Musings: Interview With Aroop Mishra

Aroop Mishra, an artist based in Delhi, hilariously portrays what he witnesses around him. Irreverent and debauched, his creations are gleefully self-indulgent. They might just teach us a thing or two about being lazy.

In this interview with Aroop, we learn more about his very distinctive style, his inspirations and his enormous love for cartoons.


INTERVIEW

Hi Aroop! We’re very glad to have this conversation with you! Tell us more about yourself.

Thank you so much for interviewing me.I am from Delhi, where I live with my family and some weird neighbours. Currently I am in my third year of BCA  and also very close to finishing my software engineering diploma. I am something when you combine lazy,weird,funny,confused. So, this is me,an engineering student who draws and enjoys cartoons.

Your artwork is loads of fun and whole lot of whacky. Are there any particular themes you portray in your work?

Haha, thanks. Yeah,I definitely try to make them funny but also true at the same time, something which we can relate to.

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Drink Puke Repeat by Aroop Mishra

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Different Day, Same Shit by Aroop Mishra

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Where do you find inspiration for your art?

People around me, the place where I live, stuff which I watch on tv ,weird youtube videos, funny fb posts etc.

Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product?

Mostly when I get the idea , I write it down somewhere and start working on it. My work usually takes a day or two to finish.

We are eager to learn about the tools you use, give us a quick preview of your inventory. 

My tools are pretty simple. I have an old netbook which does its job amazingly well, a bamboo pad , some fineliners, a scanner which is not in the picture right now, some sketch pens, crayons, pencil, pastel, water colours. I use normal paper for my drawings.

Would you mind letting us have a peek at your work station?

Sadly,I dont have any dedicated space for drawing , though I desperately want one. I usually do my work on my bed , computer table or sometimes on the floor.

What keeps you busy? We would love to know more about the projects you’re currently working on/ would like to work on.

I dont have any project right now, so I usually spend my days watching movies, drawing, studying for exams.I would really like to create a mural some day as a dream project.

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The Dude by Aroop Mishra

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Get High Before You Die by Aroop Mishra

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What do you think, is the most troublesome aspect of conceptualising an artwork? 

Everything is hard until I draw them on paper. Even if it is way too rough. I need to draw it on the paper. Then I can see the difference in the image which was in my mind and which is in front of me on the paper. Filling that difference is the hard part I guess.

What is the one thing that keeps you going?

My love for cartoons.

If you could pick one artist who has had a significant influence on you, who would you chose?

I follow the work of lots of artists .To name a few, I really admire the work of Jean Jullien, Zoeseas, Harshraman and Charpak Dipta (met him personally few months ago).

What is your most favourite work thus far?

My favourite keeps changing with every new work I do. So the most recent one is the favourite. But about special, I would say Kancha Cheena was special for me. When I drew that, it wasn’t supposed to create any bollywood villain series but somehow after drawing that, it made me draw other villains.

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Kaancha Cheena by Aroop Mishra

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If you were not an artist, what do think you would be?

A computer science student with a very bright and stable future 😛

What about music? How influential is it while you work at getting a creative output, oh and- let us have a peek at the top songs in your playlist right now. 

Music plays different role at different stages of my work.When I am doing lineart, it’s a distraction at that time but while colouring, it helps a lot. About the playlist, I dont have one, but there are few artists I listen to a lot. Currently it’s The XX,  Sandunes, The NHBD, Indian Ocean, Of monsters and Men.

If there was only one famous person (real or fictional) you could portray in your artworks, who you pick?

Mahatma Gandhi.

What’s the most dangerous thing that appeals to you?

Laziness.I am lazy.

If you could give one piece of advice for aspiring artists reading this right now, what would that be?

I am also apiring to be an artist but if I had to share advice with other artists, it would be to draw awesome stuff and never say no to fun.

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Samosa For Life by Aroop Mishra

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Mind Your Own Business by Aroop Mishra

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How has the journey with Cupick been thus far?

Cupick is great.Really enjoying the attention which I am getting through it. Good place to showcase your work .

 

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

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