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.

Featured Article:

Induce Happiness with Your Work!


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.

Featured Article:

Living the Nomad life


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
the displayed artwork.

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

Desktop Version: 

Mobile Version: 


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

Desktop Version: 

Mobile Version: 


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

Desktop Version: 


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

Desktop Version: 

Mobile Version: 

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
Indian thelas
Shaved Ice with edible colours
Indian thelas
Chai and Cigarettes
Indian thelas
Vivid, Colourful Bangles
Indian thelas
Peanuts

Published in Issue 36

Every year brings a lot of hope and promises. With a New Year resolutions list (which might be lost by now) and hope of everything will change for good we all welcomed 2017. This issue explored, how these changes will affect our businesses and how we can be prepared for the growth predicted by the experts. The Wise Advice section includes pieces of advice on the web, mobile apps, user interface and user experience from well-known industry experts. Arun Pattnaik, a self-learned UX & UI expert also highlighted the importance of user experience in the process of building a strong brand. This issue gives you hint about tends to keep an eye on and how to be ready for it! So not just for the business owners but also for upcoming creative entrepreneurs this one is a must read!

 

Order Your Copy!

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.
A NEW WAY TO SAY ‘HI!’ - Social networks are the new way to communicate and even typing is now a passé! Use this customisable welcome card to greet friends.

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.

Pin It on Pinterest