Musings: Interview With Sahil Mehta

Sahil Mehta, is an artist currently based in Mumbai, whose art reflects his myriad inspirations. Sahil’s distinctive style is his own unique take on the comics he holds in such high regard. Comical and often bizarre, his artwork never fails to make a mark.

In this interview we learn more about Sahil’s influences, his current projects and his inclination towards being lazy.


INTERVIEW

Hello Sahil, it’s a pleasure to have this conversation with you, tell us more about yourself.

Hi..thanks for the feature! I’m 25, grew up in Bombay. I did a degree course in multimedia design, and work on a freelance basis now. I’ve loved reading comics and watching pretty much anything animated since before I can remember, and have wanted to create something myself for a while. (Progress is slow, because honestly, I’m real lazy, and love sitting around doing absolutely nothing)

What made you want to become an artist?

I’ve never been certain of what I want to become, I think somewhere along the way I started enjoying the process of creation. I like comics, I know I want to try my hand at creating something along those lines for now…I started drawing seriously less than a year ago, and I’ve got lots to learn. I’ve always enjoyed telling stories, so I wanted an appropriate medium to express my thoughts, and I think comics are in that sweet spot between a book and a movie.

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∆ by Sahil Mehta

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(Shri Spock) by Sahil Mehta

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Your style of minimalistic artwork is captivating. What do you take inspiration from?

Wow, thanks so much.. Personally I’ve never liked my own work, but I think people in creative fields are often aggressively self-critical. I’m not sure I want to have a style of my own yet, I still have a lot of exploring to do. As for inspiration, it’s everywhere, but for me it resonates most when it comes from reality, from personal experience, something I saw or an emotion I felt. I also try to draw from imagination, but I’m sure my work is influenced by some of my favorite artists’ work as well.

Are there any recurrent themes in your artwork?

Probably. I guess I often draw humans/humanoid characters a certain way, I use space backgrounds a lot. I think of recurrent themes as a byproduct of expression.

Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from the moment you form your idea to the moment you complete it?

I think it varies, from one idea to the next. Both, the idea and the creative process evolve constantly. One of the things I’m working on is a series of artworks that explore spatter effects, for which I just throw some photo ink onto a blank sheet, and then use it to sketch on, or try and repeat the outline of the spatter, drawing parallel or concentric lines in pen to create contours. I work quite slowly, at least with personal work, I like to give it time and let it grow more organically.

Familiarize us with the tools you use to get the desired output; we would also love to have a glimpse at your work station. 

The tools change from one project to the next…I really enjoy just pen on paper, but I often work out a rough sketch in pencil before inking it in. I also like working digitally, and recently invested in a Wacom so I can start drawing digitally, as well try to learn how to animate…I use a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator depending on what it is I’m trying to do.

How do you deal with deadlines?

Personally, I don’t like working that way. If I knew the exact time of my death it would affect the way I interact with everything around me. Deadlines have a similar effect. One is more likely/willing to settle for mediocrity if one is trying to finish something by a certain date or time. But when I work with people who need them, I try to work within their schedule as far as possible.

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हैप्पी सिंह (Happy Singh) by Sahil Mehta

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Are you working on any projects currently? We’d love to know more about your work.

I’ve been uploading daily scribbles on Instagram for a few months now, through which I’m trying to improve my drawing skills, and its a way for me to put down ideas I might go back to later and rework or refine. I’ve also been working on my first comic, which I’m writing and illustrating…so lets see how that goes.

What does success mean to you?

Success is getting what you want I guess. Whatever that may be. I don’t know what I want yet so I don’t really know what success is in that sense. Objectively, it’s a larger than usual dose of dopamine and testosterone in the brain.

How important is music in recreating visions off your mind?

Music has always been very important to me…not just with work, but also daily life. I’m always listening to something. My mind wanders in silence…which is fun too, but only for a little while. I’ve also been meaning to do more art inspired by music, visual interpretations of some of my favorite songs and such.

According to you, what is your greatest work so far? 

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve never been a fan of my own work, however I believe that a person’s greatest work is always the self. Even more so given how fake people usually are. Humans put more time into building a pleasant public image than anything.

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Double Jointed by Sahil Mehta

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कर्नल कॉंडम (Colonel Condom) by Sahil Mehta

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What would you describe as your dream commission/creation?

I don’t have a dream creation, but its nice when commissioned work comes with total creative freedom.

If you could have your portrait done by any artist in the world, who would you choose?

Difficult question. Ralph Steadman…Robert Crumb…Moebius…Jeff Lemire…too many names come to mind.

If you could wish for one, and only one superpower, what superpower would you chose?

What does Dr. Manhattan have? Does that count as a single superpower? Maybe complete control over time or people’s perception of it. That would be cool.

If you weren’t an artist, what do think you would be doing?

‘Artist’ is a label, really. Something I’ve always wanted to do is study and work with sustainable design.

If you could give one piece of advice to budding artists, what would that be?

Fuck what people think.

Lastly, how has the journey been with Cupick thus far?

Honestly I haven’t been very active on Cupick recently, I still think it’s a great platform for sharing art, so hopefully I’ll get around to updating my portfolio soon…like I said, I’m incredibly lazy.

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गस (Gus) by Sahil Mehta

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

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