Look, is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s Superman! Malvika Asher, captures that spirit of the superhero and traces his edges with the help of her weapons. An illustrator from Muscat, Malvika’s artwork is a beautiful blend of low poly style and pop art. Underneath her work built with strength, you can see the superheroes take form- ready to fly and save that Gotham city.
In a revelation session, Malvika takes us down her memory lane. She talks to us about Muscat, Indian scenes, art and the very beginning of the big bang in her creative mind.
Hello, Malvika, a delight to have this conversation with you, tell us more about yourself.
Hello! I was been born and brought up in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, which unlike its name is a super cool country in the Middle East. I completed my schooling there, and then moved to Pune to complete a bachelor’s degree in Advertising at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (UG), Pune. Post that, I worked in Mumbai for about 2 years in advertising and then recently moved back to home, Muscat.
Were you the kind to have started off as a toddler, scribbling on walls with your colors, or did art happen along the way? Tell us at which point your creative bone started taking a form.
Art was suddenly appealing sometime in middle school but I never took it up seriously until college really. In particular, my interests lie majorly in digital art. I find it a bit more relaxed and open a medium than fine art.
We notice that majority of your artwork is in the polygon style. How did geometry crawl its way in your work style?
Low poly style was a major trend in 2014, so I was just keeping up. At my old workplace in Mumbai, there was this one project which I wanted to take up, it required a couple of superheroes to be put on posters across campuses in India. And, like every underpaid and overworked designer in advertising, I wanted to shine and come up with something unique – that’s how my low poly style came about and I kept going with it and experimenting for a long while. I’ve moved away from it though.
“MY INTERESTS LIE MAJORLY IN DIGITAL ART. I FIND IT A BIT MORE RELAXED AND OPEN A MEDIUM THAN FINE ART.”
Walk us through your creative process and the tools you use to get a final outcome.
The basics are the best, I don’t do anything fancy. Like most others, I research, draw, doodle, sketch, fool around a bit before actually getting on with the project and then work constantly to ensure I put out a good product. I mainly work on Illustrator and Photoshop. Brushes are my best friends, I love experimenting with different brushes.
A graduate from Symbiosis, tell us about your college life. How was the experience different from living at Muscat?
Very different! It was a culture shock initially. I mean, that’s bound to happen if you’re moving out from a close knit community where everyone knows everyone and then you’re thrown into this maze where you are going to experience a lot of firsts.
Apart from art, what is the next most indispensable interest that you can’t function without? Why?
Sleep. I love sleep. I absolutely cannot do without it.
Were you ever at a junction of complete ambiguity about your journey? If yes, what kept you motivated?What’s your muse?
Never, actually. Ever since I got back to Muscat, I’ve been working on creating a brand out of myself and my work. I’ve been lucky to have features with Creative Gaga, Postergully and now you guys. I really enjoy taking up these challenges.
If you had to choose one masterpiece that is closest to your heart, which one would that be? Why?
The Superman piece. I love that this one got a lot of amazing reviews. I think that was the first time people were being so nice about anything.
“I WAS NEVER AMBIGUOUS. EVER SINCE I GOT BACK TO MUSCAT, I’VE BEEN WORKING ON CREATING A BRAND OUT OF MYSELF AND MY WORK.”
Name few artists who have deeply influenced you, or help you keep it going.
Sometimes, even the things you love can get to you. How do you unwind or hit refresh before you get back to working?
I take a couple of days off, maybe get back to working after 3 or 4 days. During that time, I go about doing everything that is different from art.
How has your journey with Cupick.com been so far?
Pretty interesting, actually. I’m really liking the work that’s being shown, really inspiring. It’s somewhat turning out to be the Society 6 for India.
“CUPICK.COM IS SOMEWHAT TURNING OUT TO BE THE SOCIETY 6 FOR INDIA.”
Anything you would like to share with the other artists reading this right now?
Keep up the good work, folks, really enjoying all the different perspectives and art forms!
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