Interview with Illustrator: Ajayan Chalissery

Interview with Illustrator: Ajayan Chalissery


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23 February 2017

Interview with Illustrator: Ajayan Chalissery

Ajayan Chalissery belongs to an artist family. Born to a freelance artist, he was greatly inspired by his father’s board paintings and other artworks. With a clear imagery in mind, Ajayan enrolled in a Fine Arts College and got various opportunities to attend art exhibitions and drawing camps.


Ajayan Chalissery


Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist/illustrator?

– I think I didn’t face much challenges. Anyway, getting into the field of art was a little bit difficult for me until I was published in public. Once you get published, you would get the work similar to that. I prefer to draw all the details of the object. I keep different styles of different work. I can’t follow the same style for different works. It depends on requirements of clients and situation.

I consider the nature of the audience who wants to see my work.


Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?

– Now, I can’t live without all the tools like brush paints etc. I don’t use technology much. First, if I get an idea about something,

I visualise it clearly. I State it first, and I explain it to myself second, and I elaborate it to the maximum and start drawing.



Inspiro India: Is studying illustration in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– Studying in fine arts college is way better than any other alternative in field of art. If we study in an art college, we get a lot of opportunities to meet different kinds of artist from all around the world and we get many chances to attend art exhibitions. We get chances to exhibit our work to the great artists in the same field. I don’t see any other alternative for this.


Inspiro India: Can you explain a little about Detailing in your illustrations?

– First, I draw only the form of the object. After that when I indulge myself into the art, all the details come automatically. I think it happens because of my experience and my observation on life around us.



Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

– I didn’t have any aim in my childhood. I was interested in drawing. I automatically became an artist. Perhaps, it was my destiny.


Inspiro India: As you work with film industry, Can you tell us about your journey in film industry as an illustrator?

– I told you basically I am artist. I had so many friends in the field of cinema. They used to call me to help them in their projects. It widened my friend circle in film field with directors, script writers and producers. They started calling me to handle their project independently. Now, I have done a lot of films as art director in malayalam and have worked as Assistant Art Director in many films in Bollywood and Kollywood.



Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

– Watching films and studying about them.









©Ajayan Chalissery

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? And Some creative tips you’d like to share?

– Be passionate about your work. See life around you from all perspectives. Draw, draw and draw. You will reach where you want to.


Check out his full feature in June’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#29 – Download Free.



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