Sheena Deviah : Illustration and Lettering Design

Sheena is a Bangalore based self-taught illustrator who is constantly inspired by life’s absurdities. She loves experimenting with new means to create things and has recently started art directing at a children’s book publisher.

Why are you an Illustrator?
Because I love drawing and expressing thoughts and ideas, even if they’re sometimes subconscious and vague.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I sort of fell into illustration, having no background in it. So, no. I’ve been constantly learning in my four years as a freelance illustrator.

You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
My style actually keeps changing and evolving. I get bored of drawing things the same way so I try to mix it up. I’m also led by the medium that I’m using to draw with. For example, if I’m using a thick brush and ink, the illustration will have a bolder, defined feel with strong lines. Or if it’s an ink pen, I draw thinner lines with more details. I like to go where the tools take me.


Janine Shroff : Illustration and Design

Shroff’s work is figurative and occasionally surreal – utilising bright colours and humour with darker undertones. Androgynous bird characters and humans enact fantasy scenes, mostly in mundane and domestic landscapes. Her work explores a range of themes including birth, pregnancy, relationships, sexual identity and gender.

Janine Shroff was born in Bombay, India in 1983. She works predominantly using mixed media, acrylic and ballpoint-pens on heavy-weight paper. Her early influences were miniature paintings and late 80’s comic books like MAD magazine. She completed an M.A. with distinction at Central St. Martins College, London in 2007, following a B.A. at Camberwell College of Art. She was short-listed for the Mercury Art Prize in 2007 and has exhibited in group-shows in London at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich & The Mall Galleries at the ICA. She has also previously collaborated with Visual Disobedience, a Mumbai based art collective. Shroff is currently working on a new set of personal works as well as collaborating with Kadak, a collective of 7 south-asian artists. She currently lives and works in London.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I’m an illustrator because I enjoy drawing, painting and being creative. It’s more than just a profession, it’s a need to make things if not daily, then at least constantly and consistently. And attempt to improve along the way.


Aliyah lamba : Graphic Designer , Illustrator

Aliyah works in a way that is conceptual, engaging, and sometimes a little unconventional. She creates stirring illustrations and graphics that aim to evoke emotion.  Her User Experiences are thoroughly researched and aim to delight, excite, and most of all – work. Aliyah loves to illustrate and write children’s picture books, and breaks in-between projects are usually spent making up silly little stories and humorous monster characters.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I see an opportunity to design something in every little thing I do or see. I’ve grown up with a fiery passion for beautiful packaging, books and graphics. When the time came to answer the question that gets most teenagers in nervous jitters (What do you want to be when you grow up?), I knew what my answer would be. I chose the life of an artist and designer, and however hard it may get, I savour every second of it.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I attended Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore for my undergrad (Ba. Hons 2D Animation), and Falmouth University, England for my Masters (Authorial Illustration).


Sneha Suresh : Giving Tamil Proverbs A Tangible Form

Sneha Suresh is a 4th year student at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She has been working on a printmaking project which is based on the vernacular. Being a Tamilian, born and brought up in Goa she has worked on a project called ‘Inaipu’ (which means fusion in Tamil) as a part of my pre-thesis project.

“The intent of this project is to present the metamorphosis of the oral tradition of Tamil proverbs and represent them visually by looking at the evolution of Tamil letterforms in a more imaginative way. My role in this project is based on the amalgamation of the oral tradition and visual culture, metaphors, material culture and symbols of Tamil Nadu. I’ve tried to bring out the real and the imagined mentioned in the oral tradition of proverbs through visuals which means, looking at how an intangible expression can manifest into a tangible one. I never managed to get myself to learn how to read and write Tamil which I regret but now, as a visual artist and a visual communication design student I am interested in letterforms and this project has been a pathway for me to get close to my cultural roots. Here are a few links that you could refer to if interested.”


Sneha Suresh : Giving Tamil Proverbs A Tangible Form


Balaji : Atma Studio, Illustrations

 ​Balaji is the​ ​Founder​ ​of​ ​Atma​ ​Studios​​ ​which​ ​is​ ​a​ ​full-services​ ​branding​ ​studio​ ​that
practices​ ​Artistic​ ​Branding​©​.​ ​He is​ ​also​ ​the​ ​person​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​famous​ ​Quirky​ ​Invites​,​ ​an​ ​ever
growing​ ​collection​ ​of​ ​quirky​ ​wedding​ ​invites​ ​which​ ​are​ ​a​ ​fusion​ ​of​ ​Indian​ ​art​ ​forms​ ​and​ ​modern
day​ ​creativity.

​Why​ ​are​ ​you​ ​an​ ​Illustrator?
I​ ​love​ ​doing​ ​new​ ​things​ ​everyday.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​never​ ​lead​ ​a​ ​life​ ​in​ ​which​ ​I​ ​do​ ​the​ ​same​ ​things
everyday.​ ​So​ ​being​ ​an​ ​illustrator​ ​gives​ ​me​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​do​ ​things​ ​differently​ ​every​ ​day.

​Did​ ​you​ ​attend​ ​school​ ​for​ ​Fine​ ​Arts​ ​or​ ​Design?
I​ ​am​ ​a​ ​self-taught​ ​illustrator​ ​and​ ​I​ ​learnt​ ​by​ ​doing​ ​and​ ​out​ ​of​ ​interest.

