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Sahil Trivedi developed an artistic eye for creating visual worlds for millions of gamers around the world from a very young age. After completing his Master’s in Animation Film Design at IDC IIT Mumbai, he is the illustrator behind the stunning visuals of games like Plants vs Zombies, Bejeweled Blitz, and more to come.

Draw a World of Fantasy with Sahil Trivedi
Draw a World of Fantasy with Sahil Trivedi

Sahil grew up on a diet of cartoons and video games, developing an artistic eye for creating visual worlds for millions of gamers around the world. While some people are trying to make their dreams come true, he became a concept artist to make his dreams so real that millions of people can live in them.

Draw a World of Fantasy with Sahil Trivedi

After getting a call back in 2018, he began working with the Art Director at Electronic Arts Hyderabad (EAH). The Art Director had previously been following his work for five years and created a position based on his portfolio and skills. Since then, he has been working at EA to create the perfect game and relentlessly pushing ahead as he gains more and more creative control over his projects.

If you wonder how creative the dreams he has created are, they are as quirky as the characters in Plants vs. Zombies 2. Sahil was one of only two art team members for that popular video game. “I’ve had the greatest pleasure to work on such a title with contributions of almost more than 25+ characters, environments, and tons of RnD to thrive on,’ he says”. But there is one more project which is his favourite, Bejeweled Blitz. He enjoyed being able to create environments and rare gems for the game, and his creation has today helped to make the game extremely popular.

Draw a World of Fantasy with Sahil Trivedi

To understand his journey, we hit rewind. While his creative calling started from a young age, his journey towards becoming a professional concept artist began after joining as a Fine Arts student in Ahmedabad. Despite his successes, he firmly believes that everyone is capable of great things but only our upbringing and other factors pull us down from touching the sky. ‘For me, fine arts was a place for creative freedom where nobody judges you for who you are. It makes you embrace who you are as an individual,’ he says. In the sea of creative paths, it helped him decide where he could make his dreams come true. Soon after, he joined Masters in Animation Film Design at IDC IIT Mumbai. ‘I got to learn the basics of animation film design to the finished level of filmmaking,’ he says. Since then, there has been no looking back.

Draw a World of Fantasy with Sahil Trivedi
Draw a World of Fantasy with Sahil Trivedi

A professional degree from a college can help you connect to people across many fields, leading to more opportunities for collaboration, learning, and growth. Colleges do put you through a trial by fire to help you figure out who you are and who you want to be. He thinks that they are less about instruction than about giving you vague directions to help you explore.

Draw a World of Fantasy with Sahil Trivedi

Since being a part of a premier gaming organisation, we curiously ask him what motivates him to keep pushing the boundaries of his canvas. `I have had the opportunity to work on the Looney Toons dash runner game, Ice Age match-3 game and the most challenging RnD project from King Studios,’ he says. He is also involved in a feature film project as well which is yet to be announced. He keeps his projects diverse so he can continue to aim high and not be boxed in. He is currently hoping to work as an Art Director for a mobile/iPad game.

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So how do you think aspiring concept artists can get paid for being their best selves? He answers by saying it is possible by ‘being a little selfish about work’. He observes that a lot of fresh graduates/students are seeking an online presence. But instead of chasing higher numbers, it is much more important to create a portfolio with an amazing presence of self-value. While chasing numbers on social media can give you a rush of dopamine, when it comes to creativity, it is all about the artist.

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We are well within the digital age, and the era of digital art. Right from the expert to the layman, everyone wants a slice of it. Maybe it’s the passion for a new career, or just plain curiosity. Either ways, digital art is everyone’s cup of tea.

1. Take a Look at Dreams Through the Mind of Man

 

High thought about the future is inseparable from the mind of a man. It’s the dreams that define his character. And hence, holds an important place in shaping up his expectations. Rupinder Singh attempts to interpret this relationship between a man and his expectations in a surrealist manner through his poster, Live your Dream.

Dreams through Mind of Man

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2. Representation of Emotions, Extracted with Care

 

Every one of us responds to emotions in our own personal ways. But for all of us, it is an explosion. Sometimes it is expressed through an outburst, at other times, it just submerges within. Every time we explode, we lose a little bit of us. Digital Artist Fahd Hussein captures a moment in that explosion to create his piece, ‘Extraho’.

