Category: Art

Illustrative Storytelling

Mumbai born art director Amit Kaikini began drawing as a child. He would watch disney, marvel and DC cartoons and try to sketch them on his drawing book. He won all the drawing competitions at school. When Amit was only 12 he created a 10 page comic based on the Ninja Turtles. His love for…

Capturing Daily Life

Chennai based software professional Mahesh Balasubramanian is a self-taught photographer. He started as an amateur years ago, with a keen interest in people and street photography. He loves to shoot close portraits and to capture daily life on the street. Mahesh never thought he would get into serious photography until 2008,  when he started photography…

Fantasy in the Mundane

London-based illustrator Janine Shroff grew up in Bombay. She claims that it was her lack of ability or interest in most other fields that made her go into the arts. However,in school Janine drew on her desks, notebooks and any paper she could find. Janine’s school had a small art class with prescribed topics, styles…

Art as Social Commentary

Born and brought up in Delhi, Kunel Gaur lived in a joint family full of uncles and aunties. One of his aunt was a fine-artist; and that’s where it all started. Kunel would stand beside his aunt every evening watching what she did. Whether it was water colour or oils or holding shiny black vinyl…

Christmas Greetings

I love this time of the year! Well, who doesn’t? There are beautiful lights everywhere, holiday mood sets in, joyful music and festivities all around. Another thing I look forward to are the lovely cards created by different artists. All saying the same thing, but in such different ways. Here are few of the wonderful greetings I received…

Experimenting with Design Styles

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…

Cute Sketches & Bizarre Creatures

Illustrator, animator, visual storyteller Samidha Gunjal is passionate about art in general. She enjoys drawing cartoons and painting using traditional mediums like ink, pencils, pastels, watercolor and acrylic. Samidha continuously experiments with different styles and mediums to develop her own style. She likes simplicity and abstraction in design, unfolding colorful layers of meaning keeping the…

The Call of Art

Digital Artist Devraj Baruah was born in a small town in the banks of the river Brahmaputra, Assam and brought-up in Guwahati. At school, Devraj scored quite poorly in art, he wasn’t interested in making objective drawings like bananas or a landscape as required by the school curriculum, instead was very popular among his school mates…

Explosive Poster Art

Graphic Designer Malvika Asher was born and raised in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Post 12th Grade she moved to Pune to do her Bachelors in Media and Communication at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, where she pretty much figured out that graphic design and creative advertising was her calling.  While at college, she even…

Surreal Tranquil Art

Born in Bharatpur, Smriti Choudhary visited the Ghana bird sanctuary countless times until she was 6. She remembers waking up early to see different species of birds gathering on the terrace for birdseed. Around the age of 7 her family moved to Udaipur, another small city in Rajasthan, also called “city of lakes”. As a…

Dark Pictures with Deep Secrets

A student of Political Science, Bhumika Bhatia never in her wildest dreams thought of becoming a photographer. However, she always dreamt of a world where everything was extraordinary with surreal trees, purple clouds and deep secrets. When Bhumika was young, her mother used to tell her stories about how fairies used to take her granddad…

Stand Up. Sketches. Nerd Humor.

Born in New York and brought up in California, Sanjay Manaktala got into stand up comedy due to his traveling consultant job with an IT firm. Since he would be bored in cities where he didn’t know anybody, Sanjay decided to give a shot at comedy, as this was something he always wanted to try.…

Art, Courage and Life

England born Anita Chanda went to India as a child and grew up there but came back as a teenager, to study art at Sir John Cass and Putney School of Art in London. After getting married young she went back to India with her husband where she lived for a few years. In 1974 Anita…

Arjun Kamath Photography

Photographer Arjun Kamath’s introduction into the world of photography was not an ordinary one. Originally an IT Engineer student from Bangalore, for Arjun it all changed in 2009 when he auditioned for a role in director Raju Hirani’s Bollywood feature film 3 Idiots and landed a miniscule non-speaking role in it. He loved being on…

A Journey of His Own

A self-taught artist, Balraj Khanna was born in Punjab, India. He traveled to London in the Swinging Sixties to study English, instead, he took to art – eventually becoming ‘one of the most distinguished painters working in England’ (Bryan Robertson). Balraj has been leading two highly successful careers as a painter and a prolific author. He…

Art, Design & Tattoos

Designer Manvee Singh graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Techology (NIFT) in 2002. For a couple of years after, she worked for various export and buying houses before she launched her label ‘ManveeSingh’. Manvee loves to express herself through different mediums and has been creating wall art, custom paintings, home décor, custom furniture…

Designer & Dancer

Miti Desai is an alumnus of Sophia Polytechnic (India), Portfolio Centre (USA) and Bauhaus(Germany).  She won many awards and medals in her original field of Graphic Design, but the urge to feel body design led her to dance. She was looking for a spiritual approach to satisfy a deep inner quest which she found at Nateshvari, a dance…

From The Tribal World

Artist Venkat Raman Singh Shyam excelled in studies during his early education, but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances he had to leave studies and struggle for existence working as a daily labourer. At the age of ten Venkat began painting and moved to Bhopal  to pursue his career as an artist.  He resumed his studies, but…

