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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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13 June 2016


Satavisha Chakrabarty – The  Artist who brings out the best in what she does by simply enjoying it. She always liked to draw but never pursued any training and never had anything to do with art, it was just a form of relaxation to her. As she did her masters in History, she always wanted to be an archaeologist. She used to post her artwork on Instagram and noticed that people actually like her work. She once created a doodle for Dewarists ( an MTV show) since she is a huge fan of their show and got noticed by them. They even sent her Dewarists goodies. Since then she has been doodling regularly. She also started getting many freelance projects and she was enjoying her work. It never felt like she was working; rather it was like she was getting paid to enjoy her time. That’s the moment she realised Illustration is her calling. She also has a degree from ZICA (Zee institute of creative arts) in digital arts. She officially started freelancing in July 2015 and since then has completed over 60 projects.


She believes drawing is the best form of getting visual information on the page. She illustrates her imagination and tries to match it with what her lovely followers expect from her. She mostly illustrates based on how is she feeling at the moment. Basically, she does what makes her happy. While she was doing a lot of doodles, she gained interest on object art and switched to object art for some time.


She loves drawing on paper. So, usually, she puts down her imaginations on paper and then digitizes it if need be. Most of her zentangles are on paper. She loves black and white illustration. Since, she is doing a lot of projects, she also uses various tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDRAW, InDesign etc.



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Her weekdays usually start with a coffee; checking emails and making a task list of what needs to be done for the day. Life for her is about working as little as possible for the biggest return. Return doesn’t need to be always in terms of money, it can be more leisure time. She doesn’t have much to worry about, so everything she does seems enjoyable.

At weekends, she sleeps a lot and hangs out with friends and spends time with family.

How much time she would take to finish an art work really depends on if she knows where she wants to go with a piece. If it’s something simple, it can take as little as 4 hours. For a more complicated illustration, it can take anywhere from a few days to a week. She stops a lot and looks at the illustration with a fresh pair of eyes before just rushing into finishing it.



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Her delight in the process of making an illustration and in what she envisions is what drives her. She thrives on detailing. Detailing is not a big deal to her, it’s just a part of her illustration. While she is illustrating, she feels like she is justifying who she was created to be.

She feels inspired by the amazing artist Harun Robert who, as per her, is a source of inspiration and creativity. She also admires Kerby Rosanes and Jabson Rodrigues. And above all, her parents are her biggest inspiration, they helped her all the way and with everything she wanted to do. She also tries to seek a lot of feedback from her readers.


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Words of wisdom,

“Listen to your heart. Do what makes you happy. If you like art and think that you can’t draw, try harder. Don’t just quit, take a class and work at it. I think you will be wonderfully surprised.. I am a self taught artist and I faced a lot of challenges in the beginning but now I have improved a lot; so can you. ”


Her words about Inspiro India,

“I think what Inspiro India is doing for young artists is commendable. I want to see more and more artists like me on Inspiro India. And I want to thank you guys for giving me this opportunity.”

You can find more of her work here: Instagram | Facebook 



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28 March 2016

Artist : Prince Sarmah

Social Media- this medium is a huge push in itself if used properly- He had interest in art from childhood, but after joining instagram, he came to know about a lot of great artists. And after checking their works, be had decided to improve on his skills. So here he is still learning his things. All these things went unplanned for him..!!

About his style-

He loves to experiment, and he thinks that’s the best way to learn. So we can say that by watching his feed, he loves to sketch portraits as of now. Though he tries a lot of them in a different way. There are a lot of challenges that he has to face in everyday life pursuing what he loves, main challenges are motivation and mind block. You can’t make art unless you feel so, hence he has to check instagram or other media for constant inspirations and motivations. Or he ends up thinking only.









His main style is sketching, though he does watercolour and oil paintings too, but till now he is showing his sketches in social media. His tools are not that expensive or so, he uses whatever he finds in his local art supply, pencils like 2H(for lighter areas), HB, 4B, 5B, 8B(for darker tones) all mainly from brands like Apsara, Camlin etc . And his favourite tools are hi mechanical pencils, he loves them. He uses HB leads in them. He uses ball point pens for some sketches too. He prefers Reynolds 045 fine carbure for that. And i use normal art pages but sketch pads from brands like rubberband and mypaperclip are nice as well.








