Musings: Interview With Amoolya Bhat

Amoolya Bhat is an architect and interior designer based in Bangalore, where she spends her spare time doodling everything adorable. It’s how she escapes into her happy place, re-connects with everything she loves.

We caught up with her recently for a little chat and learned more about SHADOWSPLAY, her baby that was born in her design studio.


INTERVIEW

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

Hey, the pleasure is all mine 😀 So I was born and brought up in Bangalore and I spent most of my childhood drawing inspiration from my  maternal uncle who was an artist and followed every work of his.

Right now you could pretty much say I am a Jack of all trades. I am an architect and an interior designer by profession, a graphic artist and a doodler in my spare time every other day. I don’t think i’ll reveal my address in order  to avoid stalkers 😛 kidding.. I’m based out of Indiranagar in Bangalore which is also where my work place is which gives me a chance to avoid traffic and get to doodling that much faster 😛

How would you describe your journey towards becoming an artist?

Basically like I mentioned my maternal uncle played a great role in inspiring me in getting into this field after which I ended up in architecture which is another creative field of sorts and many of us in class used to doodle when we used to hear an earful from our jurors and that’s how I ended up taking it up as a passion when many told me I had skill.

Is there any particular theme you have in mind when you approach your art?

As you can very clearly see majority of my art is based on animals, specifically dogs. So I go around as following animals as a theme in most of my sketches, a few geometric  deconstruction doodles too; I do a few band themed pieces and some destination based.

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Where The Deer Are by Amoolya Bhat

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Life Goals by Amoolya Bhat

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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?

So it basically starts with pencil doodles here and there when I come across some picture or the work of another artist that inspires me. If I think that it could turn out to be a good product I start the process. So ideally it takes me two days from the moment an idea hits me since I work as an architect through the day.

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

So I start off with the basic tools of mass creation – pencils and my fine liners. If I think it’s good enough to go on I go either of the two ways- one being I take the sketch to AutoCad (a software used in Architecture ) and then to Photoshop to add colours. The other way is to completely take the sketch and redraw and edit it on Photoshop using my Bamboo from Wacom.

Do you remember the first thing you ever drew?

Haha.. my mum once told me before I knew how to hold a pencil properly I drew something that looked remotely like a whale 😛 She probably has it preserved somewhere.

But in the most recent past I drew this one trippy jumble of shapes and things as a black and white mass which looked quite decent 😛 That’s where it all started.

Is there any artist whose work has influenced you significantly?

There are soooo many right now actually. Some close to home and some far away. I have no way on how to name them since there are so many. But since before, like I mentioned it, my maternal uncle and my mum were the most significant ones.

How do you deal with deadlines?

I try to plan out so that I don’t crunch last minute but like everyone knows, it’s inevitable so I do what everyone else does- burn the midnight oil. I’m used to that since I did architecture-it was unavoidable then so I’ve had practice 😛

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

I recently made a few calendars on a friends request but iv got a few freelancing projects. Otherwise I’m pretty much doing my thing and plotting on how to take over the world one art piece at a time 😛

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Octo by Amoolya Bhat

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In Dog I Trust by Amoolya Bhat

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What does success mean to you?

That’s easy – when I see someone express interest in and pure joy out of owning one of my pieces- I’m on cloud nine 😀 If I can make people happy with my art, that is success.

How important is music in recreating visions off your mind?

Very important. I do most of my pieces listening to music since it puts me in my own little bubble, inspires me and keeps me concentrated on the details in my pieces.

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

I can’t really say which my greatest work is since all of them mean the same to me but the one that got me noticed would be ‘Life Goals’ –it’s the one with the girl and the dog hanging out with theirs legs/limbs upwards (it’s a piece out of my own heart/wish :D)

Procrastination, what is your relationship with it? How do you deal with it?

Oooh, we’re old friends. I’m sure most artists would admit to having that common friend with me. My other friends- Panic and OCD get the better of me and get the work done mostly. But Procrastination also helps me take time out to see how I can get my work to look better, what I can do differently to make it unique so it’s a blessing in disguise. I’m glad I have such great friends 😛

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

Oh, Teleportation. Don’t ask me why, it just fascinates me how you can be at one place at one time and another at an another time in an instant. It’d be amazing to have it when you live in Bangalore- get to avoid traffic 😛

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Pigs Fly by Amoolya Bhat

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Tribal Fox by Amoolya Bhat
Tribal Fox by Amoolya Bhat

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

I’m doing both right now actually so it would be Architecture/Interior Design quite simply.

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

Just put it out there, let people notice your talent. Don’t think twice. If YOU think it looks good then it does, since you are your biggest critic.

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

It’s definitely been exciting and inspiring. I was the happiest when you guys came out with the notebooks. You guys provide artists with a huge platform which helps push us to put more of our work out there. So definitely great 😀

 

Check out more of Amoolya’s artwork at Cupick.com/shadowplay

 

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3 thoughts on “Musings: Interview With Amoolya Bhat

  1. I love Amoolya’s doodles. I must say procrastination has always been a big problem for us artists and I’m no exception. But with proper planning, you get to work faster and more effectively, leaving you with enough time to get think over your next piece’s inspiration.
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