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Ranganath Krishnamani
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You must have tried your hands on many different projects to harness different skill sets but it can be a problem when it comes to choosing between skill specialist or try hands on everything possible. Experience Designer and Illustrator Ranganath Krishnamani shares his view to bring more clarity on the topic.

Creativity is like a continuous journey and change is constant in the digital world. The key to success is to understand that one needs to be flexible and become a specialist generalist—what I mean is of having an understanding and working knowledge of key areas that relate to your core skills.

Personally, I characterise myself as a specialist generalist. I get bored doing the same thing all the time and enjoy the challenge of being thrown into something totally new. I like seeing how seemingly disparate things relate to one another. Dipping my toes into various media and skillsets that affect how I bring the idea to life. This could mean going from UX work-flows to putting together an animation of the experience to bring it to life, or it could be coming up with a communication campaign.

“Design is an intricate process. In order to create the best possible solution, it helps to have a more conceptual understanding of all facets of the industry and how they fit together. If you’re a UI designer, then knowing how a user interacts with a touch device compared to a pointing device and what that means to your design is a relatable skill.”

The good part about the creative industry is that it offers so many learning opportunities every time you start on a new project. You could go from being somebody who is specialised in working on graphic icons to becoming involved in conceptualising, storyboarding, animating as soon as you start collaborating with others.

For me being creative is not a job of 9 to 5, you don’t stop doing it when you go home. It’s a career that’s a bit obsessive. It’s with you all the time and you start to make these connections when you are at the shower, waiting at a traf c signal or watching a wonderful sunset from your window.

Anything and everything can inspire you, and that creative restlessness in you pushes you to learn to make things out of nothingness. It’s the absolute joy of the job that you can start your day staring at a blank page and by the end of the day end up with an idea made up of words, visuals and code. Core skills combined with a generalised approach will be the way forward.

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Graduate Career Special! If you are a recent graduate or about to finish your college then this issue may have answers to many of your questions. Like, how to get the best placement or the internship? How to present best in front of the interviewer? Which studio or agency to choose to start your career? How to work in a team or choose to be a freelancer? This issue has advice from many experts such as Ashwini Deshpande and Gopika Chowfla who gave the secrets of choosing the right intern for their well-known design teams. And on another hand, Rajaram Rajendran and Ranganath Krishnamani advise young designer to gain multiple skills and be the best at them. Also, recent MIT Post Graduate Vinta Jakkal shares her secret with which she grabbed the great opportunity of joining the Elephant Design, Pune team to start her career.

 

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Creative Gaga - Issue 49

 

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Through original and vibrant illustrations, Ranganath Krishnamani captures the look and feel of Corona virus induced pandemic. Here is a conversation to unravel the art, colours, style and mindset of the artist battling the quarantine.

Corona Lockdown Illustration by Ranganath Krishnamani
Drying out our new accessories.

What are some of the unforeseen inspirations and problems you’ve stumbled upon during this lockdown?

Ranganath. I firmly believe that limitation is an excellent opportunity to kindle creativity. The confines of our home can urge us to be imaginative. My quarantine series is a self-initiated project where I attempt to capture urban life and its nuances during Corona virus pandemic. I captured our new normal by portraying human beings inside everyday objects, thus emphasising the current state. Creative inspirations can be found everywhere, outdoors or indoors, this project is an excellent example of that.

Corona Lockdown Illustration by Ranganath Krishnamani
Lights On. A salute to all the superheroes in the front line, fighting against all odds, serving people, saving lives.

Has this Corona virus pandemic changed your perception of the world? If yes, how has it affected your art?

Ranganath. The quarantine made me rethink about my choices and my lifestyle. I enjoy nature, and I understood the value of my freedom because of this lockdown. Corona virus pandemic has highlighted the unbeatable human spirit, this along with the new way of life are the themes I’m currently focusing on.

Together. A creative take on staying home with family and following some simple guidelines. Stay Home!

Art is not an essential service. Has this affected your work? How are you managing such an unprecedented situation?

Ranganath. Fortunately, neither my professional front nor my self- initiated art projects are affected due to Corona. Through art, we can communicate, educate and bring changes in the society. Art is the medium I use to convey my ideas. My objective is to engage the audience and bring positive changes.

Blending work. Video calls, mindfulness, fitness and experimenting with new flavours and recipes. The new norm!

What are your thoughts on work from home as an artist? What kind of impact does this have on your working process?

Ranganath. Studio or at home, it doesn’t make any difference to me. Creative work requires long hours of focus and deliberate practice, the place does not matter. The advantages of working from home is that because of current technology, we can meet our clients, share our work, get feedback and work on it without having to travel or wade through traffic.

