Subir Bhakta is a Delhi based illustrator who is constantly inspired by life’s absurdities. He loves experimenting with new style to create things and he is working as a Senior Art Director and Illustrator in a Gurugram based agency August Communications.
Why are you an Illustrator?
From beginning of my art college I always loved to draw. I always observed my circumstances and felt them on a deeper level. I loved observing on the basic level, I looked around, came across many people and delved into the human nature. And my only expression were my illustrations. Whatever I saw, whatever I felt I spilled my experience through my illustrations.
Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I have completed my Bachelor of Fine Art from Indian Art College, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 2006.
You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
My style is not really constant. I evolve as a person, my feelings keep shaping my portraits. My drawing tools come to my aid quite a lot. For example, if I’m using a thick brush and ink, the illustration will have a bolder, defined feel with strong lines. Or if it’s an ink pen, I draw thinner lines with more details. My feelings, my muse, my tools – they all come along and I get a new perspective over the paper every single time.
Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Not particularly. I admired certain aspects of many people while growing up. I inspired by many illustrator and artist around the world.
Who was the most influential personality on your career in Illustrations?
Very soon I came to realize that my influence was my own self for a fair bit of my life and later on I drew inspiration from many people hailing from different walks of life. It would be hard to pinpoint the exact origin.
What made you decide to become a freelance illustrator? When did you start freelancing? Do you illustrate for advertising?
From the beginning I drew a lot and I painted wherever I went. Without even having a full time job or directly working for clients, I had something of a very, very basic portfolio to show for what I have in me. I’m very grateful to the friends who took a chance on me back then and offered me illustration and painting work. I started putting up my work online and slowly, through that and word of mouth, I started getting more and more freelance work. I also started moving to completely hand drawn digital illustrations. I have done lettering for advertising in the past, but I work more with direct clients and publishers now.
Are many advertising agencies getting illustrations made these days? Do you work more with agencies or publishers?
I think illustration take place of photography, I am working with many advertising agency as a freelance and working as an animator for animation house and I also work for publishers also. In these days illustration can give you proper
Was there any time when you wanted to quit Illustrations?
How can you quit something that makes you who you are. There have been difficult days, but never thought of quitting.
Any other Indian Illustrators who you admire?
So, so many illustrators whose work I grew up loving, like great Satyajit Roy,
Sukumar Roy, Chandi Lahiri, Debashis Deb, Anup Roy, Subrata Chowdhury and many more.
Do you have any favorite fellow illustrators or resources relating to your fields?
The internet often becomes a great place for like-minded people. I love to follow many talented illustrators online. I usually go to Behance or Instagram for inspiration, but sometimes just Google will do it.
Have you considered turning your illustrations into toys?
No not yet.
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?
While one’s passion is the thing that keeps you going, it’s important to bear other financial stability factors in mind. Most of the illustrators work freelance. There are many elements can are variable when it comes to a perfect work-life balance – clients, payments, your own motivation and muse level on certain days. I’m still in the process of figuring things out, but I definitely encourage people to take up illustration as a career.
What’s your dream project?
There’s no single one out there. To me, each of my illustration is very dear to my heart.
Mac or PC?
Who would you like to take out for dinner?
What’s on your iPod?
I love listening to music of different genres but I never owned an iPod.
What’s your Twitter Handle?
I am not on Twitter but one can check my portfolio at Behance – https://www.behance.net/trying