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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.

 

Check out his full feature in Navember’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#33 – Download Free.

 

 

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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.

 

Check out his full feature in May’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#28 – Download Free.

 

 

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13 June 2016

Creative Doodles by ARTIST : SATAVISHA CHAKRABARTY

Satavisha Chakrabarty – The  Artist who brings out the best in what she does by simply enjoying it. She always liked to draw but never pursued any training and never had anything to do with art, it was just a form of relaxation to her. As she did her masters in History, she always wanted to be an archaeologist. She used to post her artwork on Instagram and noticed that people actually like her work. She once created a doodle for Dewarists ( an MTV show) since she is a huge fan of their show and got noticed by them. They even sent her Dewarists goodies. Since then she has been doodling regularly. She also started getting many freelance projects and she was enjoying her work. It never felt like she was working; rather it was like she was getting paid to enjoy her time. That’s the moment she realised Illustration is her calling. She also has a degree from ZICA (Zee institute of creative arts) in digital arts. She officially started freelancing in July 2015 and since then has completed over 60 projects.

 

She believes drawing is the best form of getting visual information on the page. She illustrates her imagination and tries to match it with what her lovely followers expect from her. She mostly illustrates based on how is she feeling at the moment. Basically, she does what makes her happy. While she was doing a lot of doodles, she gained interest on object art and switched to object art for some time.

 

She loves drawing on paper. So, usually, she puts down her imaginations on paper and then digitizes it if need be. Most of her zentangles are on paper. She loves black and white illustration. Since, she is doing a lot of projects, she also uses various tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDRAW, InDesign etc.

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Her weekdays usually start with a coffee; checking emails and making a task list of what needs to be done for the day. Life for her is about working as little as possible for the biggest return. Return doesn’t need to be always in terms of money, it can be more leisure time. She doesn’t have much to worry about, so everything she does seems enjoyable.

At weekends, she sleeps a lot and hangs out with friends and spends time with family.

How much time she would take to finish an art work really depends on if she knows where she wants to go with a piece. If it’s something simple, it can take as little as 4 hours. For a more complicated illustration, it can take anywhere from a few days to a week. She stops a lot and looks at the illustration with a fresh pair of eyes before just rushing into finishing it.

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Her delight in the process of making an illustration and in what she envisions is what drives her. She thrives on detailing. Detailing is not a big deal to her, it’s just a part of her illustration. While she is illustrating, she feels like she is justifying who she was created to be.

She feels inspired by the amazing artist Harun Robert who, as per her, is a source of inspiration and creativity. She also admires Kerby Rosanes and Jabson Rodrigues. And above all, her parents are her biggest inspiration, they helped her all the way and with everything she wanted to do. She also tries to seek a lot of feedback from her readers.

 

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Words of wisdom,

“Listen to your heart. Do what makes you happy. If you like art and think that you can’t draw, try harder. Don’t just quit, take a class and work at it. I think you will be wonderfully surprised.. I am a self taught artist and I faced a lot of challenges in the beginning but now I have improved a lot; so can you. ”

 

Her words about Inspiro India,

“I think what Inspiro India is doing for young artists is commendable. I want to see more and more artists like me on Inspiro India. And I want to thank you guys for giving me this opportunity.”

You can find more of her work here: Instagram | Facebook 

 

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29 March 2016

Interview with Avinash Jai Singh : Daaku Jai Singh of Illustrated World

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Inspiro India: Art/Illustration- How did you decide it was your calling ?

– I don’t think, you decide your calling. It’s the calling that chooses you. It’s the small little effort one puts in everyday for years. I have been painting, since i was a little kid and that too, was my in my initial years, it was my dad’s persistence to make me sketch every day. And I became better at visual literacy than anything else.

 

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

– I swear by Symbolism and Metaphors, it gives me an interesting layer to play around with and it’s always exciting to discover what lies beneath. This pop surreal world has enchanted me. People usually describe my art as, Unapologetic, unabashed, clean, bold and minimal. I just try to keep it organic. To me, they just come and merge into their surroundings and keep evolving into new ones. Unpredictable, because they surprise you or shock you but would never go un-notice. Light hearted and play-full art, I don’t design to offend anyone, but taking a cranky bit on mythological stories, history lessons and ever one around from everyday life is quite fun. I mean, there are no different challenges as such, because it’s really a journey, discovering your style, discovering your look, finding the right story to say. It all matters, and sometimes, doesn’t. You can’t force an art to be done. It takes its own time, to develop in our own conscious – subconscious mind. And you can’t do anything about it, until it’s ready. But sometimes, it gets tough, when you have to meet a certain deadline, for commercial project, then it can get tricky, sometimes.

 

Image00002 Night Sky, now, in your favourite colour

Inspiro India: Why do you love illustration? Can you please explain about your work process particularly ’30 Days of summer’ series?

– Illustrations are one of those mediums, where i can work independently, unlike photography or direction, where i need to have a team in place which in itself is an exhausting job. I mean, sometimes, emotions or thoughts or ideas, are so strong that i want to put it on paper there and then, I am trying to put some ideas in photography as well but that requires planning and team management. It can’t just happen, instantly. I have to wait it out for stylist, set designers, models to come together. But in illustration, it’s just you and that one blank piece of paper. One of my self-initiated project, was to sketch every day and about the strongest emotion i felt in last 24 hours which turned out to become, 30 Days of Summer, with that one emotion, i used to thread a story around it. I have tried defining a certain style and using a certain palette to express the mood, one helluva ride that one month was.

 

Image00003 Him – Can I take a nap in your ocean of thoughts?
Her – only if you’re not scared of the storm. ~ A
Image00004 I stare at the broken man in the mirror, with a hollow, laugh of despair

Inspiro India: How satisfied are you with the artist you are right now?

– Hahaha, initially I thought, i would feel more settled in head once this series is done, but damn, as soon as i finished this. I got more hungry for ideas. And now i don’t think there’s a thing called satisfaction, in art. More you create, you’ll realize, how little you actually know. So it’s quite a crazy scene. But as an artist, my work has a certain visual language now, a defined style, which easily stands out. So, yeah, that way i am doing pretty well.

 

Image00005 Soulmates are fraud, they come around just to fuel themselves, when broken.
Image00006 Not from just another dysfunctional Indian family. Summer of 1989.
Image00007 Our Explicit dreams and weird thoughts, Priceless!
Image00008 The jar of space, for every relationship.

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?

– If you feel it, just say it. One needs to feel it, to say it. Be sensitive towards things around you, world u live in. observe and absorb. And what you do every day, makes you, who you are Not what you do occasionally.

 

Image00009 Popsicle after all.
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Inspiro India: What do you think about Inspiro India Magazine?

– You guys have been quite a pleasant platform for creative guys. The stories you publish motivates a lot of people like us. who don’t have a real job (as per our parents) 🙂 it’s the magic of creating, which is above anything else. God Bless.

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