Digital Artist Series – Interview with Subhradipa Paul (@subhraadipaa_)

The world has gone Digital so why not art? The evolution of digital art has bought revolutionary changes in the art sector. Art is more accessible now, and thanks to various social media platforms, you can connect to the artists all the more easily and enjoy, learn, pursue or purchase art as you wish too. With a myriad of excellent apps and hundreds of useful tutorials, there is no limit to what you can achieve through digital art. Team Weekendtrivia have had the chance to know some wonderful digital artists creating unique arts in their own niche. And we are doing an interview series with such artists. Hop on and enjoy the ride..!

Today we are talking with Subhradipa Paul. A college student from West Bengal, who is making her mark felt in the artist’s community at large with her beautiful and cute way of presenting art. she makes art on real life situations and tries to portray them in a storytelling medium. Read on to know about her.

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Subhradipa Paul

Q1. Please introduce yourself.

Hello. This is me, Subhradipa Paul. I basically belong from Durgapur, West Bengal. I am pursuing my graduate degree in physics from women’s college Durgapur. I have my dad, mom, uncle, aunt, grandmother and my brother in my family. I love to travel, love to click pictures, foodie at the same time and last but not the least I am a tea lover as well.

Q2. What made you start your art page? Please share what is your Instagram profile is all about and how did your journey start?

I was interested in drawing and sketching from my childhood days. One day I was checking my Instagram feed and while checking I came across some digital paintings and some watercolour pictures from there the interest of drawing was reborn in me and from that fine day I started by digital paintings, illustrations etc.

My Instagram profile is all about digital paintings. They all represent a storyline. Like if you come across my feed you will come in touch with the story that the digital illustration depicts.

Q3. 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?

Neither I am not a full-time artist nor do I work elsewhere at the same time. As I have already mentioned that I am doing my graduate degree in physics so I tend to balance my studies and my digital art at the same time.

Yes, I think it’s possible to make a suitable career out of art in today’s world because as everyone loves to click pictures of oneself, everyone loves digital art as well. Like a picture or a photograph depicts a storyline, digital art also depicts a storyline. People literally are interested in a digital portrait or illustration art of themselves for which they are ready to pay as well.

Q4. What would you consider your biggest achievement so far?

My biggest achievement so far is that my split art collaboration with Sammya Brata Mullick (insta id : @deckle_edge) .

Q5. 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?

Basically there is no signature style of mine that represents me as an artist but I generally do portraits and digital illustrations that represent a story and which are colourful and meaningful at the same time.

My work generally depicts a storyline like in my Instagram feed each and every post has a story to say. Like for as example in my recent post there is a digital illustration of quarantine period where there are 2 balconies, one above the other, where a boy texts to a girl, when they are within a lockdown situation and where they cannot go out.

Yes, I address the current world situation with my current work and many of the art works to this topic are coming soon on my Instagram feed. Do check it out and comment down your feedback below.

Q6. What is your favourite medium to work upon? And your favourite work tools?

My favourite medium to work upon is Digital medium using auto desk mobile app. It makes my workflow very smooth and stable and it is very easy and handy to use. But in the recent future, I will be upgrading to adobe illustrator.

My favourite work tools are soft brush, flow airbrush, air brush, paintbrush, glow neon, smudge round bristle brush. Otherwise, I use sometimes adobe illustration draw, infinite painter, adobe sketch, infinite design.

Q7. 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?

When I start a new piece of art I usually look around me and tend to take ideas from it. Nature, the people and the situation that prevails around me are the inspiration for my work. Sometimes I do check out social Media for inspirations as well.

Usually it takes roughly 5 to 6 hours for completion of my art work.

Q8. Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are Narayan Debnath, Pascal Campion, and Debangshu Moulik. My list of influences is pretty large so I have given few names above.

Q9. How do you manage your family life along with other commitments and running a page?

Yes, I tend to manage my family life along with other commitments and running a page. Like in this quarantine period is very easy to manage but it becomes very difficult for me to manage this during normal days but then also within my busy schedule, I tend to manage time for doing my digital illustration.

But every day I tend to devote 2 to 3 hours in my digital art so that a constant practise of digital art occurs. As practice makes a woman perfect.

Q10. What are the biggest challenges that you face as an artist? Is creative block a common problem?

The biggest challenges I face as an artist in society. Frankly speaking, our society only wants doctor and engineers but there are many of them who are sitting idle at home with their degrees. Art especially digital art is a useless thing to the society as people are not aware of the power a digital illustration or art has.

Creative block is not a common problem for all people out there. Some are well established in this field and some are not and for this a back support is required always, which is not equal in every situation and to every people.

Q11. Which current art world trends are you following, if any?

No there is no such art trend I tend to follow because I create a story line and if I follow a single trend then I won’t be able to maintain the story line that I make and hence I will not be able to grow.

Q12. Apart from being an artist, what are your hobbies?

Apart from being an artist, I love to click photographs as well. I like to click pictures on the go like street photography and travel photography. I also like to draw on the walls and like to do water colour paintings as well.

Q13. Please share your experience with different brands/projects you have worked with?

No, frankly speaking, I have not worked with any brands or projects so I don’t have any experience for the same.

Q14. 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?

Yes, I do agree that there are people in social media who either try to discredit others or stalk them as in a whole spread negativity. I generally don’t make a note of these people as I think all the fingers on our hand are not equal. Negativity is spread by people who perhaps do not know the fact at all or are certainly illiterate. As I have already mentioned that I don’t make a note of them but it’s true that I take things positively and act accordingly.

Q15. Would you like to give a word of advice to all the budding artists who are trying to make their mark through their art?

Yes, I would definitely like to address to all the budding artist who is trying to make their mark by art by saying that don’t things let go. Give your 110% into your work, you will get success one day or the other. Don’t run behind likes. Make your content so much strong that likes run behind you. Remember one thing behind a successful artist his or her content lies. “CONTENT IS THE KING”.

Q16. What are your future plans for your page and profile? Are you happy with the way it has shaped up?

My future plans for my page and for my profile is that to grow, grow and grow. So that I can contact to the world with my content. Yes, I am quite happy as it has shaped up till now and I look further to it as well.

Q17. Lastly, any word for our blog? Thank you for your time!

Lastly, I would like to conclude that thank you for taking my interview. It was a nice experience from my side. I pray for the success of your blog in the upcoming future.

Thank you, Subhradipa, for taking out time to talk to us, and having such a wonderful conversation with us. Team WeekendTrivia loves your work and looks forward to your continuously bringing more happiness and sunshine on our feed. All the best ❤

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