Interviews

Annushka Hardikar : Visual Communications

Annushka is a Visual Communication graduate from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. Her passion lies in concocting fantastical stories and illustrating them. She likes citrusy smells, tin boxes and fat dogs. She does not really like bad breath, too much red and messy rooms.

Why are you an Illustrator?
Since I was a kid I enjoyed reading books which had these gorgeous pictures. Since then I began drawing all the stories I read or made up. Going to college gave introduced me to the world of illustration. What I like most about it is that I can put down the most bizarre, personal or vague thoughts and it would actually make sense to somebody even across the globe!

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I attended and graduated from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.

Tell us something about your Oh Nari So Sanskari project…
Oh Nari, So Sanskari! is a satirical take on stories of women from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. The zine sheds light on challenges that 21st century Indian women face, by placing Kunti, Gandhari and Draupadi in a modern context. On re-visiting the stories from the epic, I realized, although dynamic and capable, the women in the story were always shown dependent on the men in their lives. Being an Indian woman myself, there was a pressing need for accurate representation of the characters as aware, vocal, and opinionated. Using references from feminist history, pop culture and media, the zine comments upon stereotypes that have surrounded Indian women from time immemorial. I would want the reader to be left questioning the roles and expectations of our culturally rooted society.

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Shreya Gune : Graphic Design

A designer with a strong passion for surrealism, currently working in Designflyover (Mumbai, India.)

She focuses on typography, branding, packaging, and illustration and believes that design is an opportunity to tell a story, communicate an intention and provoke thoughtful action while being creative.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?

I was that artsy creative kid in school, who loved drawing and craft classes.Everything else has grown from there; the only that has been consistent is having an unwavering passion for art. I’m lucky that my parents have always supported my interest in the arts even though they don’t belong to creative career fields. I joined Abhinav an art school in Pune and was then introduced to various fields like painting, sculpture and commercial arts. I was unaware of graphic designing, until my third year in art school. After graduation, I decided to join a design studio to explore graphic design. It was a good experience and I learnt a lot there and my journey as a graphic designer started.
Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes. Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune.

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Aaron Pinto : Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Aaron Pinto, also known as Kidsquidy. He has been Illustrating and designing for about 4 years now. Currently working for MTV India as a Senior Designer.
He also works closely with bands and musicians from the Metal and Indie scene, Indian and Global. Also plays drums for 2 metal bands – Providence and Gutslit.
He loves drawing skulls and tentacles. He is obsessed with the grotesque and also loves the colour pink.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I actually never planned on being a Graphic Designer. It happened by chance i guess. Was interning at MTV India in the shows department when 2 of my now close friends from the design team saw that i had a knack for designing and asked if id like to work under them. One thing led to another and now i don’t remember a life before this. Its a part of me and I’m very grateful for that one opportunity which has led to me to great heights and given me so much.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I studied 3D modelling and texturing and have a degree in animation
But i hardly use anything that i learnt over there.
Learnt Photoshop and Illustrator on the job actually.
Completely self taught.

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Pooja Bhapkar : In A Chat With A Designer / Illustrator

Pooja is a young Illustrator – Graphic designer. Although, 4 years of her creative career have been layered with branding & packaging, her core strength is illustration. She loves exploring things. During graduation she started her career as an illustrator at a design studio in London. After completing graduation Pooja came back to India and joined another studio where she mainly worked in packaging design. These few years kept her away from illustration. Unable to bear the gap, she changed the job and started working with HPS Group where they serve motion graphics, web and print related solutions to clients. During these 4 years Pooja switched jobs to explore new areas and learn design process within branding, packaging and now motion graphics. She also believes that she is a traveler at heart. She dreams to travel the world and draw her experiences and observations to illustrate a travelogue.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I’m an introvert and I found art as a medium to express myself. As a designer I always wanted to be in a place where I can use my design and illustration skills. So graphic design was the ideal combination.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
My bachelors was in Applied Art and I graduated from University of the Arts, London with MA Illustration.

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Shrushti Rao : Artist and Graphic Designer

 

 

 A former student of Engineering, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Communication Design at IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay. Her work ranges from unique digital illustrations, clean graphic designs to detailed hand-drawn artworks. Shrushti is a keen observer and an avid reader. Her collection of graphic novels & illustrated books are her most prized possessions. Being a night owl and a dreamer occasionally turns her into a poet. Food brings her joy like no other.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I think the visual medium is a very powerful one. One, that gives you the freedom to unleash your thoughts and create something beautiful. Every time I touch a pen to a paper  or a digital pen to the surface of a tablet, a sense of joy and purpose rushes through me. That rush is what drives me to illustrate.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
No, I have studied engineering in Information Technology. During the course of that degree, I discovered the design keeda in me. I taught myself the softwares and started building a portfolio. This enabled me to apply to design schools for a Masters degree.  I got into IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay and am currently in my first year of Mdes in Communication Design. It has already been an enriching experience and I hope to learn and grow a lot more.
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Lavanya Naidu : Animation and Illustration

“Hello! I love to animate, illustrate, tell stories, I also love dogs and food. You might occasionally find me playing my ukulele or trying very hard to pick up a new language.”

