Musings: Interview with Rohan and Rahul Jha, the geniuses behind ‘RJ Artworks’

We’ve followed and loved the work that Rahul and Rohan have been putting out over the years. The two brothers have been quite popular with their work that revolves around pop culture, with a strong focus on movies, tv series and music. And some humour thrown in for good measure.

We’ve never met the sibling duo, but they’re the kind of folks we’d like to sit down at a bar and have a drink with. They did tell us who they’d like to have a drink with, and sadly it’s not us. Here is what the brother have to say.


INTERVIEW

Hey Rahul and Rohan. Thanks for sparing some time to chat with us here at Cupick. Tell us a little more about yourselves.

Rahul: I’m a mechanical engineer from NIT, Durgapur. I currently work in an Engineering firm in Calcutta. I paint and illustrate in my free time.

Rohan: I have graduated from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune. I currently work in Bombay for Brandmovers.

How did you get into graphic design?

Rahul: Both of us loved to draw right from our childhood. Our mom used to be an artist and had gone to the ‘Government Art College’, Calcutta. It was in our genes.

We never took it seriously though, and drawing came very naturally to us. It was in the year 2000 that we got our first computer. That really changed things. The kind of possibilities the digital medium provided us was amazing.

Btw, for everyone who doesn’t know you, which one of you is the older one?

Rahul: I’m the elder brother and my work is more detailed and realistic. I’m the photoshop guy.

Rohan: I usually work with vectors, and my work borders around minimalism. I’m the Illustrator guy.


“IT WAS IN THE YEAR 2000 THAT WE GOT OUR FIRST COMPUTER. THAT REALLY CHANGED THINGS. THE KIND OF POSSIBILITIES THE DIGITAL MEDIUM PROVIDED US WAS AMAZING. “


Do you have any recurring themes that you live by in your artwork?

Rahul: Most of my personal work is based on pop culture. And sometimes I try to add some humour.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by RJ Artworks | Cupick
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by RJ Artworks | Cupick

Tell us a little more about RJ Artworks and how it began?

Rohan: It all began with our wall. We had a few posters in our room, and one fine day, we started painting on it. One thing led to another, and we ended up painting the whole thing. We also shot the whole process and made a little video about it. We uploaded the video on youtube and social media. People really liked and appreciated it. That’s when we decided to get serious about this. This is how RJ Artworks began.

Talk to us about your creative process – How long does it take from ideation to your finished product? Does all the artwork you publish pass through 2 pairs of hands?

Rahul: The process starts from a rough sketch to a more detailed one. It’s scanned, colored and composed digitally. We usually do not collaborate on most of our personal projects, but we take opinions from each other.

Rohan: I start from the sketchbook and then move on to Illustrator.


“WE WANT TO IMPROVE AND GROW. THERE’S NEVER AN END TO LEARNING, AS PREACHY AS IT MAY SOUND.”


You have recently launched your own website. How did this come about?

Rahul: We are still working on this. To be honest, we’ve been uber lazy. It’s taken longer than it should have. But thankfully it’s almost done now.

Rohan: We badly needed a website to have all our work at one place.

YOLO by RJ Artworks | Cupick
YOLO by RJ Artworks | Cupick

What are your primary tools of use in creating artwork?

Rohan: We like working on a variety of mediums. Water-color, ink, fluorescent colors, oil paint, a Wacom, Photoshop, Illustrator, Manga Studio…

So what has the journey been like? And what plans do you have going forward.

Rahul: This is just the beginning, and we know there’s a long way to go. We want to improve and grow. There’s never an end to learning, as preachy as it may sound. We would want to work for bigger brands as freelancers – that’s the goal right now.

Pulp Fiction by RJ Artworks | Cupick
Pulp Fiction by RJ Artworks | Cupick
Whore Lotta Love by RJ Artworks | Cupick
Whore Lotta Love by RJ Artworks | Cupick

Tell us a little more about your association with Cupick – how has the experience been?

Rohan: Cupick has been amazing so far, and I know it’s just the beginning. But everything, from the look of the site to the UI, is very cool. And what’s even better is to be part of a community of so many amazing artists.

Do you have a favourite from your own artwork?

Rahul: The Pink Floyd poster that I illustrated.

Rohan: Snow Blow and Pulp Fiction.

Who are the top three artists alive that you draw inspiration from?

International artists: Grzegorz DomaradzkiPale HorsePai Lactobacillus
Indian artists: Sameer KulavoorAcid Toad (Gaurav Basu)Avinash Jai Singh

Tendulkar by RJ Artworks | Cupick
Tendulkar by RJ Artworks | Cupick

The both of you are heavily influenced by pop culture. We thought, we’d throw a rapid round of questions at you:

  • Favourite Bands
    Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Doors.
  • Movies that you highly recommend
    Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Requiem for a Dream, Pursuit of Happyness.
  • TV Series’ that have gotten you hooked
    Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Entourage, Community, Orange is the New Black, Fargo, That 70’s Show.
  • If you could have a couple of drinks at the bar with anyone in the world (dead or alive), who would it be?
    Jim Morrison and Bryan Cranston.
Teen Spirit by RJ Artworks | Cupick
Teen Spirit by RJ Artworks | Cupick

What’s on your playlist at the moment?

This is our last played playlist:
Fitzpleasure – Alt-J
Little Greenbag – The George Baker Selection
Send the Pain on – Chrome Sparks
Time – Pink Floyd
Root Down – Beastie Boys

If you could give one piece of advice to the community, what would it be?

This community is so amazing. All of us are continually inspiring each other. There’s such a cool symbiosis happening. Our only advice and hope would be to keep things going this way. There’s so much positive energy around!

Visit RJ Artworks on Cupick to check out more of their work.


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