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Interview | Archan Nair

Contributed by: Rusmir Arnautovic
Date: Monday 18, May 2009
Interview | Archan Nair

Archan Nair is a very talented self-taught illustrator with clients like Pepsi, Boss and Canon. He is the co-founder and creative director of Cropped Circles, design and art agency. Here he will tell us about his beginning and his resources for inspiration.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what made you become a designer and how did you start your career?

My name is Archan Nair, aka archanN in the digital and virtual web. I’m a 26 year old Artist, Designer and Illustrator based in New Delhi, India. My vision and passion has been to create highly intricate work inspired by various phases or moments of life.

Well, I come from an entirely different industry, which is Fashion. As a family business I was running an apparel manufacturing and export industry since I was 18 years. I always had the creative stint in my since childhood days, but I guess I never discovered it properly. In 2006 I started with digital art, by remixing a friends wallpaper, and since that day each moment has been really a new step for me in exploring and creating.

My Clients are, Pepsi, Boss, Tiger Beer, Canon, Microsoft, GQ etc.

Where do you find inspiration to create such great pieces?

Anything or everything can inspire me. Whether it is the surroundings, or maybe noticing something while driving, or maybe while doing this wonderful interview. But mostly I´m inspired by emotions and feelings, or moments in my life or someone close I have seen which leaves an impact for me to think about.

Music has been a motivating influence, my culture, and the desire to contribute and share with the world.

Can you describe your creative process?

My process is quite different in each of my works, but..I start with the conceptualization of a theme, idea or maybe inspiration which hit my head. I then sketch and draw the entire idea on a sketchbook and get my concept laid down clear. Then I visualize the final feel and effect which I need to give to that particular artwork, and accordingly go about using the various tools in photoshop. I use illustrator sometimes for vector shapes, and illustrations fuse them with Photoshop. But the entire creation is done completely in Photoshop.

Which tools do you use the most?

I use Photoshop and Illustrator. but my compositions etc are done mainly in Photoshop.

How long do you often take making one piece?

Depends on the complexity of that particular artwork. I normally would take anything from around 30-60 hours. Sometimes even less, but really depends.

Thank you for the interview. And one last question, what are your plans for the future of your career?

I normally don’t plan much, as I think the twists and turns of the road can lead us anywhere. But yes, looking forward to more exciting projects, more creativity and fun!

Archan Nair on the web


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