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India’s vividness is a great inspiration for designers galore. From culture and traditions to behaviour and insights, a plethora of concepts lie hidden in this multicultural land. Graphic Designer, Somdutt Sarkar, explores this rich culture to translate them into memorable design.

 

Embedded with cultural symbolism, his design combines Indian animals with a truck-art inspired appeal to create wall art that stands out. Quirky, native and attention grabbing, Somdutt’s artwork is laden with patterns, Indian motifs and meaning. Creating designs that satiate not only standards of aesthetics, but also practicality and timelessness, he says that designs can’t be simply a frivolous act of creation. “I try and incorporate some meaning in my designs, be it using an obscure art form or giving work to skilled craftsmen.” says Somdutt. Surely, his designs are not just show pieces.

 

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The world is a beautiful and balanced composition of humans and animals where currently an imbalance has been created between the two. Rohan Dahotre has translated his love for animals into illustrations in an attempt to create awareness and restore this balance.

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Giant Panda, Inktober - Endangered species
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Cat-ba Langur
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Emperor Tamarin

An unhindered interest to watch animal documentaries and amazed by the behaviour of animals, Rohan names Nature as his biggest inspiration in life and accredits it for where he stands today in his professional career of being an illustrator, specifically illustrating animals.

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Toothless. Rohan’s pet cat and roommate
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Black Buck. Apparel print for Chumbak

An animal lover by nature, Rohan studies and observes animals in terms of their form, characteristics, behaviour, colour, patterns, texture and habitat. With an aim to make people aware about the existence of these creatures and the beauty that lies within them, he took to drawing animal portraits.

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Indigo Owls. Pattern designed for Chumbak
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Lynx, Inktober - Endangered species

Inspired by tribal art in general and African doodles lately, Rohan began experimenting with doodles of tribal patterns on photographs of animals in the wild. An extremely positive response to his first doodled-Rhino on social media motivated him to the extent that he created an entire series based on tribal art doodle on animals.

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Lion. Apparel print for Chumbak
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Letter D Owl. 36 Days of Type
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Mandril, Something Sketchy

Living for Animals!

Describing himself as a versatile artist, Rohan tries out different kinds of styles. He is of the opinion that using the tools of pen and ink help him in strengthening the foundations of his of artworks and keeping his basics in place.

 

The excellency of his skills earned him an opportunity to doodle for Google and work with WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.

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Slender Loris Inktober - Endangered species
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Darwin’s Fox. Previously classified as critically endangered by ICUN but in 2016 down listed as endangered
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Bat, Inktober - Endangered species

Full of an undying love and an undiminished devotion towards the protection for animals, he loves working on projects involving nature and animal conservation. Rohan is presently working on a few personal illustrations on the endangered species while also illustrating for children’s books.

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Pygmy Three-toed Sloth, Inktober - Endangered species
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Indigo Owls. Pattern designed for Chumbak
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Challenge Yourself, Go Beyond!

Not such a big fan of type art, he still took up the challenge of ’36 days of type’ only for his love towards animals and came up with a series called “Owlfabets”, owls in alphabets, drawing owls, keeping the style clean and minimal and yet not losing the identity.

 

Rohan recommends the budding artists to carry a sketchbook everywhere they go as inspiration can be found in the bizarrest of the places and then comes the need to have a place to pour that thought onto.

The future is full of endless possibilities. Create your own.

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Orang-utan, Inktober - Endangered species
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Happy Birthday. Illustrated for a friend’s birthday
Issue 44 - Creative Gaga

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. Though they all have a different take on this topic, still they all unanimously emphasise on focusing on their skills and quality delivery of the final outcome. 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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