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29 May 2017

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27 May 2017

Photo Story: Hornbill Festival, Nagaland by Shiva Rajvanshi

Hornbill Festival is a week-long celebration held every year in the northeastern state of Nagaland, India. The melange of intertribal interactions and celebrations is a week long affair which is held in the first week of December every year.

Traveller or not, the festival is called ‘Festival of Festivals’ for a reason! There is everything for everyone who visits, catering to everyone’s need be it colourful performances, observing and buying local art or even trying out scrumptious local cuisine and delicacies.

Definitely, a once in a lifetime experience, the list of what to do and experience does not end here. The festival highlights local culture (folk dances, native games and sports) and traditions of the tribes, introduces you to local herbal medicine and indigenous varieties of plants and flowers. Even the Indian Army organises a rally to be the part of this euphoric festival, absolutely a key attraction!

The famous rock show of the Hornbill festival showcases Indian and International performances. A music or rock lover should definitely add this to their itinerary.

 

Photos & Words by ©Shiva Rajvanshi

 

Also published in February’17 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#35 – Download Free.

 

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27 May 2017

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26 May 2017

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25 May 2017

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19 May 2017

Creative Head of the week : Cherubina. S

Art has always fascinated her. Art and craft classes in school were the best hours where she tried her hand in various forms of art. Her journey with painting began with the humble watercolours and she still cherishes the feeling when the paint spreads to transform lifeless paper. She started using Adobe Photoshop when she was in the 7th grade for doing personal projects. By now, she had sketched her career path and was keen to get into the creative field but had absolutely no idea about the possibilities in it due to lack of exposure. Her parents were sceptical in sending her to design school and coerced her to do engineering.

 

 

She eventually ended up in engineering, feeling like a fish out of water. She moved into freelancing in her 2nd year of Engineering through which she was able to build her portfolio and also experiment various art forms. During the fag end of her under graduation, she was faced with the most important decision of her life as she turned down a lucrative offer from Infosys to pursue her dream and has not regretted taking this wonderful path. She loves using bright and bold colours in her work and experiment with the simplest of shapes with an adventurous colour palette. Research is the key element before she starts with a piece of work. This helps her to undertake new approaches for every project. The challenge is to up the ante by creating new designs on a regular basis no matter what, and no matter how busy you are and also, how well you can communicate what is intended especially in commercial projects. She is currently working on a project called 36daysoftype where designers/illustrators/visual artists share their presentation for a letter each day. She uses a sketchbook for doodling and sketching out ideas. She also makes a detailed sketch after experimenting several styles. Once that is done, she tries various colour palettes and then uses the Adobe illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. The detailing is carried out after the design takes shape. Sometimes she does hand drawn illustrations or lettering and scan it and add it to the design. The creative field is teeming with incredible work by artists so she does have a pool of artists whose work inspires me, but she usually tries to take the most usual and normal things and turn it into something interesting. While designing, she strives to take a different approach to the real world by not sticking with the run of the mill colours. She would rather paint the sky green and the grass blue instead of traditional colours. She has spent days together doing one single illustration. Some would just take a matter of a few hours. Illustration is a process, so it consumes a lot of time. In-order to get the perfect illustration, initially she spends time creating mood boards and colour doodles.  She would say it’s a quest to find the right combination and time is a factor but the feeling of completing an illustration is priceless.

 

Artwork by ©Cherubina. S

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19 May 2017

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18 May 2017

Interview with Artist: Smriti Choudhary

 

 

Smriti Choudhary

 

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

– I have loved to draw since I was a little child. My mother is from Fine Arts background and my childhood home in Rajasthan was adorned by gorgeous oil paintings that she had made before she got married. She has always been there to support and guide me. After I finished school, I joined National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and graduated as a Graphic Designer in 2005. Soon after I started my independent design studio – Pinksoda and pursued a career in Brand & Design consultancy. After years of living in big cities and working on computers, I started craving to draw again and to reconnect with nature. This finally led to me launching Airphish in 2013 and since then I haven’t stopped drawing and I don’t think I ever will.

 

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

– My illustration style is a mix of naturalism and surrealism. My illustrations have a dreamlike quality and are always inspired by nature and wildlife. When I started, my artworks were not so detailed. As I progressed, every artwork became a challenge. Specially with techniques like stippling one needs a lot of patience and having to sit at one place for hours is definitely one of the biggest challenge.