You​ ​have​ ​a​ ​distinct​ ​style​ ​of​ ​illustration.​ ​How​ ​long​ ​did​ ​it​ ​take​ ​you​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​your​ ​style?
My​ ​interest​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​native​ ​Indian​ ​and​ ​International​ ​art​ ​forms​ ​led​ ​me​ ​into​ ​a​ ​journey​ ​of
self-learning​ ​and​ ​experimentation.​ ​That​ ​is​ ​evident​ ​from​ ​our​ ​design​ ​works.


Satish Gangaiah : Illustration

Satish Gangaiah is a Bangalore based passionate designer and illustrator who has vast experience ranging from ad agencies, media publishing houses, IT industry etc. He also is an acclaimed commissioned illustrator. Satish has worked for the likes of Snap Chat, Line, Hike, Wipro, 9apps etc.

Why are you an Illustrator?
Honestly, I don’t have an answer, but as a kid the only thing I was good at was drawing. And over a period of many years I have been inspired and influenced by a lot of people, places, music, culture that has shaped me into becoming an illustrator that I am today.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes. I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat here in Bangalore.


Rames Harikrishnasamy : Digital Artist

Rames Harikrishnasamy is a Digital Artist born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Why are you an Illustrator/Digital Artist?
It’s all because of my passion towards it. I’ve always love design back in school but wasn’t giving so much of attention to it until I realised it much later.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
No, I did not. I graduated in BSc. (HONS) in Applied Business Computing. Whatever knowledge I know about Photoshop and other designing tools were self taught.

You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
It started of when I use Photoshop to transform myself to superheroes such as Superman, Ironman, Green Lantern etc. I’ve spent more than 2 years just doing this and then realised that I need to do something new as a signature artwork. That’s when I found out about photo manipulation and start venturing towards it.


Namrata Chattaraj : Graphic Designer, Artist

An artist at heart, Namrata comes from an extensive background in Graphic Design, having worked with the best names in the industry in houses such as JWT, Channel [V], Rediffusion DY&R, and Fisheye Design. 

The wisdom gained from these experiences led to WAG Design. WAG stands for Wisdom, Art, & Graphics.

With a long standing track record and an international client base, Namrata’s work is an extension of her philosophy, values, and work ethics. She enjoys experimenting with styles, typography, and mediums and brings passion and excitement to every project. Over the last few years she has almost completely switched to creating handmade art. 

Namrata also loves delicately flavoured darjeeling tea, calm people who don’t constantly multitask, and receiving thoughtful notes by snail mail. She might actually be from the 1950’s. But we can’t be sure.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
All my school life, I was pretty confident I wanted to be an artist. But I also resisted all fine art training or classes, because I felt art cannot be taught, it has to flow from within. However, when it came to choosing a career, I was told art was for the crazy and broke people. And I didn’t want to be either. I wanted to do art that was relevant, interactive and fun. I loved watching MTV and Channel [V] and kept critiquing their designs in my head and loving them too. So I decided I wanted to be a graphic designer. It was a pretty clear decision at a time when no one around me had ever heard of the term ‘graphic designer’. (It got pretty tiring, long after I became a graphic designer, to keep explaining to people what it meant. Some elderly people would think I was saying I’m a ‘traffic designer’. It was a weird time.) (more…)

Pranita Kocharekar : Illustrator, Graphic Designer

Pranita Kocharekar is an artist based out of Mumbai, India.
She grew up in a family full of artists where the walls of her home became her canvas. As she grew older, she learnt the language of visuals and as of today excels at expressing herself through visuals. She graduated from Rachana Sansad College of Applied Arts in Mumbai with a degree in Graphic Design and Type Design. By profession, Pranita is not only a Graphic and Type designer but also a self-taught illustrator and letterer. She documents her thoughts and observations every day on her public journal – Instagram. Pranita’s work has been commissioned by various brands like Vodafone, Chegg, Oreo, Quikr, Adidas, Netflix, Nivea, Dell, Lenovo to name a few. Pranita also collaborates with brands as an influencer. She donates illustrations for merchandising to Welfare for Stray Dogs from time to time. Besides brand collaborations, advertising and illustration projects, she also runs her own artist shop. Pranita enjoys exercising, meditating, reading books, watching films and playing with animals.


Why are you a Graphic Designer(an Illustrator)?
Because I enjoy drawing!

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I attended school for Applied Art & Type Design. I taught myself how to illustrate after school.

You have a distinct style of Design (Illustration). How long did it take you to develop your style?
My illustrations always had a style right from the beginning – I always drew what felt comfortable. Eventually, I kept developing the style.


Smriti Choudhary : Art

Airphish was founded by Smriti Choudhary for the love of nature, for the love of art and for the love of beautiful things. Her inspiration comes from everything aquatic & aerial and her obsession with detail. She loves to make birds swim and fish take flight. She uses pen on paper to create surreal visual experience that takes one on a journey through tranquil scenes of nature.

At Airphish, art travels from paper to beautiful handcrafted products that people can touch, hold and even eat on; art and products that become part of people’s homes. All designs start with hand-drawn illustrations that are hand-transferred on unique products, so each item is slightly different and has a lovely handmade feel.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I am an illustrator because drawing makes me happy. I have always loved to draw, ever since i was a little girl. Though when i was in school i wasn’t much aware about the career choices in this field. My world changed and things got clearer when I joined National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in the year 2000. After one year of foundation at NID, i knew i wanted to explore more in the field of visual design and chose graphic design as my specialisation. Soon after my graduation i started working as a freelancer and worked on all kinds of graphic design projects. During the initial years my primary tool was my laptop. Even the illustrations i created were mostly digital. It wasn’t until 2010 when i was pregnant that i started to draw on paper again and reconnected with my love for nature through illustrations. After that i knew i wanted to concentrate more on creating art and since then.