Twine Tree – compete, vote and shop from the most loved illustration community

With its unique concept, New Delhi based Twine Tree is attempting to transform the art and illustration scene in India by building a community of artists and art lovers. Working with the motto “Connecting Creatives”, Twine Tree is essentially a competition platform for illustrators, artists and designers as well as a meeting place for all kinds of creatives and art lovers.
Twine Tree continually hosts fun, quirky, often themed online competitions on its platform. Every competition is an opportunity for up and coming illustrators and artists to upload their work and compete. Twine Tree users vote and shop for their favorite designs and choose the winners. The most loved illustrations join the Twine Tree collection, get featured on Twine Tree products and are sold on the online store. The artists decide the price of the products featuring their work, retain all copyrights, and earn a share on every sale.
Says Yukti, co-founder at Twine Tree, “Our mission is to fill the world with beauty through art. We’re for all who have an idea, and need a platform to showcase their talent.” An illustrator herself, she would often challenge her creative skills by giving herself a random theme to illustrate on every week. With Twine Tree and its themed competitions, she wants illustrators to get inspired, illustrate and just have fun.
Currently, Twine Tree features winning illustrations on canvases and art prints, is developing new products to feature artwork and illustrations and will be expanding into t-shirts very soon.
Twine Tree is also extending the competition concept to offline events, with an offline illustration competition series – “Illustration Playground”. The first competition is coming up at antiSocial, Hauz Khas New Delhi on the 29th of November, 2015.
Says Yukti, “Illustration Playground, as the name suggests, is a way for illustrators to come together and just have fun. Come undone from the tried, tested and been there and we offer you a topic to doodle, paint, draw, articulate and play with at our debut illustration event. So keep twining and looking forward to seeing you on the 29th”
Illustration Playground | Website | Twitter: @twinetree


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Sonali Zohra : Dangercat : Art and Graphic Design

Sonali is an illustrator, photographer and graphic designer based in Bangalore. She goes by the alias; Dangercat.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I was inclined to the arts from a very early age. As an only child, drawing was something I did to keep my mind occupied. I kept journals where I would document what I learnt in school, wrote down lyrics of songs I was listening to, even made detailed accounts of school trips through photography and drawing. I added leaves and feathers and other things along the way to the pages and soon found myself focusing on the layout of the page itself. I remember enjoying drawing, painting, writing, taking photographs and filling up those pages so much; I didn’t ever want to do anything else.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes I did, College of fine arts Bangalore. It wasn’t the best of courses, but it did give me a lot of time to wander off and explore different mediums, I went on to study photography at Light and Life Academy in Ooty.


Sharanya Kunnath : Artist And Graphic Designer

Sharanya Kunnath is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Dubai. Her work centres around spirituality, mysticism, mythology, women, and nature. She is just starting out on her career, and hopes to work in the publishing industry, and with anyone who wants her to draw pictures.

Why are you an Illustrator?
Because I love words and images, and I like to draw.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I did. I went to the American University in Dubai to study Graphic Design, and then did a Masters degree course in Illustration at the Arts University Bournemouth in England.


Vrushali Somavanshi : Interview With A Graphic Designer

Vrushali Somavanshi (Artopus) is a graphic designer, an Engineer and a pattern lover. She is also an occasional poet and loves watching films. Often looking for inspiration in the nitty gritty of things, and finding ways to communicate the commonplace observations visually through her idiosyncratic art her work ranges from colourful flat illustrations to intricately detailed pattern art. She currently is freelancing and also sells her artwork online on different types of merchandise. She has never attended a design school and is planning to pursue a Post graduation degree in Visual communication

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
A quote I read sometime back by Ira Glass kind of resonated with me, she talked about how in the beginning all of us who do creative work get into it because we have good taste and it is because of that good taste that our work keeps disappointing us, so only after time and lots of practice one day our work will be as good as our ambitions.

I think it’s the joy of being able to see my ideas come alive on paper that got me started. It’s because of the funny feeling of weird satisfaction I get when I see good typography and clean design.

Jaikishan Patel : Illustrator

An observer, born and brought up at Raigarh in the region of Chhattisgarh India, practices in the field of communication design.  Believes in design as a part of life.
Graduated from D J Academy of Design, Coimbatore in 2011. After a short experience of 2 years working in Design industry, currently perusing masters in design at Industrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai.

Communication Design
As I love it and I see it everywhere.

I am a human being, love to observe, experience and practice design. Focused in communication design, I believe if there is an honest (at times appropriate) communication, life can be understood very easily.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
Because I love it and I see it everywhere.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
It took me about 3 amazing years after finishing my higher secondary ‘education’ to find out that what I love to do can actually be the part of my education too.  I spent 4 years, trying to practice communication design at D J Academy of Design (DJAD) Coimbatore, in southern India. And currently further exploring at industrial design centre (IDC), IIT Bombay in Mumbai.

