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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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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.
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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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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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Blog | Travel

2 December 2017

Exotic visual tour of Indian marvels | India in Pictures #002

India is a country where various dynasties have conquered and vanished through the centuries, but the beauty still remains in the form of architecture, food and people themselves!

Cultures, traditions, celebrations and manifolds of landscapes make every corner turn into a new discovery, be it a local or visitor!

Here is a series of visuals by Creative Heads from all over the country.


Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan // ©Ankit Kumar


Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh // ©Mohit Tejpal


Dal Lake, Srinagar // ©Nissar Rafiquee


CST, Mumbai // ©Yash Sheth


Sam Dunes Jaisalmer // ©Tanvi Sharma


Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir // ©Manali Jain


Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh  // ©Abhishek Kumar Singh


Bhabha Valley, Kinnaur // ©Ashish


Kochi // ©Ravinder Singh


Munnar, Kerala // ©Rejish



Featuring series of inspiring images by Creative Heads from all over the country as ‘India in Pictures’.


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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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23 November 2017

Interview with Visual Artist: Pardeep Verma

Meet Pardeep Verma, an abstract painter and visual artist

Pardeep Verma


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

– I once had the opportunity to attend a painting exhibition by Sh. JR. Yadava. Until then I had never imagined that paintings could be handmade. His paintings piqued my interest to do something about it and I requested Sh. Yadava to guide me. He showed me the path and that’s how the journey started.


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

– My visual art style is Abstract. The main challenge I faced was to do the paintings in acrylic colour rather than in watercolour. There were lots of experiments that I had to conduct with ‘n’ number of permutations and combinations before I could get the results I had always dreamt of.



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

– I can’t imagine a life without papers, colours and solitude. The combination of the three things gives shape to my imaginations and dreams.


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

– Studying art essentially helps one acquire the basic skills and that becomes a launch pad. When I was young, my main motive was to start earning a livelihood because art as a field was looked down upon something which never pays. Also in addition to the college education, I believe, having a mentor is of great help. Having said that, the motivation must come from within along with zeal, enthusiasm and energy besides tonnes of practice.


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

– Whenever I saw somebody getting clicked himself/herself with the creator or the creation – painting, photographer or sculpture in any form – that influenced my thinking. I wanted my creations to be appreciated the same way.


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

– As a child, I wanted to have my own identity and excel in any endeavour I selected.


Paintings by ©Pardeep Verma


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

– My advice to an artist will be to think out of the box, be creative and experiment a lot as well as have patience and perseverance till they achieve what you they’ve dreamt of. An artist should always on the lookout for new horizons, new vistas, new worlds.


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21 November 2017

Ink Series By Shraddha Mandale

Shraddha Mandale is a 21-year-old creative soul full of visuals, sparks, rainbows, fantasies and not to forget pizza! An Advanced Applied Art student from Bombay, she doesn’t shy away from accepting her love for pizza!


A typography assignment where she wanted to explore as many mediums as she could, Mandale ended up with a bottle of ink, sketching random animals. The thought process of creating the ‘Ink Series’ is about exploring the graphic style with various stools. Capturing a form with ‘one stroke’ is the most challenging part of the whole art process.


Shraddha starts off by visualising various forms and species of birds and animals. With a clear vision in mind, her tools boldly manoeuvre with ink on paper. Her tools include jet black ink, cartridge papers, cut nibs, Chinese brush and candy sticks.


This series surprisingly was a quick work of art. ‘This one style is something I needed it to be an instant’, says the young artist. To come up with this series, she made a point to create one illustration/sketch every day. It took her mere seconds to complete the final sketch, excluding the hours spent before perfecting each stroke!

Series by ©Shraddha Mandale 


Being curious inspires Shraddha. Her surroundings itself are an inspiration to create new art every day. She also possesses a curious and investigative mind that needs to be challenged on a regular basis.

Words by Harpreet

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3 November 2017

Creative Head of the week: Soumya Wagle

Soumya Wagle has been into art since childhood, finding every opportunity to doodle and scribble owning to the fact it was her favourite!

Art has always been a getaway from stress, it calms her down regardless of it being a hobby.


A full painting takes her a couple of hours whereas, a plain sketch is ready within a matter of minutes! Soumya accepts, she was initially afraid to try new media. She recently ventured into exploring new media in art and tried her hands on digital art for which she makes the use of her fingers and draws on applications such as Adobe Draw and Autodesk SketchBook. As for traditional art, she sticks to charcoal pencils and watercolours to make exquisite portraits! Not to forget she utilises some fine liners to make the lines in her drawings fittingly defined.


