Profession: Architecture students
Tell us a bit about your work.
We are a duo, and we are both into art. One of us (Athira) creates fan art on paper usually watercolours on paper or just ink on paper, whereas the other (Dhitika) creates digital illustrations on software such as Photoshop. Hence, you would find us armed with both manual and digital art. We began with creating fan art regarding a lot of our childhood favourites and now we’re beginning to start off with our own original characters, story lines, plots and so forth.
Why the name Corn&Cucumber?
The story of our wacky name is one we retell a lot. 🙂
One day at a seminar in college when we came up with the idea of being a duo, we picked salads to eat from the buffet during lunch. Possibly in the excitement of racking our brains for quite some time to find the right label for ourselves (we overthink a lot!), we shared an awkward pause, staring at the salads in our respective plates and it hit us; corn and cucumber. Corn&Cucumber!
Ambiguous yet true to the moment.
How did you get into art/writing?
Both of us as individuals have long-term attachments to the anime cult we were exposed to in our childhoods and we are both extremely determined in pursuing it in our line of work. Our professional course of Architecture became a timely platform that opened up a new way of perceiving the spectrum of ART and hence, two distinct people sharing the same creative impulse came together (about a year ago) to share their perspective of everything art.
We started off with opening a stall at Japan Habba 2016 in Bangalore, opening sales with a variety of anime fan art done in watercolour and digital art of Japanese scenarios; a mixture of art and anime.
After this, we were approached by an Indian Manga publisher to create an original manga series for the second issue of their manga initiative ‘Tenjiku’.
A few months later, BITS PILANI in Goa invited us to open a stall at their college fest named ‘Waves 2016’, and shortly afterwards came Comic-Con 2016 in Bangalore!
Little did we know it would blow up so fast, and we’re going to keep at it!
What are you working on next?
The Bangalore Japan Habba 2017 is our next goal, and our aim is a larger range of artworks ranging from fan art to illustrations to Japanese art! It’s a lot of planning and excitement, with a jam-packed work schedule for the next two months.
Any advice for younger artists?
If you have a passion and are unwilling to let society tell you what’s workable and what isn’t, then wield your brush and paints till you are that exceptional living example.
After doing this for just about a year, we’ve developed a different kind of understanding and respect for local artisans and artists; they are the living examples of perseverance. This line of work is one of the hardest, but it’s all worth the sweat and blood.
So if you have it in you, do not let it go, no matter how hard it may seem!
What are your inspirations?
Since both of us have a very different take on art, our inspirations are quite vibrant; from Satoshi Kon’s PAPRIKA, to the sassy 90s cartoons, to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, to the charm of Walt Disney animation, to Lady Gaga’s outfits…… Its quite a lengthy list. However, despite the difference in our individual tastes, what holds us together is the purpose of art, which has been the biggest motivation for both of us and that art is the mirror of the artist that reflects onto the audience into themselves (there’s a little Shakespeare for you!)
Athira and Dhitika from the Corn & Cucumber team
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DISCLAIMER: ALL THE ARTWORK SHOWCASED HERE BELONGS SOLELY TO THE ARTIST MENTIONED ABOVE. IT HAS BEEN PUT UP WITH THEIR PERMISSION AND MEN OF COMICS HOLDS NO RIGHTS OVER IT.
A Business Analyst by profession, but more a traveller who is trying to analyse millennia of history, culture and stories across the world more than often.
I like to collect things – coins, stamps, books, autographs, and most of all action figures. Comics and pop culture has been an active influence to shape my life goals. In my free time (which I have very rarely) I like to do pencil sketching.
Secret wish – to visit every (real/inspired) place Tintin visited.