Palak is persistently passionate about her artistic creations . Sometimes talkative, mostly quite . Loves every genre of Music. Likes creating new characters and talking to new people . Also,planning to go around the world in 365 days. She likes to think that she has a sense of humor.
Why are you an Illustrator?
I am a graphic designer, who likes to illustrate a lot. I have always been inclined towards art since I was a kid. I like the fact that how one idea can be brought on a paper and it helps clients to communicate things to their audience, it’s the creative process I am in love with.
Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I did my Bachelors in Visual Arts and a certificate course in graphic designing.
Tell us something about your colouring book for adults ‘Colouring It Loud’ What made you create it?
The pandemic bite brought me a new perspective on life and art. Months of lockdown and isolation made me grow distant and cold towards my art as well as my work, leaving me clueless about what to draw next. The inspiration and insights I would get from everyday life, from the strange smiles in the crowd, the mountains and the music- all that was gone.
After months of contemplation and multiple monologues about why I loved art in the first place, I decided to start afresh and Colouring Out Loud was born! An illustration book that’s not only aimed at helping other people sort their feelings and frustrations through art but also helped me personally get through my own rut. It helped me get back to my original feelings about art as a therapeutic medium of self-expression.
Did you have a tough time getting it published? How has the response to the book been till now?
Since It is self-published, through Notion press xpress platform, it was a simple journey, since I took care of the cover design, text and the formatting of the book.
It has been quite good! Also what matters most is how good I feel when somebody sends reviews or tags me after colouring saying it brought them peace.
Being a creative person, you must have to deal with a lot of stress yourself! What’s your de-stresser?
Music. It’s my only escape, also I like working remotely while on mountains or beaches.
Who was the most influential personality on your career in Illustrations?
There are so many people who have inspired me but Alicia Souza, Pranita Kocharekar are my favourites who have seriously taught me to strive for consistency.
Was there any time when you wanted to quit Illustrations?
Not really, I do not dread Mondays.
Any other Indian Illustrators who you admire?
It’s a long list and my Instagram is full of them, but currently Sandhya and Chaaya Prabhat, the sister duo.
Do you have any favorite resources relating to your fields?
I have a lot of favourites and about resources then my go to places are you tube, udemy and listening to a lot of podcasts, current fav is The women of illustrations.
You have such a wide experience as a top working professional. What advice do you have for aspiring creative professionals? Would you advise them to take on Illustration as a career option? Is it paying well enough?
- Don’t forget to enjoy the process.
- Celebrate small wins.
- Do not compare your work with others and always strive to get better than your last drawing.
I think all these sound cliché haha.
What’s your dream project?
To create an album cover art for Taylor Swift.
Mac or PC?
Who would you like to take out for dinner?
What’s on your iPod? Spotify?
Fly me to the moon. Big lo-fi acoustic fan.
What’s your Twitter Handle? Instagram?
Instagram – pb.creates