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Artist Interview: Manu Jayasankar

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1. How did you get into graphic design /  illustration?

I always enjoyed sketching since I was young. And I did take up art as a subject while I was in school but it was more like a hobby than a serious career choice. But in my final year of school, I dropped out of my entrance coaching class without the permission of my parents and decided that I wanted to become a designer. It was a risky thing to do but I had made up my mind by then and I must say that it has turned out pretty good.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo Artwork  By Manu - NGPS3858 (Copy)

 

2. How would you best describe your style of artwork?

My works are very much into figuration and realism.

 

The Terminator Artwork By Manu - NGPS3862 (Copy)

 

3. What is your design process, from where do you start your artwork?

When I work on self-initiated projects, I choose subjects that would let me explore and experiment. The project should be something that helps me learn something new. After I choose a subject, I do research – conceptualization – compositions – design – and then finally refinement.

 

Sugar Skull - NGPS3861 (Copy)

 

4. What tools do you use for your artwork?

I have 3 different illustrative styles with which I work on different projects. There are pencil renderings which I later digitize and clean up using Adobe Photoshop, then ink on paper illustrations made using my Rotring pens and then digital art made using my wacom tablet.
Sports Legends  Red & Black - NGPS3849 (Copy)

5. What do you do when not working?

I am football crazy. I try and play football at least once a week and watch games over the weekend. Then later in the night I practice mixing on my traktor S2, DJ-ing is another great passion of mine.

Medusa Artwork - NGPS3854 (Copy)

6. How do you stay inspired?

I would say that us designers are in this profession because we truly love and enjoy what we do. We do get mentally exhausted a lot of times because of the amount of work but that wouldn’t last long.
Robocop 1987 - NGPS3847 (Copy)

7. Do you have any advice for young designers?

Well I’m just 22 years old and making a mark as a designer. But I would advice the young designers to work on self-initiated projects when they get free time because that is something that would let them learn a lot more about their strengths and weaknesses compared to a lot of the general class projects.

Muhammad Ali  By Manu - NGPS3845 (Copy)


8.  What is the most fun part of being a designer?

The most fun part of being a designer is that you are having fun while you are working and that you make money doing it!

1 aspect of design you value the most?

In design, you are always learning something new.

1 font you use the most often?

I don’t work on a lot of typographic projects, so I don’t use a particular font a lot of times.

1 design-related book you would recommend every budding designer?

I did my specialization in image-making so the books I refer to are mostly illustration related. I think any student who wants to become an illustrator should check out the book series “Illustration Now”.

1 design magazine you can’t do without? online or offline

I think ‘Its Nice That’ is a brilliant blog filled with inspiring works.

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PosterGully Artist Interview: Sarvesh Agarwal

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1. How did you get into graphic design / illustration?

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I was always a good drawing student back in school but never took it seriously then, not even the school classes. An Engineering degree later was also not giving a sense of satisfaction and thought it would be more sensible to get back to basic, which happened with a PG degree in design from IITG. From then on the breadboard was replaced with a Graphic tablet and crocodile pins were once again brushes and pencils.

2. How would you best describe your style of artwork?

 

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I try to be satirical when putting up ideas and give my audience a nostalgic feeling for the things they relate with.

3. What is your design process, from where do you start your artwork?

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A theme/topic followed by the mood board. A mood board I believe is very critical when creating something and then a freehand drawing ends with a vector or a render on PS.
 

4. What tools do you use for your artwork?

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Nothing beats a traditional method of work but with graphic tablets (Bamboo) and the flexibility with editing softwares ( PS/corel painter) makes work all the more fun.

5. What do you do when not working?

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Travel,occasional photography, shopping is usually a fun time with friends and watch movies.
 

6. How do you stay inspired?

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Follow some designers and always stay updated with his/her work. A liking for a designer’s style of work will sometime reflect in your work too.
 

7. Do you have any advice for young designers?

Criticism for one’s work is healthy and will give you a chance to iterate and show satisfying results.Also do whatever you love the most,even if it includes sleeping for 15-20 hours occasionally :D
 

8. What is the most fun part of being a designer?

You have the liberty to make whatever you like in every possible ways.
1 aspect of design you value the most?
Self-expression
1 font you use the most often?
Helvetica Neue
1 design-related book you would recommend every budding designer?
Making Designs happen by Scott Belsky.
1 design magazine you can’t do without?
Yanko Design

 

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PosterGully Artist Interview: Debangshu Moulik

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1. How did you get into graphic design / illustration?

