“All those who wander are not lost”

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Tell us where it all started. What made you decide that you wanted to be an artist?

As a child, sketching and drawing was something I loved to do for fun. I wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember.

Yoel Ycecob / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

Yoel Ycecob / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

What role has MIT Institute of Design played in your growth as an artist?

MIT has played a huge role in helping me make the transition from art to design. It has enabled me to think like a designer, has expanded my imagination and visualization.

Fairy and the Flower / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

Fairy and the Flower / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

 

How would you describe your personal style? Also, how is your workflow pattern or your approach towards a project?

As of now I haven’t settled on an illustration style, I keep getting inspired by the styles of my favourite artists. But the themes of my artwork have a few elements in common. The workflow depends on the project I am working on. A lot of my artwork is inspired by music, poetry, concepts that interest me, philosophies and my personal experiences.

Insignificant / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

Insignificant / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

Which has been your most memorable piece of art that you have created? Can you give us a brief description about it?

My most memorable artwork might not necessarily be my best artwork. It is an old illustration inspired by the song Stairway to heaven. But it is close to my heart because it was the first artwork in which I was able to visualize and create rather than drawing on something that was actually before my eyes.That was the first piece of my art to have a story behind it. It is my own interpretation of what the song Stairway to heaven is supposed to be about. I believe that it is a metaphor for our dreams and aspirations in life and the road to reach there. It is about how something that glitters may not be gold/something that we aspire for.

Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

What tools do you use in your work? What do you prefer, hand sketching or digital work?

I used to work a lot with traditional tools like watercolours and acrylic. But in the past year or so, I’ve started to work with the digital medium. I can’t say that I have a preference for any medium in particular as it varies according to what a particular artwork demands; a traditional feel or a digitally illustrated feel. It is fun working with both of them.

Among various artists, who have been your most important influences?

I have been influenced by artists like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Mukesh Singh the most.

The holy upgrade / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

The holy upgrade / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

 

What challenges do you feel an artist has to face on the job front?

I occasionally feel that people don’t understand the amount of effort it takes to create an artwork. They cannot comprehend that sometimes it is not about how fast it was done it as it is about how many years of practice it took to make it that quickly. It is an overall insensitivity towards art and its value.

Stargazer / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

Stargazer / Pic Courtesy : Aditya Damle

Tell us about your future career goals.

I want to be a graphic designer by day and an artist by night. Because the graphic designer works according to what a client requires while the artist makes artworks for himself as a self expression.

What message do you have in mind for the aspiring artists?

The only message I have for aspiring artists and designers is to keep exploring and discovering your own identity instead of trying to be like someone else, Explore as many styles as you can, Keep wandering until you find your spark and keep evolving. “All those who wander are not lost”.

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