The only way to describe this guy is the word “Metalhead”. Its pretty evident from his appearance that how much he love Metal music as the 80% of the time you see he is wearing black tshirts with prints of his favourite bands. He is a great person with a nice sense of humour. An explorer of various different skills. Thats him.
“I am a Computer Science Engineer, now a to be designer pursuing Information Arts & Information Design Practices from Srishti, Bengaluru. Heavy Metal music is my daily drug. I do play a little bit of guitar and also Tabla. I enjoy watching TV series, Hollywood movies, Rockumentaries etc. and the only anime that I love is DBZ. Apart from that I am a big foodie and I love to cook.”
Why are you an Illustrator?
Illustrating or designing stuff are one of the ways to unleash your critical thinking and apply it to create a visual form. Initially when I was a kid, I had a book in which I used to draw only Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon characters. It used to make me feel happy and satisfied just replicating that exact form myself. That feeling has driven me till where I am now and whatever I design or illustrate is nothing but the product of my satisfaction.
Did you attend school for fine art or design?
No. I am Computer Science Engineer from New Horizon College of Engineering, Bengaluru.
You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
Well, I try incorporate different styles according to the need of the project having referenced and inspired from various works of extraordinary artists. I am still unsure of any specific style that I possess.
Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
My grandmother is a brilliant artist and a painter. I guess I get the creative genes from there. Apart from that the only role models I could look up to were on the Television in Media and Cartoon. So, whatever appealed to me became my role model.
Who was the most influential personality on your career in Illustrations?
No one I would say. I have been in the process of learning since day one and I still am. Every mentor, friend or critic that I have come across till date has influenced and helped my work become for what it is.
What made you decide to become a freelance illustrator? When did you start freelancing? Do you illustrate for advertising?
I am not a freelancer. I am a fresher in the design community struggling to make my way through with some big goals in mind.
Are many advertising agencies getting illustrations made these days? Do you work more with agencies or publishers?
Illustrations and digital art is very in these days. Companies and Startups want their brand to look the best. And the only way to showcase that, is visually. Its a survival of the fittest out there. This graphic and visual hunger of every startup or company has opened wide doors for graphic designers which is a great thing. Hopefully our future won’t be jobless.
Was there any time when you wanted to quit Illustrations?
Apart from laziness nothing has been a hurdle. I can never think to quit illustrating. It is my only escape to not end up as a Software Engineer like most of my Engineering friends.
Have you considered turning your illustrations into toys?
Any other Indian Illustrators who you admire?
I admire the works of Gaurav Basu(Acid Toad), Munz TDT and Reuben Bhattacharya(Visual Amnesia). Since I am more into Metal music so I like to follow their work.
Do you have any favorite fellow illustrators or resources relating to your fields?
Adhemas Batista, Daniel Nyari, Christopher Lovell, Pzychopart and Mark Riddick would be my current top 5.
You have such a wide experience as a top working professional. What advice do you have for aspiring creative professionals? Would you advise them to take on Illustration as a career option? Is it paying well enough?
Well, I am yet to discover that myself if it is paying well or not. But, I have really high hopes it will, as I feel I got into this field right on time. Given that I am having this interview as a fresher with not much experience is an achievement in itself for me. For my aspiring juniors I would just say that, if your work is good, people will appreciate it and if it is not then work for it to get better. Though failure is an important teacher, it should not be a setback. Finally, never compromise on QUALITY.
Whats your dream project?
I am already pursuing it as we speak. I have just finished shooting and interviewing phase for my upcoming rockumentary “Progenies of a Counterculture” which will be addressing the past and present scenario of the Heavy metal subculture in India and also will be an awareness tool for those who are oblivious or have misconceptions regarding this bizarre form of music. I released a teaser poster for the same a day ago. Do check it out below!
Mac or PC?
PC. Though I have worked on Mac but I am a windows person from childhood so PC has been convenient. Actually, I am just waiting for my future company to gift me a Mac coz I do not plan on spending a single buck for that expensive stuff.
Who would you like to take out for dinner?
Any person who is hungry to spend endlessly on food and would like my company.
What’s on your iPod?
My description says it all. I have a huge playlist of heavy, death, groove and technical death metal bands such as Metallica, Godsmack, Behemoth, Lamb of God, Mesuggah, Gojira etc. But I also listen to a variety of different music in various languages as well.
Whats your Twitter Handle?
Yes I do. twitter.com/aalhadbhake