Dhonuk has been a great experience, largely because it has brought my Art, which was merely a hobby, to the stage where it can be sold. I had never thought anyone would be interested in my Art but Dhonuk has changed an amateur's perception. It is great to be doing portraits as commissions because it brings discipline and professionalism to one's Art. I have Dhonuk, and specially Shamit, to thank for this welcome transformation. As a platform for amateur artists to showcase their work, Dhonuk is bringing to fore the artists whose talent would've otherwise gone unnoticed by most. I wish Dhonuk all the best for its future ventures.
- Pritesh Dagur. Talented Artist, Pune/Belgium.
I was a cartoonist for the online magazine of my company. The wand of Dhonuk turned me into a caricaturist from a cartoonist. Interacting with people who want artwork done is helping me evolve as an artist. Dhonuk has rendered a certain professionalism to my hobby.
- Michelle Gonsalves, Cartoonist.
"Dhonuk has changed my self estimation!"
Subal Chandra Dutta, Artist on Dhonuk
I found it very much useful, best platform for creativity, also networking aspect as special feature of DHONUK is interesting.
Satish Sringeri, Cartoonist
I was quite excited when Shamit told me about the idea for a graphic novel on the mythology of Durga. The story of Durga killing Mahishasur is known to everyone. So the most important thing was the presentation of the story. We wanted a very contemporary kind of attitude in it.
Though the concept of graphic novel in India is quite recent, but we have a long and deep rooted tradition of visual narratives. The Pata paintings, madhubani painting, miniatures, murals all are examples of extraordinary visual narrative tradition.
After many discussions, I and Shamit decided on a style which is very contemporary and appeals the young generation as well. We wanted to grow their interest in the mythology. We decided to show the divine figures and their characteristics in a very realistic and human way rather than making them look very divine. Therefore, they look like normal human being without many hands or heads. Unlike superhero comic figures with exaggerated muscles I wanted them look more Indian. So, in terms of the postures i took reference.
In the stylistic approach of this book, I am quite inspired by Frank Miller’ s very popular graphic novel ‘ 300’ . The strong drawings and the composition of each frame is very inspiring. Therefore, I also wanted to do the illustration for this book with powerful drawings that shows the strength of the characters and paint them with the spontaneous application of water colour. This story Durga is also full of war scenes where I have used colour splashes to make it look more dynamic. In the compositions also the main intension is to show the power and the dynamism which we see in the Manga comics.
In every step of this project I and Shamit used to generate ideas and then immediately put them in the work. His inputs and encouragement was really supportive for me. It was a great experience working with him.
- Mahan J Dutta. Artist/Illustrator, NID Ahmedabad/Shantiniketan.
Recently Mr. Avirup Basu, an active member of Dhonuk developed a Mascot for our company. We plan to use the mascot for our Marketing Purposes. The mascot came out great and we are very happy with the results. We would like to thank Dhonuk for helping us connect with talented Artists like Avirup. On the whole it was a very pleasant experience for us.
- Sundar Nadimpalli, NuDzine, Bangalore.
I wanted to do something different for my son's birthday invite. I wanted the invite to have a cartoon looking like him in middle of what apparently was a scene of mischief. A figment of my imagination was beautifully created as an art form by Raghupathi Sringeri. The cartoon was appreciated by one and all. Kudos to Shamit and Dhonuk for bringing customized art's supply and demand together! Hope to see Dhonuk as one of India's biggest design houses.
- Madhuvanthi Ananth