You have a distinct style of Design. How long did it take you to develop your style?
I believe that the style is something that develops on its own by the circumstances we work in. I am experiencing in different parts of India that are full of rich and contrasting stories. They all excite me to explore.


Samidha Gunjal : Animator, illustrator, Artist

She hails from a small town, and was born to a doctor couple, having said that she is always extremely passionate about her own creative career path. She chooses to display her thoughts through her illustration work. Post her Architectural days she did her Masters in Design with a specialization in Animation from IDC, IIT Bombay. Now working as a freelance artist mainly into illustrations, 2D animation, comic art and painting.

Why are you an Illustrator?
It was child’s play in the beginning; I started writing the stories from my childhood and loved to read kids novels. Spent hours trying to understand the concept of story telling. Going ahead with the passion I choose to create my own illustrated world by story telling and drawing. After completing my Architecture, I got into IDC, IIT for my further studies in Animation. While working on concept art I realized the passion for Illustration and I made my illustration work my medium of communication. With the great admiration from my faculties I went ahead and illustrated my first Children’s book for Scholastic.


Minal Dusane Mali : Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Minal Dusane Mali is a Mumbai based aspiring illustrator & Graphic Designer. She is also a co-founder of ‘Yomy Designs’. Her passion for art makes everything easy for her. She loves to experiment with different styles & various mediums. Her expertise lies in Character designing, Story-boarding & Vector Info-graphics. She has worked with variety of clients that includes Reliance Digital Tv, HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum), TVS Scooty Pep, 48 Hours Film Project, Axe Deodorant (HUL), Asian Paints, Bajaj Allianz Travel Insurance, AD2Campaign, Nimbuzz, Dum Maaro Dum Movie, Bombay Se (Dubai), Ekam Amritsari Kitchen, Godrej Hair Dye etc.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I believe, illustrations & designs are a strong medium of communication. Right from my childhood days, my frequent visits to art schools & exhibitions inspired me to take graphic design & illustration as a profession. I developed a strong liking for the subject by constant practice & improvisation. For me it’s a way to express my ideas & thoughts.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes. I graduated Bachelor in Fine Arts from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai. Having spent 4 years at the art collage I honed my design skills and also learned the practical application of my creative ideas.


Rahul Babu Narayanan

“I am an illustrator and designer based in Bangalore, India. I graduated with a BFA in Applied Arts from College of FineArts Thrissur, Kerala. I am  currently working as a designer in Chumbak.
Apart from dreaming visuals all day long, I love watching abstract movies, listening to great melodies and riding my bicycle all over town.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I started drawing ever since I was a kid. Of course, it was just a hobby then. After schooling I realised that Art is my world and I didn’t want to do anything that didn’t involve art.

Charbak Dipta : Illustrations

Charbak Dipta is a Commercial Illustrator,cartoonist and graphic storyteller. An M.A. In Philosophy from Jadavpur University,Kolkata, he started his career as an illustrator in the Times of India.He worked for various tabloids, magazines in between as a cartoonist and illustrator. Currently he is working as a freelance illustrations and writing comic books all over the world. Charbak Dipta is also a trained singer/musician from ITC SRA, Kolkata and Calcutta School of Music.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I primarily consider myself a story teller.  The best way to tell stories is the audio-visual medium but since its a very costly and one of the most toilsome job,  I prefer illustrating my ideas.  Here I am an one man team with control in everything from lighting to body language and that is without any barrier.  Thus, I illustrate.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Never. I am a self taught artist. I think art cannot be taught just like the 1st ever painters i. e.  the cavemen.  They did not learnt painting from anyone.

Rakesh Nanda : Illustrator, Film Maker

Lipuster is the pen name of Rakesh Nanda, an award winning animation film maker, comic book artist and illustrator, who works mostly form the city of Mumbia in India.  He passed out with a Masters in Animation and Film Design from IDC, IIT Bombay in 2010 and has been freelancing since. He tries to capture the beauty of the ordinary everyday things around us, through his drawings and words.
You can see more of his works at his website here.

“I’m in a journey, like everyone else, of finding myself. I have been drawing through school and after finishing my engineering, got a chance to pursue art professionally by getting through the Masters in Design Program at IIT Bombay. Since then I’ve been doing various illustration and animation projects for a lot of different clients and have been learning and improving with each. I’m also spiritually inclined (meditation and stuff) and am pretty sure that art and spirit are very closely related and the development of one leads to the development of the other.”

Why are you an Illustrator/film maker?
I’ve always loved to draw and tell stories through them. And for a long time from my schooldays I felt I was pretty good at it (that’s not what I feel now). That’s why I pursued it, in the hope of becoming one of the best in it.