Mumbai based graphic designer and illustrator Eureka Alphonso never really pursued a formal education in fine art, but somehow knew she wanted to get into something art related ever since she started drawing at the age of 4.
While she was doing her graduation in English Literature from Wilson College, Mumbai, Eureka simultaneously enrolled in an NIIT visual communication program. Although most of the projects she worked on has satisfied some part of her tremendously it is the first time she won an NIIT Graphic design competition 9 years ago that she can never really forget. Her team had lost horribly the year before, so this time they really worked hard and finally made their work stand out. It was that experience that made her certain that she would choose design as a career.
When Eureka started out as a designer, she was really overwhelmed and misinformed. She thought all designers should have a signature style. But as she grew in her field, Eureka felt that this approach was very limiting to her. The briefs she worked with demanded different styles. This got her experimenting and having fun with her medium.
In 2013 Eureka was en-tasked with illustrating the speakers for Kyoorius Design Yatra. Heavily influenced by Japanese art and form, this style came very naturally to her while she created the illustrations. The concept for these portraits was that these speakers were way ahead of their time in terms of thinking and mindset, so she wanted to make them look almost star fleet counsel-like. Their outfits are a representation of their own work. For example Eureka studied Oliver Jeffer’s illustration and used the way he draws trees as a pattern on his outfit. This really was an amazing project, since she had the liberty to experiment. The response at KDY concerning the portraits was more than she bargained for.
Here are a few of her illustrations:
Eureka currently works with Creativeland Asia. She loves photography, reading English classics, has a fascination for pinups, world war air-crafts, old race cars, manga , action figures, Japanese cherry blossoms and the color red.