Work on Details and the Big Picture Will Bloom - Hasna Singh

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

Most of our journeys are planned but sometimes we take the longer route to reach our destination, my journey was the latter one. I am Hasna Singh, born and brought up in Chandigarh and currently pursuing MBA from UBS, PU. Before I knew, I was labelled to possess an innate talent of drawing & painting by my teachers, parents and others.

I was known by many in my school. As and whenever someone talked about arts, I was mostly contacted for the same. So my journey began from my childhood where I participated in every kind of competition, be it an inter-class, inter-school, state-level, national-level, etc.

One thing I miss for sure is going to the competitions through school registrations. It was always a vibe that felt like “I belong here”. Other students packed up with their drawing kits, boards and those big rulers, all set to paint their mind onto the paper was a positive atmosphere I now miss. The best part about these competitions was the refreshments, just kidding.

The competitions were never about winning each time, there are times when you are not in the zone and in such situations you see other artistic souls working off their minds and you learn new techniques and boost yourself up for the next one.

One such instance that I can recall is – I was in 7th standard and participated in a competition organized by All India Anti-Terrorist Front. The painting competition was on the topic ‘Battlefield’. I was not in the right zone but still got through that phase and went on to enjoy the ambience of the Vijay Diwas being celebrated that day there.

A senior student of our school came running for me when I just grabbed my soft drink after so many efforts but the message he conveyed was much more joyful than grabbing my food. I was awarded the third position in this competition where I had no hope and underestimated myself. I cannot forget that day as it was my 1st trophy till that date. I feel art competitions were more under-rated in those years. We were awarded mostly the certificates so this day was very much special.

Our school had an annual exhibition where all the teachers were allotted a room to showcase a particular theme and I remember I used to work along with about 5-6 teachers in making their ideas come to life. My paintings were also featured in the school corridors as wall d├ęcor for a few years.

Later on, in my graduation, I participated in another domain i.e. Rangoli. This also happened to be one new learning phase in my life. This is how my journey continued with participation in more than 70 competitions with 45-50 winning certificates. And now I am currently working towards completing my MBA in order to gain a level of knowledge of how businesses work.

I am very much passionate about making a platform dedicated to artists. The work, effort, uniqueness and creativity are not much valued and priced well. This is the problem I faced and didn’t choose painting my whole-time job. While an MBA is all about business management but it has given me a new approach to arts.

I took a year off to prepare for the exam, during which I explored painting my house. This turned out amazing & got me interested in the field of interior designing too. To add to what else the MBA gave me is Graphic Designing. We were to make brochures, invites, posters and other creatives which introduced me to graphic designing.

This is the new label I have owned. And I am learning new every day, the world feels so big, this journey feels like it is just the beginning. There are so many innovative ways of giving shape to your imagination. This adventure is amazing when you are hustling around and gaining the wealth of creativity.

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

Painter, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Graphic Designer and I don’t know what else I would be doing but it really has inspired me to explore more. Life happens. I was meant to be an artist may be a professional one, one day soon.

3. Is it a financially stable career?

Financially Stable? I would say partially. If you are hustling hard and giving it your 100% then you may succeed on totally relying on it. Every profession has a risk factor whether it will bring me financial stability or not. When I was to make a choice, I wasn’t aware of the opportunities the world is offering now.

We have so many industries where artists can outperform themselves and earn a good amount of living out of it. Design Industries (fashion, interior, graphics, footwear, jewellery, textile, etc.), Architectural firms, Art Exhibition firms, etc. But the talent when identified by right people will flourish so much when remains unidentified will not earn you a single penny.

4. Who is your favourite illustrator and why?

There are many painters and I find every artwork to be unique. I don’t associate names with the art. But I can tell you about my favourite style of painting i.e. I am a very observant person. I notice details of every single thing I own which makes me a lover of detail work.

Work on details and the big picture will bloom itself. Being my own critic leaves me unsatisfied with every work I do. It becomes difficult to finish off any project when you are such a perfectionist. I would consider perfectionism as my weakness as well as a strength.

5. Where do you get inspired to create art?

My inspiration to create any art is the reason for creating art. I am solely dependent on the aura I am surrounded by. I need to vibe along with the intention of creating art. I have my projects that are pending for 3 years now and a few amazing ones that were finished merely in 2 days time. Also, anything old-school or vintage is what appeals to me.

6. What does your typical day look like?

A typical day is like having a nice workout session with healthy breakfast and everything sorted planned a day before. I put on some light old music with proper natural light on the workstation. Managing things on a planner is a must-do for me.

The day goes off like that working and creating new stuff. I tend to visit Pinterest as it has the best collection of pictures of every type. It also acts as a solution whenever I run out of ideas or inspiration.

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

To the aspiring illustrators/ painters, I would say make a fool-proof plan and start working towards it at a really early stage so that it is never too late to give you passion a career option. You can take risks when younger as you have nothing to lose. Don’t be too strict to yourself, appreciate your efforts and learn new every day. Keep experimenting and don’t restrain yourself to a single entity.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. This book covers the best piece of advice I have learnt in my life. It was long before I read this book that one of my teachers gave a moral lecture where she emphasized on “Believe it with all your heart, without fear or risk and your wish will come true”.

This book also talks about the same, it is a recommended book by one of my friends and this proves that if you really are wanting something to happen, the universe will send it to you but the condition is that you should attract it with highest power and intensity. I have experienced this and try my best to follow as we all know it is really a difficult task not to doubt a little on your wish. But this is the best spell one can practice.

Interview by - Sonam

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