Ever seen an artist effortlessly recreate incorruptible innocence on canvas? Introducing Divya Tak, an illustrator and graphic artist from Delhi. Divya’s illustrations are an ode to life’s simple pleasures and an epitome to what we call ‘sugar, spice and everything nice’.
She is the best of both worlds, having graduated in Quantum Physics and illustrated her way through art. She talks to us about life, art and science.
Hello Divya, welcome aboard! Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
Hey, so I have grown up in Rajasthan and now I live in Delhi working as a designer and illustrator. I have been freelancing for the last 3 years now, ever since I graduated, and it has been amazing exploring all the different things that an artist gets to do.
When did you discover yourself through art? Tell us your story.
I always enjoyed creating things, but sometime around 2nd year in college, I had a course on visual communication and that made me want to explore my creative side as something more than a hobby. From there it was just a matter of trying out different things and seeing what works for me.
Does your artwork reflect any special cultural traits? Do you include inspirations from your surroundings in your work?
I try to include the little joys of life in my work. Simple things which give us joy, spark curiosity and make us happy. A lot of my work is also inspired from manga and anime.
“I TRY TO INCLUDE THE LITTLE JOYS OF LIFE IN MY WORK. SIMPLE THINGS WHICH GIVE US JOY, SPARK CURIOSITY AND MAKE US HAPPY.”
Not many people will be aware that you are an IIT’ian. From solving equations in Quantum Physics to exploring colors, how did the leap take place?
I have always loved science and art both, but some time in college, I just realized that I love art and the freedom that comes with it too much, and so I started working on developing my skills there. I wouldn’t say it was much of a leap, just a slow transition into a more creative mindspace.
Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product?
Most of the times, it is something that has caught my fancy and I let the idea go on in my head for a couple days. From there I just put it to sketch and then transition it to whatever medium I want to work in, digital or traditional. Time just depends on how I feel about the particular piece and how much detail it requires.
Are their recurring themes that can be found in your work?
Most of my artworks are cute and happy. I want to convey a sense of joy that we often lose as we grow older and the daily life becomes dry and monotonous.
Would you mind letting us sneak a peek at your work station?
“I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED SCIENCE AND ART BOTH, BUT SOME TIME IN COLLEGE, I JUST REALIZED THAT I LOVE ART AND THE FREEDOM THAT COMES WITH IT TOO MUCH, AND SO I STARTED WORKING ON DEVELOPING MY SKILLS THERE. “
Apart from art, what is the next most indispensable interest that you can’t function without? Why?
This one will have to be a tie between anime and games. I think both of those just help me experience worlds and stories that I can never do otherwise. A lot of my work derives a lot of inspiration from them too.
How do you manage to divide time between personal projects and commercial work?
Although it is a continuous balancing act, usually I just try to have more than one personal project running, and make some progress everyday. Even if it is something as little as 15 minutes, I still try to take out that time.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me just means taking small steps for growth each day. It just is about the journey, and about exploring a lot of things.
Tell us about your association with Cupick thus far.
It has been amazing. I love both the features online, and all the work that cupick team has been doing to contribute to the art scene in India as well. And I love seeing all the curated artworks on the homepage, it is excellent inspiration.
What are the top three favorite artists alive, that you draw inspiration from?
I love artworks of Nidhi Chanani, Pascal Campion and Chiara Bautista. Their works have this style of expression that just makes me believe their worlds.
“MOST OF THE TIMES, IT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS CAUGHT MY FANCY AND I LET THE IDEA GO ON IN MY HEAD FOR A COUPLE DAYS.”
Procrastination- how would you define your relationship with it? And how do you deal with it?
I don’t think I have a procrastination problem. If I do feel like I am stuck in a block, or I don’t feel like working, I just go and do things that I like, and which put me in a good mood, and then I can start creating again.
If you could wish for one, and only one superpower, what superpower would you chose?
Would being able to eat as much food as you want without feeling too fill count?
Anything you would like to share with the other artists reading this right now?
Just keep making amazing things.