Akansha Choudhury - As an Illustrator, It Is Important to Keep Building Your Network


My drawing inspiration started from doodling and then I started giving more details to my illustrations. I’m still in the process of learning and make myself better at it.


Tell us more about your background and journey.


So I studied visual design for 4 years. I have also studied psychology. Currently, I work as a UI/UX designer at a cooperating firm. Akoodles has been by my side from college, I never expected it to grow. 

Initially, when I started it out it was more on the lines of sharing my daily life story and it ran more on the funny events that occurred on that specific day but over time I realised that I had some insecure stories to share too which lead to body positivity and acne positivity. 

I couldn’t believe there were so many people who shared their stories on the same lines and that’s how the Akoodles family became bigger; that’s where the journey actually started.



When did you decide you wanted to be an illustrator?

I started drawing at a very young age and so my parents knew where to push me towards. They encouraged me to strengthen my skills and my interest in illustration grew stronger.



Is it a financially stable career?

As an illustrator, it is important to keep building your network. The more you make connections, the more clients you can get. Illustration are booming these days and yes if you have some good networking skills, it can be a very stable job.



Where do you get inspired to create art?

It took me really long to find a style for my illustration. My drawing inspiration started from doodling and then I started giving more details to my illustrations. I’m still in the process of learning and make myself better at it. My biggest inspiration in this field has been Alicia Souza.


You have many illustrations on body positivity, could you elaborate your views on the same?

It’s important to let people know that they are not alone and everyone has there own insecurities. These insecurities might lead to other issues such as anorexia, bulimia and more. 

The more love and kindness we spread towards each other; the more we unite people and make people accept each other as they are 😊 I try my best to share some love and kind messages through my illustrations.


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


To all who want to be illustrators and want to take it up as a profession, all I would say practice every day. YouTube is the best place to learn from millions of artists. Try out different styles and see what you are most comfortable with and develop your own style from there.


Interviewed by - Shruti Gupta

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