Born and raised in Kolkata, India, Kushagra studied graphic design in college and graduated just as the pandemic unfolded. It was the freetime that lockdown offered which allowed for Kushagra to finally dabble in 3D design, an area he had always been fascinated by. But, the defining moment in Kushagra’s 3D journey was him taking part in the 36 Days of Type challenge, an “extended ritual” which helped the designer slowly enter a new creative space – something Kushagra identifies can often be “intimidating”. Moreover, the designer recognises that “over the past two years 3D programmes have become more intuitive and accessible” and is grateful to be “part of a very resourceful and inspiring online community of artists”. Having since honed his 3D skills, Kushagra has been working from home as a freelance designer and has clients from all corners of the globe.
Recently, Kushagra tells us that he’s been trying to steer away from more “realistic” 3D, and instead adapt his work “into a more graphic sense, with an overt interplay of form, space and colour”. This, he explains, is rooted in his finding inspiration in a lot of vintage print media, like posters and record covers from the 970s. But, the designer is also able to find inspiration much closer to home, namely, in his partner a fellow artist, Nadhir Nor. “We are always discussing art, culture and media and his deeply poetic, nostalgic outlook on life (as also seen in his art) is a constant inspiration to me.”
Concluding with some thoughts on the element of his practice that he most enjoys, Kushagra lands on the 3D modelling and texturing part, where he gets to bring his concepts and thumbnail sketches to life. “This is the part where I get to be a ‘flow state’ for lack of a better term, where I get to be really spontaneous with my art and just have fun with it”, the designer elaborates. Enjoying playing with all aspects of the software, breaking and remaking things as he goes, Kushagra now finds himself fully enamoured with the 3D world. “I get to make as many iterations until I arrive at something that clicks and sparks joy”, the designer finishes, “I’m still blown away by the things made possible through 3D technology”.