“One often meets his destiny on the road he tries to avoid”

Tell us a bit about the beginning of your career as an artist. What made you decide this was your calling?

My beginning as an artist is pretty much a story with lots of commas and full stops. I was never good at drawing and was totally clueless as to the fact that drawing is going to be my full time career and I would be enjoying it a lot. I did my 12th Commerce from Army School BEG with the 3rd rank in Pune amongst CBSE Board School and like every single student had a wish to pursue CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT as a career. So I did B.Com and simultaneously pursued my CA studies and during this period I started doodling (out of internship boredom and college time pass) and started loving it. During my internship I realized even if I am successful, something will still remain incomplete. Hence, I decide to take up a course called DACA (DIPLOMA IN ADVANCE COMPUTER ARTS) from CADC and this was my first step into the Art field. I worked with an e-learning company after that and met lots of people with proper education in art called BFA and after 1.7 years I took admission in Bharti Vidyapeeth’s College Of Fine Arts, Pune and started my proper art education to be a full-fledged artist.
Like I said in the start I was never good at drawing and never thought it as a career, so at this point I am remembering a quote,

“one often meets his destiny on the road he tries to avoid”

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

What kind of formal training did you undergo to become a designer and what role has it played in your growth?

I did Bachelors In Fine Arts from Bharti Vidyapeeth’s College Of Fine Arts and during those 4 years learned a lot about what art is and how to pursue it as my career. Yes, definitely yes, my art education has played a vital role in my growth as in college we not only learn how to draw but also to think, conceptualize, compose and execute it in the best way it can be. We look for the aesthetics behind our work and make its beautiful.

Demaritos / Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

What is your workflow pattern right from planning to execution for any assignment?

My work flow pattern is not very specific but rather quite random and unorganized as I am still learning to fit well in the industry. But overall, I focus on getting ideas and make rough layouts. Then I do look for many references. After this I start my work and upon completion take feedback from my fellow friends for further scope of improvement.

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Your work involves being creative. Where does the inspiration come from?

I always try my best to observe my nephew and niece for they are very innocent and have too much creative new thoughts within them. I also spend time to observe nature, people around me and their behavior towards nature. The best way to get inspired is watching the works of masters, famous artists and our friends who are really doing great in the industry. In my spare time I am always on social media like Instagram, Facebook and watching the works of my favorite artist like Goro Fujita, Dice Tsutsumi, Loish and many more.

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Typically, what does your day look like?

My day starts with a cup of green tea, yoga and meditation. At about 10 am I sit for work. I don’t usually plan out my day but my morning routine is fixed. I try not to take any stress while working so I work with my JBL speaker next to my workstation, playing my collection or sometimes tuned to Mirchi Love 104.2 frequency. During my working hours, sometimes, I also spend time with my nephew and niece to get some creative ideas. While working, I usually browse through blogs of my favorite artists. Some days if I don’t like working, I don’t. I try my best to work properly and sincerely from Monday to Friday and keeping my weekend off for enjoying with friends and family.

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Which has been your most memorable project and why? 

I don’t have any specific project to quote but yes I will mention my personal project that is very much close to me until now. This is INKTOBER. I started off with Inktober last year with a lot of excitement. I started with random thoughts initially but later I decided my theme and drew according to the topic Jake Parker gave on his prompt list. Since last year I am drawing on the theme “Nature and Man”. I showed that nature is very vast and the existence of man is too small in front of it but still what man does is behave in his usual tendency i.e. tame what is more powerful than him so that he can rule over it by any means. Last year I showed big animals that are too small (in reality) in size compared to humans or what he thinks he controls and very tiny humans trying to conquer them. This year I gave nature a form that is bit of male, female, animals, birds and humans and completed my INKTOBER with the daily topics. I liked this a lot only because in this project I was able to convey my ideas without any restriction from anyone.

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

What is the most challenging task you face in your job?

There are various tasks that can be challenging in a job but according to me what is most challenging is deciding the overall feel of a project and style that will be fit for it.

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

What skills, you feel, should young creatives bring to the table in such a competitive industry?

Ahh…being creative ………for being creative first and foremost, you must be well disciplined with your sleep. You ought to sleep properly for sound mind. Second you must be always expanding your knowledge. Look for works of artist in our area of expertise. Third, I feel this is very very very important……..YOU MUST BE RECEPTIVE TO CRITICISM AND SUGGESTIONS. I personally feel if you are stubborn in your work and don’t like negative suggestion or negative feedback then you will not make progress.

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Picture Courtesy : Sandeep Bhandari

Any final words of wisdom?

My words for everyone will be- “ANYONE CAN BE A GREAT ARTIST ” if he is hardworking, consistent and patient. I started bit late in this field. I was not able to draw a circle and wished if I could draw a face. Now I am pursuing my career in art only and this was possible only through hard work and if I can do, according to me anyone can do. I am entering this industry now with lots of hope and learning attitude with only this thought in mind that I have to work hard, be consistent in thard work and be patient for the result.
Lastly I want to say one should not be strict upon oneself and should keep on self-motivating. Trust me this helps a lot.

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