Dynamic Doodles

Designer Girinath Gopinath is an alumnus of the prestigious NIFT, Delhi. Whilst in college he got great appreciation and feedback for doodles that he would scribble on his trousers.  He soon realised that he could continue to scribble like a kid and yet generate new concepts and designs. Girinath has been designing fashion accessories for over…

100%ZINE

100%ZINE is India’s first visual art zine initiated by the very awesome duo, Sameer Kulavoor & Lokesh Karekar. 100%  features designers and visual artists doing cutting edge original work. Each issue has 100% focus on one topic like 100%YOU, 100%ME, 100%WHATEVER, 100%BLAH, and so on. Artists will be invited based on theme and approach. The purpose of this exercise is…

Connecting the Dots

At the early age of 19, Pratik Chaudhri knew that he wanted to be a creator. Studying to be an Architect at the time, Pratik knew there was something else in the world he was meant to do. Starting off with a few dance classes in Mumbai, he immediately realized his natural flare for it…

Storyteller

Visual artist Shweta Mohapatra is an animation film design graduate of the prestigious  National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) and has done her post-baccalaureate at PASCA (France). Her interests lie in various forms of story telling, which could be via Illustration, Animation films, Installation, Products or  Art. Here is what she says  ”To me life is a…

Pop-It

Self-taught artist Raghava KK‘s work is spread across various genres like painting, sculpture, installation, film and performance. He started his career as a cartoonist with Indian national dailies and in the next few years reinvented himself by using several different mediums. Raghava’s works have been auctioned by the Queens Museum and Christie’s NY. He received…

Contrasting Colours

Somdutt Sarkar is an alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Design.  Inclination towards all mediums and forms of design comes naturally to him. Trained as a textile designer, he also works extensively with the field of visual communication. Natural dyes and handlooms excite him as much as publications and illustrations do. Somdutt loves sketching,…

Urban Shots

Urban Documentary Photographer Anusha S. Yadav was brought up in London and later in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She graduated in Communication Design from the National Institute of Design  Ahmedabad. Anusha’s interest in photography began while still at design school. She later studied photography at the University of Brighton. After fifteen years of a successful career in graphic…

Bright and Beautiful

Engineer and self-taught artist Rachana Saurabh comes from a small town in Gujarat called Anand. Rachana has been interested in art or craft in form or the other all her life while Painting has been her hobby since her school days. Starting off with observing and recreating paintings by well know artists, today Rachana has…

Colourful Renditions of Hindu Mythology

Award winning Cartoonist, Keshav is also an excellent artist. He was deeply inspired by the pictures and sculptures in temples during his childhood and Ravi Varma during his teens. He later studied the the European masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Raphael and impressionists like Cezanne, Picasso, Braque, Matisse,…

The Thames & The Ganges

Designer Deshna Mehta holds a BFA from Sir J.J Institute of Applied Art and a Masters in Graphic Design from London College of Communication. Her approach to design is more content driven, where the solution to a project could be a book, a photograph, an installation or a piece of writing. In 2009, Deshna did…

Bright, Fun Paintings

An artist, jewelry designer, amateur photographer, traveller and an explorer of life, Kala Pohl is the right mix of everything creative. Her love for art began during her childhood in Malaysia. She experimented with watercolor, pastels and pencil sketches and went on to study batik design. After a long career in the technology industry, Kala…

Fabulous Fine Art Fotos

Fine art photographer Sanjay Nanda has a fascination for geometric architecture. He sees monuments and the processes of time as beautiful sources, resonating with strong form and textural interest. His work often combines multiple photographic layers of urban imagery. Sanjay has a knack for capturing the beauty in the right composition of time, light, texture…

Profound Sketches

For Artist Manajyoti Bora art has always been a major attraction in her life, and although she never had any formal art-education, she never felt restricted by the absence of it. As a youngster of about 11 she used to love painting landscapes with coconut trees and was very fond of drawing the human eye. Sketching…

Cool, Fun Illustrations

Australia-based illustrator and designer, Karan Singh was an avid viewer of  the children’s series Art Attack as a child. Much hasn’t changed since then. His passion for art and obsession for bright colours led him to work for clients ranging from magazine publications (GQ, Wired, Acclaim) to international brands (MTV, Ferrero, Nickelodeon). Here are a few of…

Melodious Music

  Singer Kuhoo Gupta is an engineer by qualification. After a post graduate in Computer Science Engineering from IIT Bombay she worked in the IT industry for around 5 years before she got back to her childhood passion, MUSIC. Kuhoo has recorded professionally Indian classical and semi classical songs along with the contemporary film music.…

Picturesque Paintings

Ajay Patil is an engineer by profession and a painter by passion. A self taught artist, Ajay has been painting since childhood. Born and brought up in a small picturisque village in Maharashtra, love for nature comes naturally to him. He often travels across various places in India to capture the essence of the location. Ajay…

