Category: Traditional Art

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Riveting Ruralscape

West Bengal based artist Dipanwita Biswas grew up watching her grandmother making elaborate embroidery design with colourful threads on every possible household item, this probably was the start to her quest with art. After facing a lot of hurdles, Dipanwita finally managed to join the Government College of Art and Craft to study Applied Art.…

Miniature Revival

Known as the Singh Twins, London born twin sisters Amrit and Rabindra Singh’s award-winning paintings have been acknowledged for initiating a new movement in the revival of the Indian miniature tradition within modern art practices. Their paintings are part of many private and public collections worldwide. Their work has been incorporated into Britain’s formal education…

Intense Expressions

New York based artist Schandra Singh uses the medium of oil and gouache to talk about shared social and political realities. A Yale MFA graduate, she has been featured in many international exhibitions. In 2008, she held a solo show with Galerie Bertrand & Gruner in Geneva, Switzerland. Schandra was included in MoCA Shanghai’s “India…

Travel Flip Flops

Bangalore-based Graphic Designer cum illustrator, Jayesh Sivan loves to fill his surroundings with art. A fine arts graduate from College of Fine Arts Trivandrum, Jayesh’s work is handpainted and defined by the use of bright and rich colours heavily inspired by traditional Indian art. As a designer he blends artistic sensibility with new age graphic styles to create unique and…

Illustrations Vintage Style

Artist and illustrator Mohita Iyer started with a background in fashion design. As a design student in 1995, she was a national finalist for the Smirnoff Fashion Awards and her design was featured in Elle Magazine Australia, Mode Magazine and New Woman Magazine. Although her career started out in Fashion, she has worked in Marketing…

Art Inspired by Unplanned Journeys

Mumbai-based artist Kunal Bele graduated from the prestigious Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art in 2005. Mainly into graphic design, painting and photography he also loves to play with the many different mediums of art.  When he is not busy creating art or design he sets off on his bike to random unplanned destinations. Inspired…

Geometric Shapes & Vibrant Colours

Delhi-born artist Shhiv Singh migrated to London with his parents when he was only a baby. He studied at the Central Saint Martins, London and Parson School of Design, Paris before he headed back to India to pursue his passion for Arts. His work has been highly acclaimed and is included in several prominent collections…

A Riot of Colours

Delhi-based independent animation filmmaker and illustrator Priya Kuriyan loves observing people in public places and sketching them whenever possible. She started illustrating for children’s books while she was still a student and thoroughly enjoyed it, leading to her career as an illustrator. After having worked in Bombay for two years with a company that made…

Design Geek

Bangalore-based Graphic designer and photography hobbyist Menaka Chandrasekhar was always creatively inclined. After she completed her BA in Graphic design in Singapore at Lasalle, College of the Arts she pursued a career in Advertising and Graphic design. She was a finalist in the 2008 Crowbar Awards for the Editorial publishing category and in the Electric…

You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!

Self-taught artist Vipin Raphel started drawing only very recently. He received great accolade and his first commission soon after he displayed his first few drawings on the Internet.  With no formal guidance, he mastered the technique of photo realistic style of pencil drawing by closely watching work created by legends like JD Hillberry and Armin…

Art Activism

Software engineer Rohini Kummitha is also a very passionate, self-taught visual artist. She quit her high flying career to pursue her passion for arts and is getting ready to do an MFA in Integrated Visual Arts to gain a better understanding of the technical nuances. Rohini works with various media like sketching, painting, photography and…

Creative Chaos

Mumbai based illustrator and motion graphics artist Sameer Kulavoor has an obsession for drawing. He loves creating images, some still and some that move. His work has been featured in many well known publications such as Luerzers Archive: 200 best illustrators worldwide, D&AD, Communication Arts, The Art Directors club, IDN and Computer Arts Projects. Highly inspired…

Raise your Glass for…

Artist Atul Bakshi is passionate about glass. He loves experimenting with every dimension of glass, from its physical form to the very essence of its spirit. A former Naval officer, Atul’s love affair with glass began many years ago, in Australia where he first studied the technique of modern stained glass. Atul not only creates…

Bringing out the Fun in Life

Abu Dhabi born Illustrator Alicia Souza loves colours and seems to love drawing on anything she finds. She is the designer of three fun fonts called Smile Baby Smile, Alphabots and Monsterocity. Her illustrations are as colourful and fun as herself. Here is a cool illustration on her life and a few others that will…

Sketches of Life

After his graduation from the prestigious National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Prashant Miranda moved to Canada. He worked with an Animation studio for four years designing animation films for children, the highlight being a 26-episode, stop-motion animation series called “Henry’s world“. Soon he felt he needed to feed his passion for painting, and along…

Mid-Century Design meets Ancient Mythology

California based animator and illustrator Sanjay Patel started drawing at the age of four and by the time he was in high school, he knew he wanted to be an animator. After his second year at the California Institute of Arts(CalArts) he was recruited by Pixar Animation Studios, where he has been happily bringing characters…

Mixing It All Up

Barcelona based artist Rithika Merchant uses drawing to narrate whimsical stories inspired by her personal reflections and experiences of life. She is particularly fond of patterns made by the placement or overlaying of shapes or units together, and the way each small part functions to create a whole. Here are a few of her stunning work…

A ‘Deluge’ of Awesome Art

At the age of 4, Delwyn Remedios created his first drawing, inspired by the city fair he had been to and has never looked back since then. From grafitti art and painting on the streets of Mumbai to experimenting with different forms of animation, he loves it all. Winner of many international awards  for his…

Poetic Paintings

Graphic designer Rochelle Motha has been drawing, painting and doodling since childhood. Inspired by Van Gogh for the use of colour and Rodin for the purity of human form, her paintings are a combination of shades, stark contrasts of black and white, enhanced with the occasional streak of vibrant colour. Her collection “Good Truth” is…

Ancient Script, Modern Art

Veteran artist Amitabh Sengupta studied printmaking and painting at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1966 on a scholarship from the French Government. In 1975, he received the President’s Award in painting awarded by the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi and 1986 – 1987 he was listed as Art advisor with the Federal Universities, Nigeria and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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 &…