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25 September 2017

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29 June 2017

Interview with Illustrator : Alicia Souza

Meet Alicia, an entrepreneur and self taught illustrator. 

Alicia Souza

 

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

– I like to think that I really never stopped drawing since I was a kid. I didn’t draw more or less than any other child but I just never stopped, when most did. It became my part time job when I left college and then full time job when I moved to Bangalore.

 

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

– I think I can call it a bit cartoony, funny and whimsical. I think the challenges are the ones that anyone faces when they just start out as a freelancer in the field- starting with personal challenges of things one is uncomfortable with, whether it’s talking about money or social media or even just talking and then there are the others like financial of making ends meet when you just start out and carrying forth. It’s a matter of time and passion.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about 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?

– I didn’t study illustration so I can’t compare it to if I did. I think college is a time to explore but I think the ‘real’ learning starts when you start working. Though I think college can expedite basic knowledge, which is also necessary but not compulsory.

 

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

– I think everyone I met and talked to when I began freelancing thought me something in some way. I can’t say it was one person but being thrown in the deep end really helped.

 

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

– A veterinarian, an engineer, a mathematician, an accountant, a nun, a soldier, and a boxer even. Never ever anything in the art field, but life is full of surprises!

 

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

– That I can work in my pyjamas.

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain to our readers bit about the daily drawing project?

– There’s no project or anything but I just draw daily, that’s it.

 

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

– Animals, baking, writing letters, stationery, yoga, meeting people, cooking, and learning new things.

 

Images by ©Alicia Souza

 

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?

– Just keep your head above water and never lose hope! Draw daily and be diligent with your work. Nothing beats hard work and passion.

 

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21 June 2017

30 songs to add to your playlist on this World Music Day

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The concept of Fete de la Musique or World Music day to mark summer solstice has been adopted by over 120 countries across the world. However different at the genre level, music is the kind of magic that unites people of different age, experience or background, the kind of magic that can make one smile beyond worries, groove to the rhythm, transcend new worlds, fall in love, and much more.

It’s wonderful how music has a note for every shade of feeling and almost everybody embraces music. This day signifies bringing out music on the streets everywhere by everybody and not aimed at any profit or lucrative motive. The purpose of this wonderful day is universal, where amateurs and professionals perform for free and encourages everyone to bring out the world of music in them.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

And here are the 30 songs we believe you need to listen to and celebrate with us on World Music day:


1. Azaadiyan – Udaan

 

2. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

 


3. Kholo Kholo – Taare Zameen Par

 


4. Where is the Love? – Black Eyed Peas

 


5. Roobaroo – Rang De Basanti

 


6. Harder, Better, Faster – Daft Punk

 


7. Yun Hi Chala Chal – Swades

 


8. Not Afraid – Eminem

 


9. Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe – Lakshya

 


10. Walk – Foo Fighters

 


11. Jaage Hain – A. R. Rahman

 


12. OneRepublic – Counting Stars

 


13. Kinare – Queen

 


14. Snow Patrol – Run

 


15. Arziyan – A. R. Rahman

 


16. Lost But Won – Hans Zimmer

 


17. Ki Banu Duniya Da – Gurdas Maan feat. Diljit Dosanjh

 


18. The Police – Every Breath You Take

 


19. Leaving Home – Indian Ocean Live

 


20. Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us

 


21. Dinae Dinae – Papon & Harshdeep Kaur

 


22. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

 


23. Nenjukulle – A. R. Rahman

 


24. Hold – Dabin feat. Daniela Andrade

 


25. Dum Laga – Dil Dosti Etc

 


26. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

 


27. Chadh Chadh Jana – Ram Sampath, Bhanvari Devi & Krishna Kumar Buddha Ram

 


28. Pray For Me Brother – A R Rahman

 


29. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

 


30. Bohemia – Kali Denali

 

 

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20 June 2017

Women of India | Photo Series by Deepti Asthana

India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world but despite these developments; there is a wide gap between rural and urban India with respect to technology, living condition, economic empowerment, and most importantly women rights. More than 77% population of India resides in its rural parts making it one of the world’s largest rural establishment and also most diverse in terms of spoken languages, ethnicity and culture.

While documenting stories of women across India, I saw the dichotomy of these two Indias.. The contrast is astonishing. While baby girls are given away, sold, or even killed in parts of rural India, urban women are gradually seizing power and asking for their rights. While things are changing in bigger cities, rural India is still far behind, where discrimination against women is largely whitewashed using the label of ‘Indian culture’. When it comes to modernization of thought and freedom of choice and speech, the progress in this part has been minimal.

As a woman, I have experienced the uncertainties firsthand, through my own life and my mother’s struggles. After losing my father, when I was only four, I saw her single handedly fight for the most basic of rights and dignities in order to provide her children with a decent living. Standing next to her; through her fight for our survival, I have lived in constant fear for our safety and in a way lost my childhood. As a girl, growing up in a small town, I struggled to both ‘stand out’ as well as ‘fit in’ the stereotypical moulds of Indian culture.

