Award-winning Illustrator Nishant Choksi is known for his witty, whimsical illustrations and caricatures. His character illustration has been featured in top tier publications, from The Guardian to Vanity Fair, making him a sought after creative. Aside from his work for magazines and newspapers internationally, he’s also worked on advertising campaigns, collaborating with brands like Vodafone and Dyson.
But though his work is varied, Choksi’s approach to each task at hand is fairly straight forward. “I’ll be given an article, headline or subject, and I produce humorous, character-based concepts for articles,” he shared with Lecture in Progress. “My approach lends itself to editorial, which requires problem-solving with multiple solutions to tight deadlines,” he added.
His tools are also consistent: pencil and uni-ball micro for sketching, Winsor & Newton brushes for inking; Sketchbooks and stacks of A4 paper for final artwork; and Photoshop for coloring. “When you do get a job, the sketch phase – looking for the idea and getting the right concept – is a lot of fun, even though you always have the fear of not solving it,” he says.
But to get to where he is today, Choksi admits it took time and much effort. “I come from an Asian background, where a career in the arts was not encouraged,” he says. “Because of this I had to fully commit myself to it and do it early.”
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