Miss Wagle gives full credit to social media for her ever evolving status as an artist. She is constantly dazzled by astounding artists who she followed on Instagram once she made her Instagram account.

Wagle is repeatedly trying to better her art by trying her hands on various styles she comes across.


Artwork by ©Soumya Wagle

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19 October 2017

Interview with Illustrator: Harshvardhan Kadam

Meet Harshvardhan, a Mural Artist and illustrator. 

Harshvardhan Kadam


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

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


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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

– My mother


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



Photo by Naman Saraiya

Photo by Ranjith P.M

Wall Art by ©Harshvardhan Kadam


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

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

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


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17 October 2017

Marvel/DC | Type Series By Deanne Fernandes

Deanne Fernandes is a Delhi based Design Enthusiast who has worked as a Communication Designer for almost 9 years now. The love for art and design in any form has excited her all her life. Participating in art activities at school and college level and winning accolades for the same, not to forget including a few national and international competitions, motivated her to take up new challenges in this field.


After completing her post-grad in advertising and PR, she worked at an ad agency, a design studio and freelanced for a year as well. She is presently the head of a creative group at a design studio for the last five years. She thoroughly enjoys creating corporate identities, packaging, campaigns, websites and much more at the studio!


As a communication designer, illustrator, hand letterer and dreamer, Deanne loves to experiment with new styles and finds inspiration everywhere. A long list of artists inspire her, she admires anyone from a well-known international artist to a street painter or a colleague at work to a 5-year-old. Every time she tries to master a style, she gets introduced to something new. It is amazing and challenging at the same time, a reason good enough to pick design for her career!


Deanne does not believe in sitting idle. Whenever she reaches home, she spends time with her family and gets right back to designing but this time, it is for herself!

Devoting time to do more personal artwork made her realize that she was getting better at her craft at work as well as receiving a great deal of satisfaction and happiness.

Fernandes’s personal projects range from themed typography series, illustrations and hand lettering which also includes the 36 days of type project.


Type Series by ©Deanne Fernandes 


The 36 days of type is a popular worldwide challenge that invites designers across nations to create 26 alphabet and numbers from 0-9, one for each of the 36 days.

She picked superheroes and super-villains of the Marvel and DC universe as her theme for this year. Extremely exciting at first glance, it turned out to be quite challenging to complete one every day. But the acknowledgements, on and off Instagram, support from family, colleagues and friends made up for all the amazing artwork. It also brought greater motivation and strength.


Deanne hopes life keeps surprising her with new opportunities so that she can surprise herself by becoming better every passing day.

Words by Harpreet

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10 October 2017

Desi Aunty Series By Megha Sharma

Megha Sharma is a self-taught, 20-year old illustrator obsessed with galaxies, making art, reading books and enjoying food and tea! Megha started making art in her second year of college and then there was no looking back to the point where she says, people may find it cliche when she says it has become a part of who she is now!

A sucker for stationery, she shows love to both digital and traditional art, also trying to make a living out of her passion.

The idea behind the ‘Desi Aunty Series’ hit her during one of her visits to the local salon. The first reaction she got from the neighbourhood parlour aunty was, ‘Haww! Itni growth leke aaye ho! Whilst bearing the pain from the waxing strips, I kept thinking of making a series and the ideas kept coming up’, says the swift thinker. The quirky illustrator starts with a rough sketch and then jots down ideas. Changes are made as the illustrations form sense along with content formation. A final drawing on paper, scanning via phone and ultimately vectorizing in the laptop, further polishing and colouring take place. She works with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with her Wacom Intuos graphic pad.


Relative aunty

Bank wali Aunty

Parlour wali aunty

Kaam wali Aunty

Padosi Aunty

Metro Aunty

Series by ©Megha Sharma 


The young illustrator finds inspiration online, observing artists every day and eventually grabbing something from them. She says, ‘I feel I have so much to learn from the artists out there. It scares me and makes me happy at the same time. Weird, I know.’ She draws inspiration from regular people which also form the inspiration for this close to home, everyday women’s life-based series. ‘So, I just try to keep my eyes and ears open all the time and look for inspiration’, says Megha Sharma. 
 Megha took about 7-10 days to complete the series. Steering away from ‘Aunty’ cliches, She came up with a new series called ‘Bank Wali Aunty’ which is much more relatable and not like every other post on ‘Aunties’!

Words by Harpreet

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