Category: Art

Mystical Self-Portraits

Self-portraiture artist Katarina Silva, although not of Indian origin, feels a very strong connection with all the beauty, mysticism and excitement India has to offer. Expressing things that affect her most in life through photographic creations, she has created a series of self portraits based on her attraction to India. Here are a few beautiful pictures from the…

Innovative Illustrations

Designer, Illustrator and Educator Neha Agarwal is passionate about teaching, learning and all things visual. Although she was born and brought up in the US, she is obsessed with Indian textiles, and uses them quite creatively and often in her designs and illustration. Here are a few of her recent and gorgeous illustrations for a children’s…

Delhi Dekko

Shashwat Nagpal’s two great passions in life are travel and photography. He believes that travel broadens one’s view of the world. Through his photography he hopes to document his personal experiences, to capture scenes and events as he sees them and to share with others the beauty and diversity of the world that he has…

Bringing Kathakali to the world

As a young child Kalamandalam Vijaykumar watched Kathakali (ancient classical Indian dance-drama from the state of Kerala) in his village temple in Kottayam. Fascinated by the performances, he joined the Kerala Kalamandalam as a Vaysham (acting student) soon after he finished school. He has trained with the best artists in the industry like Kalamandalam Padmanabhan…

Cool. Hilarious. Graphic. Novel.

Tejas Modak is a writer and artist based in Pune, India. Being a huge comic book fan, after his graduation he naturally took to creating his own comics. His first graphic novel – Private-eye Anonymous: The Art Gallery Case – was published in 2008 by Westland Books. Here is a glimpse into the novel: His…

Catchy Compositions

Winner of many awards Photographer Sunil Jain believes that his signature is not in his style, but in his thoughts & characterization. Each of his compositions are absolutely amazing and a pleasure to view. His recent awards include competition winner at the 51st Photography Annual 2010 (Communication Arts), 2 bronze metals at the EPSON International Pano Awards…

A perfect blend of Art and Science

Designer and 3D sketch artist Sunil Pant has got some amazing work to his credit. He is the Visual development artist for Megamind a movie by dreamworks releasing in December 2010, design artist for The Club a game by SEGA and 3D design artist for Iron Man 2 to name a few. Currently he is…

Gasp!

Mumbai based Dhruvi Acharya first started painting to preserve her memories of her homeland when she moved to the US. Soon she realised that painting is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She completed her Masters in Painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and has been exhibiting her…

The Power of Dance

Exposed to the art form at a young age, Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant is trained in two traditional forms of the expressive classical Indian dance form, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. A former student of the prestigious Kalakshetra she is also trained in Carnatic music, Veena (a plucked stringed musical instrument), Choreography, Nattuvangam (art of conducting a…

Funky Monkey!

Designer Harikrishnan Panicker loves customising shoes, spray cans, canvases, toys or anything white. He is a sucker for wall graphic projects and has transformed quite a few white walls at  MTV, IIT Mood Indigo and IDC. Hari is a very humorous person and his designs reflect his personality. Here are a few of his funky…

Passages

Delhi born Preeti Anand loves to paint. Inspired by her life and travels in India and London, her paintings are a pleasant blend of the east and the west. There is a noticeable affinity towards passages in her paintings. Preeti says she loves painting passages as she feels that everyone has a dream of where…

This is Silly!

Few days back I got invited to Gary Taxali’s Book/Product launch coming up on the 22nd of September in Toronto. I so wish I could go, I really wanted to meet Gary, the creator of the wonderful toy monkey, but I will be in Morocco at that time. Here is a little about Gary, his work and his wonderful new…

Moving Images

Dhiraj Singh is an award-winning photojournalist and editorial photographer based in Mumbai. His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Boston Globe, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The National Post to name a few. He was awarded a bronze in the War and Disaster News Story Category for his…

Adorable Doodles

Busy as a bee, Gulzar Junaid wishes there were more than 24 hours in a day. Currently focussed on the story telling aspect of animation, Gulzar is working on his own scripts for a television series and a movie. Apart from that he is also working on a game concept, various client projects, and a book with…

