A Touch of Drama Defines Kushagra Gupta’s Electrifying 3D Designs

Born and raised in Kolkata, India, Kushagra studied graphic design at university and graduated just as the pandemic was unfolding. It was the free time afforded by the lockdown that allowed Kushagra to finally dabble in 3D design, a field that had always fascinated him. But, the defining moment in Kushagra’s 3D journey was his participation in the 36 Days of Type challenge, an “extended ritual” that helped the designer slowly enter a new creative space – something Kushagra identifies can often be ” intimidating”. Additionally, the designer acknowledges that “over the past two years, 3D programs have become more intuitive and accessible” and is grateful to be “part of a very resourceful and inspiring community of online artists”. Having since honed his 3D skills, Kushagra works from home as a freelance designer and has clients around the world.

Recently, Kushagra tells us that he has tried to move away from more “realistic” 3D and to adapt his work “in a more graphic sense, with an overt play of form, space and color”. This, he explains, is rooted in his search for inspiration in many vintage print media, like posters and record covers from the 970s. But, the designer is also able to find inspiration much closer from his home, namely, at his partner’s, a fellow artist, Nadhir Nor. “We always discuss art, culture and media and his deeply poetic and nostalgic view of life (as also seen in his art) is a constant inspiration to me.”

Concluding with some thoughts on what element of his practice he enjoys the most, Kushagra lands on the 3D modeling and texturing part, where he can bring his concepts and thumbnail sketches to life. “This is the part where I get to be a ‘state of flow’ for lack of a better term, where I can be really spontaneous with my art and have fun with it,” explains the designer. Loving to play with all aspects of the software, breaking and redoing things as they go, Kushagra now finds himself completely in love with the 3D world. “I can do so many iterations until I arrive at something that clicks and sparks joy”, concludes the designer, “I am always blown away by the things made possible by 3D technology”.

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