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3. The Poster of Pure Iron Love

 

Concept Artist, Raj Khatri, takes us through his step-by-step fan art progression of his favourite band, Iron Maiden. Starting with the initial sketches in the pages of his college notebook, he transports the sketching into the elaborate stages of adding drips and streaks; highlighting; playing with tones, and such other details, before finally reaching the envisioned representation.

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Tutorial The Poster of Pure Iron Love

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4. Traditional Influences to Come up with a Novel Visual!

 

For an artist, the images you grow up with, linger on for long. As you grow, you think of recreating them, basis your understanding and expertise. That’s exactly what designer Sandeep Menon does with a traditional image he has grown up with. He gives it a twist and renders it in a new form. He explains how.

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5. The Techniques For Realistic Illustrations

 

The more you read, the more you learn and the closer you reach to become a perfectionist. Nithin Rao has shared his knowledge through a tutorial for an illustration (digital art), helping the learners grow at a faster pace.

Nithin Rao - Tutorial

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6. A Steady Approach to Connect With the Subject!

 

Concept Artist, Sahil Trivedi, shares his process of adding various layers to his work, and balancing the colour palette and light, to produce an effective and impactful design. He feels connecting to work in a steady and gradual process which helps optimise the final outcome.

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7. Magic Sparkle of Colour on the Cover!

 

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.

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8. Let’s Create a Warrior From the Fantasy World

 

A character is incomplete without its costumes, props and environment. Especially if it belongs to the world of fantasy. Therefore, to render a character in totality, one should be very clear of its complete image right from the beginning. Concept artist Milton Das explains creating an artwork of a warrior, complete with its accessories. Here is the step by step process.

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Warrior

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9. Learn Depth of Details to Create Mystical Environment!

 

Freelance Illustrator and Concept Artist, Ranjeet Singh, tries to depict magnification and perspective through his fantasy digital painting of a huge bull and a tiny wizard amidst a majestic and mystical environment. He emphasises on paying specific attention to the details of lighting, depth, tone and the likes, so as to achieve the conceived visuals.

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Subject, Concept Artist, Sahil Trivedi, shares his process of adding various layers to his work, and balancing the colour palette and light, to produce an effective and impactful design. He feels connecting to work in a steady and gradual process which helps optimise the final outcome.

Form Connect.

Sahil Trivedi trusts in approaching one’s subject and its various aspects in a clear, straight and gradual manner, so as to arrive at its intended fruition in a steady and assured way. Here, he explains his process behind creating artwork step-by-step that is not only clear in direction and balanced in colour but also aptly treated on the whole.

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Step 1

First and foremost, take a moment to consider what works best in the interest of your subject. This will help you connect and give direction to the piece. Read forms, and start out with basic line-art. With this, you shall be able to see the form and content clearly.

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Step 2

Select the area of rendering, and fill-in any mildly dark shade. I prefer this technique so that I only have to work on highlights; it also saves a lot of time. Then create a cut-out of the image, and place it in a layer behind the lines.

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Step 3

Determine the effect and direction of lighting you want your artwork to have. Here, I have kept the light source at the top-front. Conceive the whole piece in 3D form, with respect to the shades, highlight and bounce-light that will suit your structure, style and need.

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Step 4

Colour is the most important aspect. I focus on balancing the colour palette, keeping it vivid and fresh. For example, if I had green on top, it would balance out with blue; they should complement each other and not be in conflict. Be very specific about which colours you use, since they hold the beauty that will catch the viewers’ attention.

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Step 5

Render out different materials, and add source values/textures. Also, be very precise about bounce-light or reflective light or tones. It must seem very organic and pleasant to the eyes. Here, I have detailed a bit more adding ‘burn’ effects to the eye. It can be very specific or even loose.

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Step 6

Finally, the treatment is very important. Here, I have added some foliage layers to give the sculpture an organic feel. Plants always make a composition alive and fresh. I’ve also added colour dodge (formula red) in some areas to make them attractive. The overall ambient light helps to balance my colour palette and not saturate it.

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!

 

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