I have been drawing ever scince I remember,I have got the walls of my house to prove that.I haven’t have had any formal training in art,so I mostly had to make do by learning from youtube videos. In 9th standard I got a job offer from tinkle(but they rejected me as I was too young). That really gave me a spark to take up art seriously and since then I have never looked back.
Beta, Kitne Percent - NGPS3904 (Copy)

2. How would you best describe your style of artwork?

My artwork is more of the cartoony genre of art. I has become a mix of the various styles I have had in the past.
Proud To Be A Vella - NGPS3812 (Copy)

3. What is your design process, from where do you start your artwork?

I usually start by brainstorming for an idea. Then I start sketching this idea onto paper. In this stage I see that if the various aspects of the design are in co-ordination. After this I scan this sketch in my computer. After scanning I ink this sketch digitally and then colour it in photoshop. This entire process amounts to about 4 hours of work.
The Bong  Roshugulla - NGPS3809 (Copy)

4. What tools do you use for your artwork?

I use regular pencils for sketching. If I’m inking traditionally I use brush pens or just normal brushes. For drawing digitally I use a wacom bamboo one small. The softwares that I use for digital art are mainly photoshop and manga studio 5.
Maa Ke Haath Ka Khaana - NGPS3811 (Copy)

5. What do you do when not working?

When I’m not working I’m usually studying,playing video games,reading graphic novels,or just….imagining.

6. How do you stay inspired?

I usually tend to stay inspired by looking at other peoples art,although I do have my own share of artist blocks.

7. Do you have any advice for young designers?

Gee guys,I’m the one who is young here( I’m 15..),anyways if I HAD to give to fellow designers it would be that don’t be scared (or lazy) to explore new mediums for your art.

8. What is the most fun part of being a designer?

Well,probably the most fun thing about being a freelance designer is that you get to work in your boxers!!
:D.
No Shave November - NGPS3810 (Copy)

1 aspect of design you value the most?

Illustration

1 font you use the most often?

I tend to letter my art myself,But if there is a time constraint I usually use ‘Dead Flower’.

1 design-related book you would recommend every budding designer?

Just refer as many ‘the art of …..’ books of animated movies as you can.

1 design magazine you can’t do without? online or offline

Kyoorius.

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Artist Interview: Jaydhrit Sur

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1. How did you get into graphic design / illustration?
A. I think it all started long before I even knew what designing really is or what design softwares are. I used to be highly fascinated by layouts, poster designs, infographics in newspapers, comic book illustrations.
But I think I started to take it seriously as a career when I joined Symbiosis Institute of Design in 2008 for B.Des in Communication Design. Since then designing is been my life. Print
2. How would you best describe your style of artwork?
A. I love experimenting. Mixing different medias whether that be photography, sketching based, digital painting. The best way I can describe my work will be to sum it as Abstract. Print
3. What is your design process, from where do you start your artwork?
A. When working on a personal project I always try to do a deep research on the subject I will be working on. Most of the time the subject of an artwork may a line from a song, a character from a movie / TV Show. So I feel an indepth knowledge about the subject is very important before laying it out on an artwork. Little little elements from those subjects finally become the base and the glue for the final outcome. Print
4. What tools do you use for your artwork?
A. My weapon of choice is Mac + Adobe Ai and Ps + Wacom. When I am doing a mix media I often sketch out bits and pieces of the artwork on paper first with mechanical pencils and charcoal. Then later scan them and remaster in photoshop Print
5. What do you do when not working?
A. Well if I am not working then I like spending my time catching up with friends. If not that then I will indulge myself into a marathon of TV Shows and movies. I like doing photography as well in my free time. Print
6. How do you stay inspired?
A. To be on the top of your game one needs to be constantly looking at other Designers / Artists work. Behance is one such platform where u can browse through portfolios of 1000 of designers from around the world. I am highly inspired by works of Alexis Marcou, Grzegorz Domaradzki, Raphael Vicenzi, Florian Nicolle to name a few.
7. Do you have any advice for young designers?
A. Patience is something we all lack when we are in our teens or when in college. Even I used to get very impatient when doing an artwork and wanted to finish it as fast as possible in my earlier days. One needs to give Design / Artworks time. Then only you can evaluate whether what I though was fine yesterday might be looking odd today. There is nothing called Instant design…only Instant coffee.
8. What is the most fun part of being a designer?
A. Somewhere I read this quote “Find what u love doing the most…and you never have to work a single day in your life”. To an extent thats true. I think creative people are the only bunch people who can claim that they love their jobs.
1 aspect of design you value the most?
A. I think self expression. Designing gives me the freedom to show the world a part of who I am.
1 font you use the most often?
A. There is actually two Futura and Meta. If possible I use them for everything.
1 design-related book you would recommend every budding designer?
A. In todays day and age I think we all are reluctant to read books specially for designing. Specially we dont get all of them in India. But there are a lot of websites that are helpful for beginners. Abduzeedo.com is one such website.
1 design magazine you can’t do without? online or offline
A. Platform, Creative Gaga and the Kyoorius Magazines from India. Wallpaper and Advanced Photoshop are the international ones I like.
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