We converse this week with Sara Joseph, illustrator and graphic artist based in Bangalore. Rich, earthy and intricate, her artwork portrays her surroundings in all it’s somber magnificence.
In this interview, we learn more of Sara’s beginnings as an artist and her passion to document everything around her.
Hi Sara! It’s a pleasure to have this conversation with you! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am from Kerala but lived all my life in Bangalore. I have graduated from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and work full time as Graphic Designer at Practo Technologies.
What motivated you to take up art? We’d love to know what inspired you.
Well, I never knew I had art in me till my twelfth when I was required to choose my specialization domain and my brother suggested CKP to me. Fortunately, I cracked CKP and started exploring myself. That’s when I started to draw inspiration from everything around me, rather learnt how to draw inspiration from the most mundane and simplest thing in life, like a cow desperately trying to graze on a barren land, an empty flower pot, a long and winding road, a mother nursing her baby, the beautiful colours of eventide, and more. Since then I have always been walking around with a sketchbook in my hand and art is my life today.
Are there any recurring themes in your artworks?
There aren’t many recurring themes in my artworks. I try my best to make a series of creations. I am in this phase in my life where I want to dabble with every available form of drawing and not restrict myself to a particular style. I know I’m fickle-minded and the best that suit me are an amalgamation of styles and continuous experimentation.
Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product?
I see, read or hear something interesting and instantly draw inspiration for my next work of art. I brood over it for days and start putting shape to my ideas. And then, nothing invites me like a blank canvas. I start adding colours to the canvas and continue till I feel I can see my inspiration depicted on it. I’m impatient to see my creation!
We are eager to learn about the tools you use, give us a quick preview of your inventory.
Would you mind letting us have a peek at your work station?
What keeps you busy? We would love to know more about the projects you’re currently working on/ would like to work on.
Currently my office work keeps me crazily busy. However, here is a sneak peek into my personal project at the moment.
How do you divide time between commercial and personal projects?
I generally work on my personal projects and freelance work on weekends late into weekday nights.
Procrastination- how would you define your relationship with it? And how do you deal with it?
Procrastination is my other name. I take off for days to procrastinate. I feel procrastination is a very essential part of my living and my artwork – it gives me fresh ideas and shapes my dreams. Movies and travelling help me procrastinate! I don’t need to deal with it because it helps me pursue my passion which is my end objective of life!
What is the one thing that keeps you going?
Art keeps me going. Everyday I have one or another idea that I want to put on a paper or a canvas.
Is there any artist/artists whose work has had a significant impact on you?
So many of them. Chuck Close, Salvador Dali, Raja Ravi Varma, Escher, David Kassan, Miss Led to name a very few.
What is your most favourite work thus far?
I have many works that I am fond of. The practice sketch of the eye is something at present is my favourite and I have learned a lot
What does success mean to you?
Success is when I can get my thoughts on papers and canvases.
If you were not an artist, what do think you’d be pursuing?
I think I would still be juggling with different ideas trying to figure out what I like the most.
What’s the most dangerous thing that appeals to you?
If you could give one piece of advice for aspiring artists reading this right now, what would that be?
Well, even I am still aspiring to be an ‘artist’! I haven’t reached that stage where I can advise aspiring artists but I can share a habit of mine that I have been following right from my college days – I sketch everyday. Even if it’s a few lines, I have to hit my studio.
How has the journey with Cupick been thus far?
It’s been great. Cupick has motivated me to take up my brushes and pencils every single day so that I can have one piece of my work put up on the website daily. Thanks Cupick, it’s very inspiring to see so many artists who are so good at their work.
Visit Sara on Cupick to discover more of her work.