 

Song of the Whale

 

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

– I can’t live without micron pens. I use them for all my artworks. There is no set process that I follow. Sometimes I look at a subject and draw, sometimes it’s part of my imagination, and sometimes it starts with a narrative; I just go with the flow. Ideas can come from anywhere. Once I finalise on what I want to draw, I first sketch it out with pencil and then I start my inking process. Depending on the size of the artwork and detailing, it could take anywhere from a week to a month’s time to finish one piece.

 

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

– I have seen many brilliant artists who have never had any professional training but can still draw far better than any artist from a reputed art/design college. I think discipline is more important. You need to keep practicing, sketching, observing and exploring. Practice does make one perfect. This doesn’t mean that art/design colleges are not worth it. I went to a design college myself and I did learn a lot. But every person is different and needs to decide what’s best for them.

 

Under The Stars

Early morning

Summer

 

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

– I use fine pigment pens to illustrate and techniques like stippling and hatching to capture details of a subject. All my illustrations are black and white and i play around with the contrast to create depth in my artworks.

 

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

– I wanted to become an artist or a dancer. I loved arts. I concentrated more on co curricular activities in school than studies. All my friends came to me when they wanted a diagram for their science practical. In fact, my science teacher liked me only because I would draw diagrams for the whole class on the blackboard.

 

Spring

Starry Hair

 

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

– The best part of being an illustrator is that I get to do what I enjoy the most in this world – DRAW! I can translate my thoughts and feelings to visuals and share with the world. Also, it’s extremely satisfying to create something that other people can connect with on an emotional level.

 

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

– I love music. I always have my headphones on when I draw. I have done a lot of design work for musicians and music events in past only because of my love for music. I also love to travel and watch movies.

Water Dance

Winter

Autumn

©Smriti Choudhary

 

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?

– When you have a creative block, take a break. Go to a peaceful place for a vacation, talk to people who are not artists and give yourself plenty of time to daydream.

 

 

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17 May 2017

Blogger of the Week : Archita Rajkumari

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ have been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing population of ‘#inspiroindia‘. We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

This year we present to you, an all new feature presenting ‘The Blogger of the Week’.

 

Archita Rajkumari is originally from Guwahati, Assam and  a student of Nuclear Engineering who was always a fashion enthusiast and passionate about different trends. Archita started writing poems and short stories since the school time. She is an old school soul who believes in living n experimental life. Hence, she started her own blog called The Blue Girl with Wings, almost 5 years back but she used to post her poems and experiences about life and people which got discontinued due to personal reasons but she restarted the blog with her passion for fashion since the last year and currently, she is blooming in this field.

 

Archita Rajkumari

 

Archita’s blog is very much authentic and aesthetic. She doesn’t believe in following trends blindly. As she says, “Fashion is all about being comfortable in what you wear and show it off with your confidence.” Her blog will help you with fashion trends that you can carry everyday without any doubt. In her blog, you will find everything about comfortable wear and how you can mix and match to change a day look to a night look without working too hard. Also, she does reviews on various beauty and fashion products that you can use in day to day life. Her blog is different than others as it very much depicts her music tastes which basically is from the post 60s. She loves to mix and match different eras of fashion and music and come up with new sense of style.

Archita’s sense of style is very comfort based which is the most attractive part of the blog. She portrays a very bold sense of style in a very graceful way. You will find diverse posts and each of her posts are different from each other. She talks about her inspiration has come from the music icons she follows and listens to and also from her mother. Archita said, “ My mother owns a very classy wardrobe which involves a lot of shades of subtle colours like whites, nudes and blues. She is very much bold with the looks but she carries everything so beautifully that inspired me to what my fashion sense is today.”

She started her blog when she was a 18 year old girl. Her blog was initially all about her lyrical poems and observations of life. She discontinued it due to few personal reasons and she finally restarted her blog with fashion posts in the summers of 2016. Everybody appreciated her with love and gave her different views regarding it.

She talks about blogging and how the industry is actually growing right now. She says, “Currently, blogging industry has grown a lot from the past five years as different fashion icons from different cities have started their own blog which is actually inspiring lot many young girls. This blogging game has gone so strong currently that even fashion magazine and events have been promoting various brands and influencers through different collaborative ways.”

The story behind her blog’s name is mostly based on an imaginary girl like her who had to deal everything alone by herself and sail through life’s boat building herself up with new lessons who wanted to fly and be free in life. That is why the name goes as The Blue Girl With Wings.

