Aditi Kakade Beaufrand : Illustrator

Aditi Kakade Beaufrand is an illustrator based in France. She loves drawing and painting. When she’s not illustrating, she likes eating Pain aux Chocolat ( french bread), reading, going about the city in search for new stationary or taking long walks on the beach.

Why are you an illustrator?
I have gone down many avenues of design. Illustration is the only one that helped me truly express myself.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I did Maeer’s MIT Institute for Design Foundation and DSK Supinfocom Rubika International School for 3D animation. For going into the career path of being an illustrator, I would say I am self taught. The previous schools and education helped me to be a better designer but at the end of my 3D education I felt that drawing was always calling me back.

You have a distinct style of Design. How long did it take to develop your style?
Thank you. If i would have to put a time frame I would say it took me about 3 years to develop it. I would even say that I’m developing it day by day even today as evolving as an illustrator is a endless learning experience.

How did you focus so much on graphic illustrations? When did you realise you loved doing it and wanted more if it?
There are many stages and phases I went through that pushed me to take up Illustration as a career it was a crazy roller coaster . I didn’t know I wanted to be an Illustrator. But I always had a love for drawing and painting. At the age of 14 I discovered that I could have a career in Advertising and Graphic Design. Holding on to that dream I made it to design school. Where I was introduced to many avenues of design. Graphic design and Advertising wasn’t enough for me, and at that point design schools didn’t offer a in depth course in illustration. So I choose animation. I did ok in animation 2D and 3D but I always found my way going back to Drawing and illustration. I just wasn’t happy doing animation. So in my final year of animation school, I decided to face the reality, get of my rollercoaster of deceit and become and illustrator.

Who was the influential personality on your career in Illustration?
There are so many its hard to name just one.
The Internationals: Natalie Andrewson, Gemma Correll, Scott Campbell, Malika Favre, Vera Brosgol, Fran Meneses and so on.

When did you start freelancing?
After I finished my first book project, I was looking for other jobs.I didn’t like the other offers I got so I was actively searching for the ones I liked. In the mean time I wanted to go out meet my friends. I wasn’t gonna ask my parents for money, who I disappointed by quitting animation so I decided to do freelance. This was the best decision for me because the extra time helped me to practice and get where I am.

Do you have clients who give you steady work or do you advertise for new clients?
I have some clients that keep coming back with more work. Also I keep advertising for new clients as often as I can to get to work on more exciting projects.

How do you market yourself?
I like to a lot of personal projects. Projects that reflect what I can do that I sometimes can’t do in freelance. Those explorations usually end up attracting attention of potential clients on my social media (Behance, instagram).
I also keep and eye out for opportunities. If I find an agency I like, I would write to them saying “I like the work they are doing and I am interested in working with them”.

Any other Indian Illustrators who you admire?
Our locals: Vaibhav Kumaresh, Shyam Wanare, Parvati Pillai, Meroo Seth, Lavanya Naidu and Varun Nair.

What advice do you have for aspiring creative professionals? Would you advise them to take on Illustration as a career?
Yes, if you love illustrations and drawing,follow your dreams.
Learn the basics and the theories of design . Also, study other illustrators. You will discover a lot, which will help you be a better artist.
Look for inspiration at home and outside. When I was a kid my parents bought me pictures books from a lot of international authors. So as a child I grew up on a vast variety of international exposure. Which helped me shape my style.

Do you think Clients are opening up to keeping aside a decent respectable budget for design work? Do you think clients are understanding that they need to invert in design as a communication tool and also to cut the clutter, and that good design comes at a price?
Yes, I certainly think they do. It might take a while for everyone to catchup on it. But its heading in that direction.

Mac or PC?
Very difficult. I would go for display of an IPad Pro and affordability of PC.

Who would you like to take out for a Dinner?
Dinner? Will always be my husband and close friends.
For a coffee or beer, all my illustrator friends and illustrators I admire. So that we can form a sketchbook club and draw together.

Whats on my IPod?
Podcasts: Creative Pep talk by Andy J Pizza.
Audiobooks: Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire.
Music: Starly; Call On Me.

Whats your Twitter Handle? Instagram?
I am not regular on Twitter. My Instagram handle where I am most active is : @tiki_lava.

Aditi Kakade Beaufrand : Illustrator
Aditi Kakade Beaufrand : Illustrator
Aditi Kakade Beaufrand : Illustrator
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