interests transported Jithin’s mind to a parallel world. He has created a series of characters belonging to a fictional and imaginary world, some being inspired by animals of the human world.

Childhood
Orc

With concepts in the making and story-boarding, he has created some of his characters to be related to each other, connected through a story. He hasn’t left it at just generating faces and giving these faces a body, he has also worked intensely on the background of these creatures with an intricate level of detailing in both, the creature and their surroundings.

Childhood
Hunter and his beast

Sometimes the use of referential images helps him in channelizing his vision into visualizations in the right way, acting as a guiding factor and preventing him from getting lost in his world of imagination.

Childhood
Decapod Monsters

Digital Impressions!

Using only digital mediums to transform his thoughts into reality, it is quite an investment of time to produce the output he wants. Being a digital creator, he spends a varying amount of time ranging from just ten hours on one piece to a couple of weeks on another piece, depending on what is required of it.

Chilhood
Throne

Depending on the need of the artwork, he makes a decision whether to create his character just to be looked at from one angle in a two-dimensional frame or does the character have to be designed with a possibility to be viewed from multiple sides, which then needs to be done in a three-dimensional frame giving the viewer a complete insight into his imaginative thinking.

Childhood
Doblo

Out of the Box Methodology!

Sometimes being different and not following the traditional path of portfolio making works out to be more successful than the regular and generic way of going about it. This is true in the case of Jithin and his career. While creating his portfolio, he did not follow the way of making what everyone does, instead he just did what he liked!

Childhood
Cowl

His portfolio work, mostly being fictional, never really was a hindrance in his career options. It rather opened up many more doors for him. Not really wanting to work with studios and in-house jobs, being hired or not didn’t deter Jithin from doing what he loved.

Childhood
Flip

With the profile created using his portfolio, he has been able to find numerous freelance jobs as it gives him the freedom to express his creativity the way he wants.

Childhood
Ape

”For the beginners stepping into this world of professionalism and tough competition, he is of the opinion that one should try and improve in every possible way out there”

Childhood
Big Bug Monster
Childhood
Bulk

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Conveying humour through ones individual style is an art form, not so common to be found. Diego Gómez has mastered this and gathered a modest but loyal audience in a really short span of time.

Humour in own style
Bagheera. Ink line art and watercolours

As a kid, Diego was the kind of a quiet person, making his own fun, paper toys, monsters, adventures. Drawing was just an extension of this, which he calls a Mind Printer!

Facade

Not really knowing where his inspiration came from, but the European comics with exaggerated proportions, big hands, black, solid shadows, bold lines which made an impact on his mind. Always wanting to draw monsters, the cheap nineties music, video-games and Godzilla movies were a constant bombardment of ideas back then.

An artwork titled Live Free

Not so much into realism, he is of the opinion that the techniques necessary to achieve a style are which only a few can master successfully and they should be praised for it.

For Ever. Ink line-art and watercolours

Defining the Personal Style!

With an inclination towards drawing in an exaggerated way, he looks for inspiration in the everyday world with a different perspective, like big eyes, feet, head, colours, or anything that is distinct.

Chicken Blows

Specialising in comic art, he uses a variety of tools to put his message across, like stories hidden in the background, messages on the wall, weird tattoos, background characters engaged in something and reference humour.

An Artwork Titled Dude

He likes to draw his characters looking at themselves, acting rude, which is a strange thing. He likes how weird people can be in terms of their appearance, their dressing sense and how they are painted by pop culture and this defines his style and concept of art.

An Artwork Titled Get Weird

Fascinated by the retro trends which are now hot again and back in fashion, he finds them funny and takes them to be layers of disguises, that end up being their own thing, something similar to Vaporwave.

An illustration of a Self Hating Base Boy

A Part of You in What You Do!

Conceptualising always involves things related to yourself, whether good, bad or ugly, the routine stuff like childhood experiences, depression and happy memories. Diego, in the future, is thinking of planting sillier concepts to farm happier thoughts.

Fight. An illustration showing the clash between real life responsibilities and entertainment

When conveying the messages to your viewers, the use of reference humour simplifies the process for an artist. But of course, having an idea to start out with is necessary, which is then followed by the magic of illustration gripping the readers with humour.

Partners. An illustration made for a pet themed fair

Diego is the kind of a person who reads the whole thread of comments in a polemical thread, and while certainly having his opinions, he chooses not to express there.

Get Off My Head

Unique-ing Your Trademark!

The style of illustration, for some people, means drawing the same thing again and again in the same way in order to get people acquainted with ones work and also to establish ones’ trademark in the market. Diego hopes to do more than that.

Pan. An illustration made in support of a pet adoption season event

His style includes drawing weird people and weird monsters but it’s the technical aspect of doing his art which makes his work different from the rest and gets him clients.

Punks & Dinosaurs

Doing the line art by hand followed by traditional or digital painting is his way of creating illustrations. With a personal liking towards the black and white layer, he wishes to have mastered the art of drawing lines and shadows when he was little.

Urban Bianca. An artwork for a Pokemon themed illustrator collective

Illuminating the Springing Talent.

Advising the young and emerging illustrators on stepping into the professional world, he suggests them to categorize their work into sections and then picking and putting the best of each together. This combined output should be treated as a piece of art in itself, giving it life by using different styles of fonts, characters, colours and ones’ personal design language to completely symbolize it with the individual.