Her audience is mostly young girls and middle aged women who loves to experiment with different styles and trends and get the boost to carry with confidence. She says her audience has people from all age group mostly and she gets comments and reviews from different people from different places of this world. Her future plans mostly includes of promoting a good sense of fashion amongst people and encourage them to carry with their confidence and be comfortable in whatever they wear. She emphasises on the word comfort and confidence more and says “You should always stick to what you believe and not care about what others gonna think as life is all about yourself and not about people’s judgements.” That’s what her advice is to the readers. She also suggests two tips for all those people who’d love to start their own blog- firstly, always know what you want to portray and what others should convey from your posts. Be sure of who you’re before portraying an image of yourself to this world. Secondly, never copy others and never follow the crowd. Stand out on your own and create your own trend and ideas. Live an evidence of your life as much as you can by being who you are.

Inspiro India is a beautiful platform for all the creative people who actually can finally showcase their work and ideas to the world. This magazine is an amazing initiative to encourage art and talent to bloom amongst everyone.

 

©Archita Rajkumari

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15 May 2017

iidailyinspiration #117

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13 May 2017

Pedals Of Dream : Jaipur to KanyaKumari Cycle Ride.

Meet Sudhanshu Verma, the man who cycled his journey all the way through Jaipur to KanyaKumari. His words speak of his unshaken determination and strength.

“It is difficult to set yourself apart from “attachments” when you’re born in this society which wants their child to settle at every step in life to march into a secure future which is nothing but in simple words an “illusion”. For me, settling is not an option and attachments are barriers no more. If not my body, my soul is always travelling, I feel. I’d say I lack words to explain this. Flying back to day 2 of my journey, I remember my dad came to stop me but I told him not to be a distraction. May be they understood and did their part helping me complete my tour.

I didn’t go against anything or anyone, I wasn’t alone, even though I was away, my parents and loved ones were with me all the way.

 

 

Accomplishments never lead to satisfaction, they only make you want to hog more. This was a drop in my ocean of life. I feel enlightened at each step, I would always want to educate my inner self and everyone around me. What I picked wasn’t just a trip out of a busy life or an occasional affair, it is a never ending journey for me.

I was carrying my tent and bedding – sleeping bag and mattress. And I had some eatables like oats to cook at dhabas, well food never stopped coming my way. Thanks to everyone for being so considerate. And how can I not mention my bicycle with which come a few bike essentials. I did have extra tubes, a rain cover, my most favourite clothes (of course they were limited).The most important is always carrying a heart full of love to share and a smile to go miles.

 

 

Travelling for me is a never ending journey. “Raahi hu chalte jana hai ” I don’t travel to visit places. I travel to go deeper, meet as many souls I can. To feel more, learn, share and enlighten them with my aura. I love the uncertainty each day carries for me. No one knows what the other minute holds, it makes your decision making dynamic. I’d say my thoughts go wider. I did get hit by a movie few years back when I did my first solo trip. I was adapting ever since then. I used to start early morning around 5 till 10. I’d stop by under a tree or a little shed, rest and interact with locals till around 4. The hours in between use to be too harsh to ride as the sun would be at my head. There’s no point not looking after your health after all. I’d ride 4 to 6:30 PM again.

Earlier, I planned to Hitch-hike from Jaipur to Kanyakumari, but my childhood dreams had me buying a bicycle on my own to travel the world. I spent all my savings to make this dream come true. I got huge support from my friends and a cycling group in Jaipur ( Jaipur cycling comrades ). I borrowed some essentials from friends and off I was on this spiritual journey. Without their support & motivation, I wouldn’t have made it to Kanyakumari. I didn’t look for places as such, I went with the flow nothing was fixed. I met with an accident in Nadiad, Gujarat. It was late evening; I wasn’t on my bicycle though. Ups and downs are a part of life. All these experiences help you in growing and becoming stronger. I was seriously wounded and taken care by a family in Vadodara. I feel blessed to have such people around me. Even after being advised by a doctor to rest for a month, I couldn’t resist after the 10th day. Few days after crossing Gujarat, I got bitten by some funny bug while my afternoon nap and rod with a numb arm. I hadn’t set a budget but, I took a challenge to complete my first month in 2000 only. Believe me, I ended up having more than it. People helped me a lot on the way. They got thrilled and inspired by my travel stories. The next month I spent and ate a lot. I shared what I ate with people too. Happiness is only real when shared so why settle in less when all you have is the entire universe. There is something I would want to pass on to travellers across the nation that is to tell you never to settle and give air to the adventures of life. Travel not just to visit places but to scan souls, absorb experiences, to win hearts, live moments and build memories.

 

Photos by ©Sudhanshu Verma

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