Bhavya Arora : In Conversation With An Illustrator – Graphic Designer

Bhavya Arora is a self taught Illustrator/Graphic designer currently working out of Bangalore. Doodling on the back page of her notebooks as a kid, she has always loved to draw. She is curious of the world around her and draws inspiration from it for her illustrations. She likes reading fiction novels and cannot function without her morning coffee.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I loved art and craft as a kid and wanted to be a part of design industry. The decision of being an illustrator came gradually by ruling out what I did not want to do.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I did not. I am a self-taught Illustrator/Graphic Designer who quit her IT job to pursue a career in visual design.


Colouring Out Loud- Adults Colouring Book! By Palak Bansal

Palak is persistently passionate about her artistic creations . Sometimes talkative, mostly quite . Loves every genre of Music. Likes creating new characters and talking to new people . Also,planning to go around the world in 365 days. She likes to think that she has a sense of humor.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I am a graphic designer, who likes to illustrate a lot. I have always been inclined towards art since I was a kid. I like the fact that how one idea can be brought on a paper and it helps clients to communicate things to their audience, it’s the creative process I am in love with.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I did my Bachelors in Visual Arts and a certificate course in graphic designing.

Tell us something about your colouring book for adults ‘Colouring It Loud’ What made you create it?
The pandemic bite brought me a new perspective on life and art. Months of lockdown and isolation made me grow distant and cold towards my art as well as my work, leaving me clueless about what to draw next. The inspiration and insights I would get from everyday life, from the strange smiles in the crowd, the mountains and the music- all that was gone.
After months of contemplation and multiple monologues about why I loved art in the first place, I decided to start afresh and Colouring Out Loud was born! An illustration book that’s not only aimed at helping other people sort their feelings and frustrations through art but also helped me personally get through my own rut. It helped me get back to my original feelings about art as a therapeutic medium of self-expression.


Shruti Anand : Illustrator, Graphic Designer

Shruti Anand is a Visual Communication Designer based in Delhi, India and a Co-founder of LSD, Learn Something Different. LSD is a platform where one nurtures the inner creative hidden inside each one of us and is a space where all aspects of creativity come together to celebrate the diversity in articulation and expression. She is also an ardent adorer of all animals, a budding sculptor who likes creating funky ceramic masks and has a second degree black belt in karate!

A little about yourself:

I am a Visual Communication Designer based in Delhi, India and a Co-founder of LSD, Learn Something Different. LSD is a platform where one nurtures the inner creative hidden inside each one of us and is a space where all aspects of creativity come together to celebrate the diversity in articulation and expression. Also, I am an ardent adorer of all animals, a budding sculptor who likes creating funky ceramic masks and has a second degree black belt in karate!

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
It has always been quite intriguing what emotions and thoughts the first cave painter’s prehistoric art piece evoked in the people around her/him/them. It is absolutely mind blowing the infinite range of emotions graphics can evoke in humans and animals. There is just something art does that words can’t convey. Like Edward Hopper once said, “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”

Graphic Design quite literally means visual communication. All designers and artists are the bridges between thoughts and words. To be able to design the perfect visuals to translate the client’s thoughts into the vivid words they want to convey is the creative process that excites me the most and which is why I chose the path of a Graphic Designer.


Sachin Muley : Creative Director – Illustration

Sachin is an Art / Creative Director with over 17+ years of experience in advertising. He has completed his Applied Art and Bachelor of Fine Arts diploma from BKPS Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay (Pune, Mumbai). His last job was in Interics Designs, Pune, prior to his current position – Art / Creative Director at The Uncommons Design Co.
An illustrator himself, he is extremely passionate about Painting and Concept Creation. 

TAG Award 2018 – Illustrator of the year 2018 (Packaging Design, Illustration & Space Branding)

TAG Award 2019 – Illustrator of the year 2019 (Packaging Design, Illustration & Branding Identity Design)

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
Creativity is fulfilling. Graphic design is something that you can have a Real Passion for &can give you a real sense of satisfaction. As well as picking colors and choosing only designs, they have to think ‘Outside the box’. And it is always said that ‘Follow your passion & success will follow you’ and it was my passion. Graphic Design makes feel that creativity is not just thinking it is about the work you are willing to do (drawing). Graphic Design gives you a opportunity to bring your ideas to life! Good design is about so much more, than just making things look nice it’s a very thoughtful, challenging profession and I loved graphic designs so much that I was prepared to take up the challenge the whole of my life! Design associated with solving problems and making the problems a best solution for others. And so I am a graphic designer.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I attended a school (college) for fine art/design : BKPS & Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune .

You have a distinct style of Design. How long did it take you to develop your style?
Actually I started my drawings from when I was in college (1st yr). I realized that I loved designs from when I was a young lad. I was passionate about the way designers / artists think ,the creativity they express in their drawings. Even I had a desire to do this, and I did it! I achieved what I want. Now about the style. I took complete 15 years to develop my own style,(patterns designs colors) still I think how can explore more styles in sketching, drawing, advertising etc. Draw everyday, get inspired by people you admire, try to emulate them, their style. This is how I got to know or I discovered my own style of drawing and sketching, designing.

How did you focus so much on graphic illustrations ?When did you realize you loved doing it and wanted more of it?
Many of my seniors used to draw when I was doing my 1st year of applied arts. I thought even my drawing is very nice, I should also achieve a ideal platform drawings. I thought I needed to explore my hidden talent of drawing and while deciding my career you have to be very relevant. So I used to observe the drawings of my elders & of my teachers. Then I decided to only focus on graphic illustrations, I practiced a lot of sketches, I determined focusing on different essence of illustrations, children’s illustrations, concept illustrations & thinking continuously of these things made me keep my focus constantly on graphic design. As I told that I used to emulate some of the drawings of my elders, as soon as I used to do it a objective flashed in my mind. That “I can also do this” to improvise my drawing illustrations. I only ‘practised’ a lot of sketches, drawings. And one day in my life came like a blossomed flower. I realized that my sketches are turning out to be really virtuous, and really nice! I started loving it. I wanted to do more of it, I was excited for each & every challenge. I took a survey of many artists, and decided to set up my career and my life was made for my drawings!


