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Art | Blog

19 January 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Avantika Mathur

Avantika Mathur thinks she was born to dabble in art. Music and art have always been a part of her life since the age of two. With time, she became more conscious about it and her curiosity grew in art progressively through time.

 

Art imitates life. She flows with it like a bohemian. Stereotypes don’t bind her. Initially, she experimented with form and style trying to find a unique style of her own. With experience, she is growing both in confidence and inspiration to discover herself.
An artist’s challenge is to be able to portray their ideas. So now, she paints and explores her style in different mediums. Her art is a narrative of who she is.
A new age artist also faces challenges of how to reach out to a larger audience and understand art. Further, artists occasionally slip into ‘dry’ unproductive phases in creativity. This can be very frustrating. Overcoming challenges are what makes an artist’s life exciting.

 

Avantika Mathur

 

Art is a universal language. It’s refreshingly liberating to Avantika. It’s her world where she can be whoever she wants to be without any outer power controlling her. It is freedom. Her artworks are like her wings.

 

As a surrealist artist, she is prone to be highly imaginative, easily crossing into a realm beyond real-life imagery. She often explains to people that she lives an uncompromising world which is totally her own. Her paintings are where people can get lost into and try to find the narrative. Another distinctive feature of her art is a riot of colours. She says, “When life shines in full glory, why be subtle? ”

 

As she mentioned earlier, she was into art since childhood. Soon she grew out of crayons into scribbling on scrapbooks, onto canvas and walls – that must be around age six, she reminisces. A decision to take art as a profession came after high school when she was planning to start her study for college. She chose her passion and which gave her happiness. Earning out of something you are passionate about and you love is a dream! And she is living her dream everyday!

 

With a Bachelors degree in Fine Art (Painting) and Art History from the University of the Philippines, Manila, and her Masters in Creative Painting from SNDT, Mumbai, she is formally well versed with fine arts.
A very observant person, her paintings are not just portraits; they are an essay, a narrative, which tries to capture multiple aspects of the character she is painting. Look deeper and you will find that the face in each portrait or artwork will convey not just the features of the individual, but the ethnic identity, the temperament and the power behind those eyes.
Her ‘Emerge series’ is a tribute to women- their rise in the new world order irrespective of their background.

 

A Surrealist, her process is to dream-reflect-compose-sketch-paint-display. Her Imagination is her most favourite and often used tool. The fuel to her imagination is her life and her adventure. Moreover, her artworks are not about the final product but more about the process and the journey to reach there. Each artwork is a discovery. Art teaches her something new every day.

 

The golden words, “Everyone has an artist inside. It is you who has to find your pensive moments. Pick up the material and let go. Who other than you to best understand the voice of your subconscious. Depict it. Art is a channel. Use it to find yourself. You will realise how liberating it feels”

 

Artwork by ©Avantika Mathur

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Blog | Photography

12 January 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Gitesh Gupta

Gitesh Gupta, also known as ‘Luke CG’ is a professional photographer who hails from the scenic hills of Kullu. His journey started from his engineering days with the first photograph he clicked from his brother’s camera. His fascination gave birth to a zeal to view the world through the lens of a camera. The episode made him realise the power of perspective and imagination combined with a single click!

 

Gitesh Gupta

 

For Gitesh, the premise of any concept is human emotion, which ranges from the bliss of happiness to dejection of sadness. He feels that photography is a similar journey- it is always about telling a tale through a picture and different types of software are the tools that aid the process. His work is heavily influenced by cinema. He is fond of sci-fi action, and movies that exhibit drama with excellent cinematic experience. There is a lot to learn, he says, from the nuances of such sources- about lighting, camera angle etc. He finds in it interesting visuals and concepts in motion and a great source of learning. Thus trying to implement all of it in his work, in an innovative way.

He is largely inspired by events happening in his surroundings- bustling streets, clouds-anything and everything so to say. He also draws inspiration from another artist’s work. All of it encourages him to create a definitive work of his own. Music is another important feature that adds a cherry on the top of all his hard work.