Poignant Photographic Books

I am sure you will remember the gorgeous photographs of holi celebrations by award winning photographer Palani Mohan that I had featured in my earlier post (For those who are new to my blog do check them out at ‘Holy Colours’). Today I am going to share a little about the amazing photographic books that…

‘Rocking’ Poetry

Poet, Designer, Photographer, Lyricist, Entrepreneur -Aju Thomas is a man of many talents. Apart from running a software company with his friends Aju also loves to write poems. Here are few of his Sayiku entries into the World Poets Society: Rules for Sayiku 1.)The central feel should appear to the wanton eye as derogatory, pessimistic…

Compelling Concepts

Originally from the field of commerce, it was fate that brought Mahesh Nambiar to the world of art. He joined an art school while waiting to get his place in a good post graduation school and little did he know that this would become his calling! His love for art got deeper and he trained…

Illustrations that take you back in time

Poonam Athalye specializes in hand-drawn illustration and animation and has illustrated for a number of children’s books and films. Her illustrations have appeared in many educational materials including those for NCERT and UNICEF. Her illustrations have an old school feel to them which immediately took me back to my younger years when Amar Chitra Katha…

Ahh, to be a child again…

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/1932693/of-indian-origin?claim=96vfrkymwbc”>Follow my blog with bloglovin</a> Shishir Naik is a very talented illustrator and visual development artist who has worked as a character designer, storyboard artist and animator for the iconic film Hanuman – the first ever full-length animation film made entirely in India. He uses different styles of illustrations in his work but what…

‘Visual Diary’

With a degree in painting and a post graduation in animation Kavita Singh Kale loves to experiment with various media, blending painting with animation. As a filmmaker, an artist and an illustrator, Kavita draws inspiration from a regular recording of her memories in her sketchbooks. Here are a few of her paintings from her series…

Passion For Pearls

Self taught artist Patric Rozario’s passion for pearls has brought him to create a completely unique form of art called Pearlappetite. Enivisioned to be a collection of art for those who have a taste for pearls, these are a collection of beautifully painted and decorated plates with absolutely gorgeous pearls embedded in them. Inspired by his initial…

What a Character!

Influenced by the Warner Brothers cartoons, Nishant Choksi is an award winning illustrator who has a very distinct ’60s style of illustration that is very refreshing. Based in Brighton, UK, he has created illustrations and character designs for a range of clients like The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, JWT, Orange, Dyson &…

A Picturesque Journey

Arun Bhat loves travelling and around five years ago he felt he needed to record his journeys to remember them more vividly. This led to the birth of his travel blog that completely changed his life. Once a software engineer with a 9 to 5 desk job, Arun is now a travel writer and photographer…

Captivating ‘Type’

Tanushree Rana’s passion for design started at the tender age of 8 when she created a collage for her mother. Today, many years on her love for design and colours has only strengthened with each project she takes up. Her speciality lies in vector art, colours and typography. Here are a few of her captivating…

Gods are great !

For all those who wondered what I meant by linked to India by soul, here is an excellent example. Herve Toussaint aka Santosam81 who is originally from Belgium has been living, travelling and painting in India for the last 15 years. Currently living in Laxmanjhoola Santos creates amazing art using his distinct style of painting,…

‘Holy’ Colours

Indian born Palani Mohan migrated to Australia with his family when he was only 12 but his heart always had a special place for Asia. This can be seen in the many stories he tells through his stunning photography which always revolve around Asia. Palani’s work has been recognized with awards from World Press Photo, Picture…

Simple pleasures of life…

Vimal Chandran has been painting and sketching since his childhood. He won a lot of awards for his paintings & sketching  including winning the gold medal twice for the best painter in the All Kerala painting competition. He has also won the award for the best cartoonist for his political cartoons in his younger years. Software…

Pretty Frills and Dark Mysteries!

