ARTIST INTERVIEW: Girish Malap
Profession: Freelance Illustrator
Tell us a bit about your work.
I am a student of Art and intend to remain a student for the time spent on this planet, learning new things. Professionally I am a Freelance Illustrator. I have a keen interest in 2D art form i.e. cartoons, anime, graphic design and Comic books. I explore different styles, learn things from my surroundings and try to bring that into my art.
How did you get into art?
As far as I can remember, I have been drawing as a toddler since kindergarten. I remember drawing elephant and tree on the back of an exercise sheet. Being a 90’s kid, I grew up with Disney Cartoons, Cartoon Network Characters of Hanna-Barbera, Gotham Comics, anime like Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon and 8-bit video games. So my childhood fascination was to recreate my favorite cartoon shows into Comics on stapled paper from school notebooks, create Board games to play with my friends, create Vehicles for G.I.Joes out of notebook hardcovers, that was the most creative period of my life. Then there was a time in my life when I lost touch with drawing entirely for almost 7 years until I joined an Art college.
After acquiring B.F.A. degree in Applied Arts, when I was figuring life out, all my Childhood fascinations revived again and I decided to become a freelance artist which will provide me with flexible work hours, to choose projects which I would like to work on like creating cartoons & comic books. I am still struggling to create some good art and carve a niche in the comic book and Illustration Industry.
What are you working on next?
There are some comic books as well as illustrations projects lined up. Working on some individual projects, developing some comic book ideas with friends whilst also studying other artists to learn new things to take my art to the next level.
Any advice for younger artists?
Different things work for different people. It depends on what you want to achieve. I can only tell some points which I learned during my journey till date.
Don’t restrict yourself to specific Art style, material, method, genre. Explore, take whatever is helpful to you.
Art is about breaking the rules but you need to know the rules first. Innumerable artists came before us and created some marvelous work and there are more millions who are still working.There are an infinite number of things to learn from them. Study them.
Drawing on a daily basis will make you better at it, if you are painting daily you will become a good painter but if you want to become a good Artist you need to be like a black hole which sucks everything around it. Read, watch, listen, observe do everything possible & put that into your art.
Last but not the least draw, draw & draw like there is no tomorrow.
What are your inspirations?
Nature always inspires me there is a long list of artist from various fields. Music is like oxygen, there is Cinema, Literature and all kind of art inspires me to do more in life & create Art.
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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.