“Keep doing more and more of what you like and you’ll get good at it”
Tell us a bit about the beginning of your career as an artist. How did you start? Have you always known this is what you wanted to do?
I don’t know if I can say that I’ve always known I’d be doing this. I mean I also wanted to be an astronaut at one point amongst several other things. But I did have an overwhelming interest in art, drawing, painting etc from a young age. My parents luckily encouraged that..so here I am!
What kind of formal training did you undergo to become a visualiser and what role has it played in your growth?
I’m primarily an illustrator, it’s what I enjoy doing the most. My formal education has been in commercial art and visual communication in undergrad and postgrad respectively. I would say that a lot of what I have learnt about illustration specifically has been self-driven and come from just doing more and more of it. Sounds like a cliché but the more you do, the better you get at it.
What is your workflow pattern right from planning to execution for any assignment?
Well, it depends on the project. But broadly, it’s doing research, looking at what kind of work has been done regarding the specific subject matter, lot of sketching, ideating, and lots and lots of experimentation till I’m satisfied with the final result.
Your work involves being creative. Where does the inspiration come from?
Inspiration comes in a lot of different forms. It can be from little things..from a daydream I have while sipping coffee, from a conversation I have with a friend or from something I read, see or experience.
Typically, what does your day look like?
Currently I work fulltime as a designer at a studio in Bangalore so it’s pretty much the typical workday that a designer has – discussing briefs, ideas, and just getting down to work.
Which has been your most challenging/memorable project and why? (We would be glad if you can share pics of the concerned project)
The most challenging project I would say was my contribution for the 36 Days of Type 2016 edition. It was challenging because I managed to push myself to contribute a letter on all 36 Days while also working on my final year project in college. Also, I experimented a great deal with illustration and typography, styles and techniques and that was a great learning experience.
Any final words of wisdom for the artists to bring their creative best in their work?
Keep doing more and more of what you like and you’ll get good at it!