Meet our Beyond Illustrator: Ranganath Krishnamani
It has been a tradition at CreativeMornings to work with an artist in our community to create an illustration for the monthly theme. April is all about the Beyond.
The illustration is everywhere — in 160+ chapters’ social media channels and at the events.
While the artwork speaks for itself, we wanted to get to know the artist on a personal level and introduce them to the creative community. We’re delighted to introduce you to…
Meet Ranganath Krishnamani
Ranganath is a multi- disciplinary designer specializing in illustration, art direction and user experience. He draws inspiration from vintage architecture, street art and machinery. When he is not behind the sketchbook or computer working on pixels, he loves traveling and exploring new trails on his bicycle.
How did you get into illustration work?
I was always interested in art as a youngster. I distinctly remember drawing on the walls of my home as a child. The floor wore a distinct cherry red color, and it became the canvas on which I started practicing drawing. My subjects were mostly pictures of gods and goddess that adorned our walls, which I tried to copy using basic white chalk pieces. At school, we hardly had a permanent teacher who taught us art. Many times I was asked to draw on the blackboard to keep the students engaged, and I nearly took some of the drawings that I’d practiced at home to the school blackboard, adding my imagination. By the end of school, I was very sure that I wanted to pursue art for my higher studies.
A few years ago, pursuing art/design was not considered a lucrative career option, but I was fortunate that my parents believed in me and supported me wholeheartedly all the way through.
How would you define ‘beyond’? What does that mean to you?
For me the term beyond is about rising above, pushing the limits, pushing ones capabilities and skill, to hustle, going further beyond boundaries to reach for the stars.
At what point in your life did you realize that illustration was your calling?
After graduating as a fine artist, I moved away from pursuing art for an extended period trying to understand technology and designs and wrapping my head around designing for screen and world wide web.
About four years ago one fine day I picked my sketch book and got back to drawing. As I started drawing more and more, i realized what I had missed in so many years. If I look back and try to connect the dots, Getting back to drawing was one the best things that happened to me. .
How has your work evolved over time and what were some influences that caused it?
I think personal projects have always been a huge source of influence in my works. It gives me freedom of self-expression, removing the boundaries of sticking to design briefs, style or deadlines. It allows me to explore, improvise, modify and solidify my thoughts, observations and beliefs. It also helps me evolve a certain style/mood based on the subject that I was trying to represent rather than sticking to a particular style all the time.
What advice would you give to fellow illustrators?
Keep exploring and making work that makes you smile. What’s more important is that you should look at your work as a natural extension of you, as opposed to trying to be an artist or a designer, and trying to impose on yourself whatever that definition may be—to find out what makes you happy.
What’s something about your city that people should know about?
Bangalore wears many adjectives, a silicon city, multilingual metropolitan; it’s also is know for some great street food, Masala Dosas, Rava idly and the filter coffee to silver jewelry, sandal wood, theater, and culture.