Why are you an Animator/Illustrator?
I have loved to draw since I was 3 or 4 years old, it’s always been something that has helped me express myself. My love for animation started with watching cartoons on Sundays with my family when I was a child. It was my closest association to magic after storybooks. However when the time came to go to college, I was preparing to be a doctor. It was on my parents’ suggestion and convincing that I decided to sit for the entrance test for The National Institute of Design (NID). I hadn’t prepared for it at all, and walked straight into the exam hall with not a clue of what to expect. It is, and possibly will remain the most excited I have ever been after taking a test. The rest is history!
Today, I am animator and illustrator, because of the same reasons, I love to tell stories and I love to draw. Something about bringing these two things together, and breathing life into it with animation, is now my closest association to magic.

Did you attend school for fine art or films?
I attended The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and am a graduate of Animation Film Design.

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Maanvi Kapur : Illustrations

 

Maanvi is a lover of fine art, good design and all things illustration. Fine Art was a part of her life from an early age and she received formal training in painting and sculpture. She’s a Visual Communication graduate from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, but that’s on paper.
Her true love lies in illustration, and that means anything from portraits to nature to still life.
She also adores well-made desserts, superhero movies and Leonardo Dicaprio.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I had a fine art background since school. I found illustration early on in college and fell in love with how many diverse ways I could use to express myself through illustration.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes I attended and graduated from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore.
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Jit Chowdhury : Illustrations

Jit Chowdhury draws everything except a monthly salary. A Visual storyteller based in Calcutta. His studio is called, Jitch Art Studio. He is a keeper of sketchbooks and loves penning down every concept in his sketchbooks for safe keeping. He works with publication houses like Penguin and also does wall graffiti , interiors and graphic design. He dabbles with multiple mediums and styles and mixes them according to the concept.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I have always been a bit poor with words. So to express myself I took up sketching. Now through illustrations I can express and explain myself the best. And Illustration is what I love to do everyday, religiously.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes. I took my fine art classes at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
Then I learnt under an artist working in his studio for a few years. Then I joined Srishti school of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore for designing.

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Vinit Bhatt : Photographer

A man who is seriously hindered by his inability to express anything worthwhile, except when it comes to expressing through his camera. Then he is a different beast. Passionate, crazy, creative, unwilling to rest till he gets the ‘perfect shot’.

Why are you a photographer?
There is no greater satisfaction than watching visual communication and visual arts come to life. An idea which is just a spark in someone’s mind, finds an expression which ignites different reactions and ways of thought in others. One may be awestruck, others may respect it, and yet others will find it a staircase to a new higher ‘thought’.

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Subhodeep Mukherjee : In A Chat With An Illustrator

 

Subhodeep Mukherjee lives in Mumbai with his wife Nandita and a 6 yrs old son Ayandeep and works as a full time illustrator and graphic artist on different National and International projects since quite some time.
“I am an advertising and retail professional, brought up in an industrial town called Rupnarayanpur 300 km away from Kolkata in Bengal and eventually settled down here in Mumbai after my MFA studies at Baroda MSU Fine Arts Faculty In the initial stages of my Mumbai days I was working in a reputed school called Kandivli Childrens Academy as a drawing teacher and use to stay with my cousin Rahul who had been a great support for me till date.
In my journey of life I have found such several great well-wishers and patrons on whose confidence I have left my school job and joined industry and eventually after being in the industry for so many years left it too because of getting inspiration from great Souls and ace industry professionals like Rashmi bansal, Gangadhran Menon sir , Ambar chakravarty, Raja sinha. To name a few from the long list , who were always confident about my illustration and Fine art skill. Because of their inspiration today I got the courage to work as an independent illustrator and pure art with confidence.”

Illustration always gives a goose bump to me…basically I am an artist. I enjoy illustrating carttoning and drawing.
when I was a kid I use to make portraits of all my near and dear ones and then gradually developed the skill of realistic drawing …then different styles eventually. I feel illustration is a wonderful medium, a pure art form through which one can convey his thoughts and in a very distinctive manner and it looks aesthetically pleasing.

Photographs can bring beautiful moods when shot through an honest attempt. but a well done illustration of the same place or object can give a completely fresh and indigenous look. More over illustration is my passion and I want to explore different nuances of it.
It has a very big global market too. With the advent of digital market, demand of illustrations for sites, game design, character design, E-learning. Digital books are growing day by day.

Interestingly agencies where I have joined there also I use to do lot of illustrations for ad campaigns. Freelance illustration projects which I started along side by side with my job bought me plenty of appreciation so all these factors inspired me to become an independent illustrator lately .and creative directors always hunts for different styles I think that has a good side. I got to explore different kind of styles for that quest.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes I did my B,fine from Visvabharati University’s Kalabhavan at Shantiniketan in painting then did my MFA from Baroda Maharaja Sayajirao university in Art history and Aesthetics.

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