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In the world of innumerable artists and their brilliant artwork, inspirations are everywhere. Follow the top 30 Indian illustrators and be a go-getter!

With digital art and illustrations picking up rapidly in the market, its time to be updated with it and know some of the masters performing it beautifully in their own unique styles.

 

Read through the list of best 30 Indian illustrators, know their styles and get inspired!

1. Aaron Pinto

The senior designer for MTV India, Aaron Pinto is a multi-talented young lad, commonly known as Kidsquidy. He is not only a graphic designer and an illustrator, but also a drummer for two Mumbai based metal bands, Providence and Gutslit.

 

A true lover of music and an ever-ready challenge acceptor, he works with different bands helping them recreate visions to go hand-in-hand with the type of music they make, designing the brand merchandise for them and their album art work as well.

 


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2. Abhishek Singh

A graduate from NID Ahmedabad, Abhishek Singh is an artist, graphic novelist and an animation film designer. He has worked for animation projects with Cartoon Network, a series of Virgin Comics and UTV in collaboration with Shekhar Kapoor and Deepak Chopra.

 

He believes in the fact that an illustration is all about a story and the story-tellers. For him, the character is the plot and the plot is the character. You can discover a character to tell your story by knowing his insights and following his tips here.

 


3. Aditya Chari

An illustrator, character designer and a concept artist, Aditya Chari, a B.F.A graduate from Sir J. J School of Art, has been on the team of many different movies for character designing. Not only is this, he has created artworks of varied kinds ranging from photoshop and demo portraits to nudes and rapid sketches.

 

Aditya has designed and made illustrations for major brands and big advertising companies like, Forbes, Mudra, O&M, MTV Asia and Leo Burnett to name a few. With a count of more than 1500 portraits tagged to his name, he is also the author of two art books, Portrait techniques made easy and Figure study made easy, used as study guides by students.

 


4. Alicia D’Souza

Exposed to many different cultures, Alicia Souza is a freelance illustrative designer residing in Bangalore. Loving to draw and never stopping, Alicia successfully and very easily transformed her passion for art into her profession of illustration and comic art. Her work has appeared internationally in children’s books, magazines and news-papers.

 

After having worked for many different brands of reputed honor like Google, Yahoo, Tanishq and The Times of India to name a few, Alicia moved on to set up her successful quirky business venture to create a happy business that makes you smile wide!

 


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5. Anand Radhakrishna

Anand Radhakrishna is a freelance Mumbai-based illustrator. For him, the artwork is not about picking up a style and sticking through it, instead, he makes his artwork as a journey of surprises and discoveries.

 

His passion for storytelling in any medium got him to explore traditional mediums to express the mysteries and to enlighten the darkness that people and the world carry with them. His inspiration comes from masters like Moebius, Alphonse Mucha etc.

 


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6. Anant Kulkarni

Having grown an interest in visual and pictorial forms while a student at the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, freelance Illustrator and Designer, Anant Kulkarni, went on to work with various publications and later taught as a professor at the same prestigious institute from where he graduated.

 

His art follows a simple ideology of engaging visual communication through basic shapes. Transforming objects into forms using geometrical shapes, he keeps his audience engrossed in the visuals, maintaining their curiosity.

 



7. Arshad Sayyed

Capturing local flavours in the complexity of a muted colour palette, Arshad Sayyed is a Mumbai-based designer and illustrator, graduated from Sir. J.J School of Applied Arts. Following his belief, “To fill every heart with art”, Arshad has been successful in setting up his own venture, Wallcano, specialising in environmental graphics, space branding and graffiti.

 

He feels that for a designer it is important to stick to the roots while following the aspirations and moving closer to ones’ dreams.

 


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8. Ashish Subhash Boyne

A fresh graduate from Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art, Ashish Subhash Boyne is an Illustrator and Graphic designer based in Mumbai who started freelancing while still at college. According to him, the world is full of opportunities, one just needs to know which and when to take one.

 

He has own mantra for a bright freelance career and ascertains the fact that showcasing everyday stories in a refreshing manner can open doors to a ‘not so every day’ life!

 


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9. Gajanan D. Nirphale

Participating in state-level drawing competitions and winning trophies worked wonders for Gajanan D. Nirphale and served as his inspiration to earn a degree in Applied Arts and jump into the field of illustration.