 

When asked about his post-processing, perfection at first glance, he mentions that it all depends on how one sees things. He thinks of it as a puzzle, which has to be arranged in a  perfect manner, conjoining the right pieces, which don’t make him feel scared about the process, unlike many other people.

He compares post processing to cooking- some like it spicy, some like it sweet, but an excess of flavours might upset one’s tongue. In the same way, one has to be efficient while making use of different kinds of software available due to improved technology, he adds. The Creative Head puts to use his Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 6D cameras along with Canon 70-200mm f2.8, Canon 85mm 1.8, Canon 16-35mm f4 and Sigma Art 24-35mm f2 when it comes to picking the right lenses. Phottix Indra500 and 120cm Octabox for the lighting. 

He primarily uses Adobe Photoshop CC for editing along with Wacom Tablet on his iMac 27. He feels Pen Tablet makes life much easier by aiding a precise selection as well as blending different elements together. He also recommends people to try one for retouching.

 

A typical day in his life is indeed scenic with a life in the mountains. Gupta prefers working late at night for editing as it is more peaceful and can focus better on ideas. His daytime is spent in regular official work-queries, e-mails, phone calls etc.

His favourite subject to click is a ‘yes’ to the camera by the subject. The attraction lies in the mysterious ways the eyes try to speak. Gitesh does not have a favourite location but he desires to explore the picturesque landscapes of Iceland and New Zealand.

 

The photography mantra he shares with our readers is to “Learn+Shoot+Practice+Repeat”. The first shot, Gitesh Gupta says, is never perfect-one, one has to rigorously practice for it.

For better results, he mentions, one needs to click a good-quality picture with the camera, and the post-processing edits can add finish to it. 
His message for people struggling in the field of photography is to never search hopelessly for the answers but figure out the right questions which will finally lead you to the solution.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

Images by ©Gitesh Gupta

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Art | Blog | Interviews

11 January 2018

Interview with Artist: Shweta Malhotra

Meet Shweta, a visual artist/photographer based in Delhi who is also passionate about baking.

Shweta Malhotra

 

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

Shweta Malhotra: I’ve always been interested in art. I first dabbled with paints as a little girl but my career as a professional artist began much later in my life. I painted for pleasure, to keep myself busy and to pass the time away. As a student, I was always attracted to art, and in high school, I won several painting competitions as well but never thought about making a career in art.

4 years ago I felt the desire of picking up my paintbrush again. I went and got a bunch of acrylic paints, brushes and started doing it, and it’s really been a therapeutic thing for me.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you faced as an artist?

SM: I’m a self-taught painter, who loves to colour the abstract beauty on canvas and enliven its gleam in the viewers’ eyes. For me, art is like being on a roller coaster, ups and downs, highs and lows, twists and turns. My paintings splash the eternal meaning of all the highs and lows of one’s life into a depth of emotions. My painted canvases are colourful, I cherish old traditions, new ideas, style and knowledge.

 

 

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

SM: I work with several tools and try to bring out something new in every new series. But the process is sometimes easy and at times cruel as well. Some pieces take either hours or months to complete. I never set a target for completing my work. One of my paintings in my last show took the longest. I always let my work rest for a day or two and come back to it. This gives me time to think about what I am going to do next in a completely different way.

When I start something new, I have a set direction usually few sketches but when I paint, I let my creativity and mind play on the canvas. That way my work stays varied and fresh. I do not stick with a style and replicate it over and over for a long time. When I start feeling comfortable, that is not a good sign so I change things up.

 

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

SM: It is a loaded question but honestly it depends mostly whether you choose the right college or not.

I have never attended any art college and always feel you don’t really get much out of it financially after paying a good amount of fees. There is an overwhelming chance you will not make money in art. You will find a lot of people who will truly appreciate your art but there are very few who will buy it.

From the skill point of you, I will recommend going to small art schools or institutes. Find a mentor instead of looking for an art college. Most of the skills you can gain yourself by intense self-work, but it’s helpful to have a mentor who can guide you out of the ruts you will fall into.

