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Best of January’18 | #inspiroindia


We’d like you to know that Inspiro India is receiving immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ out there.

In the wake of the phenomenal usage of the ‘Inspiro India’ hashtag, we have a created a new section, ‘Best Pictures of the Month’.

Here are the Best Pictures from the month of January!

(The pictures are not in any supposed order. To get featured in the next month, use hashtag #inspiroindia)

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©Mihir Thakkar



©Joshi Daniel


©Harshit Doshi
©Namrata Vedi



©Piyush Tanpure



©Sunny Gala



©Anshul Mehta
©Manpreet Kaur






©Sachin Chauhan


©Anunay Sood
©Mayuresh M. Warang



©Somia Mallick
©Shardul Umesh Kadam


©Rupesh Dev



©Sakshi Parikh



©Arfan Abdulazeez



©Shagun Chawla



©Manish Deo



©Swapnanil Roy


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16 February 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Nidhi

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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8 February 2018

Interview with Artist: Mira Malhotra

Meet Mira, a graphic designer/visual artist based in Mumbai who is the founder of Studio Kohl, a boutique design house.

Mira Malhotra


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

Mira Malhotra: I was raised in Saudi Arabia for the first ten years of my life and left the country for India shortly after the Gulf War. This had an effect on the way I saw my own country and shaped my work. I grew up with a few sources of entertainment in an otherwise dreary freedom-less country, that of shopping malls, supermarkets and heavily censored American TV consisting mainly of sitcoms. Women like my mother were not able to go out of the house alone, and I was conscious of my female status as I saw the disparity. When I came to India, everything felt new. I had been to India once every year on vacation but living here was a totally different experience. It was a hard adjustment to make but eventually, I got used to it. I always drew as a child and was trained under a Filipino watercolourist in Riyadh, KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). I painted mostly animals which I continued independently once in India. My older cousin, an art director in Trikaya grey told me about a career in the arts and in the 7th grade I made up my mind to make it a career.


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

MM: I am primarily interested in representing women’s experiences, at least for now. I otherwise like to create work that is conceptual, immediately gratifying which uses visceral line work, feels big and bold, and that is bright and colourful. I am inspired by odd products in the bazaar and Indian domestic life as I grew up in a more westernised home. I had a rocky time with my education. I wanted to go to JJs, tried many times and didn’t make it. I went to Sophia’s for a year and while I found the teaching good, felt there was no exposure and I experienced suffocation. I eventually went to Rachana’s and there too I faced issues. It was only when I went to NID that I really felt like I was seeing an end in mind or more pathways to take. Everything else made me feel stifled and stagnant in one way or the other. I faced great setbacks by being in the wrong school or wrong workplace as well. I enjoyed my first job in editorial but there was only so much I could climb. My second job in advertising made me really question where my work was going. I found picking work and clients more satisfying and working independently fixed a lot of issues because I could steer my work in the direction I liked, but it’s only possible in today’s market and earlier it was not as feasible.



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

MM:  A computer. Even though so much of my work is print, I love digital means of creation. There is always an undo button! A Wacom, a large table and a few mechanical pencils are always around. I still love doing analogue work but it doesn’t work with clients 90% of the time. Recently I’ve started working with brush pens, pencils, and solid markers more. My work process with a client is always the conversation, research, conversational research, brainstorming, making connections, conceptualisation, creation and convincing. With my self-initiated work, I don’t sketch for fun though I wish I could. I wait till I have an idea in my head to flesh out and then go ahead. Art is not for art’s sake for me. There’s too little time!


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

MM: It really depends on what you want to do. I think applied arts courses are very limiting. But design schools are expensive, though they offer great exposure. If you are able, vacation courses or summer courses help. Residencies help. But if you learn on your own remember you have to have a lot of drive, and you shouldn’t get easily discouraged. It requires a fair amount of passion and dedication. Find a way to create bread and butter work for yourself so pursuing what you really like won’t make you broke. If you enjoy bread and butter work and that’s your goal then you will find it easier.


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

MM: My parents and family. Not anyone special as such. But I have influences from musicians in terms of the way they approach their work and subject matter: The Beastie Boys, Kathleen Hanna, Grimes.