Brewing work from home. Finding our own little comfort work corners at home to get work done!

Corona virus pandemic has made us realise that in trying times, people turn to art and literature. Do you think that this is going to create a lasting impression in the field of art?

Ranganath. Art and literature are great methods to unwind and deal with stressful times. People have returned to their hobbies, and they now understand the value of art and literature. I’m sure that this trend will continue. I hope this period help people realise their passion and dreams, giving them the confidence to take risks and try something new.

Corona Lockdown Illustration by Ranganath Krishnamani
Prioritising fitness. Making time for the much-needed physical activity during the week given the restricted access to outdoors.

How did your journey in art begin?

Ranganath. I’ve always nursed an affiliation towards art. I distinctly remember drawing on the walls of my house at the age of six. I began reinforcing my passion once I obtained formal education in art. My journey started with pencils, charcoal, acrylics and watercolours. And with the advent of digital art, I began exploring diverse fields within art and started experimenting with my style. I consciously attempt to create artwork with meaning and purpose that goes beyond aesthetics.

Corona Lockdown Illustration by Ranganath Krishnamani
Celebrating the extraordinary person called mother. Someone who motivates you to eat healthy, stay fit and take care of yourself.

From Kathakali dancer to Taj Mahal to still life, your artworks are varied and diverse. What is your creative process?

Ranganath. My creative process is to try and do something every day. Travel inspires me; I sketch the scenes and thoughts in my sketchbook, and once I start making connections with other elements and situation, I turn it into a series. I approach all my artworks as series since it helps me refine my perspective and dive deeper into the subject. My process begins with a simple exploration of ideas; this helps me develop a central theme and concepts for the series. I try to form a connection between objects, situation and scenario, thus narrating a story from my perspective.

Corona Lockdown Illustration by Ranganath Krishnamani
Social Distance - A great opportunity to revisit a hobby. Try something new, Stay safe.

How does culture influence your artworks?

Ranganath. Culture plays an integral role in my artworks. I try to capture the uniqueness of our culture, which is under threat due to globalisation. The setting, objects and costumes subtly contribute to the narration. My works are a reflection of my interpretation of all that fascinates me. Irrespective of the medium, the common thread which strings my artworks together are culture and identity.

Corona Lockdown Illustration by Ranganath Krishnamani
Celebrating the extraordinary person called mother. Someone who motivates you to eat healthy, stay fit and take care of yourself.

Could you shine some light on the techniques used and the process behind your colour selection?

Ranganath. My colour palette largely depends on the subject portrayed. It is generally minimal, ranging between three to four colours. Initially, I used to work with monochrome since it allowed me to focus on the form and composition. Colours have the power to change the overall mood of artwork; I started using it responsibly once I understood this. I first choose the colours I intend to work with, from there it is just a creative problem solving, where we manipulate the colours to arrive at the best possible outcome.

Corona Lockdown Illustration by Ranganath Krishnamani
Giving time a break - enjoying me time by the window, getting a glimpse of the outside world between online meetings and video calls

It is particularly intriguing to note that upon going through your artworks, most of them, though detailed, do not possess detailed facial features. Is there any significance for this?

Ranganath. I refrain from adding facial features since it deters the audience from the overall story of the artwork. Furthermore, the viewers can comfortably perceive themselves in the scene when the artwork is devoid of faces. However, this is a recent style; in the past, I have created artworks with facial features as well.

Enjoying the fresh summer showers from the confines of the patio.

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We all started this year anticipating many things, but nobody thought of life coming to a complete halt. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced every human to re-evaluate their attitude towards nature and life. We also have been forced to lock down in our houses. Though we are no more in the lockdown, still many unfortunate ones continue to lose their lives and livelihoods. This isolation has given many of us the time we needed to finish our long pending tasks. Some have turned to art and craft for peace and solace. While most got relaxed and enjoyed their time with family, others used the focussed time to prepare themselves for the life post lockdown. On the other hand, creative freelancers found it helpful for them to focus and produce more as their work setup usually is within their homes. So, to understand how all the creatives have handled the lockdown, we reached many who have been creating and sharing inspirational artworks during this time. So order your copy if you are looking for inspirational COVID lockdown artworks and some advice on how to handle the current slowdown more creatively!

 

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Creative Gaga - Issue 49

 

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The transformation in the art styles from hand-made to computerised and digitalised versions is taking the world and people in its wave of craze! This fast-growing art style (digital art) has its own beauty and charm to capture the viewer, mesmerising him in its aura.

