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.

Yamini PM : Illustrations

Yamini is a Dubai based Freelance Illustrator/Artist.. The artist was born in Kannur, Kerala. She spent her childhood and academic years in the beautiful Indian state, later graduating from the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum, Kerala, in 2008. She currently lives in Dubai with her husband and daughter. From creative illustrations for corporate clients such as IBM, Titan, Deepam and others, to T-shirts designs, to portraits in charcoal of her favourite footballers, to murals, to graffiti, Yamini’s creative range is truly diverse. “Originality and fluidity seem the best words to describe the work of Yamini .

Why are you an Illustrator?
I love Art and love to express everything through art. While doing illustrations I can depict more surreal, imaginary and creative visuals. I love to do free, bold and power full lines and strokes. Which is easy to express feelings… easy to tell a story… etc.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I did my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Titan Penand Bridge Marathon by Ogilvy Bangalore

Advertising Ageny: Ogilvy, Bangalore, India
Executive Creative Director: Joono Simon
Creative Directors: Arko, Jaffer Vemmully
Art Director: Vibhin PC
Copywriter: Sanjay Ramanathan, Pawan
Illustrator: Yamini

Shubhankar Shirsekar : Illustration

Shubhankar is an aspiring Illustrator/Visualiser from Mumbai. His expertise lie in vector graphics and he is a big fan of the nineties’ cartoons. Right from his childhood he used to admire Lord Shiva and his stories always used to entertain him. So most of his illustrations revolve around Lord Shiva and his different avatars. He love dogs alot and tries to help the strays in every way possible. Apart from that he is a State champion in boxing, he likes to sing, is a hardcore gamer and most importantly, very curious.

Why are you an illustrator?
Right from my childhood I liked to draw, there was not a single wall left in my house where there was no doodle of mine. In my native place there is temple of Lord Rama and inside that temple are many beautiful paintings related to Lord Rama and his noble deeds. Those painting are definitely one of the major factors why I am an Illustrator.

Did you attend school of fine art or design?
Yes I attended Asmita Applied Art Academy which is in Dadar. There I learned the aesthetics of art and design.