Musings: Interview With Varsha Chakkera

Varsha Chakkera describes herself as a scatterbrained big sister and daughter and a pain of a wife, waiting to spread her art beyond the Indian shores. And spread it will! Her artwork is fun and often takes on her vivacious personality. Her inspirations and many, from manga to Bollywood and current events. She makes her artwork seem effortless with brilliant execution of all that she holds in her imagination.

In a conversation with Varsha, we get to know her and her artist vision a little more. Discover Varsha’s artwork only at Cupick.com/chasva. 


INTERVIEW

We’re glad we could finally get to this chat, welcome- Varsha! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Well…. I wasn’t always a Bangalorean, the better part of my formative years were spent in Mangalore (nice place, but sooooo hot, though Bangalore seems to be giving it serious competition this year) From my College years though I’ve been in Bangalore, still here after marriage too!

How did you realize that art was an essential element of your perspective?

Just happened…..Hated art class when I was a kid, but loved drawing cartoons, and then, it was like I couldn’t not draw.

Are there any particular themes you like to explore in your work?

Indian motifs, urbanisation of tradional themes and women (I hate to admit it, but I suck at drawing men)

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Urban Traditions by Varsha Chakkera

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Urban Traditions: Goth by Varsha Chakkera

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Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration?

TV, comics and anime/manga, my aunts, a cousin and parents!

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

It depends, not all projects are the same, sometimes the itch to draw an idea is just too great that I manage to finish in a couple of hours, but sometimes, after the initial spark of the idea dies down… the will to finish it dies down too…. So

When I get an idea, I usually make a thumbnail of it, to see if I capture the idea, then I sketch it out on a bigger scale, ink it, scan it and color it digitally (mostly) or render it in vector or if I’m in the mood to experiment, I color traditionally.

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

Pencils (any) Staedtler pigment markes (0.2 and 0.8 are my favs), Faber Castle Brush pen (best for filling in large areas while inking) and for digital clean up, Photoshop, for vector rendering, Illustrator.

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Vintage Japan by Varsha Chakkera

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Vintage Bollywood by Varsha Chakkera

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Do you remember the first thing you ever drew?

….no…..

Is there anything you wish to change about yourself as an artist?

Yea… I wish I hadn’t skipped out on learning to draw men and animals…. but I’m trying to improve on that.

If were to choose from all your work till date, what would you pick as your most favourite artwork?

It’s all crap! Burn it all!

Procrastination- how would you define your relationship with it? And how do you deal with it?

A definite love hate relationship with it…. sometimes it a good thing… reminds me that taking a break is A ok…. but sometimes, (especially during the dreaded Deadline) i feel like hacking it to pieces….. I try to deal with it by forcing myself to get up and draw anything, sometimes it works… sometimes it doesn’t and I fall back into a lump of uselessness

What is the one thing that keeps you going?

What am I if I don’t draw….

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Goddess of Wealth by Varsha Chakkera

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Goddess Of Knowledge by Varsha Chakkera

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Does music play an important part in your creative process? Could we get a peek at the top songs on your playlist right now?

YUP! Music is the beat to my sketch! Right now the songs that keep me going are ‘Miracle’ by Kimbra, ‘Death of a Batchelor’ by Panic at the Disco, ‘Baby I’m yours’ and ‘ You should know’ by Breakbot, ‘What the water gave me’ ‘Delilah’ ‘Breath of life’ and ‘Bedroom Hymns’ by Florence the Machine, ‘Wing Wing’ ‘Gondry’ and ‘Hooka’ by Hyukoh, ‘Call me back’ by Clazziquai and ‘Lonely Lullaby’ by Owl city.

If given a chance to work with any artist in the world, who would you pick?

Oh wow…. thats hard!!! Ummm… lets see…. Naoki Urasawa, CLAMP, Charles Vess, Andy Kurbert, OR Abhishek Singh!!!

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

Ummm, probably something in banking I think.

If you could have only one superpower, what would you choose?

To fly (away from responsibilities!)

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

Draw coz thats what you want to do, do NOT treat it like something you need to do.

How has the journey with Cupick been thus far?

Pretty good! Awesome platform to showcase art (and hopefully make some money out of it! )

 

Check out more of Varsha’s amazing artwork at Cupick.com/chasva

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