Hari Kumar : Illustrations and Graphic Design

Hari Kumar graduated from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. He has a passion for illustration amd graphic design. He enjoys illustrating for children and creating his own characters and environments.He also loves playing competitive video games with his friends and eventually wants to create concept art for the entertainment industry. He is most happy while reading comic books.
Why are you a Illustrator?
My interest in illustration was sparked when I was in school and read a comic book for the first time. Since then I knew I wanted to be in a creative field later in my life. I began drawing characters from comic books and cartoons, and soon began creating characters from my imagination. During my college years, I worked on my own style. I got the chance to illustrate storybooks for children, and really hone my illustration skills.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I went to Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and studied Visual Communication.


Creative Knot : An Illustration Company

Creative Knot is a 10 year old and well-known and recognized illustration company in India. It was founded by a creative and professional team of experienced illustrators.

Their expertise: children’s books, animal drawings, doddles, caricatures, book covers, coloring books, character design, storyboards, sketches, game and logo illustrations etc.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, we are from the art collage of “Academy of Fine Arts” in Kolkata.
You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
We take an average of two days to develop an illustration.


Vipul Vikash/ The Brandstoryteller

His personal and professional life is driven by three fundamental values- Simplicity, Philanthropy & Integrity.

Every brand has a story to tell. But to tell the true story one needs to have courage. Helping brands to tell their true story.
His work involves around the area of Branding which includes- identity and design, strategy and positioning, brand architecture etc.
He also works as a contemporary art advisor & collector.
Why are you a branding designer?
I remember in standard 1 we had our final drawing exam, where we needed to draw any fruit.
I was carrying Guava for my lunch, so instead of drawing a fruit, I pasted the ‘Guava’ on the drawing paper with
help of plastic tape which was generously provided by my teacher. And to my surprise I topped the class.
My first drawing teacher was relentlessly encouraging. He showed me a book of Leonardo’s drawings.
Leonardo Da Vinci became childhood hero. And I wanted to be an artist.
Only years later I realized that what I loved mostly about art, was problem solving and not beautification.
Although had no idea that there is such a field as design. I fortunately stumbled upon branding at age 16, since then been living my dream.


Anoop Bhat : Illustrations

Anoop Bhat is an architect and a freelance illustrator currently based in Bangalore, India. Born in Mangalore, he studied at Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Bombay. He works primarily in pen and ink and creates illustrations for gig posters, album covers and t-shirts for bands. 

He is currently exhibiting some of his work across venues in the UK as a part of the ‘Self Help’ art tour, a traveling exhibition put on by Cats and Bats – an art collective from Hereford, UK.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I have been drawing since a very young age, so that’s been there. I was decent at it and I didn’t have plans as such to make anything out of it. It did get me interested in design, so I chose architecture. I thought architecture was all-inclusive in a very mother-of-all-arts sort of a way – meaning, I knew I wanted to get into design but I didn’t want to restrict myself to say, graphic design or product design. Architecture allowed me to dabble in a bit of everything, including illustration.

If I had to pin-point a particular instance, it would be when I started listening to the kind of music that I listen to – heavily distorted, guitar-based music. It introduced me to a whole bunch of stuff – art, literature, history and of course, more experimental music. That’s what set off my interest in the relationship between art and music, their inter-dependence and the sub-cultures they’ve spawned together. I just wanted to be a part of it somehow and contribute to it in whatever little way that I could. I was pretty terrible with playing any instrument (still am) but I was decent at drawing things – so I said that’s it. That’s how it began really and it is why I’m still at it – to actively contribute to this sub-culture that I identify with.

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.