Creativity Is Allowing Yourself to Make Mistakes - Vaishnavi Patil


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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

My name is Vaishnavi Dharmendra Patil. I belong to a middle-class family. My father is a farmer and my mother is a housewife. I have completed up to 12th at Shahada. I am a self-taught Indian artist. My social media accounts are named as Sketchy ishu. My portfolio includes making pencil portrait sketches, canvas painting & digital artworks.

I believe that 'Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes and art is knowing which ones to keep.' I enjoy my journey in art, due to the constant support from family & buddies.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be a painter/illustrator?

Art has always attracted me since childhood. I had given many drawing exams during school and college days. As a child, I always used to draw comics and cartoons on the benches, notebooks & on question papers during the exam for which I also got scolded many times.

I wanted to pursue a career in fine arts that's why I continued to practice painting & sketching. However, there were no special classes are available so I just used to log on to the various websites and used to learn different techniques of drawings.

3. Is it a financially stable career?

I can't say it right now but when it comes to passion financial stability doesn't matter more. However, if I found a good chance in future then definitely look forward to do a career in that.

4. Who is your favourite illustrator and why?

Marcello Barenghi is my favourite artist He is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Italy. He has an amazing skill at taking ordinary objects and turning them into cool artworks. I have learned many drawing techniques from his Youtube channel.

5. Where do you get inspired to create art?

I think art is everywhere & I am very fortunate that I have stayed in a remote village area which is surrounded by nature. I get inspired by nature & also from my day to day life some incident happening around me or trending worldwide.

6. What does your typical day look like?

I always wanted to express my thoughts about something through my painting/sketch so whenever I get time from my academics I express my thoughts on paper using my painting.

7. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring illustrators?

Handmade paintings and sketches have their own importance and special place in people's hearts. There is no way digital paintings and photos can take it's placed at all so, keep doing this great job because old is gold.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

According to me, the book which changed the perspective of my mind, the book which is my favourite one is of course 'The Alchemist', written by the Brazilian writer, Paulo Coelho. It was published in 1988,1st in Portuguese after it became the world sensation. The real message this book conveys is that "People dream and they do not pursue it. One forgets about one's dream, one's destiny."

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