Shreya Mujumdar : In Conversation With An Illustrator / Graphic Designer

Shreya Mujumdar is a communication designer navigating her way through different disciplines, focusing on illustration at the moment. Professionally delving in visual merchandising, she finds joy in watching animated movies and learning about different cultures.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I have always been interested in art and design from a young age and knew I wanted to do something in the creative fields for sure. Graphic design serves as an outlet to my ideas and helps give a visual identity to my thoughts. In some ways, my work is an extension of my personality.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I am currently a final year student at the National Institute of Fashion Technology pursuing B.Des in fashion communication.

You have a distinct style of Design. How long did it take you to develop your style?
My approach towards design depends a lot on the brief/requirements of the task at hand. As a designer, it is important to first consider the purpose of design. Once that has been established, I try ways in which I can incorporate my sense of style into the work. There is a certain aesthetic that I lean towards, either clean & simple or an illustrative approach. As I began working on different projects, my style kept developing on its own. Its been 3 and a half years of academically pursuing design which has brought my design where it is today.


Krishna Kumar: Creative Director (Motion and Design)

Krishna Kumar is from Chennai, a self-taught 3D Motion and Graphic Designer. Who is a diehard fan of Dexter’s laboratory, Marvel and DC. He has started his career in the film VFX industry as a Compositor, Motion and Title artist. He then moved into corporate as a graphic designer and implemented his infographic skills in animation and became a Motion designer again. He is good at creating Explanation videos of products and he loves to create marketing and sales videos, product tutorials, brand and website animation, product prototype animations, etc.
He has fuelled by curiosity and passion for design and most of his skills are self-taught and all that he has learned has been extramural; outside the walls. He designs characters, paint, illustrates, storyboard and does visual developments and he has been working in the field of animation for the last 8+ years.
Currently, He is working as a Creative Director (Motion & Design) at an IT product based company AppviewX. He likes to learn new things and explore new mediums and love to be challenged.

Why are you a Graphic/Motion Designer?
My interest in Art and Design roots back to my childhood where all the shows on cartoon network were quite inspiring and created enthusiasm in me to become what I am today!

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
NO, I’m completely self-taught! I have completed M.A Mass Communication, however, my fortune led me to what I love.


Sayan Mandal : Graphic Designer, Illustrator

Sayan Mondal is a Kolkata based-creative freak-eccentric guy and a self-claimed graphic designer and digital illustrator. He is passionate enough in art and design and voices out his words through them along with the value-adding mechanism to mankind. In spite of scoring 88% in his board exam with the science stream, he did not pursue any other traditional career option rather moved ahead with his inner calling and chose Graphic Design. Though he did not attend any traditional design school, with the constant effort of self-learning and practicing hard he has acquired the skills of graphic designing and illustration. He loves to be around positive people, creative individuals and empowers others.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
The Paramount purpose of a communication system is to deliver a meaningful message. Graphic design plays a powerful role in visual communication. Since my childhood, I have always felt an inclination towards observing things, looking at them hours and hours, maybe trying to have words with them. I feel they have their own words no matter they would be animated or non-animated. I’ve always searched for a medium to establish my observations and convey those obscured messages out of them which might add value to mankind. I feel, design especially graphic design and illustration give me the freedom and comfort to ventilate my pent up emotion, those imaginary messages and shape them the way I want. And an unavoidable passion for graphics has always driven me to stick to it and explore more.


Vineeth TP : Adaar VFX

After completing Visual Graphics and Animation course from Amrita Deemed University, my first job was at a local channel and later started a motion design studio “Mozione Media” with my friends .
In 2017 we started an advertising agency “Adaar VFX” with my friends.

Why are you creative?
May be I like seeing creative works very much. Just like completing every work and seeing what we have created.

Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?
I have already mentioned about the courses I have done in Visual Design.


Saloni Ramteke : Graphic Design

Saloni Ramteke, 20, is an illustrator based in Mumbai. Her love for drawing put her on a path to study animation and eventually take up illustration. She enjoys watching anime, working out and playing on her Nintendo DS.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I don’t know how to express this better than just saying that I love to draw.
I was going to do medicine but realized at the last moment that it wasn’t for me and decided to do what I was truly passionate about which was animation.
Having studied it for the past three years, I realized that my interests mainly lie in illustration and pre production work and hence, decided to stick to that.


Medha Gupta : Graphic Designer, Illustrator

Medha Gupta is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, who also dabbles in content writing work from time to time. A graduate in art & design from Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, she has 2 years of full-time job and nearly 3 years of full-time freelancing work experience.

At her jobs, she worked with clients like Del Monte and Amazon for varied projects such as packaging and social media creatives. As a full-time freelancer, she’s worked with brands like Encyclopaedia Britannica for illustrated children’s textbooks, Harper Collins for a book cover among others, Lenskart for social media animations. She’s worked with various b2b brands and startups on projects such as illustrated Planners, Logos, Brochures, websites, stop-motion animation and more.

She’s a passionate reader, incessant converser, and currently, hobbyist watercolourist.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I actually wanted to be a creative director in advertising. But the curriculum for English Honours as Correspondence was really boring so I decided to not pursue that avenue. Graphic design just sort of happened as a result of that.