Eti Goel : Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Eti Goel is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator based out of Bangalore. She studied Animation and Multimedia from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi. Growing up, watching cartoons and animated movies inspired her to choose a career that stimulates her creative mind.

Apart from graphics, she is an animal and nature lover, fashionista, foodie and loves to travel. Her weakness lies in interesting stationery and good packaging.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I am happy being in a profession where I get the chance to make anything visually appealing. I always look into the details of everything around me, like hoardings, packaging of products, or the simplest of ads, and think how I would create it in my own style and make it better.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I graduated in Animation and Multimedia from Birla Institute of technology, Mesra, Ranchi.

Sarang Bijagare : Illustrations

Coming from a small city of Yavatmal, Sarang Bijagare took to Polytechnic instead of Art College. He graduated as a Civil Engineer, and worked for a while before diving into the world of Art. He admitted himself to Abhinav Art College in Pune, and started his exciting journey in Art.

Why are you an Illustrator?
Because drawing is my first love.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I did my G.D.Art (Applied Arts) from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune.

You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
I basically focus on realistic drawings & try to simplify them with different forms & styles.
I can adapt any style of illustration, because we all know how advertising illustration is.
Creative directors are always looking for something new.

Yogesh Bhusare : Illustrations and Graphic Design

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
Just like every other student in arts I too dreamt of creating masterpieces in art ..My journey began with joining an event agency. Though it was not a design firm, it gave me that creative freedom to experiment an find the space I’m looking forward to fit in. I experimented with styles, elements and did much work on a personal level to improve myself. After some time Taproot happened! I got to learn number of things in taproot where I thought I was a nobody in the industry. It enhanced my creativity and helped me understand how curative’s in advertising works. Through all the ups and downs in my life I have always believed in one thing that is hard work pays off, maybe not immediately, but someday it will.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts from D.Y Patil College of Applied Arts and crafts, pune.


Shirin Kekre : Illustrations

Shirin Kekre is an illustrator from Mumbai. She found her interest in the arts from the time she was little and went on to develop her skills in that field. She took up an Applied Arts course and graduated with a diploma from Sophia Polytechnic, after which she was approached by BBH India where she started her design career. Her first achievement was when her team won a Kyoorius for work done on Infocus phones in 2016. She now looks forward to doing more such good work for clients and for herself.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I was always into the creative field and I loved colors, shapes and executing my ideas. According to me, the best option was being a graphic designer.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?

You have a distinct style of Design. How long did it take you to develop your style?
I took a while to develop my style. And, it’s still in process. With every illustration I do, I try to add a different style or an element of design to it.

Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Not while I was growing up but after I got into the field I started following a lot of great designers like Steve Cutts, Henn Kem, Joan Cornella.


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.