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Interview with Illustrator: Harshvardhan Kadam
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Interview with Illustrator: Harshvardhan Kadam

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19 October 2017

Interview with Illustrator: Harshvardhan Kadam

Meet Harshvardhan, a Mural Artist and illustrator. 

Harshvardhan Kadam

 

Inspiro India: How did you get started? What first got you into Illustrations? Tell us a bit about yourself.

– Curiosity was what really got me digging a step further in what seemed familiar. My parents illustrated many volumes of books for Indian comic book industry. I grew up looking at the art of making comics and wanted to make mine. But could never draw as good as my parents did. Also, I was not limited by the term illustration per say because I never started off as one.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? Any challenges you’ve faced as an artist?

– My style of visual arts is a rather unconventional evolution of even I don’t know what. It is a process and is always evolving. You can see the roots are based on Indian aesthetics which I have a very keen interest in. I am building a visual language which has become a new beginning of the chapter of Indian aesthetics. As many of our traditional artistic practices are vanishing I find it essential to retain certain aspects of this subcontinent’s diversities within my capacities. In my attempt to evolve this further I have kept all of my personal preferences away from my practice to produce a volume of work where through stories the people keep getting inspired. Challenges are many but the intent is pure so much gets resolved within the process.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you explain your work process?

– An ink brush and paper is all I really need but I have way more that I need for finished work pieces.
My work process is really simple most of the time. I start on simple paper, usually copy paper, with a pencil. Once I finish the sketch, I ink it with an ink brush or a regular paintbrush and ink. Then I scan it and colour it in digitally! Voila! That simple!
Of course, there are times when I throw in photographs and textures, which involves a few more steps but the above is my usual process.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying illustration in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– My process is a merger of the latest digital tools available for visual art. My iPad Pro and the Pencil, a loaded MacBook Pro, my sketchbooks, a stationary kit, backpack, sunglasses, brushes, rollers and my music.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying illustration in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– No school in India teaches illustration dedicatedly. And study after all is a personal preference. In India the general idea of studying is competition. Where studies should be time spent to enrich our lives with knowledge and empower self to be a better human along with formal education, a personal discipline makes a lot of difference.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

– My mother

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

– An architect haha! Also a farmer because I just loved to see a seed become a plant.

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a Mural Artist?

– There is not a lot to enjoy while making a mural. The process is exhausting and tiring but in this whole process, I get to talk to people from the region I paint and to listen to them is what I love. Hear their stories and a bit about their life is a good window to listen to someone out even if it is not related to work. That is very beautiful. It makes me realize that so many people want to talk but do not have ears to listen to.

 

Inspiro India: What according to you is the future of Street Art and Artists in India?

– Most artists who practice making murals in public spaces in India are the leaders and game changers in the current art or design scene of India. We are the ones who took that step to change how the world around us look a few years ago and are making groundbreaking work already. India is a tricky canvas at the same time and hoping to see more cities coloured and more love everywhere in India.

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

– I am a rider and very much an outdoor person. I love forests and mountains and rivers and seas and I am more passionate about them than my work I guess. To be with them I have to work. So my love is bipolar haha!

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Photo by Naman Saraiya

Photo by Ranjith P.M

Wall Art by ©Harshvardhan Kadam

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? And Some creative tips you’d like to share?

– The only advice my father gave me was to draw. He never taught me anything. He said, draw and you will know. Just like reading,  you will know.

Many tell me that they want to be like me. To be honest I did not have a reference point to look up to in artistic graphs. Even today, my biggest inspiration to push myself further is at Khajuraho, Ajanta Ellora, and are mostly anonymous. I see honesty there. Sublime honesty. So draw honestly 🙂

 

Check out his full feature in January’17 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#34 – Download Free.

 

 

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