 

Being a part of different publication houses like DNA and Zee Media boosted his confidence in experimenting with different styles across a wide range of projects like building storyboards, character designing and portraits.

 

An optimist by nature, he takes up challenges and considers them to be advantages as they help him up his skills in this fast-growing world, both personally and professionally.

 


10. Harshvardhan Kadam

Harshvardhan Kadam conceives, perceives and executes his experiences through visuals. He has illustrated characters for graphic novels and children’s books and has also served as an Art Director for animation and live-action films for various production houses across India. 

 

His artwork and illustrations are not just limited to books and papers but goes out to reach the community through one of most effective means, which is mural and wall art.

 


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11. Lavanya Naidu

A graduate from the National Institute of Design, Lavanya Naidu is an illustrator and animator. She has had the opportunity to have been a part of the designing team at Google, Ted X, Cartoon Network and the likes.

 

An optimist about almost everything in her life, the same is reflected in her artwork as well. She wishes to spread the positive energy and induce happiness through work. She believes in taking up the work one is passionate about and allows for a persons’ growth, both professional and personal.

 


12. Lokesh Karekar

Founder-director of LOCOPOPO Design Studio, Lokesh Karekar is a visual artist specializing in illustration and design. Having worked for design firms like Grandmother India and Alok Nanda, he likes experimenting with new tools and techniques like paper-art, collage, clay-modelling and others.

 

Lokesh’s LOCOPOCO Studio believes in discussing the idea rather than too much referencing. The focus is on identity design, to create images and illustrations for a simple and luxury design.

 



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13. Lovely Kukreja

With his career beginning as a computer operator, Lovely Kukreja did not give up hope and pursued his passion as a commercial artist. Now, with over twelve years of experience in Game Art and Content Management, he runs his own gaming studio, White Mice Media. He is also an independent art and design consultant with a specialisation in childrens’ books illustrations.

 

In addition to his gaming studio, he paints different aspects of Indian mythology and sells merchandise products. While illustrating, he follows the principle of 3M’s: Meditation, Motivation and Manifestation.

 


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14. Manasi Parikh

A graduate from NID in Animation Film Design, Manasi Parikh now experiments with illustrations, animations, textiles, painting, sculptures and spaces.

 

Fascinated by the fact that how everything in the world is woven together to create the existing social fabric, she loves understanding stories around her and documenting the same through her drawings.

 

Art and drawing for Manasi never called for a conscious effort to make things relevant, it all just fell into place, organically. She proposes that one should let the inner-self flow through illustrations.

 


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15. Meroo Seth

Meero Seth is a trained graphic designer from MIT Institute of Design, Pune. Her excellent skills in the field of illustrations got her an opportunity to intern at one of the in-demand brands, Chumbak. Presently, she is working in a Motion Graphic Design studio, Breakfast of Champions.

 

She follows trails of fun, curiosity, happiness and playfulness when working on her illustrations and feels that emotions are the most important factors to consider while creating balanced colour palettes. Her style is all about mixing the right colours.

 


16. Mira Malhotra

A designer, visual artist and illustrator, Mira Malhotra is a NID, Ahmedabad graduate who started her boutique studio, Kohl, in 2013 which reflects Indian culture and heritage in all of its works.

 

Following the idea of ‘Glocal’, she merges the local content with a global treatment to contemporarize it, yet allowing the design to openly speak Indian. The thought that cultures cannot be preserved in glass cases, got her moulding them in a way that they remain to continue in a time-relevant manner.

 


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17. Mohan Sonawane

Graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J.J Institute of Applied Arts, Mohan Sonawane has received various awards for his excellence in the field of illustration and graphic designing. His desire and passion for the field got him to develop his skills as a concept artist and also as an illustrator.

 

Spreading his knowledge of art with the world, he has shared a step by step tutorial on how to create a portrait with perfection.

 


18. Parvati Pillai

Parvati Pillai discovered her passion for illustration during her Bachelors of Animation which got her working for Chumbak and Tinkle. She pursued her Masters’ from Finland which opened up may doors for her to be a part of publications and brands like Google and its likes.

 

She believes in the fact that trying out new styles and forms of illustration are key for a designer to grow at one’s craft. She is ever-ready to take up challenges and perform story-telling through different styles of illustration.

 


19. Pooja Bhapkar

Pooja Bhapkar is an illustrator and graphic designer, experienced in branding and packaging, who now works in finding motion graphic solution with a UK based studio.

