Natasha Pramanik has an artistic touch coursing through her fingers. She is experimenting now with digital art and her work displays a sense of aiming for higher places.
Just to introduce yourself, if you aren’t freelancing, where are you working and what’s your current job title?
I’m an artist who does a variety of art. I have a five year Law Degree and am working as a Human Resource Executive with an MNC in Bangalore.
Tell us about your journey from discovering your craft to acquiring the skill you have now.
I have been sketching and making DIY projects since childhood. I guess it all started with me creating elaborate handmade birthday cards for my Mum :). Although I have always enjoyed creating art, it was only during my fourth year at Law School that I realised that being an artist was my calling.
I am a self-taught artist and experiment with all things creative.
I have grown as an artist in the last two and half years and the journey has been exhilarating. It has been a process of self-discovery and I am sure that this is only the beginning.
After dealing with various demands from clients and/or bosses, what’s that one experience that you learned the most from?
Trust your instincts as an artist. Every project is a learning experience, even if you think it is less interesting. In my personal experience, my clients have been absolutely lovely and wonderful to work with.
In the whole world, whose work do you aspire yours to be like? And what attracts you to appreciate what they do?
Although these artists have vastly different styles and they work with completely different mediums, they are absolute visionaries. There is purpose behind their work. What attracts me to their work is the emotions I feel when I look at their work.
What do people not realize about your work/area of expertise?
There is more to being an artist than simply creating art. An artist needs to know how to market and sell their work as well. Then there are other things such as creating an online presence, logistics, packaging, interacting with different vendors, and so on. So basically there is a lot of backend work. These processes are extremely time consuming, especially when you have a full time day job and are just learning the nuances of these processes.
Which project of yours are you particularly proud of? Could you tell us a little about it?
I recently published my first colouring book for adults. It consists of 15 original illustrations, which are based on words that I find extremely beautiful, words from different languages. The book is named ‘Meraki’ which means to do something with creativity, soul or love, and leaving a piece of yourself in your work.
Through this book I want others, especially adults, to discover and experience the joy of art.
Can we have a piece of advice that helps you with your own workflow?
I listen to music while creating art. I don’t know what I would have done without it.
So, what are you working on now?
Currently, I have a few commissioned projects from individual clients lined up but I would love to work on another art book.
I am constantly looking at ways to improve my art skills and I spend a lot of my time in practising.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Doing more of what I love.
How do you unwind and refresh your creative juices?
With easy access to the internet, I come across a plethora of talented and amazing artists who inspire me on a constant basis.
Also I love travelling. I make it a point to travel to one new place every year.
Have you ever tried out a completely different creative field? If yes, how did that turn out?
I have recently tried my hand at digital art and am really looking forward to exploring this medium further.
If you had to start afresh in the industry today, would you choose a different path and if so, what would it be?
To be an artist much earlier in life. But I guess better late than never.
If you could claim that any one person’s work in India was yours, who would it be?
I quite like my style and plus I like experimenting with a variety of things so I can’t stick to just one person’s work. But as I mentioned earlier, I’m always drawing inspiration from other artists.
Now that you’re getting/you have a firm foothold in the creative world, what would you like to say to ‘all the haters’?
Haters??? Ummmm, I don’t think I’m successful enough yet to have haters 😛
A book everybody should read?
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
Your quick tip to everybody who does the same job as you?
Persistency is the key. Keep an open mind and keep yourself inspired.
What’s the best project you’ve seen on IndieFolio?
There are a number of wonderful projects and talented artists on IndieFolio. Though Prasad Bhat’s extremely popular ‘The Evolution’ and Pooja Bhapkar’s DEITY KOSH~ Deck Of Hindu Deities, are definitely noteworthy.
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