The urban world I inhabit now is, however, completely oblivious to the rural world of India. Though they intersect at several levels, it is alarming, how little these two worlds interact and there is a need to connect these two worlds.  While I feel an ingrained need to tell my story through stories of many Indian women, I also want to bridge this gap through my long-term project ‘Women of India’. I want to provide the stories with a platform; an outlet that recognizes the plight of these women and allows the mainstream to identify with the fringes, which may hopefully lead to a change.

These stories are largely neglected in mainstream media and even if it surfaces occasionally it has a skewed perspective of presenting the story from a male point of view.  For instance while covering the agrarian crisis in Vidarbha; I realized the whole farmer suicide issue was viewed from the perspective of the male member of the family but it is important to tell the stories of widows who are left behind with the huge debt and responsibility of their children. Similarly in Punjab, the issue of female drug addicts is largely neglected and layered with stigma and barely 5% female drug addicts get appropriate treatment.

I strongly believe that the gender issues in rural India, which are largely different from urban India and western world are not highlighted and addressed appropriately.  Being a young woman from India, I feel I have this duty towards the future generations that these subdued voices get heard and they receive an equal rights to education and expression Through this project I intend to bring out stories of daily lives of these women, the stories of struggle, stories of victory, stories of breaking norms, and expose them to the modern India and the modern world.

Japiyammal, 34, sells dry fish to make living for her family. She also received a notice to vacate her home. After 50 years, government suddenly seems to have woken up from its deep slumber and has recognized the tourism potential, Dhanushkodi has to offer. The fishing community here relies on traditional methods of reading the winds, stars and direction of waves. Without any formal training on modern techniques of fishing and unavailability of any GPS or Wireless devices, it is very hard for Japiyammal and other fishing community, to leave their land and learn the new ways of fishing elsewhere.

Shakila Husain, 75, weaves to make money for her living in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh. Her own son pushed her out of her home and she now lives alone close to her work place. Belonging from a conservative Muslim society, it was difficult for her to step out from her home and work, but she refused to go to an old age home and is now the senior most member of ‘Women weaver’ society. She encourages women from her community to educate their daughters and allow them to work; so that they never have to depend on anyone.

Sangeeta, 38, widow of Ashok lives with her two sons, in Vidarbha, Maharashtra. Her younger son is a sickle cell anemia patient and dropped out of school to support the family. Once known for its cotton or ‘white gold’ production, Vidarbha now is notoriously known as the suicide belt of India. The region has been going through severe drought for the last ten years leading to almost 8,000 farmer suicide cases. So when a crisis-hit farmer kills himself, these widows are pushed further into more debt and are forced to take jobs as laborers on other farms to sustain.

Vaishnavi was only 5 when her father committed suicide. She now stays in a hostel in a relatively bigger village, as her mother can’t afford to pay for her daily travel to school. While she misses being at home, she is determined to become a doctor and provide free health services to her village. The younger generation is now distancing itself from agriculture after witnessing the pain of their fathers. With no crop insurance or a minimum support price, the farmers do not get a fair price for their crop, which piles up their debt year after year.

Sarita, 30, was only 17 when she got married to Praveen and now she has two kids. Praveen died just 7 months ago, which is the most recent case of farmer suicide. To take care of her children, she is now looking forward to start a small business of sewing clothes. While the local NGO tries to help the women and train them to make an alternate living; the Government has turned a blind eye towards the plight of these women. In most of the cases, the Government doesn’t acknowledge the suicide cases and labels them as family disputes.

Rural women usually cover their faces in a saree (the traditional long piece of clothing), a custom in many parts of India, following the conservative way of living. But it was exhilarating to witness a friendly swimming competition among these rural women in a ‘women-only’ section on the Ghats of Narmada River, Madhya Pradesh. Nestled away from their normal lives, they were oblivious to the outside world, for the time being and are seen flaunting their swimming skills to each other. time being and are seen flaunting their swimming skills to each other.

Krappa, 34, is a part of a nomadic family of approximately 10 members traveling together to sell iron stoves in Rajasthan. Without a permanent dwelling, the nomads live a meager life, creating makeshift homes and using woodstock for cooking. Women are given the responsibility of cooking for the family, while men talk to the customers. The smoke coming from traditional stoves is extremely harmful. Almost one million deaths occur annually in India due to household air pollution and most affected by this practice are women and children.

Anandi, 22 works along with her parents in salt-pan fields of Mithapur, Gujarat. Most workers here in the saltpans haven’t been able to escape this work for generations. While the contractor and companies earn millions, the wages have remained abysmally low for them. The laborers are not provided with any protection gears to cover their feet and hands. Working in extreme environments, these workers are prone to severe occupational hazard contracting fatal diseases. There is a saying here that if you are a saltpan worker, you have three ways to die: first gangrene, second TB or third blindness.

