“Being yourself is the last thing one can have because an original is worth more then a copy”

Liquor Bottle Painting / Pic Courtesy : Girjesh Jaiswar

Give us an insight into your journey from being a student of art to being a successful designer today.

I completed my Bachelor in Fine Arts from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai.
I have reached this stage because of my parent’s support and love. It all started at a very tender age, my dad used to tell me to copy work from text books which helped develop my drawing skills. I developed observational skills by sketching regularly after my college at CST railway station. Gradually, I started the ideation process with great support of mentors and seniors. What I believe is, the more you observe and experiment, the more an artist can excel in his work.  I experiment things a lot so, I can say I’m still in the learning process. For me an artist can be successful only if he has dedicated his life to it.

Neon Art / Pic Courtesy : Girjesh Jaiswar

How would you define your personal style? Where do you draw inspiration from?

I mostly focus on realistic drawing style. I feel that is the foundation for any style. If you know the basics very well, you can do wonders.
I follow Aaron Blaise, Norman Rockwell, Boris Vallejo,  Jaw Cooper, Rahul Gaikwad, Ravi Paranjape, Brigmen, etc.

Liquor Bottle Painting / Pic Courtesy : Girjesh Jaiswar

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

My most memorable piece was that of a hand painted liquor bottle. Painting on a glass is not only a difficult task but also challenging at the same time. This project helped me get similar kind of projects like painting for MP tourism ad and painting on Vespa scooter. Because of such projects, the love for experimenting things has grown.

Liquor Bottle Painting / Pic Courtesy : Girjesh Jaiswar

Vespa Painting / Pic Courtesy : Girjesh Jaiswar

What is your usual workflow pattern for any assignment?

My work flow depends on what kind of project I’m working on. If it is digital, then according to the client’s brief I sketch as many ideas and concepts and give a visual presentation.
And if it is wall mural work, then I visit the site, take measurements and start designing according to the measurements taken. Rejection is a part of work flow so I always start from scratch if the idea is rejected.

Neon Art / Pic Courtesy : Girjesh Jaiswar

What are the tools/software that you use regularly as a part of your work?

I use traditional tools like pencil, water color etc. and I also work with Photoshop and illustrator. According to me every illustrator should know both the tools – traditional as well as modern.

Liquor Bottle Painting / Pic Courtesy : Girjesh Jaiswar

Which technical skills or otherwise does the industry look for the most in a fresher?

Fresher should have a good knowledge of software and most importantly they should sketch daily with an open mind. An open mind means don’t just draw but also observe and draw. It is important for a fresher to be very active in his work as it is said first impression is the last impression.

Liquor Painting / Pic Courtesy : Girjesh Jaiswar

Any message for the aspiring designers?

I believe, being yourself is the last thing one can have because an original is worth more than a copy. Keep experimenting, keep observing and develop your personal style.

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