February 5, 2015

Sketchnotes: Reuben D’Silva

by Janhavi Sharma

One would hardly believe that illustrator Reuben D’Silva (whose artistic explorations can be found here), was initially pursuing mechanical engineering. Despite his leap from engineering to art, he decided to stick to his technical roots and work on industrial design. Soon he meandered further away from science and closer to his deeper love for art and graphics, and eventually went on to study Graphic Design at NID, from where he has recently graduated.

Having no time for oneself, and finding it difficult to be in the present moment are the most echoing complaints of people living in metros. People often resort to yoga or meditation to overcome that, but Reuben just needs his sketchbook. He says sketching has always been his favourite excuse to get some alone time and it has helped him become a more appreciative person.

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His weapon of choice for creative disruptions, is ink. “Be it microtip, fountain tip or brush. Ink lends a lot of versatility as well as simplicity to the idea you wish to represent. I love my 2B and 6B pencils just as much. I need my tools to be handy and portable, that’s a priority. I love watercolour too but rarely have the patience to ‘set up’. Slightly textured paper works for me and I think superwhite intimidates me a little.”

He derives inspiration from his own experiences and from the stories that he sees around him. “I would like to think that everything I see and experience on a daily basis influences my next step – from a movie I just watched to the song I’m listening to as I type this. I have always found more inspiration in a friend’s sketchbook than on the website of a famous designer or studio. Over the past five years I have been fortunate to grow in the company of some immensely talented friends and acquaintances. These relationships and exchanges keep me inspired, not simply a piece of work in isolation.”

Reuben_Dee4 (Pencil) Reuben_Dee (Ink)

His work includes raw pencil-and-ink sketches to digital paintings.Though some artists find it difficult to keep up with the ever evolving digital tools, Reuben has a very interesting take on this. He says, “Sketching and thinking are two things I have to do without a digital interface. The digital medium is great to organise and iterate an established creative direction. For example in my graduation project  One Small Step, the choice to animate in a new software like Aftereffects was informed purely by constraints of physical resources and to make the learning process more time efficient. One thing I have learnt is that softwares cannot be picked up for their own sake – there has to be a context of application.”

Talking more about his graduation project he says, “’One Small Step‘ under Project Rising with Codesign has been my favourite for a number of reasons. It is a short animation piece for urban school kids, explaining the importance of a small action in solving the large problem of water scarcity. It will be published for online viewing shortly and can be used as tool by educators or parents to initiate discussions about environmental sustainability.”

Experimental design work for 'One small Step' Final Design- One small stepOne Small Step 

He further reasons, “At a time when I think many students like me go through an existential crisis over the role of design in the real world, it allowed me to explore the capacity of communication design to create positive social change in small but effective ways. Fazal Thanveer, my project partner and I, had a very wholesome experience of the design process for self-initiated projects from a content and form perspective. Personally, it drew me out of the traditional graphic design skill set into the lesser known world of motion design and sound design, which taught me a lot about myself and redefined my understanding of media.”

Reuben spent the last few months in Goa volunteering for The Story of Light Festival. A few days before we interviewed him, his bag containing his laptop and a hard disk filled with his artwork from the last five years, was stolen. But he is looking at this setback as a welcome opportunity for a fresh start. He is now looking to work with performing artists, and create a new style.как взломать пароль на андроидекак взломать чужую переписку в вкcifrolom ru скачать бесплатновзлом страницы пользователя вкkombohacker 4 ghost код активации

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