July 31, 2014

Sketchnotes: Manu Jayasankar Ambady

By Anusha Narayanan

Having travelled four cities in four years, Manu Ambady can be called quite a nomad. Originally from Thrissur, Kerala, this young designer and illustrator currently works in Bangalore with 22feet Tribal Worldwide as a part of their in-house team. Doodling and daydreaming his way through school, sketching cartoons and comic heroes on the back of his textbooks, Manu’s creativity run amok on the pages of his diaries. Drawing parallels, he says, “Those days, it was just letting the mind loose, but now its mostly brainstorming for projects.”

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Manu went to MITID, Pune after schooling and did a two year foundation course, during which he was chosen by MITID to be sent for a twin-degree program to the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. There he specialized in Image-making within graphic design. Upon finishing, he returned to do his final project – Lost in the Crowd series for MITID.

Scrolling through his sketchbook one realizes that he has a fetish for sketching human figures, their faces and expressions, gestures and movements perfecting each one with each version. “My work is very much into realism and figuration. Then there is hand made type designs. I love messing around with different pens, pencils, markers and brushes”. Never really having trained in typography, he loves it still.


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He is comfortable with both the traditional and digital mediums, he says. “It depends on the project as to what I choose to work with. I got my own wacom in my second year of college because I wanted to learn digital painting and I taught myself using online tutorials. As an art student I was used to pencil rendering and watercolors.” His process for illustration is simple – Brainstorming > researching > collecting references > creating a composition > refining. Adaptable and flexible, the young artist has a lot more to say but lets his work explain the rest.

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  1. jithin



    Brilliant!! Bro…

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