Trained at the art school of “Life”, sharpened by obstacles and curated by chaos, Dhiman Gupta has always liked wearing many hats. He is a creative strategist, with a keen interest in developing 360-degree campaigns, marketing solutions and content. He is passionate about the digital space and all things where science and art co-exist.
Why are you an Illustrator?
Mainly because drawing relaxes me and helps me escape the harsh realities of life.
Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I am a self-taught artist and designer and from a pure science background 🙂
You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
I am a big fan of Pop and Op art and I want to mix the two of them together. I have been evolving everyday and so is my style. I guess the evolution will continue as far as I can see.
Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Grew up on a staple diet of Phantom (comics) and Feluda (Satyajit Ray).
Who was the most influential personality on your career in Illustrations?
Satyajit Ray, Hergé, Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein, Victor Vasarely and anything made by Karl Lagerfeld.
What made you decide to become a freelance illustrator? When did you start freelancing? Do you illustrate for advertising?
I am into online advertising and I wish to become a full time illustrator / graphic novelist one day 🙂 I have been a part of many illustration oriented advertising campaigns. Please take a look at my site here.
Are many advertising agencies getting illustrations made these days? Do you work more with agencies or publishers?
Illustrations are the in thing in international advertising right now. I guess, it would take a while in India for that to happen. There are many misconceptions regarding illustrations. Let’s hope that will disappear in the near future. Please take a look at my article here on the same topic.
Was there any time when you wanted to quit Illustrations?
Yes. I guess it’s a very common thing among artists to feel undervalued and unappreciated. But then no pressure means no diamonds.
Have you considered turning your illustrations into toys/comic books?
I already have 🙂 Please take a look here,
Any other Indian Illustrators who you admire?
Satyajit Ray, R.K.Laxman, Mario Miranda influence me everyday.
Do you have any favorite fellow illustrators or resources relating to your fields?
Actually there are many on instagram and I keep changing my favorites very frequently.
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?
I believe becoming a creative professional is a huge decision. And I have the utmost respect for people who decide to turn their passion into their profession. Struggle is unavoidable in any industry. But when you really love what you do, you don’t feel the pain and you never give up. However, financial independence is very very important for anyone to continue and I feel it will be wise to do a mix of graphic design and illustration if we are talking about livelihood.
What’s your dream project?
Comic books / Graphic Novels obviously. But I am equally fond of identity design, fashion illustrations and even interior design.
Mac or PC?
Who would you like to take out for dinner?
My family at the most exclusive place possible.
What’s on your iPod? Spotify?
Anything that helps me concentrate. Yanni for example.
What’s your Twitter Handle? Instagram?
Instagram only – @thedhimangupta