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Vibhav Singh is a Bangalore-based artist and illustrator who has a penchant for storytelling. After gaining popularity in the indie music scene for innovative album arts and event posters now he is keen to take his creative venture, Studio Sideline, forward.

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After working with Achint Thakkar, he collaborated with Anuv on two more artworks, plus he also recently worked with Tejas for his new album “Outlast”, creating four pieces in total. Now, he is keen to take his creative venture, Studio Sideline, forward.

Illustration and Storytelling by Vibhav Singh

It all started with the love of reading. When he was growing up, his favourite books were sci-fi and fantasy stories, and he always loved the cover illustrations that came with them. He became increasingly fascinated by the storytelling by these images over the years, and it soon turned into a full-fledged career path.

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He also found music extremely compelling, and in college, he began to make artworks inspired by music. These caught the eye of some people in the indie arts community, and it eventually led him to make posters for Sofar Sounds.

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There has been no looking back ever since. He has been working on a lot of projects with Converse, Kulture Shop, and Netflix—just to name a few. He has even designed cover artworks for some of Audible’s original stories. His collaboration with Converse as part of their Peace campaign, where he was one of the 9 artists selected from around the world.

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As he continued to achieve his artistic dreams, Studio Sideline was born. Four storytellers combine their creativity and skills to bring the kind of stories they always wanted to tell but never had the manpower to pull off. ‘Our vision is to tell stories that have heart, and to execute them at the highest quality,’ says Vibhav.

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What inspired the illustrators to start this company was the large number of people who are returning to illustration as a means of self-expression and storytelling. A range of exciting possibilities has been added to illustration by the digital medium, constantly blurring of lines between illustration, animation, fine art, installation art etc. In fact, movie posters, album covers, and books have been using more illustrated art. 2D animated films are popular once again, as they represent an appreciation for hand-drawn artwork.

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The secret recipe beyond all this is establishing a successful client-designer relationship. Vibhav’s solution — contracts. Having an idea of the kind of work you do and the way you do it helps to set boundaries for your clients so that everyone knows what to expect.

Setting terms, boundaries, and commercials, preferably in the form of a contract, he recommends that goes a long way.

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Vibhav is still building up his portfolio with unique explorations of storytelling. When asked about what he wants to work on next, he answered, ‘I would love to work on anything that’s narrative-based, primarily book cover illustrations and zines.’

You can uncover the artistic vision of Vibhav Singh creations on his website and follow him along on his visual art pieces on Instagram.

 

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Stories lay at the core and crux of most art forms. Depicting the same, NID student Yamini Sujan, elaborates on her own storytelling process through illustration.

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Narrating Stories Through Illustrations!

Yamini Sujan is an aspiring Animator and illustrator currently studying at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. A keen illustrator focused on storytelling, she finds expression through 2D animation, ‘Ribbon’ and ‘Whilom’ being her pilot classroom projects.

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Narrating Stories Through Illustrations!

CG. You seem like a dreamer from your work. Is it so? What influences your works most and how?

Yamini. Real-life experiences are the key to most of my works. Small stories that I want to tell. They might be the nostalgic ones or the current issues happening around. I tend to add a few fictional elements to all those experiences. Maybe that’s why I look like a dreamer.

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CG. Tell us about NID Ahmedabad. How are the experiences as an art student and personally too?

Yamini. NID is beyond words. As I always say, NID is like a home away from home. It has a major role in improving me as an individual. To grow, learn, unlearn, come out of my comfort zone, explore and so much more. Design with more ethics and empathy is what they stand for. Storytelling and the aesthetic part of art is what I chose NID for. I’ve had opportunities to meet very interesting personalities in different fields in the form of guides, faculties and college mates, all of whom I adore.

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CG. Please tell us about your use of dark shades, vibrant colours and watercolour textures across your illustrations. Please elaborate on the idea.

Yamini. As a kid, I took my initial steps into art through traditional mediums involving water, oil and acrylic colours. That is where the style comes from. Most of my artworks have textures and I’m trying to recreate the feel of these mediums digitally. Traditional art has a huge place in my heart.

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CG. Which clients and line(s) of work are you keenly looking forward to and what makes you choose them?

Yamini. Currently, I’m more into creating Illustrations and exploring the aesthetic and emotional sides to them. I also wish to create illustrations for books, concept arts, background art and storyboarding. Likewise, I really want to be part of good projects and create my own little stories alongside.

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CG. Do you intend to study further or not really? What’s your perspective behind the choice?

Yamini. I’m always wanting and willing to learn something new. I currently plan to learn something that enhances my storytelling skills. Literature, sociology and psychology are subjects I’ve always been interested in. They would be a really great way to improve my view of storytelling as, in a way, they’re all connected.

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CG. Which artists would you like to collaborate with, if you were given a wish? What about them draws you?

Yamini. There are so many great artists and studios that I have always wanted to collaborate with. Upamanyu Bhattacharyya is a great person with whom I have always wanted to collaborate with, as I have earlier. He has been my faculty and guide, too. Currently, I’m working on a Children’s book which is sponsored by him and Swati Shelhar. I’ve worked on some background art of his and Kalp’s film, ‘Wade’, too. We always learn something new from Upamanyu and the way he takes care of the artwork – that’s something I always admire. Same with Debjyothi Saha. He is an amazing senior and creates very unique content. There are many more college mates, seniors and emerging filmmakers whom I’d like to work with. Also studios like Ghost animation, Vaibhav Studios, Eeksaurous, Eunoians, Kokkaachi… The list is endless. They all create the best animations in India.

