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.

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…)

Preeti Vyas : Interview

Judging Preview – DesiCreative
Preeti Vyas
Chairwoman and Chief Creative officer, VGC
2015 D&AD Crafts for Advertising Jury

Why did you choose a career in advertising?
I did not chose the advertising profession, it chose me. Serendipity landed me at the doorstep of Contract advertising and I ended up working for one of India’s most creative persons; Mohammed Khan. That started my journey in advertising and lead me later to Trikaya Grey advertising and I became part of the dream team there.

Did you attend school for fine art, design or communications?
I graduated from the National Institute of Design and specialized in visual communication.

What role models did you have growing up? Or who has been the most influential personality on your career in advertising?
From Contract to Trikaya Grey to VGC – All these have been most inspirational colleagues and mentors, and have shaped my view of communication strategy and design. Not to mention that they have helped hone, I hope, a fine eye for craft.


Ektaa Aggarwal: Creative Director at Landor Associates Mumbai & D&AD Branding Jury Member 2015

Judging Preview – DesiCreative
Ektaa Aggarwal:
Creative Director at Landor Associates Mumbai & D&AD Branding Jury Member 2015
2015 D&AD Crafts for Advertising Jury

Ektaa Aggarwal: Creative Director at Landor Associates Mumbai & D&AD Branding Jury member 2015

Why did you become a designer?
I don’t think there was one big pivotal moment. My eary childhood memories are around losing myself to drawing, taking my ficticious dog for a walk and acting in a lot of plays. I knew that my career would be in the arts very early on. It’s what came naturally.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I attended The Pratt Institute for Communication Design.


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.


Manoj Jacob: Interview with an Advertising Creative


Singer, songwriter, copywriter, creative director. Loves playing sport, reading and listening to music. A sucker for biriyani and the odd chilled beer.

Listen/download his music here.

Why are you into Advertising?
I got started in advertising because I loved writing clever stuff. Today, the satisfaction comes from creating communication solutions for business problems.

Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?   
No. I studied electronics in college.

Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Ravi Eshwar. He plays with words the way Knopfler plays with notes. I had the good fortune of sitting next to him as a rookie writer, and observing his work.


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.


Manpreet : Photography

Based in Delhi, got into photography without any formal training,
however learnt art of capturing frames while assisting.
Follow simplistic approach & try to develop own distinct style.
Has a knack for portraits & enjoy story based projects

Why are you a photographer?
I think it completes me as a person.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
Photography started way back in childhood , when use to eagerly wait for a one more chance to get hand on Father’s camera. In college it became more than a hobby with my first SLR but decided to take it as a career only after leaving my father’s business