 

If understood in depth and detail, the Hindu mythology is informative and scientific. According to Pooja, history and mythology relate to our present and it is an illustrators’ task to modernise the traditional in a creative form, for it to become a story to be understood by everyone.

 


20. Prakash Thombre

Design entrepreneur, artist and Motorcycle nomad, Prakash Thombre captures a whole lot of views during his travel-times and later uses them as references to create the masterpieces seen in his portfolio.

 

His 25-year career spans an array of various media & industries, blending UX design, visual design, branding and technology to create compelling user experience across form factors.

 

He believes in finding spontaneous narratives in real life personalities and loves developing them on his canvas.

 


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21. Pracheta Banerjee

A self-taught painter, painting since she was only 11, Pracheta Banerjee is a young, Kolkata-based illustrator and comic book artist, currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia at St.Xavier’s College.

 

Obsessed with the eerie side of beauty, which leaves a heavy and mysterious impact making one curious about the unknown, her works are inspired from Greek Mythology and basic human emotions. Always exploring ways to convey stories through her works, she feels that the Dark Causes Delight to Create Eerie Beauty!

 


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22. Priyanka Karyekar

Graduated in Communication Design from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Priyanka Karyekar is an illustrator and designer based out of Pune. She believes that for an artist to truly evolve, one must follow the 3 H’s which are the Head, the Heart and the Hands, symbolically representing ideation, empathy towards people and skills to execute ideas respectively.

 

She uses a concept-based approach for her artwork as she theorizes that there needs to be a strong concept behind every illustration.

 


Versatile Designer

23. Rahul Arora

Rahul Arora is a Mumbai based freelance digital illustrator. Believing in the fact that being versatile is a game changer in digital art, 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!

 


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24. Ritaban Das

A character designer, illustrator and storyboard artist, Ritaban Das has an experience of working in the animation & gaming industry for almost 9 long years and is presently working as an Art Director at Sparky Entertainment, an animation studio in Chennai.

 

His work is mostly character driven, where he blends in humour and graphic designing, wanting to convey a story with every character that he creates. Ritaban as a visual communication artist feels that it is important to portray a complete story or image to the reader and keeping this in mind he tries to narrate stories in a single frame.

 



25. Rohan Dahotre

An animation designer from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Rohan Dahotre is a Pune-based illustrator who has an experience of working in the animation and gaming industry for about 2 years and is currently working with Chumbak.

 

Greatly inspired by nature, Rohan adds depth and detail through shapes and patterns to animal photos to give it a new identity.

 

Through his illustrations, Rohan attempts at enhancing the magnificence of the natural world, hoping that people will understand and respect these creatures and their habitat.

 


26. Sameer kulavoor

Producing work which is the result of the intersection of contemporary illustration, graphic design and art, Sameer Kulavoor is a Mumbai-based designer and visual artist. He is the founder and director of Bombay Duck Designs, an independent illustration design studio and self-publishers.

 

Featured and interviewed by many different publications, he has been on the list of GQ India – 50 most influential men for two consecutive years of 2015 and 2016 and he also made it to Forbes India – 30 Under 30 in 2013.

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27. Siddhi Ranade

With a Commercial Arts degree from L. S. Raheja School of Arts, Mumbai, Siddhi Ranade explored new styles and developed a taste for stories while working with Ravi Jadhav Films. Siddhi’s illustrations are an art of tale-telling expressed through the use of colors which he derives from the life of his subjects.

 

His take on the field is that an artist needs to be up-to-date with the industry and that the artwork.

 


28. Shaivalini Kumar

A Visual Communication Designer, Shaivalini Kumar primarily works with illustration and typography. She specializes in “illustrated type”, an avenue of type design which combines the fields of illustration and graphic design. She is a firm believer of the fact that extraordinary designs are created by finding magic in the ordinary and mundane!

 

Through her work, she has been able to connect and communicate with people, engaged in different fields, from all over the world and has also been featured in many different publications. Confident about her work, she believes that you can judge books by the cover!

 



Versatility

29. Shreya Gulati

Shreya Gulati is an illustrator and an animator who graduated from the Institute of Design, Pune and is presently working as the head of design at RKSV. She is a person who enjoys a variety of things like eating street food, ogling old English architecture and playing with stray cats and she also brings this versatility in her work. 

