Crazy Doodler, Fun Loving, Constant Learner, Loves woman with creative mind – In short a crazy guy next door.
Why are you an Illustrator?
I love to draw, paint and express myself through them. (And I really suck at other creative things like singing, writing etc)
Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I completed my commercial arts from L.S.Raheja (Worli).
You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
I am still in the process of learning, so my style is still evolving and hence I keep experimenting with new mediums and ways.
Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Not particularly, though I’d say my family were supportive (They tolerated all my scribbles on their beautiful walls and doors of the house and still they are ) who was the most influential personality on your career in Illustrations? There have been so many influential personalities in life from a friend who said “illustrate for yourself, be deaf to the world” to my seniors at advertising agencies who always pushed me to illustrate and encouraged my love for it.
Are many advertising agencies getting illustrations made these days? Do you work more with agencies or publishers?
Advertising agencies opt for illustration only when the medium of communication requires it. I work more with small start up agencies and freelancers, but I am looking forward to working with publishers soon.
What made you decide to become a freelance illustrator? When did you start freelancing? Do you illustrate for advertising? Are many advertising agencies getting illustrations made these days? Do you work more with agencies or publishers?
I always wanted to start on my own and work in an place where I am comfortable ,so I left my last job at Merry Men and decided to go as an freelance illustrator this year ( so far it’s going great by god’s grace)
Was there any time when you wanted to quit Illustrations? Artists swing between narcissism and self deprecation quite regularly. Sometimes challenges try to pull me down but my love for illustrations brings me back to the paper and I am again on the track.
Have you considered turning your illustrations into graphic novels?
Not yet, but that’s definitely there in my future plan.
Any other Indian Illustrators who you admire?
India is truly blessed with many talented illustrators some of my favorites are Deelip Khomane, Saurabh Chandekar, Alicia Souza, Archan Nair etc.
Tell us something of your personal projects
when I am not working on any client project, I create art works for my face book page
This keeps me going and helps me in developing my skill as an artist. I try my level best to upload at least one artwork every day on my page.
What is your dream project?
Creating illustrations under my own studio banner. (fingers crossed)
Mac or PC?
I love their ancestors paper and pencil.
Who would you like to take out for dinner?
Alicia Souza (whenever she visits Mumbai)
What’s on your iPod?
I don’t have an iPod, but i love Bollywood music, A R Rahman, Bryan adams, Jeff Bridges and many more.