What is Digital Art?

In the era of rapid changes, new solutions and technologies evolving every minute, each higher than the previous, every field and profession is running the rats’ race to grab the new as soon as it can. One such interesting field is the line of art which has been digitalised and is called “Digital Art”.

 

Digital art is nothing but the traditional art form of hand-painting being modified into digital ways and styles of painting. It is an expression of ones’ thoughts, ideas and visions through an explicit medium of digital multi-media.

With a shift in the ticking of the clock from analogue to digital and the advent of computers in the 1990s, artist Sachin Puthran has seen it all, from hand-made tactile paintings and expressions being a physical manifestation of the artist’s vision to the digital paintings now meeting the ever-changing and quick demands of the clients!

Art From Pencil to Stylus

Indian traditional art has been practiced since time immemorial, accredited with famous art pieces. In the present day, with extremely talented artists pervading in every corner of our country, there are various representations of this traditional art in the form of digital art, defined by the individuals’ interpretation of the same.

Ranganath Krishnamani, took on to create a series dedicated to Thelas, the moving supermarket on Indian streets. Using his unique style of digital drawings, he expresses different kinds of thelas, from the ones selling chaat to ganne ka ras and barf ke gole, bringing out the smile and happiness on the readers face, similar to their reaction on seeing an actual thela!

Indian thelas

Inspired by the imbalanced and irregular environments, Satish Gangaiah expresses his interpretation of this traditional world by placing his protagonist in this pandemonium. He uses an urban-influenced illustration style in his digital art and the colours add a realistic touch to the frame.

Wonderfully Chaotic

Digital v/s Traditional Art

Switching over to digital art does not mean that the importance of traditional art forms of painting and sketching is lost or being forgotten. In fact, the truth is that the traditional technique of hand painting and sketching is what forms the base for digital artworks. A good command over hand drawings gives an artist the necessary push to explore the hidden treasures of digitalising their illustrations.

Pavan Rajurkar, a freelance Mumbai based illustrator has captured some of the very typical traditional scenes of the Indian culture like a fish market in his digital paintings, yet conveying the essence that a traditional painting would.

When it comes to the world of contemporary art exhibitions, hand-art has taken a back-seat paving way for the digital art, which has a magical effect on its viewers. It is growing tremendously, in terms of the message it wants to convey and also in terms of the size of the art, ranging from a small screen of a smartphone to being projected on huge walls in museums and art expos and also experiencing it through the medium of virtual reality.

 

With the growing awareness of people and the pace at which digital art is sprouting, clients definitely want the latest and original. Working for a wide range of clients demanding diverse typologies, Rahul Arora, a digital artist is a living proof that versatility can definitely up one’s game in the field.

Versatile Designer

Brands like OLX are definitely breaking the traditional stereotypical thought process and moving forward with time by hiring digital artists like Nithin Rao Kumblekar to do a campaign for their advertisements rather than doing an actual shoot!

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The advantage of being digitally artistic is that it opens a lot of doors to try out new things and create versatile outputs, visualise your imagination in different styles and modify all of this instantaneously with just a few clicks.

The Scope of Digital Art in India

The introduction of the pen tab has made life much easier for these artists as it gives the same feel of drawing on paper, but electronically!

 

The variety of styles explored in digital art is tremendous. The styles of digitalising vary from two-dimensional still-drawings on pen-tabs, graphic illustrations, photo-montaging paintings with images and creating image collages to graphics animations for multi-functional uses and are further extended to three-dimensional digital canvases using software like Corel-draw, Cinema-4d and possibilities of virtual reality.

Artist Medha Srivastava defines her style as realistic with a tint of stylization and conceptualization. She picks up on things she sees in her vicinity like shapes, colors, patterns and textures for the visual representation of her digital masterpieces.

An Indian-origin Germany-based illustrator Archan Nair’s digital artwork is influenced by the mysteries of our everyday existence and has also extended out to the realm of virtual reality.

The scope of digital at in India is not just limited to using digital tools to create paintings to be hung on walls, but is reaching out to the everyday life objects used at home. Illustrationists are being hired right at the start of a project to create customised digital designs in tandem with the overall scheme of a project.

For instance, Chumbak as a brand in collaboration with various artists has digitalised India’s environment through colourful and playful illustrations adaptable to various products ranging from home décor items like coasters, mugs, bags, cushion covers and laptop sleeves to personal products like t-shirts, accessories and even footwear! The digital art here gave it a scope to reach out to everyone through its online and offline medium.

