Meet Nithin, an illustrator who started drawing from very young age and didn’t stop. To follow his passion he quit his job and started freelancing.
Nithin Rao Kumblekar
Inspiro India: How did you get started? What first got you into Illustration? Tell us a bit about yourself.
– We all used to draw when we were kids. But I didn’t stop drawing even after growing up. So it is tough to tell what inspired me to continue this. After completing school I joined Chitrakala Parishad in Bangalore and specialised in applied arts. I joined the advertising agency as an art director, but I was not satisfied with that since anyone with art knowledge can become art director, but not an illustrator. So I decided to quit my job and started freelancing as an illustrator.
Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist/illustrator?
– I concentrate more on lighting. Play of light and shadow is what makes my works look good. At the same time I try to get realism even while exaggerating the characters.
Sometimes clients or the agency ask me to do changes in the illustration. I do the changes if it ads value to the illustration. If I feel it is going to ruin the work then I refuse to do the changes. It is tough to convince the clients sometimes. But you must say “no” if you want to keep that work in your portfolio.
Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?
– I started illustrating with pencil and then scanning them into photoshop and then colour it. But then I bought pen tablet which improved my style. Now I have Wacom monitor which gives the same experience as drawing on paper. I like traditional medium too, but for me digital is faster and good for my style. For me Photoshop is god.
Inspiro India: Is studying illustration in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?
– If you want a career in designing field then fine art colleges are worth. But if you have already completed your college in other field then I don’t think joining a fine art college again is a good idea. It’s better to practise on our own or join hobby classes.
Inspiro India: Can you explain a little about Detailing in your illustrations?
– People like detailed works. But we lose patience while drawing.
I spend a lot of time starring at my works than creating them. If I feel something is not right then I can’t sleep without fixing the illustration.
Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?
– I always wanted to be an artist. Now I’m just an illustrator and I’m working towards becoming an artist who does not work for a client. I do personal work whenever I get time. And my personal works are my favourite. That is makes me feel I’m an artist.
Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a illustrator/designer?
– In my mind I feel like a scientist who is inventing or creating something in his lab. I love my job. During my school days I used to copy sketches from books. But I was not happy with that. I always thought why can’t I be the guy who creates from nothing and not just copy from other works. Now I’m happy that I create illustrations on my own.
Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?
– I like shooting people (with camera). These days it is easy for people add photography as a hobby because of digital cameras. But I started photography in school with my dad’s manual SLR. In those cameras without the knowledge of light it was almost impossible to shoot good pictures. I’m not a pro in studio lights. But I want to dig deeper into studio.
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?
– The internet era has changed the way we work. There are thousands of artist around the globe, and many of them will have similar style like yours. That’s totally fine as long as you put effort to improve your work from the last one you did. But we should not copy or steal someone else’s work.
We can’t call ourself designers or creative if we just copy or download some images to create the work.
Check out his full feature in May’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#28 – Download Free.