Flower power takes on a whole new meaning in illustrations created by Maheswari Janarthanan – flowers are her biggest source of inspiration and they appear in nearly every image she creates, bringing with them vibrant colour, the beauty of nature and the finer details that make Maheswari’s artwork so captivating.
However, even when the illustrated theme doesn’t deal with flowers or nature, viewers are drawn like honeybees to the sublime spiritual aura Maheswari’s images conjure, with large, flowing forms leading the eye to areas of intricate detail – a whimsical form of contrast that makes her clients smile.
Based in Chennai, India, Maheswari has vast experience in the creative industries, having worked as a graphic designer before dedicating herself to illustration in 2010. Weaving folk art storytelling from her Indian roots with people, nature and the fascinating mystical aspects of the universe, she has defined her own colourful visual language attracting lifestyle brands from around the world.
Using Procreate, Maheswari sketches on her iPad before moving to Adobe Illustrator and her Wacom Tablet to meditatively perfect the colour and detail in each image
Maheswari’s naïve style draws on Indian folk art influences, using rich palettes and large-but-gentle forms balanced with areas of fine detail to aid the narrative.
Tamil and English