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.

Jayesh Sivan : Illustration

Jayesh Sivan is an illustrator and designer based out of Bangalore City, India. Graduated with an M.A. in Illustration from University For The Creative Arts UK, he is currently working as Visual Communication faculty with Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology. As a practitioner, his projects are ranging from Illustration, Graphic Design and Information graphics. His client list includes, Link Magazine Italy, Welcome Trust London, Puma India, Atlas Brands, Gravity Consulting, Penguin Books, Hachette Books, Rupa Publications, Kerala State Institute of Children’s literature (KSICL), Thaliru, Dc Books, Harper Collins, Rediffusion Y&R, Stylus Inc, Viamedia, BWW, Heartisans, MYO, Fabulloso, Opsbuds, Mahindra Retail etc.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I love drawing my surroundings, and I think only through images I can express these experiences and impressions. Considering illustration as a medium, I find it easy for me to integrate a story, mood, atmosphere, people, settings etc while trying to communicate an experience.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I graduated with BFA in Applied art from college of fine arts Trivandrum, and then I pursued an MA in Illustration from University For The Creative Arts Farnham, UK.

You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
Thank you, I think having an individual style is very important also style is something that evolves gradually and not overnight. I believe when some one given more importance to his individuality rather than craft, that is when personal style start evolving. If an illustrator thinks that, style is something happens overnight, then may be they are imitating some one else style.

Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Though I was really interested in seeing Raja Ravi Varma’s realistic paintings when I grew up, I really don’t know if I had a role model of that sort. (more…)

Mira Malhotra, Studio Kohl


Mira Malhotra is a Mumbai-based graphic designer, visual artist and founder of design house Studio Kohl. Her personal work tends more to image-making and illustration. Having been exposed to a variety of cultures as a child her work is oftentimes an amalgamation of what it is like to be Indian with what it is to look upon Indianness as an outsider. Colourful, humorous, charming and witty, it stems from her fascination with the decorative items at local bazaars, Indian history or from indigenous arts and crafts.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I love image, and I love ‘drawn’ images. I think it’s mainly because drawing can be unhinged from reality, so what cannot be represented in a photograph or even be conveyed via photorealism can be conveyed via drawing, which can be simplified and broken down, or made complex, at the artist’s/illustrator’s will. This ability that only illustration has, makes me fascinated with it and prompted me to dabble in illustration.


Asavari Kumar | Visual Artist Film Maker

Asavari Kumar is a visual artist, designer and filmmaker from New Delhi, India. Her work is primarily character driven with a unique, playful and pliable graphic style. She tells stories through animated films, paintings and interactive installations and strives to create immersive experiences that blur the line between the physical and virtual world.

Her work has been widely recognized across several platforms including the Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Pictoplasma Exhibition, STASH, Cartoonbrew, Styleframes.ny and Vimeo.

Asavari has worked as an art director, designer and animator with a variety of clients that include – Disney, Vh1 India, Channel [v] India, GQ magazine, Cambridge University press, Britannia, Fanta, Bigshot Toyworks, Shilo and Royale.

She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and is working as a freelance designer and animator. She also posts weekly interviews accompanied by quirky gifs for her ongoing personal project and art blog here.
Why are you a visual artist ?
I have been granted the good fortune of being able to create and give life to things that exist as just thoughts and ideas in my mind – I cant imagine doing anything else with my life. Pursuing a life and career as an artist – atleast for me satiates my desire for curiosity, creation and learning and facilitates a lifestyle in which I get to meet amazing people and have incredible conversations

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, i have a BFA from the National institute of Design in Animation film design and a Masters in Experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts.


Nitin Adake : Interview with an Advertising Creative

Why are you into Advertising?
It is the second oldest and the second best profession in the world. And i love to be with the best, well, at least the second best.
( Deadlines… wow, they are orgasmic.)
Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?
BFA (Applied Art)

Tell us about your awards?


Kawal Oberoi : Graphic Designer

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
Strange part is that I always wanted to be Physicist and I was pretty great at Academics especially Sciences. But at the other end, I had a strong inclination towards visual creativity. When I look back, I feel that I was made for the profession I am in currently. I always loved colors, shapes, visuals and the fact that what I saw made me feel particular feelings and how we can control what to make others feel through Graphic Design.

Recently, when I went back home my parents showed me preserved small publications that I used to make by hand. And among those were comics that I used to make. I also used to make small animated clips using stop-motion technique. Even though all of those looked naive, still I could see that I had a sense of Graphic Design and a passion for creating since early childhood and seems like I am following the same now!

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I come from a school of design. I am trained as a Graphic Designer.


Dashang Tiwari : Interview with a Graphic Designer/Illustrator

Dashang is an Illustrator, Animator and Game Artist working in the industry for last 5 years. He has a unique and colourful style to his illustrations/design, and known for his playful and out of the box designs which include more illustrative approach. He is currently working as Sr. Illustrator at Times Internet Limited, part of ‘The Times Of India’ and handling all the social media creative for TimesCity.

He believes in experimenting and has an abstract approach to design every new project, and
tries to create new Art styles as per the project demands.
With past experience of working in a gaming studio (Lakshya Digital) and ad agency (Webchutney) he is now experienced to handle projects ranging from mobile game design, illustrations for ad campaigns, children books, and social media creative to flash animation videos. His best assets are his versatility and experience through which he is currently doing good freelance work for his clients based in USA, Middle East and China.

Apart from this, He is a simple and fun loving guy who also loves to listen Music, eat good food, watch movies and party hard at weekends.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
Well, It started with drawing on back side of notebooks followed by playing with imaginary superheroes inside my head, then watching super cool shows on cartoon network all day. It was clear to me that I want to do some creative job when I grow up. So I was passionate enough to take this field seriously and gave most importance to self learning through Internet and here I am still learning and creating something creative everyday :)

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Honestly, I have done Computer Science from Delhi University. It took me 2 years to make my parents understand that I could make a good and happy living through Animation/Design Industry job also. Finally, when I was in the 3rd year of my graduation I joined MAAC for Advance Diploma in 3D animation. But after 1 year I left the institute because I was not interested in 3D Animation at that time.
After that through self learning and lots of ‘Pencil Ghissing’ I joined 2D Animation Industry and practice
a lot.