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There are a lot of artists and photo magazines who inspire him.Some artists are ▶Daniel Segrove (@dsegrove) ▶Dika Toolkit (@toolkit04) ▶Farooky (@farooky) ▶James Jean (@jamesjeanart)

As a child he always wanted to do some creative works. He wasn’t sure about what to become. But he loved creative things. He is not professional, so he is not working from this field but he gets some offers from brands like Motorola, Vague for some arts. And he gets commissioned orders as well.

You can find more of his work here: Website





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28 March 2016

Artist of the Month| July’15|Illustrator : Nilomee Jesrani

Nilomee Jesrani : Things come to you naturally because after all, destiny is destiny..!! To our artist of the month, things actually came naturally and visually. It was quite simple, She would get excited about executing ideas for art and illustration when She saw things that inspired her. Like we have always said, inspiration is the biggest motivation one can ever get..!!

As all artists face situations where they feel their work starts resembling their inspiration, but the more they draw, the more personal it becomes, and then a STYLE emerges, similar happened with our artist of the month. For a while, She felt that She didn’t have a STYLE till someone pointed it out to her. ‘Style’ could mean anything your choice of colours, the tools you use, the way you draw details, the subject etc. Her work reflects who she is. She loves trees, birds, animals etc. And she like colours. She also tends to day dream quite a bit-






A DAY DREAMER- best of a creative soul..!! And her love for illustrations-she has been drawing since she could hold a crayon, and she never knew it was called ‘illustration’ till she went to Art/Design school. She likes it because she gets to define her rules in what she illustrates and gets to break them in her own way. She sees it as a form of expression, and a way to bring together her love for colour and drawing. She doesn’t have a set process. She process is defined by the medium. To do digital illustrations, she dives right in. She makes quick rough on Photoshop, and draws over it in. Usually the end result looks very different from the rough sketch.





It was her  first film ‘The Runaway Circle’.She studies Animation at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. As her first independent project, she had to come up with a story, animate it, add sound, edit it etc. It involved bringing together her  skills as an artist and tested her  at many levels. The film is about a chalk circle that runs away from a (blackboard) duster that wants to erase it. In the end she had a really good time making it, but she struggled with finding the right ending to the story till the right idea hit her and then it all fell into place.







She is not satisfied with on a daily basis but it is natural. As an artist, you tend to constantly question your skills, but when she works and gets ready absorbed in an illustration, she looses track of time and feels happy with what she is doing. After she finishes it, the feeling of SATISFACTION she gets is amazing.

She wants to learn illustrate with paper. She has been meaning to do that for a long time because it involves using her hands and crafts skills. She tends to stick to digital because of the bright colours she can use on a computer, but she knows that it’s possible to achieve something as beautiful and crafty even out of paper. She also wants to try painting on canvas with acrylics. She loves the matte finish they give.












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Learn how to get your work out and how to share it on social media. Loom around and look at every opportunity to put your work on things. Think about the other skills you need to pick up to put your work on a new platform and learn them.”

You can find more of her work here: Website

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28 March 2016

Ganpati Series : illustrations by Siba Sahu

It is rightly said, “You are actually born the day you find out why?” About our artist, it was the series of pursuing his hobby which made him realize his goal. It was his hobby of scribbling which turned into beautiful illustrations. And of course, wherever there are colors, there is something creative. “Go with the flow” is probably suits our artist the best. He used to flow with the theme or trend to showcase his works. Ganpati name series was usually dedicated to his lovely followers. After number of request flown, so he decided to go with more Ganesha typo series. Work processed by brain and his hand.

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28 March 2016

10 Magical Masterpieces to inspire you

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream”

-Vincent Van Gogh

Isn’t this true? You imagine, you dream and then you create. Exactly like poetry, painting is such an exquisite form of communication. It may be a communication to the world or maybe to your very own self. Many people refer art as visual poetry and it is true in every sense. You know the best part about this form of art? There are absolutely no rules, no right way to do things no wrong way. You are perhaps the creator and the sole decision maker, your imagination is your master and you can go as far as you please; there is no stopping you. With the advent of digital media and buzz, digital art is the modern day artist’s window to unleash his or her creativity. Take a look at these magical masterpieces that will inspire you.


01©Mat Miller
02©Archan Nayar
03©Olka Kostenko
04©Mark Summers
05©Ana Gomez Bernau
06©Rahaf Dk Albab
08©Nityanshu Sharma
09©Alfred Basha
10©Pete Lloyd