CG. How has your experience been in learning your craft at a premier institute?

Yamini. Studying at NID is an exploration. It gives us the opportunity to explore areas we’ve never tried before. Film-making was never a thing in my farthest dreams. Yet, at the end of the day, I created a small animated film. Learning practically is the main aspect of NID. Several group projects and discussions (inside and outside the class) helped me to grow as a designer and human. Even the small talks we have during chai-time matter. These talks and ideas may turn into films or books one day.



CG. Please take us through your most satisfying project, from start to end.

Yamini. ‘Ribbon’ is the most satisfying project I’ve ever done and is very close to my heart. The project is inspired by some real-life experiences.

Fear always exists in our society – most women can relate to this situation. Eve teasing itself is an outrageous modesty. Somehow, though, it’s so common in our society. That induces insecurities. As a female and most of my friends have experienced some or the other kind of inappropriate behaviour; that is where this story came from. It has real feelings, though it has been set in a fictional background. Most of the elements in it are real.

I was really confused about this project, initially; I didn’t know how people would take it. However, at the end of the project, there were some, including those from my close circle, who talked to me about similar experiences that were pestering them. I was really moved by their responses. They could relate to that fear and come talk to me about it. Catharsis, the flow of emotions, happened. I listened, consoled, gained strength and we connected. It was then that I realized the magic of storytelling and connecting.

CG. Please tell us about your animation films, Whilom and Ribbon.

Yamini. Both Ribbon and Whilom are my classroom projects. Whilom is the first-ever animated film we made. It was a group project of the 4th semester, guided by Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, where we learnt the baby steps of film-making. The pre-production stage, production stage and everything involved were new. All six members with different ideas came together with the purpose of creating a unified film. It was an interesting process and learning, on the whole. We split the roles to reduce the amount of work per person.

‘Ribbon’, meanwhile, was an individual project. Guided by Suman Chakraborthy, all the pre-production and production (including sound design) was solely my responsibility. Most of these were new to me but I tried. And Ribbon was born.

This project is really close to my heart! I was so overwhelmed when it got selected for the Bangalore International Short Film Festival and some other festivals too. Most importantly, it is the responses of the viewers that drives me forward. I hope I can create more such films, illustrations and stories.

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For an artwork to be complete in an emotional and outstanding manner, characters and stories contribute as inevitable components. Danny Jose is a staunch follower of this theory, clearly evident in all his works.

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Illustrations for Canvs Club

An engineer by profession but an artist and designer at heart, Danny has sketched for his entire life! The Internet and the online community of artists worked as a medium for him to polish his skills and gain confidence to step into the real world.

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Daaham, Malayali’s life

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Naadodi, Malayali’s life

His journey began by illustrating medical procedures and scientific drawings for a journal. Alongside, he developed a taste for fine cinema only to realise that his illustrations had a major missing factor, stories. Once he incorporated these stories in his work, then came in his big break of being hired as a story-board artist.

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Illustration for Dunzo.in

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Monkey Business

Constructing scenes and shots like in cinema and incorporating stories in them, Danny prefers to have characters in all his illustrations as they bring forth the emotional aspect of the scenario.

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Illustrations for Sasken Technologies for their annual report

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His personal projects serve as a platform for him to express his own design-style and storytelling. He very gracefully, transformed his explorations of shapes and poses into monkeys from different walks of life, defining his genre of art and style.

Illustration for Sasken Technologies for their annual report

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With his clients reaching out to him for his way of art and story-telling, he uses this strength to his advantage to move forward. Believing in the core principles of mutual understanding, trust and respect in collaborative work, Danny is still on the hunt for his ‘A’ team to expand his work profile.

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Published in Issue 44

Who doesn’t want to become famous, when everyone knows your name and especially for us designer, it is the basic dream every design student or young artist dream. But behind every successful studio, artist or designer there are stories of challenges, struggles and their unique solutions to these. With this issue, we interviewed many well-known names from the creative industry and found their different learnings and experiences behind making their own self as a brand. So, if you are looking to establish yourself as a brand in the creative market or already in the process of it, this issue is a must-read. Full of insights and inspirations from the best of the talents, this issue is waiting to reach your desks.

 


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Chaitanya studied Character Animation at the online Animation school, AnimationMentor. He is an illustrator, animator and visual storyteller, who always enjoys bringing stories to life and evoking emotions through his illustration. While working at studios like Dreamworks Animation India, MPC Film and Prana he contributed on the VFX for ‘The Jungle Book’ and other Animated films and TV shows.

 

Times of India and Deccan Herald have published his illustration and he has also illustrated many book covers. He loves to illustrate in different styles, in a way that suits the material.

 

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Lucas Wakamatsu, a Brazilian illustrator puts together a vibrant collection of illustrations that depict the stories and voices of different people. Through the course of this project, Lucas talks to people and empathises with their dreams, wishes, emotions and feelings to create reflective illustrations.

 

His illustrative style and beautiful compositions bring the personalities to life. The colours perfectly add to the story like mood. The attention to detail and texturing cannot be missed as they immensely add to the engaging experience.

 

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