Sunayana Dey : Illustration

Sunayana Dey is a Pune, India-based illustrator of children’s books. She has devoted her professional life to delivering captivating and colourful images to the world of children’s reading because she has a strong passion for art and narrative. Most of the time, her characters are reflections of the world around her. Young readers’ imaginations are piqued by the vivid style and colours of her illustrations. She takes inspiration from Indian mythology, folklore, culture, and the natural world to add a distinct charm and depth of cultural complexity to her work.

Why are you an Illustrator?
Since childhood I always had a knack for arts and craft in school. Once I completed my high school, my family was supportive enough to let me choose my passion as my career and I graduated from an art school with flying colours. I guess I was born to be an illustrator because I know nothing more but to Illustrate.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I completed my BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts-Applied) from University of Mumbai and MFA (Master of Fine Art- Visualisation) From KKSU

You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
I think practice is the key. I love to explore new styles with new textures and process but while exploring these style I guess I found my own quirky illustration style which I love. It took me nearly 4-5 years to develop my own style.

Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Yes, of course. There were a lot of artists I got inspired from. I used to love and enjoy the books illustrated by R K Laxman, Mario Miranda, Sukumar Ray. Their very Indian colourful and attractive characters attracted me as a young reader!

Who was the most influential personality on your career in Illustrations?
There was actually not a single person behind my illustration career. There were many including my family as well. Without their constant support I don’t think I would have come so far. Some of my professors played a very crucial role in my career as an illustrator as well. They supported me in every way possible.

What made you decide to become a freelance illustrator? When did you start freelancing? Do you illustrate for advertising?
To be very honest, I tried my hands on as a graphic designer after I graduated but I realised my taste was something different. I completely switched my career to children’s book illustrations where I found my interest making cute characters, design and illustrate captivating visuals for kids which they adored. I started freelancing almost 4 years back.

Are many advertising agencies getting illustrations made these days? Do you work more with agencies or publishers?
Yes I guess it’s a trend now where brands collaborate with freelance illustrators to work on their campaigns in their own different style.
I have collaborated with brands like Google India, CocaCola, ITC Bingo for their campaigns but I work with publishers more as my core interest lies in children’s book illustration.

Was there any time when you wanted to quit Illustrations?
No, never. I don’t think I ever thought so. If I don’t illustrate for a day or two I feel like I am missing out on something important or I am being lazy.

Have you considered turning your illustrations into toys or graphic novels?
Yes, though my illustrations are a bit intricate, turning them into toys will be a bit challenging but of graphic novels, its definitely a YES!

Any other Indian Illustrators who you admire?
There are a lot actually. To name a few- Rajiv Eipe, Priya Kuriyan, Chaaya Prabhat, Pankaj Saikia and many more. I think they are contributing a lot in the modern children’s literature.

    Do you have any favorite fellow illustrators or resources relating to your fields?
    I have a lot of favorite fellow illustrators. Again to name them a few- Pranita Kocharekar, Sumouli Dutta, Dejeshwini, Krutika Susarla, Rutuja Mali and many more!

    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?
    Yes taking Illustration as a career option is great. Firstly you have to practice enough to develop your own unique style and you should have a portfolio showcasing that style.
    Once you get your hands on a strong clientele, there’s no going back. With each project you are getting some new expeirences and yes with more good projects comes more money.

    Whats your dream project?
    I always dreamt of working with big publishers when I started my journey as a children book illustrator. And dreams do come true as I am already working with one of my dream publisher.

    Mac or PC?

    Who would you like to take out for dinner?
    My sister 🙂

    What’s on your iPod? Spotify?
    I often like to listen to podcasts where Artists tell about their journey which I often play when I am working on my projects.

    Whats your Twitter Handle? Instagram?
    @sunaynainkspiration- IG Handle

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