Last week we caught up with Rohait Ganger, a recent Manchester Illustration graduate. It was really hard to choose which pieces of his to showcase on our blog! We fell in love with Rohait’s work at his degree show in June 2013, and continue to enjoy his painterly, filmic, and powerfully composed pieces.
Rohait took the time to tell us more about himself and his work -
'I'm an illustrator from the Midlands who graduated recently at the Manchester School of Art. My main passion is for storytelling, so I always find my inspiration usually comes from cinematography that inspires me from films and TV. If I see a certain shot or piece of camera work that inspires me, I usually scribble it down in my journal for future reference. In terms of artists, I enjoy the expressive marks by Ashley Wood, the angular compositions of Jan Urschel, and I always find myself coming back to the work of Rembrandt and discovering something new to take inspiration from.
For my work on the Big Sleep, I didn’t want to directly recreate scenes from the book, but create illustrations that expressed the ideas behind the characters and the atmosphere of the corrupt city. I used a combination of acrylic/water colours then finalising the images in Photoshop.
With Masque of the Red Death, I used a similar method to create the illustrations, but wanted to achieve something that looked like a dark fairytale. I tried to experiment with how I could tell the story by using the composition to guide the audience through the image.
Reportage drawing was something I only started doing when I started Uni, but it’s become something I do to keep myself active and trying new pens and gadgets. Lately, I’ve been using the Pentel Calligraphy and Aquash brush pens, and also a platinum carbon pen for fine loose mark making.
I’m currently starting a print studio in Kingswinford called ‘PXL Print’, which will also be offering creative design services.’
For more, visit Rohait’s Portfolio, check out his tumblr, and follow him on Twitter.