Perfect example of how magic is created when the right people come together are these brilliant pictures created by photographer Vikram Kushwah and fashion designer Trisha Sakhlecha. With utterly quirky poses and perfectly feminine yet awkwardly cut out garments, these brilliantly directed and shot photographs totally amazed and intrigued me. Titled ‘The stepmother’s daughter’ here…

Nature unhinged

India is home to a wide variety of animals and birds. Unfortunately many of us are so busy with our life routines that we do not really get to experience them. Here are a few absolutely gorgeous photographs by Vivek Dhage that will take us closer to the rich fauna that exists in India. Vivek…

Awesome twosome

Let me introduce you to Anita and Amit Vachharajani,a husband-wife duo that is passionately involved with children’s literature. Anita, the writer writes children’s stories and also takes writing workshops for children while, Amit creates illustrations for magazines and children’s books and also works with international documentary film crews. Together they have created Amazing India – A…

Friday just got Psychedelic !!!

Psychedelic Pop Art

Here is starting of the weekend with some amazing work created by self-taught artist Archan Nair. Originally from the field of fashion, Archan started off his romance with digital art by mixing a friend’s wallpaper and has never looked back since then….thank god for that! Art director and illustrator, Archan has created some amazing design-work for brands…

The Enticing World of Digital Art

What better way to start off my new digital blog than with these absolutely amazing digital art created by Computer Graphic artist Neville Dsouza. He is the first Indian whose work has been featured on the cover page of Ballistic Publishing’s ‘EXOTIQUE 5‘ which showcases the world’s best in new character artwork. His use of lighting and…

Childhood Dreams

I hope you guys had a great weekend….I was totally lost in cyberspace with all sorts of codes and themes and god-knows-what-else to upgrade my site and I still am not ready with it after 3 days! Why can’t it be easier?! You will see the results soon, promise. Enough about all this now. I must…

Street to Pop Culture

Bringing forth the lives of street vendors here are few works out of Sohan Jakhar’s series called ”Vendorism”. Drawing inspiration from the splendidly frescoed havelis or mansions of Shekhavati(a region north of Jaipur) Sohan creates beautiful backgrounds which he modernizes using pastel colours from the pop culture. The foreground on the other hand speaks of…

Capturing the Beauty of Life

Photographer & blogger Archana Srinivas turns simple everyday things into beautiful feelings. Her photographs are ever so dreamy and stylish; it brings with it a sense of calm. Perfect to start off the weekend…. Archana’s love for food, interior design & chai are very evident in her photographs. Each of her compositions is so well-arranged…

Mid-week humour

I came across these illustrations while browsing and thought I must share them. I love the way Nithin Rao says so much through his humorous illustrations. Here are a few of them for some midweek cheer! Disclaimer : All images used are solely owned by the artist and are reproduced here with prior permission. Please do not…

Poetry in Geometry

Visual artist Madan Meena has exhibited his work extensively in various galleries across the world. Portraying the rich and vibrant colors of Rajasthan his work uses geometry with elements of nature like moon, rain and flowers. His abstract style transforms the circle into subtle poetic images that are extremely endearing. After his doctoral dissertation on…

Images and words like rhythm and blues

The saying a picture speaks a thousand words is so perfectly depicted by this wonderful photo poetry created by Saurabh Tewari, a visual communication student at IIT Bombay,  titled ‘The Story of Confetti’. 1. Prelude All lights went down except those clowns. The show was about to begin And proudly, it was my turn. . . 2. Arrival Before…

Colours of Life

Finding inspiration from mundane and random things in daily life, Leena Thadani is an abstract artist who transforms ordinary to extraordinary through the movement of colours on her canvas. She loves colours and creates beautiful paintings that can really make a room come alive. She believes that painting is a form of meditation and each of her…

Timeless art!

A Pat on the back to Sushil Sakhuja for bringing such an old and beautiful craft form to the world.  Practised by artisans living in the tribal pockets of central India, Dhokra art of Bastar is said to be originated as early as in the 2000 BC. Sushil works with the tribals, living with them to help…

Portrayer of psychological fantasies

Sukesan Kanka is an artist,sculptor, painter and jewellery designer. Born in the city of Trichur, the Cultural Capital of Kerala, Sukesan has always been inspired by his surroundings. He uses surrealistic styles to portray common activities that influence daily lives. Going through his various work, I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful colours he has used…