ARTIST INTERVIEW: Rashi Chandra
Profession: UI Artist
Tell us a bit about your work
I am a self-taught artist who loves sketching all kinds of animals, real and imaginary and fan-art. Started out very young and was encouraged by my family and friends at every step that I have taken. I learnt Photoshop and the idea of digital painting appealed a lot to me. Most of my artwork, hence, is digital, although I do work with traditional medium like inks, pencils/charcoal and watercolours. So, basically, my work is mostly about animals, creatures, pin-up girls and game art.
How did you get into art?
Like I mentioned, I started very young. I was watching Disney’s Bambi (I must have been 3-4 years old) and I understood that the movie was basically hand drawn art that moved. That idea appealed to me so much that it was all I wanted to do. I expressed myself through my art. I would draw doodles of exhausted animals who didn’t want to study anymore all over my worksheets. My parents searched for someone to mentor me, but unfortunately I was too young to be trained and we never really found anyone who could. So, I mostly trained myself by watching videos put up by other artists, I would pester them for help. I thank all such artists who do this. You have no idea how much you are helping young people like me. Thank you.
What are you working on next?
I am mostly working on changing my art style and improving on my art. Currently finding comic books to be extremely interesting so maybe I will start making small comic strips. I also want to create more personal artwork and less of fan art.
Any advice for younger artists?
They should practice drawing every day and should push themselves to improve their skills. Challenge yourself. Join art related sites like artstation. They have all these challenges that will help you come out of your comfort zone. Make sure you work on the basic fundamentals. They might look boring but are one of the most important things ever. You will develop your own style someday, but, ensure your basics are covered. One other thing they should keep in mind is, there is no need to compare with another artist. Study what they do, but don’t copy. There’s a very thin line between being inspired and copying someone else’s art, and I see so many youngsters crossing that line. It’s not cool.
What are your inspirations?
I have been HEAVILY inspired by 2D animated movies of Disney and DreamWorks. They are what got me interested in being an artist in the first place. Apart from that, I got into Japanese anime and movies when I was in my teens, and my art style got inspired by them. I also take inspiration from many games lately. I think some of the recent games that really inspired me are Supergiant Games’ Bastion and Transistor, Jotun by Thunder Lotus Games, Klei Entertainment’s games like Mark of the Ninja and Shank series and Telltale games. Oh, and also Overwatch. I have been so crazy about that game lately. Blizzard Games have such a cool art style!
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A Brand and Digital Marketer by day, a tech enthusiastic social media-friendly geek who produces content and can’t live without films by night.
In short, I notice things for a living and try to point them out to people. I write about movies, television especially superhero films, pop culture and Hollywood. When not listening to start-up pitches, I play with puppies and pretend to like craft beer.
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