 

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

SM: I’m a person who is influenced by love the most. Fortunately, that is what I got in abundance from my family. They are my most valuable support system. My relationship with God and my family form the foundation of who I am. Everything else is built on top of this.

 

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

SM: To be honest with you, I never quite knew what exactly I wanted to become. One day I wanted to be a chef and another day a teacher. I always felt a bit insecure about the future and couldn’t imagine myself as someone.

Soon I realised, It doesn’t matter what you always wanted to be. It’s just a fantasy. What matters is this moment, now.

 

Inspiro India: How would you define beauty in less than 140 characters?

SM: True beauty comes from a person’s internal attributes, the unfading beauty of being a gentle and quiet soul. It’s a state of mind, it’s a quality. Nothing in this world is perfect and I always believe that the beauty lies in someone’s eye.  If you see something with a vision of beauty it will definitely become beautiful. Else try it in any form or way that thing or person will never turn beautiful. Beauty is infinite, everyone and everything is beautiful in its own way.

 

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

SM: Apart from painting, I’m passionate about baking. I love the process of researching new recipes and testing them. I can bake delicious cake and make some scrumptious chocolates and desserts.

 

Paintings by ©Shweta Malhotra

 

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

SM: The only advice I can give is, do not wait around for some miracle to happen. All the best ideas come out of the process, the hard work. Just follow your instinct and work on it, things will happen. Definitely!!!

 

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10 January 2018

Blogger of the Week: Vinitha Shetty

Vinitha Shetty is a blogger, stylist and a production manager. An all-rounder, ‘Beingnita’ is a blog about a girl next door’s journey which strives on figuring out latest trends. The idea behind the blog is to have an individual style intact. She features high street, affordable luxury and even thrift buys giving rise to an array of personal style for a perfect look.

 

Vinitha’s blog is not your average blog, she says she does not see people accepting their flaws that often. Shetty adds, ‘I see it in their style, but they seem to not mention why or how they chose their outfit’. This is where she stands out from the crowd and does things differently. She makes each outfit a step-by-step!

 

The blogger prefers to dress comfortably with a touch of modern and desi styling. She features clothes that suit her the best irrespective of trends and adds her own touch to the outfit.

Mood, as well as her current weight, is her primary source of inspiration when it comes to fashion and style. Apart from that, she loves stalking other bloggers and their take on fashion.

 

A plethora of picture-perfect bloggers, with great skin and perfect body, made her want to start her own blog. She also wanted to represent women with different body types and skin tones.

 

Vinitha Shetty

 

Vinitha Shetty believes blogging is a great way for people who are invested in fashion to engage with those who do not take it as a full-time job and would find it helpful in terms of latest trends in the fashion world. ‘I think blogging is a huge responsibility as you want to give your end user the ultimate source of information’, mentions the blogger.

 

Being Nita is a variation of her name, the blog intends to show her audience a different side of her. A reform of herself – ‘Nita’

Beingnita’s audience is varied and consists of a majority of 16-year-olds looking for latest fashion ideas. Women in their mid-twenties look for relatable stories to read whereas women in their late twenties hunt for sustainable fashion via her blog!

 

The multifaceted blogger would like to venture out into making more videos in the near future. She uses a Canon 700D with a 50mm lens for her pictures.

 

Vinitha says, ‘If you like it, wear it. Trends and fashion faux pas are not the law!’ Someone who’d like to start blogging or is new to blogging, being true to oneself is a must. The ultimate point of blogging should be to portray one’s true version and not a make-believe persona!

Words by Harpreet
©Vinitha Shetty

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Art | Blog | Inspiration

7 January 2018

Artist Spotlight: Joy Brasilino | iiOverseas

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ has been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing creative community.
We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

The end of the year calls for a new fortnightly ‘Overseas Feature’ representing ‘Creative Heads’ from all over the globe.
Inspiro India brings to you the ‘iiOverseas

 

Intense feelings of passion and freedom while creating was what made Joy Brasilino decide her path towards creating art. Feelings which began during her childhood, she began in a playful and uncompromising manner like true artists do. Joy is from São Luís, a city in Maranhão, Brazil. Only in her early teens did she realize that this is what she would do to live. ‘I have taken the practice seriously since’, she says.

