Illustration

Jitendra Patel : Interview with an Illustrator

Born and raised in Baroda, Jitendra Patel (aka Jitu) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Currently, he works as an art director at Ogilvy and Mather, Mumbai. Besides his art, Jitu is also passionate about movies and old-time songs. He spends his leisure time sketching and lately, attempting to learn how to play the flute!

Why are you an Illustrator?
Since childhood, drawing and painting have been my first love. My notebooks were filled with drawings rather than notes. So you could say my childhood passion lead me into the world of art.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I went to one of the best art schools in India – Faculty of Fine Arts MSU University, Baroda.
(more…)

Sumedha Sah : Interview with an illustrator

Sumedha Sah is a self taught artist and illustrator and hails from the beautiful hill station of Nainital. Having completed her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from MIT Manipal, She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture from CEPT University in Ahmedabad. Her artwork is inspired by mundane life experiences, her travels and her innate love for nature. She enjoys spending time with her pets, 3 dogs and a cat. As well as travelling to the unexplored parts of the world.

Some of her clients include, The National Geographic Traveller Magazine India, TED x India and Full Circle Publishing based out of Delhi.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I draw because it gives me immense joy. I draw for this simple reason everyday. With a sketchbook and a box of travel watercolours, I doodle and create. I find inspiration in the happenings of everyday. I strongly believe in the simple joys and know that many of our lives go by, doing things for the head rather than the heart. My sketchbooks are a way to document my life and record the thoughts that cloud my mind on certain days. On others they are a mirror to what I feel.

(more…)

Nitesh Mohanty : Graphic Designer

Portrait

Nitesh Mohanty is a Mumbai based Graphic Designer and co-founder of The Root.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I studied fine arts in Sir J.J. School of Arts & did my post graduation from NID.

Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
I wonder what is “growing up”…? I’m still curious like a child, looking, learning, growing & hope that this process never ends. But If I look back at my childhood, I was drawn towards comics ~ Mandrake, Phantom, Flash Gordon, Bahadur… also Amar Chitra Katha. I didn’t know who were the illustrators & the amazing storytellers, but as I grew, I got aware of the greatness of Uncle Pai, Abid, Lee Falk, Edgar Rice Burroughs… Then of course there was the Belgian cartoonist Hergé, who gave me the greatest joy through the adventures of Tintin. These were the mavericks who welcomed me into their world filling my life with joy & awe.

(more…)

Abhinav Kafare : Illustrator

Abhinav is a crazy person when it comes to his passions which include art, visiting new places and looking at the world through his illustrations and art.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I started out with fine arts and found out that I love illustrating as well. There was no clear cut transition but I feel that my grounding in fine arts has helped me with my illustrations.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I studied fine arts at Raheja School of Art.

You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
There is no specific timeline that I took to develop my style and I don’t believe in different styles but I believe that all styles are ingrained from the basic fundamental shapes.

(more…)

Sebin Simon : Interview with an Illustrator

boi pic

Crazy Doodler, Fun Loving, Constant Learner, Loves woman with creative mind – In short a crazy guy next door.

Why are you an Illustrator?

I love to draw, paint and express myself through them. (And I really suck at other creative things like singing, writing etc)

Did you attend school for fine art or design?

Yes, I completed my commercial arts from L.S.Raheja (Worli).
(more…)

Revati Gangal : Painter

DSC04598

Revati Gangal  grew up in Mumbai and earned her Master’s in Fine Arts (specialising in portraiture) from the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Art. She currently lives in Bengaluru after spending a few years in Dubai. Besides India, her paintings have been displayed at art galleries across the world’s major cities including Paris, London, Brussels, Dubai, Muscat, Doha and Manama. In the past, Revati has also worked as a set/graphic designer and has been a lecturer of visual art at the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.

 “My paintings are based on my daily experiences; I seek to interpret the human and objective form through the emotional and visual ‘patterns’ associated with it. The inspiration to paint is triggered by visual patterns, unique compositions and/or by interesting narratives of thought. I find the various colour transformations and the play of visual permutations of patterns quite interesting,” Revati says.

Why are you a Painter?
Right from my childhood I realized that I loved to express my mind and heart only through one medium that was painting. Ever since then I channelized my journey to be a professional in it. The passion that drives me to paint has not been affected or deviated at any point of time since then. Hence I cannot see myself doing anything else besides painting.

(more…)

Alicia Souza : Interview

funny

 

Dropped off by egrets, in the Middle East, Alicia Souza’s folks had a hard time keeping up to her experiments of drawing on doors and burning them because its faster than erasing. She followed her  gut of studying down under only to find absolutely no sheep in the city. She. hence, decided to huddle to India and is now smiling happily that every morning she can drink chai and grin at cows at a safe distance. They grin back, she insists.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I did attend a design school in Melbourne and hold a Bachelors in Communication Design.

Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
My brother, because he was and is incredibly smart. He still is my go-to person when I don’t feel like reading Wiki or searching Google.

(more…)

Archan Nair : Interview

Portrait

Archan Nair is a self developed visual artist, and illustrator, specializing in mixed media, illustration, and digital art.

Archan is inspired by various phases and forms of life to create highly intricate works that connect the various dimensions of our existence.
Formerly a fashion major and entrepreneur, Archan started painting in 2006 at the age of 24 and made the shift to independent artist in 2007. Since then he has embarked on an exhilarating and inspirational journey, collaborating with various companies and individuals around the world such as Nike, Redbull, GM, Logitech, Canon etc. Archan has been featured in various publications and won accolades and has achieved recognition from music artists like Kanye West and collaborated with artists/celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Chris Brown.

Archan’s passion and love for the creative process and expressing himself has opened a whole new journey, exploring the intricate nature of so called reality.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I love drawing, painting and expressing myself.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
No..I am completely self taught and still in the process of a never-ending trip.
(more…)

Karan Singh : Illustration

JW-karansingh

Karan Singh is an illustrator from Sydney, Australia currently working and living in New York City. His eclectic style has seen him work with a diverse group of clients and initiate a number of self-initiated projects.
Why are you an Illustrator?
Because it makes me happy!

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Kind of. The degree I studied had more of a focus on interaction design, so anything from designing websites to immersive installations. I was introduced to Illustrator and Photoshop at uni and fell in love. I spent a lot of my spare time teaching myself to use them and haven’t looked back since.

(more…)

Harshvardhan Kadam @ Inkbrushnme

 

Can you

 

tell us about Inkbrushnme ?
Inkbrushnme actually originated in 2005 as my final year campaign project when I didn’t have a budget for photography and it required a lot of effort, models, locations. I didnt want to compromise on my creative thought process. Time was running out and our display was in 4/5 days. I could not sleep and during that sleepless night, I came up with the idea of making an ad campaign
on myself, a studio that creates illustrations. A concept like that never existed in our country as far as I knew. I created a few illustrations and on that night, some basic layouts and inkbrushnme was born. Those 4/5 days were one of the most productive days
of my entire life.

Later I went for a post grad to IDC, IIT B and soon after my studies a new life began.
A few years down the line, inky has been bouncing like a ping pong ball with a soul through various platforms related to Art, Design, Music & Entertainment. We develop projects which have a tremendous potential for exploring illustration to an extent no one has tried. We would like to illustrate on the moon if given a chance!

(more…)