ARTIST INTERVIEW: Charbak Dipta
Tell us a bit about your work
My work is illustration and graphic art. The reason for my being in this field of pop art or comics is because it is the cheapest and most powerful medium of telling a story. You don’t need lots of money, camera and other costly instruments to make a cinematic visual sequence in this medium. Again sometimes comics cannot be translated into cinema, then it becomes a unique self-sufficient medium.
I do single illustrations to record my thoughts, they are each a full-length story in a condensed fashion, you can build a narrative easily around any of my artworks. Again sometimes I feel one artwork is unable to capture a concept. Then I make Graphic Poetry. As an introvert, I am not good with words.So, I use art as a tool to reach my inner thoughts to the world.
The style of my art is an amalgam of Ligne Claire Marcinelle school, Bengal and my own innovation.
My best-applauded art is The Alien series which is a juxtaposition of Indian culture, especially Bengali culture and the concept of Aliens, the thing I am always curious about. – http://www.charbakdipta.com/indian-aliens.html
Then comes the Graphic Poetry, the genre I invented. It’s a marriage of poetry and comics.- http://navel1.blogspot.in/
Apart from that, there are single artworks that are made on different ideas.- http://charbakd.blogspot.in/
In 2015 My first book came out The Art of Charbak Dipta .It was on sale for the first time at my stall in Comic Fiesta, Malaysia.Later the second edition with a new Cover, debuted at my stall in London Film & Comic Con 2016. 3rdedition was out in Delhi Comic Con 2016.
The only challenge I face during making art is the lack of time. There are innumerable ideas, so much to tell and draw and life is so short.
How did you get into art/writing?
I have been doodling since childhood though never thought of taking it seriously. After growing up, after completing my Masters in Philosophy from Jadavpur University, I was looking for a medium to express all my thoughts, philosophy and opinion that grew over the years inside. I tried music, theater, cinema but was not satisfied enough. Then I went back to my childhood hobby and since then never looked back. As an artist, I am self-taught, never took any training in it.
I started as a freelance cartoonist in the Kolkata office of The Times of India .Later I moved to Delhi to become a full-time artist.
What are you working on next?
It’s a 50 pager graphic novel. It will be out very soon. You can check my site anytime for updates – http://www.charbakdipta.com/
Any advice for younger artists?
I am nobody to give advice but would like to tell them to be original, honest in their work, dream big and to work hard towards a single goal. You have to reject every rule and everything that has been done in the past to present your work to the world.
Life is an adventure and its fun to break the rules of success. In our country children are not being taught their vernacular language these days for which they are forgetting their roots. They are being designed to be fit in a geometric patterned society that the British taught us to be doctors or engineers. So, not just the young artists, their parents too should be aware of their kids’ talents and nurture them.
What are your inspirations?
Primarily influenced by Franco-Belgian graphic novels along with other masters like Mario Miranda, Satyajit Roy, Haren Das, Bimal Das, DebashisDeb and Bengal school artists like Nandalal Bose, Abanindranath Tagore among others. In overseas Herge, Uderzo, Craig Thomson, Osamu Tezuka and so on.
I take inspiration from my surroundings, films, nature, books, music, traveling and memories from my growing years in the sleepy border town of Bongaon in Bengal. My training in Indian vocal classical music and western classical instrumental music for over ten years too helps in this process.
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