Digital Art India

Digital art in India isn’t just a platform for the upcoming generation of artists to reach new horizons with their talent but also gives an opportunity to the tradition established artists to try out new things with the latest digital tools. In a way, it is a medium to revolutionalise the art industry of the country by representing the minds’ visions through a merger of the traditional techniques of art with the digital media.

 

With the digitalisation of everything in the future, this art form will surely go a long way in encouraging talents of all age-groups to expose their creativity. Social platforms like Behance, Instagram and Facebook are motivational and promotional sources for artists to publish their digital work, get noticed and step into the present day market of art and its likes.

 

Digital art today has captured the world in its long and stretched arms of beauty and creativity. The present level will definitely be escalated to newer heights in the future making each and every being its captive.

 

So strap your seat-belts and be ready for an enjoyable roller-coaster ride in this new realm of creations and explorations.

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Creative Gaga - Issue 49

 

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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!

Design Inspiration

The Queen and King Illustrations by Ishan Trivedi

Chilly’s Bottles Collaboration by Marco Oggian

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Design Inspiration

Type Beast, typography collection 2019-2020 by kissmiklos .

Design Inspiration

GIF Fest II by BÜRO UFHO

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Design Inspiration

Two illustrations for Atlanta Magazine by Tomasz Woźniakowski

Packaging for Lonson Oil by Soyuz ², Danil Da and Slava Vovk

Illustrations for Yakshagana mandali by Satish Gangaiah

Design Inspiration

Web Experiences – 2019 by Rae Zachariah and Ranganath Krishnamani

Les Déferlantes Sud de France 2020 by Kamil Białogrzywy

Rapscallion Soda© by Daniel Freytag and Greig Anderson

Design Inspiration

Culture Trip – Lisbon Through The Seasons by Adamastor Studio

If you have any of your design project or someone else’s, which is equaliy inspiring for fellow creatives, then share it with us on contribute@creativegaga.com

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With the stakes of digital art soaring high in the market, have a look at some of the best Indian digital artists and get-going to be one!

Wanting to give life to your imagination? What are you waiting for! This is just the right time to start out and the right environment to be inspired from!

 

Be it replicating an image of a famous personality or creating other-worldly characters, anything and everything is possible with digital art using a simple pen-tab and digital software.

 

Follow these brilliant Indian Digital Artists and hop onto a journey of unplanned surprises and master-piece outcomes!

1. Aashit Singh

Aashit Singh is a Mumbai-based visionary artist specialising in creating visual representations of the intangible and other-worldly imagery. He feels that realism in psychedelic art is important to be able to relate to these psychedelic visions. Read the detailed article on Constructing Psychedelic Experience! featuring Aashit’s deep insights.

 


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2. Ankur Patar

Ankur Patar, a national and international award winner, has had over 13 years of experience in the advertising industry. Accredited with being chosen as one of the best digital artists of India in 2012, he has brands like Adidas, Nike, Adobe and the likes associating him for years.

 

His recent collaboration with Adobe to recreate lost masterpieces got him into the limelight once again. He was one of the only 4 digital artists chosen from throughout the world to recreate paintings using only Adobe stock imagery.  Ankur also shared how does Digital Art help to exceed your imagination!

 


3. Archan Nair

A firm believer of creating what the heart says, Archan shifted from being a fashion major and an entrepreneur to a self-taught digital and visual artist and illustrator specialising in mixed media and digital art. He is now a Germany-based independent Indian Digital Artist with cultural roots from India. Archan calls this artwork as Psymbionic – a digital Illustration of human and the subtler elements of being human.

 



4. Jithin Roda

Jithin Roda is a freelance concept artist and illustrator based in Kerala. His passion for art got him specializing in a wide spectrum of the illustration world like pre-visualisation, concept designing, cover designing and illustrating for posters and topics in general.

 


5. Medha Srivastava

Attracted towards art depicting metaphors and thought-provoking subjects, Medha, previously a gaming artist has been fascinated by conceptualisation, ideation and realism. Concepts and character building have always aligned with the intent of her artwork.

 

Starting out with simple digital illustrations, she eventually moved on to the world of concept art. Social issues contribute to a major part of her inspirations. To be true to her style of art, which she defines as realistic with a tint of stylisation and conceptualisation, she picks up on things she sees in her vicinity like shapes, colours, patterns and textures for the visual representation of her digital masterpieces. She insists on thoughtfully mixing Realism with Conceptualisation.