 

Joy Brasilino

 

As a child, Joy was very confused by the conflicts between her heart and what the world expected of her. Nevertheless, she always felt she wanted to be in some creative career.

 

Visual art means everything to Brasilino, it is something that carries extremely complex meanings to possibilities. To be more accurate, it also describes what is within her. Art has saved her life, she says. It still has continued to give her higher perspectives on life. ‘I was also given a certain adventurous spirit, a researcher, curious in the way we all are as children’, says Joy Brasilino.

 

Joy doesn’t really recognize her art to be of a particular style. She is still reforming in search for a unique style. Every artwork she creates is quite different from each other.

 

Her approach to illustration starts by analyzing what she has done so far, a more realistic approach than a stylized one, Joy does not intend to maintain a fixed style. She is always trying to reform her practice in illustration for something freer along with more personality as she creates.

 

Her portraits try to capture feminine glances, other times immersions in ethereal, abstract and coloured sensations, and a certain variation of possibilities within it.

 

She also thinks most of the challenges faced by her are common to every artist in the beginning. In terms of financial obstacles, the search for a proper and consistent visual identity is one challenge Joy has engaged with. ‘But a specific challenge has concentrated a lot of her attention, which is to be away from the great courses and art universities, which would really teach me practice and the market. So that makes me self-taught, and sometimes not as well-oriented as I’d like’, admits Joy Brasilino.

 

Pencil, paper, a computer for research and a tablet are the tools she can’t imagine her artistic life without. Her work process consists of trying to capture abstract sensations, combining aesthetic references, and ultimately trying to develop a technique combining with all that she has got. Usually, she scribbles on random papers in random places. And when she gets home, she tries to develop the idea by combining photographic references, songs, and everything that makes her feel what she wants to get through. After that, it’s hours and days of immersion in those feelings and references!

 

Personally, the creative head doesn’t believe in ‘pure talent or in that concept of ‘genius artist’. Everything comes in a magical and mysterious way. She believes that a gift can mean absolutely nothing without study and hard work. So she tries to develop her studies of photography, lighting, anatomy, colour, texture, composition. Most of her published works are studies. She also believes a university can help a lot in this process. The institution helps to stay focused and learn new things that would take more time to discover alone. ‘Having a teacher, an experienced master leading the way is wonderful. But I think a self-directed study should never be abandoned’, adds Brasilino.

 

 

Joy’s strongest skill is the ability she has to focus completely on what she is working or researching on. Not to forget, aligning her eyes with her hand a lot, the ability to portray real things with fidelity. ‘But I don’t believe that the latter is something so fundamental to an artist’, adds the artist.

 

Besides work, Joy is in love with the light. It is something that permeates her daily life, observe the incidence of light, variation, colour. She also believes it is something that focuses a lot on her work, especially the colours and the energy that each one goes through. ‘I’m fissured by all this’, she says.

 

The artist believes Osho and all this oriental spiritual wisdom to be the biggest influence in her way of thinking. It has been a daily reform of her principles which has also brought her closer to freedom, creativity, harmony and authenticity.

 

All that causes pleasure, comfort and enjoyment through an almost ethereal presence, be it sonorous, visual or completely immaterial is what defines beauty for Joy!

 

Joy’s inner artist advises our readers to look for their own voice. She says, ‘Often we think we’re being ourselves, and we have a voice of our own, but we’re actually stuck in what they expect us to be, what they taught us was better, and often it’s so far from the truth and so far from ourselves. To know yourself, for the first time. Find your unique energy and put your strength into it. Only then will we be able to live fully and only then we can make an authentic art. I’m still learning this practice but it makes difference even in the beginning’.

