The Man Behind the Art – Getting to know Visual Artist & Storyteller Aniket Mitra

There are times when you see a piece of art – be it in a visual or physical medium, which strikes a chord so deep in your heart that you simply pause to think and reflect on the gravity and depth of that situation. Such a piece of art struck our heart on the day the legend – Irrfan Khan left us. The art piece depicted a dreamy eyed Irrfan and the pro-legendary filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh who seemed to be discussing about their stories. A lot of searching for the origin of the art led us to discover the artist behind it. Aniket Mitra. And what a revelation did he turn out to be.

There are some people whose work impacts you so deeply that you are left spellbound. Apart from the fact that his works are brilliant and exquisite, its the thought that goes into making each and every piece of work that makes him so unique, so intriguing and so thought-provoking. He “does not believe in paid promotion on social media” a thing heard of so rarely in today’s world makes so much sense coming from an artist like him. Being honest to one’s work is truly what makes the artist.

We are not going to list down a catalogue of his achievements. Suffice it to say that he is doing some great work and it really shows his metier. He is steadily growing in the Film Industry of India and has already worked for some big banners. His Series of Baadshah Nama – mini posters of all major films of Shah Rukh Khan, was a work of absolute love. His controversial work of The Bleeding Goddess put forward many harsh questions which were feared to be asked earlier. But to know more about him, please read on.

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Aniket Mitra

Q. Please introduce yourself. (Where are you based from, family background etc.)

I am a visual artist by profession. Presently, I am based in Mumbai, India, where I primarily work as a concept and storyboard artist for various productions. I am a gold medallist in Graphic Design and Applied Art from Government College of Art &Craft, Kolkata.

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Q. What made you start your art page? Please share what is your Instagram profile is all about and how did your journey start?

By passion, I am a storyteller. Unfortunately, I have no certificates to prove how good or bad I am at that. I have a body of work spanning every possible medium that I could muster- short films, graphic design, digital art, poster design, short stories, poems, audio-visual… that speaks of my ability, or the lack of it, in storytelling. My social profiles intend to put forth all my creative efforts to the visitors.

Q. Is being an artist your full-time profession or do you work elsewhere? Is it possible to make out a sustainable career out of art in today’s world?

Yes, I am an full time professional artist. I work as a freelancer for various production houses and brands. Yes, one can easily have a sustainable career out of art, if he or she is passionate and dedicated enough.

Q. What would you consider your biggest achievement so far?

My biggest achievement would be that, I am able to earn my bread and butter by doing what I love the most.

Q. What is your signature style of art that represents you as an artist? What does your work aim to say? Do you address current world scenarios through your work?

I believe in storytelling through my art. Be it illustration on any other form. When one is naturally inclined to observe and explore life in all its splendour, one instinctively attempts to convey the wonders to others. And that is how one becomes a storyteller! Human emotions, sufferings and experiences have always awed me and numbed me. My stories are just a feeble attempt on my part to understand and internalise the human experience. Of course, the way I see and feel life has been largely shaped by my upbringing, exposure and learning from my surroundings.

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Yes, I always try to spread awareness and positivity through my art on current affairs.

Q. What is your favourite medium to work upon? And your favourite work tools?

My favourite medium is pen and ink on ivory paper. But I just love digital concept art.

Q. When you start a new piece of art, how do you get the inspiration/motivation it? How long does it take approximately to finish one piece of art?

I take up any new concept that comes to my mind from any current affairs.

Q. Who are your biggest influences?

Satyajit Ray. Alfred Hitchcock. Wong Kar – wai.

Q. How do you manage your family life along with other commitments and running a page?

My wife has always been very supportive. She understands my creative space and I have divided my working hours in a particular manner, which never affects my family life.

Q. What are the biggest challenges that you face as an artist? Is creative block a common problem?

Creative block is very important in any artist’s life because, that very moment you realise you have the potential to think but due to some reason you are missing out something really interesting.

My biggest challenge is that whenever I get an idea but I am not able to find time to execute it because of work commitments, it makes me restless.

Q. Which current art world trends are you following, if any?

I never follow any art trend. I believe in artist’s own stylization.

Q. Apart from being an artist, what are your hobbies?

Music, Reading Books, Travelling and of course observing human instincts.

Q. Please share your experience with different brands/projects you have worked with?

Currently I am working closely with Yash Raj Films. Apart from this, I have worked with brands like Fox Star Studios, Sony Pictures, Madras Talkies, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.

I would specially mention a few people who have mentored me in shaping my career as I came to the Hindi Film Industry as an outsider. Mukesh Chhabra, one of the eminent casting directors of the industry, who gave me my first break as a storyboard artist. Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray, the production designer duo who brought me into the concept design world and have been guiding me throughout. Aditya Chopra and Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who believed in me for their humongous project Prithviraj,  Sham Kaushal, because of whom I got an opportunity to design action story boards for an upcoming Mani Ratnam film and Pradeep Sarkar, who helped me understand the basics of ad films.

Q. There are a lot of shoddy people on social media who either try to discredit others or stalk them. How do you deal with such people or negativity in general? Does it bog you down or affect your mental peace?

It used to affect  me a lot previously, but I realise it only disturbs my mental peace and affects my work. With time, I have learned to completely ignore them. People can discredit me or steal my artwork, but they cannot steal my thoughts or consciousness.

Q. Would you like to give a word of advice to all the budding artists who are trying to make their mark through their art?

Always be honest to your art.

Q. What are your future plans for your page and profile? Are you happy with the way it has shaped up?

I am honestly very happy with how I have been receiving so much love on all my social media pages and it is all organic. I do not believe in paid promotion.

Q. Lastly, any word for our blog? Thank you for your time!

I wish you all the very best for your blog. Keep sharing and keep inspiring.

Thank you, Aniket for taking out time to talk to us, and having such a wonderful and heart-to-heart conversation. Team WeekendTrivia loves your work and look forward to your continuously bringing more excellent works of visual storytelling on our feed. All the best 🙂

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