Dating Cages. An illustration representing long distance relationships of today

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Basic colours and shapes, when used in the right rhythm, can change our perspective about the things we see around us every day. Rahul Khobragade has taken this approach to depict the birds of nature, to showcase the beauty and elegance that we miss out on!

Capturing Elegance of Birds
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Singularly inspired by nature, Rahul Khobragade’s illustrations are a true extraction of it. The use of ideas, shapes, colours and styles are all deduced from nature.

 

With a desire to always present his viewers with fresh and vibrant work, he prefers to use gradient art and abstract vectors.

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A bird lover, Rahul created a series of illustrations on birds and their beauty, aiming to explore each bird’s unique and independent identity.

 

With an intention to portray the common birds that we see around us every day from a new perspective, he made an attempt to explore this particular series using basic shapes and overlapping multi-layer style.

Basic Shapes olours 6- Creative Gaga
Basic Shapes Colours 2- Creative Gaga

To bring out the quirkiness and the dynamic traits of each bird, he used a style of simple gradients merged with low patches. The use of bright, dazzling happy colours, in addition to the mentioned techniques helped him define an over-all language for the bird series, yet giving every illustration a distinctive appearance and bringing out the beauty and charm of each these specific birds.

Basic Shapes Colours 5- Creative Gaga
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Changing jobs and switching fields never let Zigor Samaniego’s love for art die. It instead inspired him and gave him the strength to follow his passion and go ahead with what he really wanted to pursue in his life.

Just be Inspired to Work and Happy at Heart

Being successful and achieving what he has today has not been an easy ride for Zigor Samaniego. Experienced much, from having tasted editing of videos in a post-production company and working in the stream of info architecture to designing websites and being employed by a video game company, Zigor was neither inspired to work nor was happy at heart.

Just be Inspired to Work and Happy at Heart

He then took to freelancing as an artist and an illustrator which got him illustrating for some of the highly reputed brands like American Express, Nestle, Wired and their likes.

Though some of these opportunities gave him the chance to explore the world of 3D design and drawing, he still wanted his artistic freedom to let his creative mind and thoughts pour out of his imaginative brain in the way he wanted them to.

Transforming imagination to impressions!

Zigor has always had multiple crazy ideas occupying his mind and conveying the same to his viewers’ works as his biggest motivation and inspiration. For this, he found 3D as the best possible way to express his thoughts and to give life to his imagination.

Though he plots the drawing from his mind, his artwork, from scratch to finish, is entirely digital. Gone are those days when he would use the traditional tools of pen, paper and ink to unleash his creativity.

Follow your own style!

Comfortable and confident about his own style of working, he accepts requests and designs characters only which have the possibility to be designed in his way. It is a moment of pride for him when clients, amazed by his portfolio, call to hire him for their work to be delivered in his style. His style is defined by the cute appearance of his characters, merged with a slight amount of humour and fun, aimed at bringing a smile to the viewer’s face. Sometimes not knowing what to draw works best for him as the ideas develop alongside his doodling.

Nature, a trigger for art!

He credits his inspiration, innovativeness and ingenuity partly to nature and partly to his crazy thoughts. A nature-lover and enthusiastic about outdoor activities, he is influenced by the things he sees around him and sometimes draws inspirations for his characters and art work while trekking up a mountain.

Tips from the Master!

Enlightening the young ones with certain tips and tricks, he emphasises on the fact that having ones’ own style is a very important thing. In addition to this, the quality of the portfolio plays a very crucial and significant role in a creative’s life.

It is essential that the artist should remain faithful to his tastes and be very careful with the toxic customers wanting to change their style.

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Manvee Singh

Although pursuing Fashion Designing from NIFT, Bombay, Manvee Singh was an artist from her heart. Drawing portraits or just eyes on oh her bus journey back from university to hostel, art was a stress buster for her which had taken a back-seat. Only after having worked at various export houses and after the closure of her own designer store, in 2012 she started practicing art professionally.


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With the changing weather comes the season of Interns, with fresh new energy everywhere and your talented creatives wanting to test their skills and knowledge in the real world of live creative briefs and super creative professional environment. With this comes many dilemmas like where to intern and how to get selected in your favourite studio. So to bring little more clarity on current market trends of selecting the right interns, we interview some of the well-known studios to find their ‘Secret Process’ of selection. Where Visakh Viswambharan, founder of Appiness Interactive said that they only ‘hire attitude, and train skills’. For him, hunger to learn and go-getter attitude wins the real race in his team. Also, the founder of Wallcano, Arshad Sayyad, seconds the opinion of keeping the right attitude of learning and keeping up with the current trends & social media works for his interns. We also, gathered insights from freelancers, independent designers and seniors creative on the importance of an internship. With all the insights, this issue is a must-read for internees and fresh talents. Go ahead and order your copy here or subscribe to not miss any future issues!

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Grown up in a family of artists, Anjana EP was always attracted to colours and materials. Winning a competition in 8th standard was her decision maker to pursue fine arts post school. Now a graduate with a BFA in Applied Art from Government Fine Arts College at Thrissur, Kerala and specialised in packaging design, Anjana has been working with Yara Communications in Kozhikode.


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An artist and designer, Vishnu PR graduated in Applied Arts from RLV College of Music and Fine arts in Kerala. With special interests in the field of caricaturing and dot art, he has worked as a creative designer at Friday Film House, an Indian production company. He has also had the opportunity to work as an art director at Loud Chilli Studios, with a focus on graphic design.


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