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

MM: An astronaut, a teacher or an artist. Ended up being the artist.


Inspiro India: Introduce us to your project ‘Unfolding The Saree’ and the story behind it?

MM: Unfolding the Saree was the culmination of recent incidents and long-term interests as well which resulted in the making of this zine. First was my inspiration from Riot Grrrl and DIY culture. How do I make an Indian version of what I admire about RiotGrrrl but have it well received here and resonate with my cultural experience? I then asked myself, how can I build something that’s so engaging that the material is not trumped by its content or treatment? Designer’s objects are produced in limited quantity, and a lot of craft goes into it, so they are often priced highly. I wanted to avoid that by using cheaper, local material unlike the fancy international papers graphic designers would usually use. The DIY background and my knowledge of printing and local applications of it helped me make a budget-friendly product. Then comes my ongoing interest in items of ‘novelty’, toys found in bazaars, Indian storytelling devices from folk culture, the interactivity of these that make for a very engaging experience, and a didactic one (when paired with a facilitator). When I was at NID, I was exposed to these things by my professors and Mrs Lakshmi Murthy, and this taught me the hardly-recognised value of storytelling devices that stem from folk India, traces of which can be found in low-budget bazaars of today or on my travels through India (I visit the bazaars of every place I travel to for new ideas and spend small fortunes on such objects). I wanted something so engaging, fun, and innovative, you wouldn’t bear to not be able to pick it up, and I wanted this inherently Indian approach to design preserved. I also wanted to make a zine on women and sexuality in some shape or form. Recently I began draping a saree and wearing one for myself and became hypnotised by its variety and the way it’s perceived (is it sexy? is it modest? does it cover up? or does it reveal?), and also its extremely versatile format. In an age where we are actively questioning burkinis and bikinis, and what these garments mean to us, it was exciting to look at the saree this way. Eventually, the format of the saree gave rise to the format of the zine. The content inside talks about several practices, the ghoonghat, the item number, the wet saree, the cover-all saree, nuns wearing sarees, feminist wearing sarees, all question fixed notions on the sarees as a dress that can be confined to eternal raunchiness or feminine dignity. The saree is too shape-shifting to be defined as either. This revealing or unrevealing got translated eventually into the words ‘folding’ or ‘unfolding’. Lastly, I recently joined a collective known as Kadak, which debuted at the East London Comic Arts Festival (ELCAF) this year and I needed to make products for that. What better than to introduce a foreign audience to my own idea of Indian design?


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

MM: Music! I devour around 5 hours of music everyday minimum when I’m at work. I love reading about feminist philosophy as well. I also like gardening.


Images by ©Mira Malhotra


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?

MM: Trust in yourself, be analytical and observant, find your voice, stop asking for feedback, if you have a doubt- google it! Be brutally honest with yourself.


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2 February 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Satbir Singh Waraich

Art is just like breathing is for every living being. The appetite to create can never stop just like a basic necessity for survival is his ‘approach to art’. Satbir Singh Waraich is a self-taught Artist, a computer graduate turned graphic designer and now identifies himself as a painter by profession. His impeccable ability to understand and balance his psyche and make peace with the fact that every stroke is either ‘pre-visualised’ or ‘an error’ is completely justifiable. He also points to the challenging part of making that error from anything to something (silently with strokes and flow).


Satbir takes an intricate understanding to his illustrations by painting and sketching. Visual art for him is anything the random human can capture (in the wake of life and reality) for seconds, minutes or a long timeless pause in front of anything and anywhere.



Satbir Singh Waraich


Satbir has been best friends with art and illustrations since childhood being a single child in the family. Well aware of his gifted hands even though it has been only 6 years for him professionally, ‘it was a boy returning home not a hobby’, he says. I believe that Art should tell you something (but not everything).


‘I believe that Art should tell you something but not everything!’

His work stresses on ‘people’ and ‘eye contact’ which is the primary stage to be drawn to by us humans.

The artist indicates, while that ‘observant pause’ is extremely crucial and describes visual artistry, it is the layer of emotion which a human experiences and is more likely carry to his or her eternity.

