One Should Not Compare Oneself With Someone Else - Bhargavi Singh

1. Tell us more about your background and journey. 

I am from a small town called Jodhpur; my parents moved here in the late 90s to start their handicrafts business. Therefore, from a young age, I have been exposed to the world of design and furniture. 

I studied at Mayo College Girls’ School, which is a boarding school in Ajmer. I am currently a sophomore at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the USA.

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

I’ve been passionate about art since childhood, so a part of me always knew that I would end up in the art or design field. But of course, I had several other ‘dream jobs’ before I finalized my decision. It was in 2017 after the 10th boards that I decided I wanted to be an interior designer, so I started looking up colleges for art and design, and I started working on my portfolio.

3. Is it a financially stable career? 

Yes, interior design is quite a financially stable career. Various factors come at play, like if I manage to get a job at the right firm, etc.

4. Who is your favourite illustrator and why? 

My favourite artist is Andrew Brandmeyer. He is a professor of mine in college, and he encouraged me to embrace my style. I love how gestural and non-photorealistic his work is, and I like to imbibe these qualities in my work too.

5. Where do you get inspired to create art?

There’s no particular source, but sometimes other artists posting their work on Instagram inspires me to sit down and sketch. Sometimes it even depends on my mood, so I just paint, and it is very therapeutic.

6. What does your typical day look like? 

I’m a very lazy individual, so I don’t wake up before noon. But I try to fit in a workout in my daily routine. I am mostly just watching some show sitting with my dogs. Very recently, I started taking pet portrait commissions, so now I’m mostly sketching adorable animals, which is great!

7. What advice would you give to future aspiring painters? 

The best piece of advice that I can give to any aspiring painters is that they must never compare their work with someone else, and they should add something to their art that makes it distinct and not photorealistic and have the courage to experiment.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. I love this book because it genuinely moved me, and it taught me a lot. A particular lesson that I carry from it is how important it is to experience every emotion. 

Each time we’re sad, everyone just says oh, don’t be sad, but on the contrary, Mr Morrie emphasizes how we must fully experience all emotions like sadness and how important it is to do so. 

But at the same time, we must always remember that we have a whole lot of other emotions to experience too. This is just one of the many lessons this book taught me.

Interview  by - Shamayla

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