 


6. Mukesh Singh

Mahabharata, the epic of epics, can be told and retold time and again, still feeling fresh and young to the receptor. Dissatisfied with the earlier visual representations of the Mahabharata, Mukesh Singh took on a journey to explore the characters of this epic through his own style of digital art and with the aim of wanting the audience of today to not just identify and accept the character’s inner selves but their outer ones too, which are external manifestations of their inner selves.

 


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7. Nikhil Shinde

Nikhil Shinde, an Indian digital illustrator feels that creating a character is similar to assembling the pieces of a puzzle together. He puts in his heart, mind and soul to create out-of-the-box characters and gives them a twist in a way which takes the audience by surprise!

 



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8. Nithin Rao Kumblekar

Starting out in his career as an art director in an advertising agency in 2005 and having gained some experience in the field, Nithin decided to freelance as an illustrator from the year 2010, with a focus on commercial illustrations. Since then there has been no looking back and he has brands like IBM, Lenovo, Brittania, Idea cellular and alike as part of his clientele.

 

He has also collaborated with global advertising agencies like Saldo Disegni Italy, Kassett Norway, JWT Delhi and Bangalore, Leo Burnett Mumbai, Saatchi & Saatchi Bangalore, etc creating pieces of digital art to be used by them for their promotions and in other areas.

 


9. Pavan Rajurkar

Pavan Rajurkar, a young Mumbai-based freelance illustrator believes that traditional and digital art compliment and complete each other. In spite of being in the digital era, he feels that the mind is directly connected to the hand and a hand-drawn doodle is the strongest way to brainstorm, leading to an idea.

 

Pavan has worked for numerous reputed advertisement agencies and was also featured in Lürzer’s Archive’s 200 Best Illustrators worldwide in 2016.

 


Emotions

10. Pratima Unde

Accepting the challenge to create a unique beauty, Pratima Unde leaves no stone unturned to explore her subject of illustration. Specialising in expressing human emotions, she highlights these in her digital portraits through a particular technique called Giggling.

 

Focusing on subjects which are shy, she spends days with them sitting face to face, expressing the unexpressed, only to discover something new every day. This portrait is of a Joyous Rajasthani, as she likes to call it.

 


Versatile Designer

11. Rahul Arora

Rahul Arora is a Mumbai based freelance digital illustrator. Believing in the fact that versatility plays a massive role in the life of an artist, his spectrum of working typologies in the field of design is pretty wide, varying from illustrating for advertising to character designing, story-boarding, environment designing and comic books illustrations.

 

Keeping his clients in the centre of any project, Rahul feels that the designer is responsible for conveying the idea of the client through the creation of styles matching the needs of the clients; thus the style of the designer is a reflection of the clients’ sensibility and vision!

 



12. Raj Khatri

Raj Khatri is a Mumbai-based movie buff, visual designer and a digital artist who believes and lives by the fact that experimentation is the key to self-discovery. This thought has helped him create some brilliant movie posters and other artwork, only using the medium of digital art.

 

Having had more than a decade of an experience in various sectors of the field of design like websites, social media, flash animations, TV series, films and many more, he now heads the creative team at an entertainment design studio known as Marching Arts.

 


Indian thelas

13. Ranganath Krishnamani

Ranganathan Krishnamani is a free-thinker, an obsessive doodler and has a soft corner for architecture. An illustrator driven by passion, he feels that self-developed style is what contributes to the uniqueness of an artist.

 

With a keen eye for observation and a distinct point of view, Ranganathan captures and expresses the unique stories of simple everyday life through his own developed style of minute detailing in his digital illustrations.

 


14. Seerow Unni

Believing that the core idea of an artwork is to convey the message to its readers, Seerow Unni, a digital illustrator says that every artwork should be considered as a scene of a movie, as it helps in adding the missing elements, thus adding life and giving depth to the scene. Fun and witty humour are the key elements to grab peoples’ attention.

 

To be a part of the community, it is important to keep oneself updated with the latest trends and happenings of the digital design market. He feels that this year the trend is shifting to from complexity and elaborations to minimalism. He says the key is to enjoy the process and improvise at every level.

 


Characters Shreya Shetty

15. Shreya Shetty

Balancing fantasy and realism, Shreya Shetty creates characters dictating a sense of otherworldliness, yet being anatomically and functionally viable. Following certain thumb rules like relating the character to its environment and keeping the background subtle, she has mastered the art of creating original, believable fantasy characters on a digital screen.

 

She believes that the right expressions and poise can create a memorable moment that will stick with the audience even after the story is over.

 


16. Sri Priyatham

Earning his very first commission by turning his bedroom into a studio during his student days motivated and inspired Sri Priyatham to transform his love and passion for illustration into his profession. To have a free-flowing lifestyle and working on his own terms and conditions, he chose to work as a freelance illustrator creating digital art pieces.