 

Images by ©Joy Brasilino

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Blog | Interviews | Photography

4 January 2018

Interview with Photographer: Jassi Oberai

Meet Jassi Oberai, a pharmacist living his dream life by capturing the beauty of nature and everything that comes his way. 

Jassi Oberai

 

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you start creating?

– Photography happened to me suddenly. I did not plan to be a photographer. In one of my corporate trips to Corbett, I bumped into a wildlife photographer and my 5-minute interaction with him changed my life. The irony is that I don’t even know his name or remember him. But once I picked up my first DSLR, there was no looking back.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your travel photography and way of working?

– Unlike earlier, today my travel photography is mostly on the photo tours that I organise and conduct. And that poses a huge challenge because when you are leading a photo tour, the priority is participants and not you. I have managed to fine-tune the act of balancing.

 

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any problem while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

– Well, nothing except for weather challenges and that is what makes photography ever so exciting. I remember one incident while I was trying to shoot a seascape in Bali. After identifying a spot on the edge of the rock on a beach, I waited for almost 15 minutes to check how far the strongest wave reaches. And I thought I was safe. I set my tripod and camera with ND filter on it and the moment I looked through the viewfinder to do fine tuning before I finally press the shutter, a strong wave came out of nowhere and totally drenched me along with my camera. The camera was dripping wet and so was I. Luckily my camera was waterproof so no damage was done. It took me another half an hour to create one image and obviously it is highly satisfying to see the final result.

 

Inspiro India: Which genre of photography interests you the most and why? What are your top three favourite photography locations?

– I am in love with nature and Landscape Photography excites me the most. My top three favourite photography locations are Iceland, Norway (still on my bucket list) and Ladakh.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, what would have Jassi been doing?

– I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Honestly, I always wondered why people look down on a salaried job but the moment I took the plunge I realised why people do that. There is nothing better and satisfying than living your dream and making it come true. There was a time I wanted to become a doctor, I became a pharmacist instead, spent my better-salaried life selling financial products and managing teams but nothing more satisfying than capturing the beauty of nature through my lens and making it eternal.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Freestyle. I like shooting almost everything that comes my way. But yes over a period of time I know that some genres are beyond me like street, product and food photography.

 

Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in landscape photography? What are you looking forward to purchasing next?

– Landscape Photography is all about patience. You identify your frame, set it up and wait. Sometimes you have to go there another time or day to get the best shot. One thing people must understand is that Landscape Photography is certainly not photojournalism. You have to be good at post processing to create breathtaking images. When creating slow shutter or long exposure landscape images, accessories like, tripod, ball head, ND filter system are of extreme importance.

 

The list of equipment to be acquired is long and expensive.  But yes I am looking forward to own support equipment to shoot my timelapse.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become when you were a child? What dream is still on your bucket list?

– As a child, I wanted to become a Doctor. My dream is to influence as many as I can with my art and impart photography education. And I am relentlessly working on that.

 

Inspiro India: ‘Studio Light’ or ‘Natural Light’?

– Natural Light any day. I somehow don’t like the artificial studio set up.

 

Inspiro India: Out of all the photographs you have ever taken, which is your favourite and why?

– My favourite is the recent image of ‘Northern Lights’ taken in Iceland. Though I was lucky with Northern Lights with almost daily sighting but somehow good composition was eluding me. While we were at the fag end of our tour, we decided to try a new spot, Black Church and viola we got what we were looking at.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? Which camera do you shoot with? Your favourite lenses and other equipment that you use?

– I use Adobe Photoshop and NIK Plugins to process my images. I shoot with Canon 5D Mark IV camera and my favourite lens is my newly acquired Canon 16-35 f/2.8L III USM wide angle lens.

Favourite Photograph // Northern Lights

Photos by ©Jassi Oberai

 

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– Don’t be in a hurry. Embrace patience and keep moving towards your goal. Put skill enhancement on a priority list of gear buying syndrome. A good camera will give you better result only if you are skilled enough to extract the best out of it.