Chaotic Strokes

Illustrator and concept artist Satish G has been drawing for as long as he can remember. After a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Bangalore’s premier Fine Arts college, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, nearly 10 years ago, he joined the ad world. Satish worked as an illustrator and concept artist, specializing in figurative illustrations and urban style.…

OUTSIDER

Divya Otswal is a Strategic Design Director and Editorial Photographer. As a photographer, Divya often accesses people’s private spaces, uninvited, to sense each situation as it unfolds and to capture with maximum sensitivity, the feel and atmosphere of the people and their surroundings. Divya was the only Indian artist invited to exhibit her series of images in an…

Gods, Goddesses & Gorgeous Women

Geneva-based Dithi Chakrabortty is a self-taught artist and blogger. Her love for art came from her family. Being surrounded by her sisters who were gifted artists, Dithi developed a love for paints though she never imagined painting for a living. Dithi studied clinical nutrition and worked as a nutrition and diet specialist in Mumbai for…

Intense India

Photographer Navid Baraty‘s curiosity with photography goes way back to one of his classes in junior high where for an assignment he wandered around the playground taking pictures, and then developed his photos in the school darkroom. That was the only class that he ever had in photography. Photography has always been Navid‘s passion, but…

Grids

Mumbai-based, illustrator and designer Anant Kulkarni‘s relationship with art started when he was in secondary school. Having polished his skills at the prestigious Sir J.J. Institute Of Applied Arts, Mumbai, Anant gradually developed an interest in the creation of Visual forms, Pictorial forms and Designing. After his graduation, Anant started his career with a job…

Nowhere To Hide

Jayesh Sachdev, graduated with a major in Advertising and Design from Lasalle-SIA College of Arts, Singapore. He holds the National Record for having painted India’s largest concept artwork, a new-media artwork 40ft x40ft through a never before initiated ‘Tyre-Art‘ concept that was witnessed by the Indian art fraternity. Jayesh has held several exhibitions in New…

Kavla – The Crow

Abhijit Kalan graduated from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art and majored in photography. He loves reading, writing in Marathi, doodling, travelling and meeting random people to strike good conversations. While in school, he was nick named Kavla (crow in Marathi). During one of his college assignments, when asked to create an identity design for…

Exploring Experiences

Delhi-based Artist Dhara Mehrotra did her Masters in Fine Arts from the esteemed College of Art, New Delhi. She won the ‘Swapan Biswas’ award for academic excellence and The Junior Fellowship Award from the Ministry of culture; The Government of India, in visual art (Painting) in 2007. Born from experience, memory or subconscious Dhara’s art…

Colour Cool

Illustrator and Animator Sameer Kulkarni hoped to create magical animation movies ever since he was a school child. Soon after his graduation in Commerce, Sameer joined the Thumbnail Institute of Animation Arts and honed his skills to reach his goal of becoming an animator. Inspired and encouraged by his father Anant Kulkarni, his mentor Sameer…

Painting the Truth

Visual Artist and Filmmaker Tushar Waghela talks about various social issues through his work – whether it is his recent series “Anna Hazare: Pages from my diary, India against corruption” where he captures the latest revolution of 72-year old Anna Hazare standing strong to fight corruption in India; or his series Land Sold where he…

Art With Heart!

Sonia Gaud Tiwari did her Bachelors in Electronic Media from Educational Multimedia Research Center, Indore where she focussed on making social documentaries for National Television. While creating short films soon after, Sonia felt she needed a more powerful medium of film-making where she could be more abstract, imaginative and experimental. So, she decided to pursue…

Shades Of Light

Mumbai-based photographer Bhavpreet Ghai worked in the Graphics and Photography industry in Delhi for 3 years before she moved to Mumbai to join the 3D Animation Film industry. She worked in various esteemed international projects as a lighting artist for four years, after which she moved to Australia to do a Masters in Creative Media…

For the Love of Doodling

Freelance Illustrator and Digital Artist Saher Imran graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Bangalore as a Lifestyle Accessory designer. Her love for doodling, which she  has been doing since her 9th grade, lead her to a career of an illustrator.   Inspired by a host of random things like music, culture,…

Powerful Posters

Media science graduate and passionate designer Rupinder Singh‘s interest in graphic designing began back in his childhood days. As a child he would always go through magazine covers, movie posters and print advertisements and wonder about the interesting ideas and designs on them. A lover of doodling and drawing , his earliest tryst with art…

Jazzing It Up

Composer and Percussionist Vivek Rajagopalan befriended the Mridangam at the age of 9, under the able guidence of Guru Shri T.S.Nandakumar. Aged 17, Vivek took to the stage, alongside some of the most talented jazz musicians from across the world at the The International Jazz Festival Thailand. . . . . . . . .…

Inkspiration

Mumbai-based Graphic Designer Gautam Gajbar is the man behind most of the awesome illustrations of Nike India’s Concept Bleed Blue for the World Cup, 2011. Depicting the passion and faith of Team India and India’s love for cricket and its heroes, Gautam designed the the logo identity for the project and a series of  T…