 

The social platform of Facebook helped him communicate and promote his artwork and get commissioned. The reach of other social platforms like Instagram, Reddit and Imgur worked wonders for him to get in touch with a global clientele from the continents of America, Europe and Australia.

 



17. Sukanto Debnath

With an experience of living in changing surroundings and different cultures, Sukanto Debnath, a Hungary-based Indian digital artist explores human behaviour and body language through his extensively detailed yet sketchy illustrations.

 

He believes that travelling and exposure to various folk arts and cultures opens up an artist’s mind to think beyond the usual, thus resulting in mature design. The global artist has created this digital painting called ‘People in Groups’ where he expresses the facial features of Hungarian locals and their body language.

 


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18. Uday Mohite

Uday Mohite is a digital-caricature specialist and paints characters believing them to be a piece of art! He does a deep research to understand the features that define and describe the subject of his digital illustration and then exaggerates certain components like colours or characteristic features to start a conversation with the viewer.

 


19. Vishnu

With an impeccable passion for drawing and sketching, Vishnu tries to achieve perfection in all of his artworks. With only an experience of a short span of 5 years in the world of art, he has mastered the skills and techniques of digital art in his own way, developing his own personal style.

 

To be the perfectionist he wishes to be, Vishnu puts his mind, body and soul into his work to achieve an intricate level of detailing, which is visible in all his sketches.

 


Vivek_Feature - Amitabh Bachchan

20. Vivek Mandrekar

Currently working as the chief creative designer for movie posters under the banner of Yash Raj Films, Vivek Mandrekar has come a long way from being just a self-taught artist to mastering the art of creating posters for the film industry.

 

Face expressions tell stories and Vivek has captured these different stories of many great legends of the Indian film industry through his digital paintings. One such famous artwork is that of the Bollywood star, Mr Amitabh Bachchan, created using Adobe Photoshop and Wacom pen-tablet.

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Creative Gaga - Issue 49

 

Questioning… is integral to great creativity. It’s only when we brood, wonder and question a scenario, we can showcase a different perspective in a unique way. Illustrator, Ranganath Krishnamani, questioned the indigenous identity of the very Indian local culture. Through this he developed a series of illustrations, each depicting the lives of individuals who still hold on to the threads of culture and tradition, in this age of rapid globalization. Here we see the likes of our chaiwala, dhobiwala, darzi and more, people with professions that are ignored by most, and now hold on tight to the hem of our Indian urban fabric.

 

The art style is truly compelling. The illustrator has made excellent use of a complementary palette that includes brown and deep green. The style by itself has an earthy grounded feel to it. The detail helps make each character come alive, especially in the animation.

 

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Each illustration or work of design is a new process and a new insight. From the wide variety of design work that Creative Gaga feature each year, at the end of the year we take a moment to acknowledge all of them by highlighting top 10 featured Illustrators of 2017. Here we go.

Featured Illustrator - Nithin Rao Kumblekar

1. Nithin Rao Kumblekar

Nithin Rao Kumblekar is not only an illustrator but also an Art Director and Concept Artist who has illustrated for and brands such as OLX, Century Ply, and the likes, apart from having worked on a vast range of projects. In this assignment, conceived and executed for AVP, a pet food company catering to the likes of household dogs and cats. He represents a direct connection between these adored domestic companions and their very beloved treats, thus portraying the animals directly interacting with AVP in a fun, colourful and real-like animated setting.

More Project Illustrations are here


Featured Illustrator - Mukesh Singh

2. Mukesh Singh

Khyber Nights is a life-like and realistic story of survival, love and loss. Based on the unruly frontier surrounding the Khyber Pass during the Soviet war with Afghanistan in the late 80’s. This cover art for the intense tale was created by Marvel artist, Mukesh Singh, in an effort to summarise a gripping narrative that is about sisterhood and brotherhood winning over the politics of war. Using a strong sense of lighting and character expressions, he does indeed capture the tale in the frame.

Mukesh’s more illustrations are here


happiness-Lavanya Naidu

3. Lavanya Naidu

A graduate of the National Institute of Design, Lavanya Naidu is an Animator and Illustrator. Her style of work is a representation and expression of focusing on producing work that is personally challenging and cherished, rather than just going about creating ‘what is required as per the brief’. She uses a very fun and lively colour scheme that is both vibrant and subtle, very much like the characters, environments, settings, and characters she chooses to portray.