 

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Blog | Photography

2 January 2018

Perfecting Indian Classical Dance captured by a way of visualisations and light play | Photo Series by Yogendra Singh

Yogendra Singh who was once a commerce student has now turned into a passionate photographer and a fine art student of ‘College of Art’. He has been involved in the field of photography for the last 2 years and feels highly elated and exhilarated to be the part of the photography community.

 

When taking pictures of dancers, Yogendra wishes to show the beauty and the purity through which the dancers dance on stage. He wanted to show the struggle they take up to perfect their steps. He says, “the efforts they put in every performance, it is quite difficult to see what they are saying, they are saying without words. It’s only our eyes and our mind that tries to understand but ultimately fails. We try to interpret those actions, but we miss them in the blink of an eye.”

 

According to him the process of creating a photograph is different for every photographer. In this case, he first observes the lighting condition of his surroundings where he has to click pictures. He notices which light is coming from where and if it is reflecting on the stage and so on. After that, he tries to visualise what type of shots he wants and if he can get the required lighting conditions. He then proceeds to choose a lens which would help him get the desired shots. In this series, he has used Canon 700d and Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. He felt that this lens would be a great choice for this kind of lighting.

 

Photo Series by ©Yogendra Singh 

 

Singh says that it took him around a week to completely create this series including the post-processing.

 

He has many sources of inspiration but here he names the one that has mattered the most to him. His father who has always supported him and advised him to follow his passion instead of living a life of 9-5 way of livelihood.

Words by Laveena Behl

Photographer: Yogendra Singh

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22 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Gaurav Hingne

Gaurav Hingne is a full-time photographer based in Mumbai with a formal education in fine arts where he started his journey of photography. Photography, a medium he later shifted to, he now does weddings commercially.

 

 

What drives him to create pictures? – Light. Gaurav has an inclination towards natural lights and the patterns created via it when it comes to taking photographs. ‘So it’s mainly that, that I take into consideration before choosing a place to shoot and then place the subject accordingly’, he says.

 

People are his favourite subject to click. Locations are based on the play of light, which doesn’t come as a surprise!

Gaurav uses a Nikon D750 and shoots portraits extensively with a 35mm or a 50mm lens. Post-processing consists of editing images in the way they were originally clicked. ‘I try to keep it real’, he mentions.

 

A typical day in the photographer’s life is spent working on commercial work. Currently, he is trying to complete a long pending book ‘Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision’ by ‘David duChemin’.

 

In general, dedication and hope of doing better than what he did yesterday inspire him. ‘Try to do better than what you did yesterday’, says Hingne’s inner artist when it comes to advising our readers when it comes to photography. Also, steer away from following anyone else’s vision, he says. ‘Create your own and give it time. Nothing happens in a day or week’s time’, adds the photographer.

 

Words by Harpreet

 

Images by ©Gaurav Hingne

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21 December 2017

Interview with Artist: Sikander

Meet Sikander, whose journey of an artist began whilst being fascinated by Sikh gurus painted on calendars.

Sikander

 

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

– Since my childhood when I was 5-6 years of age, I knew that I would become an artist. I have always wanted to become a painting artist. I was always fascinated by the calendars of Sikh gurus painted or printed on them. I tried copying them and started following the path of art. This way my journey of art began.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you faced as an artist?

– Visual art is an art which attracts one’s vision and one that an artist creates. That creation of art gives happiness not only to the artist but also to the viewer. It was very hard to describe what art actually is. Generally, people think that an artist paints the walls & hoardings only. But making them realise the efforts and hard work that an artist puts in to make a masterpiece was my biggest challenge and secondly, when you go through the struggle, financially you face a lot of difficulties which I think is very important part of one’s life.

 

 

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

– Being a watercolour artist I cannot live without my art kit which includes brushes, paint, sheets. They are a must. As an artist I am very fond of travelling and capturing the beauty of this world. Whenever I travel, I click, get ideas and convert them into paintings. I like to paint outdoor and live too.