 

For Shreya, inspiration is not something that is acquired but it is the objects, visuals, words or anything that influence a person and seep into ones’ memory. She is of the opinion that versatility and having a unique point of view goes hand in hand!

 


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30. Yogesh Bhusare

Graduated from D.Y. Patil College of Applied Arts & Crafts, Pune, illustrator Yogesh Bhusare dreamt of creating master pieces and hitting it big early by working towards his design and product brand since the day he graduated.

 

Working with various companies, he picked up tricks of the trade and was successful in launching his design and product brand AWWSOME. Loving to try out different and new styles, Yogesh feels that experimenting brings you closer to your masterpiece.

 


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With the vision of his masterpiece shining bright in his mind, illustrator Yogesh Bhusare has been working towards his design and product brand since the day he graduated. Expanding his knowledge and skills regularly, he has worked with well-known clients and is close to achieve his dream. Here are the highlights of the conversation with him.

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Tribal India. Fusing tribal art with the new tincture of modern vibrant colours; this is the artists take on India, a land of rich cultural heritage and exotic art forms.

Urging himself to experiment with styles and daily referencing has broadened illustrator, Yogesh Bhusare’s portfolio and helped in his transition from an event agency to Taproot India to an art director at Leo Burnett. Picking up positives from his work place combined with sheer hard work has led him to display his thoughts that are close to materialising into his masterpiece.

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Arty truck. Inspired by Indian Trucks, the illustration for the counter portrays the vibrant colours and different languages of Indian culture delivering one common message of thanking the customers who shop from this counter.

CG. From minimal illustration to multiple image collage to freehand doodling, you seem to be trying all the different styles. How does it help you and which one of these styles you enjoy most?
YB. I love experimenting with styles. I usually do a lot of referencing and that’s like a daily habit for me. When I come across something that is new and inspiring, I try to experiment with it, adding my sense of art. My personal style involves much of doodling, but I am inclined more towards experimenting rather than sticking to one style. An awesome concept in mind will just be useless without the proper skill, discipline and style to make them.

Tribute from Heart. This was a small art tribute given by the artist for our loved president and the rocket man of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.

CG. How do colours, detailing and typography make themselves heard on your canvas?
YB. Colours represent the mood that an artist is in while typography is like the feelings. Every artist uses them to display the thoughts he has in his head. Detailing is the factor of patience and the satisfaction of the artist.

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Now or Never. As day turns into night in this illustration, the rapt human is frozen into inaction much like the city he lives in. The words, “Better Now than Never” capture the dialogue running through this man’s mind.

CG. You have worked with many big bands, so how do you manage to engage them with your illustrations?
YB. I see them through my perception as a common man and what would bring that sense of attachment and engagement to me when I see the brand. I then try to incorporate the same in my work

Modern Sanyaasi. A theme that exists across the religions, is taking Sanyaas i.e. abandoning the settled life and walking one’s way to godliness. This doodle reflects the concept in a modern way.

CG. How do you develop a client-designer relationship? How does that help or hinder the design process?
YB. Communication and transparency between designer and client lead to trust, flexibility, diplomacy, collaboration and creativity. Designers are not the mind readers, so it is important for designers and clients to develop a partnership by working together, collaborating ideas and asking questions that explore and specify all key factors, details, and goals of a project. This helps the designer to develop his art and makes the whole process easy

Holy Men of India. Animate and inanimate, all are worshipped in India. This piece is an abstract portrait of the symbol of everything holy in India viz a Hindu sadhu.

CG. What is your dream project? How close are you to achieving the same?
YB. My Dream project is to own a design and product brand, and I am close to it I believe! In fact, I have just started my own brand on a small level. My brand name is AWWSOME and eventually will see it growing with time.

Space Age Ganesha. Doodling has no bounds; this theme is most clear in the technological avatar of Lord Ganesha shown here as created by electronic tools and gadgets.

CG. Your advice for the young illustrator on achieving the early success in career?
YB. Many people just dream about what you have and wish they had a career like yours to carve the thoughts on a paper. If you have the passion and you are lucky enough to be in the profession of your choice, make the best out of it

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This is a rebranding special issue focused on finding the answers to some of the basic questions like what is the right time for re-branding? or what all needs changing and how exactly? We interviewed some of the best branding studios like Landor Mumbai, Elephant, VGC, Inchwork, and many more. If you are considering rebranding or want to learn more about the art of doing it then this issue is a must read. So, go ahead!

 

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