Create Your Style

4. Bhaskar Rac

Bhaskar Rac is a self-employed Concept and 3D artist. A graduate of Delhi College of Art (Applied Art), he works extensively in character development, 3D sculpting, and the likes. As someone who trusts in honing one’s own style, instead of trying to imitate fashionable cult or style, nurturing and developing refreshing ideas is his primary intention. Here, he simply starts off with initial sketches, further gathering all the related references, structuring, line drawings and then rendering. Likewise, he finds a balance between minimalism and amplification through colours, emotions, lines, contours and the likes in order to capture the main essence of the subject.


5. Anna Dittmann

Graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia,  Anna Dittmann is a freelance digital illustrator who tries to evoke different emotions through her portraits. Here, using subtle facets with natural fundamentals, she manages to capture the emotions of the viewer, thus mainly tapping into and drawing their attention to it. Gaining insight and motivation from movement and raw shapes by blending nonfigurative conceptual and innate elements, she created this soothing piece through an amalgamation of fictional and realistic elements. Using pastels, watercolours, and oils here, she tries to capture an impulsiveness in the artwork.


Ancient Future

6. Omar Gilani

From Peshawar, Pakistan, Omar Gilani is a Double-Masters in Robotics from Washington DC and has an eye for discovering the modern in the ancient, something that is purely a matter of enhanced or evolved vision. And, so, his desire to renew the old and transform what is considered obsolete or irrelevant into the opposition stems from his work, ‘Desret Warrior Aunty’. He predominantly uses lighting to determine the initial composition of a piece. Importantly, dividing the canvas into simple black and white shapes to see if all the various aspects are harmonious helps him achieve the final piece which is full of colour and life-like vibrancy.


Siddhi Ranade - tale-telling

7. Siddhi Ranade

With a Commercial Arts from L. S. Raheja School of Arts, Mumbai, Siddhi Ranade trusts that geometry, colour and the subject are crucial features. As someone who feels that design needs to be time relevant in constantly modifying times, he pays attention to every tool that he uses in the making of his work. Over here, for example, geometry, pattern, and proportion in symmetry are not just advantageous but the very fundamentals. ‘Line’, for example, is the primary factor to achieve without any compromise. Colours finally add a mood to it in a more theatrical and impressive way that further dictates or overpowers the final piece.


8. Juan Casini

Juan Casini is a designer of multiple disciplines who experiments and works through various mediums. He trusts that ‘nature is art in its purest form’, and thus takes a lot of inspiration from it, thereby representing elements of nature through a lot of his designs. For example, over here, he tries to create a powerful and stimulating experience for the audience. In an effort to keep the level of expression rather intense, he goes on to add multiple layers of detail while experimenting with the colour palette. What that helps him achieve is that, no matter what the product is about, the eyes of the viewer can be positively held by the artwork.

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9. Rohan Dahotre

Rohan Dahotre is an illustrator who feels strongly about nature and gains inspiration from the beauty of it. The core of his work lies in making the complexities of nature simple – for example, turning complex organic forms into simple shapes. Experimenting with pictures from the wild – mainly animals – and giving them a new visual representation and overall look, he tries to display the real beauty that resides within the amazing bounty of forest animals, all so that people learn to appreciate and better treat and respect them and their habitat.


Indian thelas

10. Ranganath Krishnamani

Ranganath Krishnamani is a designer specialising in Illustration, User Experience and Art Direction. This piece of artwork is a personal or self-initiated project through which he finds connection with his own origin in the south Indian city of Bangalore in Karnataka, India. Through the means of this series, he intends to portray some of the most interesting and intriguing selling-carts from across the Indian subcontinent. The basic idea stems from his nostalgic memories of him running out onto the street upon recognising the arrival of assorted carts and their bearings, something commonly found through most of India.

Here is our 2017 collection of illustrations by Lokesh Karekar, Wallcano, Shreya Gulati and Ranganath Krishnamani, that well describe and represent, thorough current context, the significance of the day India marked its independence after a long freedom struggle.

Celebrate this Independence Day with free, easy to download mobile and desktop wallpapers of
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Freedom Fighter

Independence wallpaper 2017

We ought to remember all those souls that readily offered themselves in life and death to the Indian’s freedom movement. Hence all the leading icons of the nation’s freedom, in their iconic poses.

By Lokesh Karekar locopopo.com

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Young India – Vibrant India

Independence wallpaper 2017

Young India, today, is synonymous of ‘Digital India’, where most things are expressed via hashtags. Thus depicting, hereby, the vibrant, positive and liberating tastes and trends of the nation’s youth, symbolised by one of its most insisted pursuits, gender equality.