 

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

– Of course, I recommend studying in Arts college. I, myself have graduated from the Government College of Art, Chandigarh. So whatever I have achieved until today, my college has equally contributed. You get to learn so much from your teachers, seniors and fellow mates. This way your circle widens and you get quite good chance to improve yourself.

 

Inspiro India: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

– My biggest influence in the way of my journey as an artist. The famous artist Sobha Singh. I was so inspired by his art style and the masterpieces he has created.

 

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

– I have always wanted to become an artist.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your approach to paint?

– Painting is a meditation in itself. One cannot describe the beauty of art in few or more words. It is beyond description. It is a satisfaction which one can only feel and cannot express in words. One must be thankful if he or she is an artist.

 

Inspiro India: How would you define beauty in less than 140 characters?

– Beauty in my words is anything that exists in nature. Whether it is the mountains, sky, water, humans, animals, birds or trees, I enjoy everything present in nature. God is the biggest artist. The beautiful creations of nature have so much to see and enjoy that describing it is beyond words. As an artist I love to paint everything in nature like landscapes, portraits etc.

 

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

– Besides painting I am a gadget freak. I love buying latest gadgets. This is my passion since I started earning. I always keep myself updated with the new gadgets in town.

Paintings by ©Sikander

 

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

– As an artist, I would love to share my experiences with other creative heads, one must be honest with the type of work he or she does. Apart from the commercial approach, I think one must enjoy and feel proud of whatever you paint. Feeling satisfied with your work is the biggest earning.

 

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Blog | Inspiration | Photography

17 December 2017

Photographer Spotlight: Kadir Khan | iiOverseas

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ has been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing creative community.
We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

The end of the year calls for a new fortnightly ‘Overseas Feature’ representing ‘Creative Heads’ from all over the globe.
Inspiro India brings to you the first ‘iiOverseas‘ from our very own neighbouring country, Pakistan.

 

Kadir Khan has always considered himself to be an artist, he used to draw and doodle on his notebook and still does to this date. When he was 16, he finally picked up a camera and realised how it made perfect sense to him. ‘I needed a quick way to create content and distort viewer perception in order to design artistic illusions. I had no clue what I was doing but I think that’s what made it so appealing’, says the photographer.

 

Kadir Khan // Photo by Usamah Hussain

 

A free soul, Kadir loves Portrait, Food and Fashion Photography. He believes the fancy things marketed to photographers are all tools that may or may not be necessary to execute a certain idea. Technology shouldn’t let anyone define one’s way of working neither is accepting a photography style that important. He tries to portray the free soul he reckons himself to be through his alluring images.

 

‘I’m learning every day something new and I’m quite content with what I do’, he says, more than content with the images he creates. If not photography, Khan would’ve probably become a musician, another aspect which appeals to him other than photography.

 

Kadir loves to work on ‘Portraits’. He uses a Canon Mark III or Canon Mark IV along with various prime lenses for photography. He makes use of Lightroom and Photoshop for post-processing the images.

 

He also computes his day to be slow, spent in creating art. Inspiration was derived from his fellow photographers who have taught him a lot, one of them being Usman Malkani.

 

To achieve captivating results in photography, the photographer suggests to practice and experiment a lot. Kadir Khan’s artistic spirit suggests the readers to always follow instinct and stay focused!

 

Images by ©Kadir Khan

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Art | Blog

15 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Aaditya Singh

Aaditya Singh realised that art was his calling due to his mother who is an oil paint artist. Choosing to become an artist was never decided but he used to sketch whenever he got time whilst grade 8 to 10. He then quit sketching since he had to focus on his studies. Come April 2015, while he was preparing for his MBA entrance exams he started sketching once more. Drawing was a way to escape the numbers in quant! He used to study and attend classes in the morning/afternoon and used to sketch late at night. He focused on creating realism portraits as he had always been fascinated with human facial features. He adored the fact that even a small difference here and there could change the way one looks and not only that, but how different the same person would look depending on the way and angle the light fell on the face. Once he began sketching, he strived to become better at it by practising every day.

