WHA Creatives: Kasturi Roy—Writer/Illustrator
Kasturi is a full-time Features Writer and a part-time enthusiast of the ‘Gram’, she writes as a social exercise (like much of everything else she does). Having completed post-graduation in English Lit, she illustrates as a hobbyist. She’s donned many hats over the last five years – vocalist, freelance writer, assistant editor in a publishing house, fierce Instagrammer and now, an illustrator. She’s always had a keen interest in the Arts and an voracious appetite for travel and culture, and well, food. Based out of New Delhi, India, she’s looking to begin something new everyday, if only to deal with the impending and existing quarter-life crisis.
Current Favorite Work-space: She prefers working in a lot of natural light so she’d carry her equipments to parks and work there in the mornings.
Why and how did you get into illustration?
I started drawing when I was a kid. My family was exceptionally into art and culture. My favourite media, since the beginning, were watercolours and pencils. I got into illustrating small watercolour pieces because of my severe lack of patience with large frames. Therefore, my designs are mostly small cards or doodles that take lesser time.
“..success is relative. Also, having varied perspectives is a good thing.”
How long have you been creating illustrations and what tools do you use?
I have been sketching in every boring class since third grade. But more recently, I’ve been posting my illustrations on Instagram for about a year. I am obsessed with watercolours and use Camel’s Artist’s Watercolours. I also use Sakura Pigma pens for all my line drawings and typography..
What was the moment when you decided to pursue this more seriously?
Nowhere a professional, I illustrate as a hobby. My most lucrative offer was drawing Biology diagrams in tenth grade for almost fifteen people in class. The moment that made me think of this more seriously was when I discovered the kind of work being done in the field of surface design and prints. I do want to proceed in this direction if the opportunity presents itself.
What’s the toughest challenge you face as an illustrator?
My toughest challenge is to match up to the kind of great work happening globally in the field that I’m working in. Though one enjoys competition, the need to excel can be very demoralizing at times.
Any illustrator(s) you lookup to?
Many many. But right now off the top of my head I can think of Stephanie Ryan and Helen Dealtry. These women are just groundbreaking in their approach to water paints and florals. And their blending and bleeding technique is terribly enviable.
Are you working on any personal projects you’d like share?
I like doing small series of art works at a time. So there is a fruit collection and a Space Window Project. I’m looking for more inspiration amongst brightly coloured nature as of now.
What advice would you give a novice in the field?
Since I’m just a hobbyist, I’d only like to say that success is relative. Also, having varied perspectives is a good thing.
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