10 Artists From Cupick Share Advice For Budding Artists

Art as a profession is still quite an unconventional career choice in India, but it is steadily gaining ground thanks to some equally unconventional artists forging their way ahead and laying down the path for their fellow artists.

We spoke to ten artists on Cupick and asked them for some advice for artists on the rise. If you’re an artist or know an artist, do share your experience with us.


 

LOTTA FARBER

Orca Nights by Lotta Farber
Orca Nights by Lotta Farber

Gitanjali Sukumar a.k.a Lotta Farber grew up in the jungles of Mudumalai with beauty, swirling winds, wild creatures in the backyard and misty mountains around her. She realized the one thing that kept her happy was being around animals, and having a bunch of art equipment. It was only natural that her love for art blossomed.

Her advice for budding artists:


Go all out. Explore. Travel as much as possible. It really helps with generating creative juices.


Visit Lotta on Cupick to check out more of her work.

 

KARL DMITRI BISHOP

Moha-The Three Poisons by Karl Dmitri Bishop
Moha-The Three Poisons by Karl Dmitri Bishop

Karl Dmitri Bishop finds inspiration for his art in his childhood. To him, photography is a way of translating those childhood memories, a memory that feels like a lucid dream. He has a background in medical training and found that working with the human body really helped his creativity.

His advice for budding artists:


Try something new and crazy, go experiment. If it doesn’t turn out or goes wrong learn from your mistakes and try something else, that’s how you get magical results.


Visit Karl on Cupick to check out more of his work.

 

ACID TOAD

Wake of Destruction by Acid Toad
Wake of Destruction by Acid Toad

Gaurav Basu a.k.a Acid Toad has been working as an illustrator for quite some time. He is a guy who loves to draw strange pictures and deems visualization as the most important part of his process.

His advice for budding artists:


Just keep at it and never give up. Look for new sources of inspiration through travel, food and new cultures. Draw every day preferably from life and nature. Drink good beer and don’t be an asshole.


Visit Acid Toad on Cupick to check out more of his work.

 

ALEX GRIFFITHS

A Thought by Alex Griffiths
A Thought by Alex Griffiths

Alex Griffiths has been drawing in one form or another from a young age, but started properly when he went to university in 2005. He went abroad to study in Hong Kong and started to keep a sketchbook regularly, which he found a really good way of dealing with being in a new and different environment as well as a good form of escapism.

His advice to budding artists:


I think I’d say to put your ideas first and let style come naturally. Don’t try to force something, do what you enjoy. And also, try to draw something everyday!


Visit Alex on Cupick to check out more of his work.

 

KOKILA BHATTACHARYA

Freedom by Kokila Bhattacharya
Freedom by Kokila Bhattacharya

Kokila Bhattacharya was born and brought up in the heart of India. Her love for nature keeps her away from malls, high rises and the distorted meaning of development that continues to chomp away the forest covers there.

Her advice for budding artists:


Let that notion go, of ‘perfection’.

That is something I keep telling myself, budding that I shall always be. We are becoming so victimized by perceptions of ‘beauty’ that we forget to create what we want to. Artists can do justice to themselves if they don’t demean themselves by constant judgment.


Visit Kokila on Cupick to check out more of her work.

 

BARRUF

Sacred Scarab by Barruf
Sacred Scarab by Barruf

Barruf, from Barcelona, loves  nature; loves to spend time with animals or walking on the forest. He claims to be disorganized and easily distracted but his artwork never strays from his objective of portraying the nature he so adores.

His advice for budding artists:


I think I’m not the right person to give any advice to other artists. But anyway, I can explain to them what I try to apply to myself:  “Feed your work with hours every day (if it is possible) and enjoy it.  Do it in your way, and never surrender!”


Visit Barruf on Cupick to check out more of his work.

 

ANDY WESTFACE

Promise by Andy Westface
Promise by Andy Westface

Andy Westface was born and raised in one of the coolest cities in the world- Hong Kong. He drifted through various professions before he finally realized that art was his one and only passion, a medium through which he could spread his positivity.

His advice for budding artists:


I’m a budding artist myself, but I think learning how to build up your own style is the most difficult thing to work out when becoming a great illustrator. No one can tell you a shortcut to find the way, trying and practicing should be the key to opening the door of success. And I am still trying my best to establish my own style now. And I would say the following to other artist: “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. You should start your illustration career as early as possible and no matter what the results are, just do what you really want.


Visit Andy Westface on Cupick to check out more of his work.

 

VISHESH SHARMA

Kiss by Vishesh Sharma
Kiss by Vishesh Sharma

Born and brought up in Delhi, Vishesh Sharma in addition to being an artist is also a licensed commercial pilot. Through his art, Vishesh gives voice to his daily musings.

His advice for budding artists:


I’m a budding artist myself, but my advice to everyone whether an artist or not is to get rid of the boxes in your head, break free. Be fearless.


Visit Vishesh on Cupick to check out more of his work.

 

MONISHA MIRIAM

Owlery by Monisha Miriam
Owlery by Monisha Miriam

Monisha Miriam knew very early on that she had to do art for a living or she wouldn’t survive. Born and raised in Madras, she currently works and lives in Bangalore and has been a game artist for a couple of years now.

Her advice for budding artists:


Just keep drawing whatever happens in life. That’s the one thing you’ll never lose.


Visit Monisha on Cupick to check out more of her work.

 

PARAM JAIN

artistparam
Ms. Kahlo by Param Jain

Param Jain grew up with an active imagination and a passion for business. When he came to know about the wonderful world of Design (particularly branding), it was like a dream come true, where he could begin to imagine that he could be an entrepreneur and still be creative.

His advice for budding artists:


Be Humble! Nobody likes to work with talented idiots…


Visit Param on Cupick to check out more of his work.

 

Share your own advice with the community in the comments section below.

 

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