 

His approach was straightforward. He already had a Pinterest page where he kept a board with photographs of different individuals/models. Whenever he started sketching he picked up pictures from there and began drawing different facial features like eyes, nose, lips and hair. From there he started the process of getting all the facial features to look as realistic as possible. It was difficult in the beginning but constant practising evolved his skills. The challenge he faced, and still sometimes faces is that he just doesn’t like to sit at one place for long. Getting distracted quickly was a habit that has stayed with him even today. Apart from that whenever he sketched he kept either an anime, movie or a random documentary on YouTube playing, plus either games or any social media page on his phone. As a result, any sketch that should take one hour took three. This became a serious challenge when he began accepting commissions and had deadlines and even today he is working to fix this.

 

According to him, art, be it visual, audio or appealing to any other sense, must create some meaning to the one experiencing it. That’s how one generates value out of any experience, right? And what works for one may not necessarily work for all. He has never been able to understand abstract art. Never did, still doesn’t. But there are people willing to pay millions for it (art by Jackson Pollock for example). So visual art to him is anything that makes complete sense to the one experiencing it, as a viewer, and can connect to it. Everyone pays for any art that they see or experience either through monetary means or time. If the visual art creates value for a person, then it is an experience worth that expenditure.

 

To explain his style to someone who has never seen his work, Singh tries to create something on a piece of blank paper, by either using pencils or colours, what the human eyes see. Though he mostly tries creating realistic human portraits, he is known to dab the brush in the paint to bring the night sky on a canvas from time to time.

 

He started sketching seriously in 2015. It was meant to be something that would help him calm down and distract his mind from all the math he had to study every day. He started taking it as something more than a hobby or something that he did just for himself which was the case when he began getting requests to make portraits of people from Facebook. The most amazing part, he had not even met those people! That was when he understood that art can be something more than just a hobby.

 

Aaditya does not have any Art-related study background. It was sheer practice every single day that helped him improve. He experimented using different techniques (studied the portraits created by other artists on Instagram) and tried to integrate what he learnt from observing them into his sketches.

 

According to him, his will to keep improving by the passing day is his greatest strength. He believes that It takes a lot of patience. He says that when one makes sketches, not every single one of them turns out the way one wanted, especially when they are working with watercolours. He has torn and thrown away more pieces than he can remember, but still those pieces only helped him understand what he could have done better and made sure that he didn’t repeat the same mistakes again.

 

Being a volunteer at Ahimsa which is an NGO for stray animals in Mumbai, he showcases his love for animals and wildlife. Apart from that, he loves to cook food and likes experimenting in the kitchen just like with his art. His love for music can never be lessened as it is something that helps him sleep better at night. He even writes lyrics, poems and loves to take a dip in a pool or simply swim. He feels that he is only one dive away from becoming a certified scuba diver! A few things that keep him busy when he is not drawing.

 

He feels the need to have his own space when he is working. One of the reasons why he sketches post-midnight is because he doesn’t like to sleep much so these are the hours he utilises to create some realistic drawings. He studies the photographs that he is about to draw before he even touches any tools. The first step is to understand which features require focus, what parts will take and which areas he is most likely to mess up. Once he is done with that he picks up his tools and starts drawing. 
The tools he uses are graphite, pencil (Mars Lumograph series), black and white ink (Copic), watercolours (Camel Artists’ watercolours), watercolour pencil (Luna Aquarelle) and sheets of paper (either 200, 250 or 300 gsm).

 

According to him creating art is not that difficult or complex. Art comes in all shapes, sizes and colours and everyone can do something or the other. All one needs to do is make some time for it. He feels that while everyone is trying to chase the orthodox careers, kids are made to believe from a young age that they must pursue to be successful and most of them give up on their passions (which 99% of the time is some form of art). He says that one doesn’t necessarily have to spend multiple hours in a day dedicated to creating the chosen form of art, just sometimes every day can help one discover where true talent lies. He also stresses the fact that learning is something that one must never stop.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

Images by ©Aaditya Singh

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