In our quest for the most unique and inspiring art from all over the country, we recently came across the work of Anurag Halder. Currently pursuing a masters degree in design from IIT Delhi, Anurag is an architect by profession, geek at heart and a major pop culture enthusiast as is evident from his artwork. A particular series he was working on drew our attention because of it’s incredibly drafted concept. Anurag has visioned and illustrated the legendary Justice League superhero team based on concepts and elements from Indian mythology! Every hero has been given a carefully crafted look based on his/her background and superpowers to make them fit in as characters from Indian history and culture.
Check out Anurag’s Paintcollar profile here – http://paintcollar.com/anuraghalder
“So, this idea about an Indian Justice league came to my mind when I used to watch the old animated Justice League cartoon. It was a vague idea and I thought wouldn’t it be cool to see them as Indian characters with more or less similar powers but different stories. After all these years the idea was somehow stuck to me and I thought I’ll give it a try. I started looking up references, studied a few old photographs and drawings, made mental notes of what I would like to see in each of the characters. One thing which I would like to clarify is that the Hindi titles written beneath each character are not actually their names but rather a single word associated with what each of them represent. A lot of people messaged me or wrote comments that this name is good or this name is bad. They are not actually names but a reflection of their personalities. I thought of giving them names but ultimately abandoned the idea.”, says Anurag regarding the creative process behind this series.
We were delighted to hear that Anurag is still in the process of adding some more characters, possibly Shazam and Aquaman. Based on the phenomenal positive response to this Justice League series, he is also considering applying the Indian redesign concept for the Avengers in the future.
Speaking about his journey as an artist Anurag says “I’ve been drawing and doodling stuff ever since I learned to hold a pencil. I never had any formal training because when you live in a small town you don’t have many teachers around. Also, what I wanted to draw from the start were comic books, super heroes or pop culture stuff and the local teachers were never keen on that kind of art. My elder brother is a comic book geek like me and always encouraged me. Fortunately after school, I studied architecture and then went for industrial design so I’ve been in constant contact with pencils and paper which helped me to keep in touch with my hobby.”
Every artist draws inspiration and from the masters in his/her style and Anurag is no different. His heroes include legendary comic artists such as Brian Bolland, Jim Lee, Moebius, Dustin Nguyen and Steve Mcniven to name a few. “As I am still in the learning phase, right now I am following some artists and trying to mix and match their styles with my own to see if something new comes up. I would definitely like to see myself evolving as an artist and having my own signature style someday.” says Anurag.
We were so delighted to discover Anurag’s work that we couldn’t resist asking him about his current projects and future plans on which he remarked “Nowadays I’ve started doing more digital work than traditional pen and paper stuff. I am still learning new things everyday. I mostly start out by using references. If I have time, I sketch it on paper first, scan it and then work on it digitally.”