Divya Suvarna is a designer by profession and illustrator by passion. She is also known by the nickname ‘Seishou-Chan’ on Deviantart. She is from Mumbai, India. She designs for a variety of products, apparel being her favorite in the design sphere. But mostly she enjoys putting on paper her own worlds and visions. It was a great pleasure for us to take an interview with Divya Suvarna and we wish you a pleasant reading. Enjoy viewing Divya Suvarna illustrations and feel free to visit her personal Facebook page.
AP: Divya, welcome to AstrumPeople. We are happy to see you here and we would be happy to learn more about your illustrations. Could you please tell me what got you started?
Divya: I was always good at art since childhood, but just considered it another subject during school. I used to watch a lot of cartoons and read comics like every other kid, but I was always amazed by the story told through illustration. When I was 14, I saw my first anime which made me an avid anime-lover and it was then that I decided I wanted to make art a career choice.
AP: Wonderful choice! Do you have any formal education in illustration art or were you self-taught?
Divya: Well, I am an engineer by education. Even though I wanted to pursue art, due to certain circumstances I ended up studying engineering. So I don’t have any formal education as such. Joining deviantart was a turning point for me. I would go through galleries and galleries of work and just be awe-struck. It was extremely inspiring and a little intimidating as well, to know that there was so much amazing art out in the world. But then I kept drawing. 🙂
AP: It’s great to be inspired by art. By the way, what genre are your illustrations?
Divya: I don’t have a particular style or genre I adhere to. I experiment with a lot of styles and techniques. I particularly like drawing human being in various styles and their emotions. I also like abstract and psychedelic works (mostly in black and white) and fantasy…a lot of fantasy. 🙂
AP: Your fantasy illustrations are very beautiful. How would you describe your illustrations?
Divya: My illustrations generally come about through love…love for a particular concept, love for a particular style. I don’t emulate styles; I use them as inspiration and try to create my own.
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to draw your illustrations?
Divya: I start with having a mild concept in my mind or sometimes I have the basic image. I sketch it out, and then ink it with either ballpoint pens or calligraphic pens. If I feel like going traditional I use watercolors and acrylics, if digital then I scan it out and paint it digitally. I work over a variety of software: adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Paint tool SAI and Corel Painter. I also strive to keep learning new software for my purposes.
AP: Do you have a dream project? What is it like?
Divya: I do. I love children illustration books that have unusual story lines and interesting styles and characters. I hope to create one someday and possibly publish it too. I also do see myself creating my own graphic apparel line in the near future.
AP: This is amazing dream! I would like you to be able to make it real someday. Divya, what is your most reliable source of inspiration?
Divya: People and their emotions and my mind along with all the art I see in the world.
AP: Could you please share the formula for success in your activity?
Divya: When you have art, show it to people. Never be afraid of what someone is going to say about your work. Take it in your stride and move on. Also learn from mistakes.
AP: Thank you for your encouraging words. Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Divya: During my initial turbulent days of growing as an illustrator in technique and confidence, my biggest support was my brother. He would put me right back on track every time I was distraught. Now along with him and friends, my boyfriend and all the people who like my work give me tremendous support.
AP: Could you give any piece of advice for those who try to discover their talent and cultivate it?
Divya: If you love it, keep doing it and never give up. Develop your skills and have faith in them. But the biggest advice would be is to never stop learning.
Thank you, Divya, for your amazing story. It is very inspiring and I am more than sure it will inspire many people who will read this interview. We would like to wish you brilliant success, good luck and creative ideas. To learn more about Divya Suvarna illustrations, please visit her personal Facebook page. If you have any comments feel free to leave them in the comments section.