By Wallcano wallcano.in

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Light My Fire

Independence wallpaper 2017

70 Years of independence, yet the nation’s woman is not free in its true sense, hindered by various social stigma. This illustration serves as a tribute to all the powerful, all-encompassing women empowering themselves and each other.

By Shreya Gulati shreyagulati.in

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A Dialogue

Independence wallpaper 2017

The splendor of the dialogue between the current times and storytelling monuments of the past is bygone with the splendor of the modern digital era, submerged in the glamour of the ‘selfie’—Hemakuta hill, Hampi, of 14th century Vijayanagar empire.

By Ranganath Krishnamani liquidink.design

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Designer, Ranganath Krishnamani, banks on the nostalgic thoughts of rushing out onto the street upon the arrival of assorted carts and their owners who were frequent on the busy streets of Bangalore

The Brief.

A self-initiated project that connects Ranganath to his Bangalorean roots! As a child growing up in any Indian city, you get attracted to the colours and calls of carts and their owners that would typically pass by most homes. A similar emotion irked this project as every time these, thelas passed by Ranganath’s home would peek his imagination and would compel him to run out of home to observe what they had to offer in that cart.

The Concept.

This series is dedicated to the thelas, a supermarket on the streets of India. They are ubiquitous in most Indian cities yet much understated. From colourful flowers to fresh vegetables, shaved ice-golas to flavourful snack that can have your taste buds roaring, they form the cultural lifeline, fulfilling the essential needs of any household across all Indian towns.

The Outcome.

This is an ongoing project for Ranganath and through this series, he hopes to document some of the most vibrant and unique carts from cross India.

Indian thelas
Flavourful Snack (Chaat).
Indian thelas
Sugarcane Juicer
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Shaved Ice with edible colours
Indian thelas
Chai and Cigarettes
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Vivid, Colourful Bangles
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Peanuts

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Ranganath Krishnamani, an illustrator who is driven by passion, is a freethinker, a obsessive doodler and loves architecture, has developed his own distinctive style and emphasis on enjoying the process of creation. Here he explains, how design can be descriptive as well as simple at the same time.

A strong expression of facial features from Ranganath’s digital sketch pad.

Lure of tradition.
Architecture, urban settings and historical detailing is clearly evident in the illustrations Ranganath creates. The right mix of colour is enhanced by a sound knowledge of scale and proportion; while minimalistic detailing is his specialty. The flat colours almost seem to be in the third dimension due to extensive yet subtle layering and innovative typography. The project done in collaboration with 100 Watts Designs that celebrates city architecture is a perfect display of Ranganathan’s love for minimalism and architecture.

In collaboration with 100 Watts Designs, Ranganath created coasters and prints of architecture and heritage in the breathtaking city of Lucknow.

Jack of all trades.
As a designer it’s tempting to dip toes into varied mediums and explore in order to help find your identity and also demonstrate that you can work on diverse types of projects. But its important to step back from time to time and consciously focus on putting together the projects that had you most excited. Presenting yourself too thin may make it a bit harder in the long run. It is probably better to be not just jack of all trades but also become master of all

Typography and architectural knowledge showcased in this set of prints and postcards revolving around the heritage city Hampi.

Style comes naturally.
Ranganathan tries to focus on capturing unique stories through his illustrations and for him style is something that has come about naturally. He believe style is something that doesn’t magically appear fully-formed at the first time you draw something, it’s about having fun, hard work and self belief that matters. Cultivating a distinct point of view and working towards capturing them in your projects goes a long way in creating a niche and helping you stand out

In collaboration with 100 Watts Designs, Ranganath created coasters and prints of architecture and heritage in the breathtaking city of Lucknow.

India, the eternal charmer.
As complicated as simple, an inspiration for many and one of the most extensively used topics for art, India, is one of the core themes in Ranganath’s work. He brilliantly captures people, their lifestyles and customs through his sketches and forms of digital art. Employing his technique of playing with the positive and negative struck a perfect cord with the Indian theme for obvious reasons; refining complex buildings, human expressions and reactions led to capture that appeal to a whole lot of art lovers.

A strong expression of facial features from Ranganath’s digital sketch pad.
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India, the eternal charmer.
As complicated as simple, an inspiration for many and one of the most extensively used topics for art, India, is one of the core themes in Ranganath’s work. He brilliantly captures people, their lifestyles and customs through his sketches and forms of digital art. Employing his technique of playing with the positive and negative struck a perfect cord with the Indian theme for obvious reasons; refining complex buildings, human expressions and reactions led to capture that appeal to a whole lot of art lovers.

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