As a child growing up in a little town near Kolkata, Pranay was so fascinated by movie posters that he wanted to become a director. He even started his career at an agency that specialised in movie poster designs. Today, Pranay keeps his passion for movies alive as a weekend hobby. While the rest of us binge on movies, he’s busy designing posters for the most celebrated directors of Bengali cinema, like Srijit Mukherjee. All the posters you see here, are official movie posters designed by him. And some have even won awards.
Chandra Shekar, who works as a Senior Manager Process Excellence at Madras Global, has mastered the wet-in-wet watercolour technique, to breathe life into animals, landscapes, quaint village scenes, cityscapes and abstracts. Using burnt and raw sienna colours, Chandra Shekar has developed a signature style that evokes a sense of beauty and wonder. His acrylics and watercolour paintings adorn the walls of many corporate offices in Italy, Poland and UK. His work has also been exhibited at Chitrakala Parishath in Bengaluru and Ravindra Bharathi in Hyderabad.
If these photographs resemble layouts, it’s because they’ve been shot by a Creative Director. After experimenting with conceptual, still life and model photography, Vinay finally found his favourite style in street photography. Geared with a Sony A9 and Fujifilm XT2, Vinay takes to the streets and waits till the perfect layout walks into his frame. These unedited images (except for minor colour tweaks) are a juxtaposition of subjects shot against unlikely posters, sign boards, shutters, and parked vehicles. They are a window into how people, places and things can come together for a brief moment, to tell an entirely different story.
Shareef is as adept with a stylus, as he is with a sickle or even a brush. Because this Senior Animator also happens to be a Farmer and an Artist with 8 exhibitions behind him. The inspiration for his acrylics comes from the traditional attire worn by Goravas of the Kuruba community in Karnataka. While his narrative captures the story of love between Shiva and Parvati, the form and the formless. Using geometrical shapes, abstract structures and masterstrokes, Shareef creates contemporary art that is truly Indian.
People are the subject of Vibha’s digital drawings. But unlike other designers who focus on proportions and anatomy, this ambivert observes people’s personality and quirks, with a serving of humour. She then transfers her observations onto photo-realistic caricatures and portraits. Her work looks so close to a real photograph, you’ll want to take a second look! Follow her on _vibhasharma_
Here’s an Art Director who wants you to judge a book by its cover. Once Midhun is done reading a book, he tries to bring out the essence of the story in his digitally created hardcover designs. His cover design for ‘The Cherry Tree’ by Ruskin Bond seems to have impressed the author so much, that it prompted him to repost it on his Instagram handle! So, go ahead and judge these books by their covers.
Want to get inked once all this is over? You don’t have to go to Goa for it! Connect with Yash – an Art Director and an award winning Tattoo Artist from Bengaluru. In the last ten years, he has perfected realistic, geometric, portrait and dotwork styles of tattooing. Bring him a personal story and he will make it last forever.
As most of us are locked inside our homes, Chandru Sigamani’s illustrations invite us for a walk through the iconic landmarks of Chennai. Past the University, through the Napier Bridge, into the Light House and beyond. The illustrations are part of a series he calls ‘Discover Chennai’. And thanks to them, we just discovered Chandru – a motion graphics animator by profession and a pop artist for fun.
Most of us know Vinod to be a superior production artist. But did you know that he is also a part-time bottle-sculptor, painter and artist? That’s right! While we chill over weekends, he upcycles bottles; making sure no two bottles look alike. Using old bottles, tissue, glue, shilpkar clay, beads, acrylics and knives he’s managed to un-bottle some insanely cool art. Pore over and get tipsy.