Moreover, if the viewer is eager to open one’s bounded psyche, they’ll be able to identify the stories, guiding signs, hidden paths and written words. Look even closer you’ll find that Satbir paints in the form of small tiny drawings inside the faces and figures.


Astute observation skill set when he meets humans is one of his strongest skills, he says ‘humans are very much okay to shed a layer of emotion which artists seek and leech upon to use in his or her art’.


Satbir’s typical work process is nothing fancy or similar to a tailored process psyche of an art student. He has a ‘no tool process’ whereby he uses anything and everything from oil paints to water colours or may even end up tearing a sketch and then end up using it on a canvas.

Every day guides this painter differently, he likes riding bikes late at night around farms, collects books regardless of old or new and is currently trying his hands on learning piano. A tea and music lover, he refuses to give advice to his fellow humans. He says there is no point of advising someone when one doesn’t believe and recognise oneself from the inside, it’s a mere wastage of time when the brain is already full and knows what to do!

Words by Harpreet


Tangled Mirror

Merged Emotions


Pendent Protecters

Images by ©Satbir Singh Waraich

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25 January 2018

Interview with Artist: Niteesh Yadav

Meet Niteesh, an engineering drop out who now lives and breathes Typography.

Niteesh Yadav


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

Niteesh Yadav: My journey has been a bit different from the usual ones. I am an engineering dropout (second year) who started working as a self-taught designer initially and then after working for a while I decided to join college. From then I have been moving along with the life of a student and simultaneously working as a Design Consultant, looking after a Design division of a startup as well as working on freelance projects. The best part of this journey is the people I have worked with right from the beginning.

The love for illustrating letters and quotes got me into studying and exploring more about type. I used to draw a lot of letters and after a certain time, I started to realize that though they look good something is still missing and to fill that gap of making it better, I started to dig in deeper to learn about the technical aspects of Typography. Things that make a letter look more pleasing to eyes, this was the beginning and that learning is still going on.


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

NY: From the past two years, my work has been typing oriented but I am in my exploration phase of trying new styles and mediums to express my ideas. Started as an Interface designer then explored my way into print and packaging and now working with type and illustrations. Soon you might find me experimenting with some unconventional and bizarre mediums as well.

Working as a Graphic Designer, the first and foremost challenge is to get in sync with the client and vice versa. Resonating at the same frequency is very important otherwise the whole project might go back and forth. Another thing which we face is variable project requests, sometimes a lot of project requests bombard at the same time and we have to prioritize which ones to accept (choosing the right ones is a task in itself.) Also, you find yourself standing in the Thar Desert at times waiting for that one project but treat it as a golden period of refreshment, start your own personal project or just take a break to rejuvenate your creative juices.


Elephant Type


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

NY: All I need is a pencil and a paper! I am fond of getting my hands dirty as it is way faster. You can just do it on the run while eating on a tissue. We never know when the idea might pop in. Once the ideas are sorted then only I hit the screen to design it digitally. When you make things physically, there is a strong bond that is established. How often that smile comes on your face when you go through your old drawing books and now compare that same thing with an old folder on your desktop.

In my projects, I follow a structure which starts from receiving a brief from the client or to make one based on the client’s request (This happens a lot while working with Indian clients). Next step is to do an extensive research to put the pieces together and get a clear picture of the project and an approach to it. Then its time to pick up the pencil, our WMC (weapon of mass creation), sketching several ideas then finalizing which ones to share with the client. I restrict the number of concepts since as Designers we are supposed to use our expertise to help people and not to confuse them. One final approach is decided, I move on to refinement and iteration phase (limited iteration mentioned in the agreement). This phase includes feasibility testing of ideas and many designers ignore this but I have learned that it is a crucial one as impossible is possible on screen. People use mockups blindly on the web to just showcase to the clients and without even knowing their feasibility, the clients are usually awestruck at that time but face problems later while trying to execute them.

I recall a project, Identity design of a new line of a Fashion House for which I sat down in their workshop working with the people to test the feasibility of selected designs using different embroidery techniques. Finally, after working for several hours we figured out a way to make it work from design and execution perspective. If a design doesn’t serve its purpose then it is a waste.


