Nidhi had a penchant for drawing like any other kid. She had a fascination for colours and loved every shade on the palette. Her initial sketches included cartoon characters, ‘Tom and Jerry’ is her favourite ones. She once confessed to her dad the desire to meet ‘Tom and Jerry’, and as naïve and innocent a kid is, got disappointed with the inability to meet animated cartoons. This, in turn, ignited the zeal of creating cartoons herself.
Her father told her that in order to make her dream come true, she would have to work hard on her sketches, but Nidhi took his words to heart. Her initial tutorials were mentored by YouTube videos on a Nokia Slider cellphone. Small screen display made the task a bit tedious for her but she did not deter from her path and kept herself engrossed in ardent learning in times when there was no internet connection or computer available at her expense and all she had was a small screen display of her cellphone on which she accessed internet through data packs. She got introduced to animation and drawing workshop for the first time through a newspaper advertisement when she was in grade 9. She shared her interest with her dad and he gave a heartful consent to her wishes. And this is how she started her journey to pursue art as a career.
Her primary drawings used the conventional drawing tools of pencil and paper and the techniques involved in creating illustrations. With the introduction of the digital medium, the task has become a bit convenient and the effects produced through traditional techniques can be easily achieved. She has completed 8 years of her journey drawing which includes 2 years of digital art as well.
The young artist has faced many challenges during her journey and she still does face hurdles. A lot of issues on the financial and personal front made her feel difficult about the decision of choosing art as a career but she was too positive to deter from the path. She has been abominated by a lot of people around for not choosing any mainstream career option but her father has always been a strong pillar during her tough times. If anyone came up to her father for words of advice, he used to reply, “I want her to be happy in what she is doing and I have full faith in her potential.”
Nidhi tried to make her way through several colleges to pursue the course in animation but the charges were costly and there was no assurance of a stable job opportunity. Apart from that, the lessons imparted did not provide enough knowledge and prudence prevailed. She couldn’t afford to waste her time and money and hence left the college after four months, but her dad’s demise during the same period shook her roots. Without a proper graduation degree, it was difficult to bear the burden of finances of the household. The first 6 months were very grinding without any income but then she got certain freelancing projects. After submitting her resume online at several places, she got a call from a studio for the requirement of an artist. Currently, she is employed at a studio named Crazons. She loves the working environment of the place and the people she works with are extremely supportive. They make animated videos, and she enjoys working for it along with learning important lessons. She finally managed to buy a digital Wacom tablet, which she has been for two years now, and she has not left dreaming of reaching beyond heights.
For Nidhi, visual art is an extremely beautiful and powerful way of expressing thoughts and imagination on the canvas which you cannot put down in words at times, and she feels blessed to possess this talent. She thinks she doesn’t have a definitive style of her own as of now because there’s a lot more for her to explore but she believes that her art is raw and anyone can relate to raw emotions.
All the art she knows is the result of her passion, hard work and observing artistic people on social media and trying to imbibe those lessons. She thinks she is a self-taught artist. Her strongest skill, according to her, is to be able to draw female figures and splendid backgrounds. She feels she needs more expertise at drawing male figures though!
She loves eating junk food and singing (wants to learn singing as well) other than art.
She also likes to seldom cook.
The tools she uses for her drawings are Laptop, Wacom pen tablet and Photoshop. For traditional sketches, she usually uses watercolour inks, regular inks and markers. She prepares a rough sketch first and does the line art twice over it to refine and finally adds basic colours, highlights and shadows and the final detailing process which takes about 4 to 5 hours for the sketch to be done.
Nidhi says, even though she is not very professional in work, she did not stop creating art. There is no right time or right materials. Once she started drawing, she didn’t stop and advises the same, crucial for one’s achieving goals.
Words by Laveena Behl
Artwork by ©Nidhi
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