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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Hi there! I’m Dimple. I’m a Freelance Designer and Illustrator based out of Bombay.

We go way back… In school, we used to have these drawing sessions where I just loved making random strokes with color pencils whilst most of my other classmates were just bored with the idea of drawing and just saw me doing it. 

Growing up, with parents having non-artistic backgrounds and just in general how ‘art’ in India as a career was being perceived -it was very different for me to decide about my education or even have exposure to accessibleĀ possibilities. I ended up taking Media studies in college. In the second year, there was a requirement for a creative invite to be made for the Principal, and my art side being known with someĀ teachers, I was recommended. Later I became the creative head for the college festival and that’s where it allĀ started. I started learning Adobe Photoshop, illustrators, watched Youtube tutorials and even took up some freelance projects.

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I think I am still quite early in my career, especially as an illustrator. But I like to think of my work as bright, colorful and clean. I enjoy creating color palettes, exploring unusual compositions and patterns.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Oh, that’s definitelyĀ digital. The ease! there’s so much freedom to explore, create and edit.Ā Ā 

Not very long ago I completely shifted to adobe illustratorĀ for most of my graphicĀ work, I like theĀ ability, scalability and access of controls I have – for me to experiment with various shapes in vectors.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I tend to save/jot down ideas or inspirations for later to work on. I sometimes combine 2 ideas with a rough sketch and see where it takes me. When I am sure about the composition I like to fill in colors (just because I do not like a blank canvas) and go ahead with detailed line work. And at the end I go crazy with changing colors, adding more details and patterns.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

I draw my inspiration from a lot of things  – my everyday experiences, people that I am surrounded by, things around me, news, the internet. Other artists that I look up to and their work also inspires and encourages me to push my own boundaries.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

My art is a way of expressing my beliefs, experiences and thoughts. It has definitely always provided me a sense of support and freedom. When you study art and design, you start observing your surroundings, the little details, the colors, how things are communicated. You develop an eye and appreciate the art in the world and around you. But for the most part, when you start doing it, it teaches you patience and there is some calmness in the process of creation.

7. Where did you study?

I graduated in Media studies with a major in Advertising from Mumbai, India and post-graduated as a Concept artist from Toronto, Canada. However, the majority of my Graphic and illustration work that I do is self-taught and discovered. And I would even encourage younger artists to first explore the mediums and resources they already can have accessĀ to.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would like to see myself be a betterĀ Artist, creating more art, meeting andĀ working with creative people, having exciting projects,Ā travelling to different countries, I want my art/work to reach more people.

I am launching my design-led business shop ”CHA-CHING”  soon this year so I hope it will grow more in the coming years.

9. What about in ten?

I know these visions help you set goals but I don’t really believe in having long term goals and I usually set up yearly goals. But I would want more travelling, refined skills. Maybe having my own studio space with a studio shop. And just more of what I would do in 5 years but at a greater impact.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

Some change – I believe in art for a social change, lately, my illustrations have been based on Wellness and Mental Health. Most of my illustrations are reflections of personal experiences so I like it when people can also feel connected, inspired, encouraged or happy seeing it.

11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

I am Indian so I like that spice in my food. Big fan of Sushi because of my boyfriend (he’s an artist too – @yashpradhan). And obviously Pizza!

12. Favourite book?

The Astonishing Power of your Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks

13. Favourite genre of music? 

Ah!Ā I love music and listening to different genres butĀ Smooth Jazz, Rock or something I can dance to – always makes up my mood.

14. What are your hobbies? 

I just love creating and doing stuff, like currently, I am exploring clay. I love when my hobbies turn into a skill. I like cooking (mostly making desserts) and some reading – it’s more of therapy or meditation to me.Ā I also enjoy going to music gigs, watching movies and shopping at flea markets.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Maybe a singer, choreographer or fashion designer.