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

NY: Rather than just focusing on illustrations right from the beginning I would recommend, if you are enrolling in College then start with Design as a broad sphere then explore your interests and qualities to decide on your specialization. This will help you out in framing your goals. If you are sure that you want to get into illustration then start practising and try to expose yourself to as many styles as possible as well as other people’s work which is going to help you out in expanding your knowledge about the immense possibilities. As illustrations are not just about the pencil, paper, watercolours etc., it’s your medium of expression and how you take it forward creates your style. Art or Design college is a place where you are exposed to a lot of things, there are no set books or hard guidelines. It’s you who is supposed to absorb that information and explore further.  The only alternative I can think of is your dedication and handwork.


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

NY: I mostly refrain from using the word illustrator as very small part of my work is illustrations. The thing I like when I am illustrating is the amount of freedom I have to express the ideas which are sometimes very limited while working on regular design projects that have very rigid client briefs.


Inspiro India: What did you want to become during your childhood?

NY: I wanted to join the army but as I grew up I went on being more inclined towards creative stuff and now I am on my small little crusade of making useful things to fight bad designs and help people with my work.


Inspiro India: Can you explain to our readers a bit about your ‘Dream Big Project’ on an elephant?

NY: ‘Type on Elephant’ is one of my ‘close to heart piece’ as it was a whole new experience for me. I had spent a significant amount of time with the elephant observing their behaviour and the best way we can be around them so they don’t feel uneasy.  All that helped me a lot in working on it and there was not even a single moment when I felt scared.

It is part of India Through Type Series that aims to bring out some unique and interesting aspects of India through Typography based experiments. It also focusses on some important aspects such as dying crafts which are in dire need of being brought into the limelight. Simply talking about these and putting forward the same old stuff will not work as it has been tried several times in the past. So this is the reason I am working on creating a new experience for these things.


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

NY: I am really fond of travelling and exploring more about people,  culture and especially places which are close to nature. This is the reason I have been working remotely for the past couple of months and moving around.


Artwork by ©Niteesh Yadav


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

NY: Do what you love and give your 100% to it! There are times when you are working where you won’t get full freedom to create things of your choice. Develop a habit of working with guidelines.

To let your creative juices flow, work on some self- initiated projects as they are going to help you in creating things where you have full freedom and control over what you are doing but always have a purpose why you are doing it. It can be “just to make myself happy.” What it does is that you will never feel that you have wasted your time at any point in time.


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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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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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7 January 2018

Artist Spotlight: Joy Brasilino | iiOverseas

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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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Art | Blog | Interviews

21 December 2017

Interview with Artist: Sikander

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



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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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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1 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Sarah Naqvi

Sarah Naqvi stumbled upon questions regarding the existence of women in the society and taboos spanning over the same while going through the process of understanding the female body.


Sarah felt morally obligated to address the issue by using embroidery to share her thoughts. Embroidery is a versatile and ancient art form which was interestingly done by mostly women and thus was perfect for what she wanted to showcase!


Naqvi works on topics such as menstruation and body shaming. She has received immense support from young girls, positive criticism, threats and nasty comments from anonymous people over direct messages on Instagram.

Interestingly, a couple of her artworks were taken down by Instagram for obstruction of community guidelines which were considered obscene even though there are highly sexualised and altered images of women all over the app.


Nitesh Mohanty, Ghada Amer and Shirin Neshat are some of the artists who inspire Miss Naqvi. Each embroidery takes anything from a month to a couple of days to complete depending on how much time she gets with her daily schedule.


The idea behind her artworks is to portray a society which is suffering from deeply rooted patriarchy and has ultimately created, cultivated and enforced an idea of the ‘ideal woman’.


She works with a range of different mediums, but embroidery is positively one of her biggest strengths. ‘With every stitch I make, I hope that it challenges these common apperceptions and shows how much strength and voice every piece can carry’, says Sarah Naqvi.

Words by Harpreet


Art/Images by ©Sarah Naqvi

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