Musings: Interview With Jayesh Joshi

Jayesh Joshi is an illustrator and graphic artist, currently based in Mumbai. Jayesh carefully observes his surroundings, which adds much authenticity to his bold and provocative artwork. His erotic representation of the human form is as elegant as it is arousing. He keeps his style simple yet delivers much impact.

In a conversation with us, Jayesh lets us know of his myriad inspirations and motivations. Discover more of Jayesh’s artwork at Cupick.com/jayman


INTERVIEW

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

Hi, I am Jayesh Joshi; you can and should call me Jayman. I am 21 and I am from a ton of places, currently I am in Mumbai for an internship. I am a visualizer and animation intern, I mostly work with pre-production. Drawing has come to be of utmost importance as it’s a way of relaxation for me, I draw in most stressful situations and most stressful situations require drawing (deadlines). One thing I haven’t put on social media is that I am always struggling with myself and satisfaction, so I am often not happy. But then I see a cute animal,

So it’s fine…

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

I have been drawing since I was 2 years old and I started off by drawing memories and events, then I moved onto faces and bodies. I have stayed true to my style, and I don’t enjoy being put under someone else’s or their styles. So I was never appreciated in art classes. Also, it is the only thing that actually relaxes me, so I need it.

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

Right now since I am working with an ad firm, I have to keep changing themes. But as an artist,  I am very intrigued by portraiture and anatomy. I am constantly exploring new ways to do things, while still retaining my style.

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Her Hands, Stained Like Her Soul by Jayesh Joshi

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Daenerys Targaryen by Jayesh Joshi

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 Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration?

I am easily inspired, my inspirations change daily. I am often torn between living as an artist and making a living as an artist. Some of my inspirations are Sam Spratt, Ignasi Monreal, Johan Idesjö, Prashant Miranda, Jean Andre, Dan Luvisi, Satoshi Kon, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Henrik Uldalen, Tyson Mcadoo, Aaron Nagel Haris Nukem, Yoshikazu Aizawa, Thom Bartley and a ton of writings I stumble across every day.

I am sorry for so many but all of them are great! One must really check them out.

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

There are two clear cut work styles I have, one can see it with the nude pieces I do and the other being just me visualizing and doodling. For the first one, which has gotten me most of my modest following; is photographed then drawn, some are shots by myself, some are from different photographers, some are combination of pictures and then using the graph method, I render them out with colors I see in my head. Second, I just draw. Whatever comes to my head, I draw it and I try to do justice to it by coloring it out.

A lot of people don’t know this, but I am an oil painter by practice and I use the same method in my digital paintings. It’s been 8 years and innumerable number of clean jeans since I last painted on oil.

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

I am more directed towards the digital medium; so I own an Intuos Pro and use Photoshop CC to paint, I make a lot of my brushes and keep a look out for new ones.  On paper, I am dabbling with water colors and pencils to get my hand to be extremely sensitive and control the weight and pressure I put. It’s like a work out, trust me.

I just realized I don’t have any pictures of my equipment.

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

This is an older picture; just imagine the mattress on a bed frame and more stickers on my laptop and walls.

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Jayesh’s Workstation

Do you remember the first thing you ever drew?

I don’t remember what I drew but it sure wasn’t a triangular house with a smiley sun. I think it was a drawing of my father making momos, good times.

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

I would like to explore more but because of some reason or the other I just don’t, that is primary. Secondly, I want to collaborate a lot with other writers, artists and photographers.

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Mau5 by Jayesh Joshi

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

I am very proud of Naari, I used to be an artist making pretty things, now (in my bigger projects) I try to have an underlying meaning and it started with this piece.

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Nari/नारी by Jayesh Joshi

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

I don’t think I procrastinate, most of my time goes into learning more things; when I am bored of a drawing, I draw something else, learn music production or just watch videos on it.

BUT, if I am bored and need to pass time, FIFA till I am done with the boredom.

Or a TV show.

What is the one thing that keeps you going?

The constant support from my family, friends and people who like and support my art, a thumbs up, a double tap, a share, a comment; all of these things mean so much.

Also, the need to have a better life and showing people that you don’t always need to wear fancy ties, have an MBA is possible even if you do what you love, if you push hard enough.

 

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

Oh yes! Music is the fuel to the process, my dream would be to do album art for artists like Kendrick Lamar, A$ap Rocky ah! Logic is covered by Sam Spratt, but it would be fun to see him come to me, haha. The top songs in my playlist right now are Roll Call by Logic, For You by Fyfe, the entire To Pimp A Butterfly album and Phoenix by A$ap Rocky.

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

Sam Spratt or Dan Luvisi, sorry I can’t pick.

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

This is so hard to even think of cause this is what I’ve always seen myself doing. If I weren’t an artist, I think I would probably be working around this line itself, direction or music maybe.

Or acting, who knows?

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

Funnily enough, the name ‘Jayman’ came from wanting to be a superhero and my ability being drawing.

But if you ask me for a conventional superpower, I think flight.

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Boy by Jayesh Joshi

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

Don’t care for an audience; don’t bend your artistic thinking to fit the minds of people you feel the need to be understood by. It’s hard, but if you manage to be yourself after this patch, you’re on the right path.

How has the journey with Cupick been thus far?

Ah, Cupick is a splendid base to monetize your work, it feels like it is made by people who understand and welcome art, rather than trends.

 

Check out more of Jayman’s artwork only at Cupick.com/jayman

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