The seasonal migrants from Madhya Pradesh come to sugarcane farms of Gujarat at the end of the monsoon season, leaving their poorly irrigated land. In the sugarcane farms of Somnath, Gujarat, one element that stands out is the dark smoke coming out of the chimneys. While women work day in and day out to produce sugar, they are continually exposed to the smoke and pollution. All they can afford is a headscarf to save their hair from flakes and man’s shirt to save them from the heat. While profits continue to increase for owners, it’s the migrants that remain impoverished.

Sheela, 21, lives in a makeshift house by the sugarcane farm in Somnath, Gujarat. Migrants are compelled to live in sub-human conditions on work sites, which lack basic amenities and sanitation facilities. Most of these women submit their documents to the owner at the beginning of the season, which leaves them helpless and forces them to work throughout the season despite all odds. Women and child migrants form a vulnerable group facing serious lack of security without any identification and insurance. Women in particular face high risks of trafficking and various forms of exploitation, including forced prostitution.

 

Deepti Asthana is an independent photographer, born in 1986, in Uttar Pradesh, India. An engineer by training, Deepti was introduced to photography in 2012. She developed her passion for photography and explored different facets of it along with her day job, as an IT engineer. In 2016, she took the leap of faith and started to work as an independent photographer. Deepti wants to tell her story, through stories of Indian women settled in small towns and villages to highlight the gender issues in this part of India, which is largely different from urban India and the western world.

 

Photos & Words by ©Deepti Asthana

 

 

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17 June 2017

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16 June 2017

Creative Head of the week : Aparna Ramesh Mhatre

There were many influences that went into Aparna’s decision to select this field. Her early mentors and her family always encouraged her to explore opportunities in this field. They pointed her in the right direction to explore the possibilities. She has found that the only art style that’s universally understood is realism. Everyone’s heard the line “it looks just like a photo.” She thinks, for her, other styles hold so much more interest, both emotionally and in terms of the level of technical skill. She is not using any special tools for her work. She just tries to do her work with perfection to give it a little professional touch. Her inspiration is her parents’ effort on her. Her paintings also inspire her. They give her the positive energy to do more and more perfect work. It usually takes her 3 to 4 hours to complete one art work. But, sometimes it takes up to 1 to 2 days.

About Inspiro India, “I think it is the only right platform for my artwork.”

 

Photos by ©Aparna Ramesh Mhatre

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15 June 2017

Interview with Illustrator : Nithin Rao Kumblekar

Meet Nithin, an illustrator who started drawing from very young age and didn’t stop. To follow his passion he quit his job and started freelancing.

Nithin Rao Kumblekar

 

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

– We all used to draw when we were kids. But I didn’t stop drawing even after growing up. So it is tough to tell what inspired me to continue this. After completing school I joined Chitrakala Parishad in Bangalore and specialised in applied arts. I joined the advertising agency as an art director, but I was not satisfied with that since anyone with art knowledge can become art director, but not an illustrator. So I decided to quit my job and started freelancing as an illustrator.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist/illustrator?

– I concentrate more on lighting. Play of light and shadow is what makes my works look good. At the same time I try to get realism even while exaggerating the characters.

Sometimes clients or the agency ask me to do changes in the illustration. I do the changes if it ads value to the illustration. If I feel it is going to ruin the work then I refuse to do the changes. It is tough to convince the clients sometimes. But you must say “no” if you want to keep that work in your portfolio.

 

 

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

– I started illustrating with pencil and then scanning them into photoshop and then colour it. But then I bought pen tablet which improved my style. Now I have Wacom monitor which gives the same experience as drawing on paper. I like traditional medium too, but for me digital is faster and good for my style. For me Photoshop is god.

 

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

– If you want a career in designing field then fine art colleges are worth. But if you have already completed your college in other field then I don’t think joining a fine art college again is a good idea. It’s better to practise on our own or join hobby classes.

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain a little about Detailing in your illustrations? 

– People like detailed works. But we lose patience while drawing.

I spend a lot of time starring at my works than creating them. If I feel something is not right then I can’t sleep without fixing the illustration.

 

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

– I always wanted to be an artist. Now I’m just an illustrator and I’m working towards becoming an artist who does not work for a client. I do personal work whenever I get time. And my personal works are my favourite. That is makes me feel I’m an artist.

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a illustrator/designer?

– In my mind I feel like a scientist who is inventing or creating something in his lab. I love my job. During my school days I used to copy sketches from books. But I was not happy with that. I always thought why can’t I be the guy who creates from nothing and not just copy from other works. Now I’m happy that I create illustrations on my own.

 

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

– I like shooting people (with camera). These days it is easy for people add photography as a hobby because of digital cameras. But I started photography in school with my dad’s manual SLR. In those cameras without the knowledge of light it was almost impossible to shoot good pictures. I’m not a pro in studio lights. But I want to dig deeper into studio.

 

©Nithin Rao Kumblekar

 

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 internet era has changed the way we work. There are thousands of artist around the globe, and many of them will have similar style like yours. That’s totally fine as long as you put effort to improve your work from the last one you did. But we should not copy or steal someone else’s work.

We can’t call ourself designers or creative if we just copy or download some images to create the work.

 

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15 June 2017

iidailyinspiration #133

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