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Interview with Rohit Soni

Interview with Rohit Soni

Interview with Rohit Soni

Rohit Soni, Doodler.

Rohit Soni, the founder of The Doodle Kit Project is an avid doodler and a visual harvester based out of Delhi. Having the superpower to convert thoughts, ideas, music and even events into mind-blowing doodles, his unique style of art has led him to take part in several events all across the country including Satya Nadella’s interview with NDTV in Microsoft, Hyderabad; Several Tedx talks, Sunburn Goa and various conferences like those of MTV Indies, GE India etc

Read on more to find out about his journey.

It all started with random doodles that he drew on the back pages of books to kill time in classes back in his school and college days. As he went down the memory lane, he recollects how his earliest encounters with this art started in his mother’s kitchen whose walls acted as his very first canvas.

Visual learning had always captured his attention much more than the textbooks, and he realized that he could grasp concepts much better when using pictorial and visual methods rather than long answers. 

Rohit Soni’s transition from an amateur to the amazing artist that he is today, is all a result of his personal efforts. Even though he studied design in school, his inclination was towards visual arts.

From drawing jewellery designs for his father’s shop to doing masters from IIT Bombay and then working as a designer in Microsoft, Soni has swum various rivers. 

He personally sees art as a spiritual medium to gain stability and direction when feeling low and clueless. As a support during existential crisis, he has sought answers as well as expressed himself through this medium. He feels that art gives him the liberty and freedom that nothing else can.

 Like any other artist, he too has evolved over the years with constant practice and experiments. Whether it is about finesse or speed, his art seems to grow more and more everyday. 

When talking about his work experience, Mr.Soni has a lot in his bag to tell us about his interesting work. Even though he believes that every project is unique and special, there are some that will always remain intact in his memory. One such event includes the doodling that he had to do for a political party in Pune.

His task was to summarize the whole speech given by the leader on a 10x8 ft canvas and that too without any prior information. A task such as this, he recalls was tough and exhilarating at the same time.

Growing up he tells us, his mother and two sisters played a very important role in shaping him into what he is today. Through his art he has been able to reach a greater and diversified audience and wants to use this to spread awareness about various social issues. From homosexuality to women’s mental and physical health, his doodles have told the stories of the lesser known and impacted various lives.

Mr.Soni being the enthusiastic person that he is, doesn’t want to stop at doodling but instead wishes to learn how to dance and play a mouth organ. He has also launched his own merchandise in the  form of a doodling kit and hopes to do more in this sphere.

He yearns for challenges and experiments and thus wishes that if he could go back in time, he would tell his younger self to find joy in the mistakes rather than seeking perfection at every point. His art is an example of uniqueness and soulfulness combined. 

Author: Brahmneet Kaur

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Interview with Rajat Prajapati

Interview with Rajat Prajapati

Interview of Rajat Prajapati

Rajat Prajapati

Rajat Prajapati is an architecture student from Hyderabad. He prefers to keep his art minimal as he believes that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. He manages to capture the person’s identity through his simple strokes and designs.

Exposure to architecture helped him  figure out his style. Read on more to find out about this young and talented artist’s journey.

Tell us a little about your childhood. What inspired you to start art?

I will not want any kid to have a childhood like mine. Due to a major downfall in my dad’s business, we became financially unstable. I used to help my mom make Papads and sell them to earn some extra dimes.

Eventually, things became better and we shifted to Hyderabad. My neighbour, Priya Didi helped me to deal with the unfamiliarity of the place, language and culture. She is the person who instilled passion for art, in me.

How do you perceive “Art”? 

I view art as a medium for self expression. Having faced difficulties in my childhood, art helped me cope with stress. I started expressing my thoughts through art and channelizing all my energy towards it.

After 12th grade, I took up architecture which helped me to understand the meaning, concept, need and importance of art and experimentation.

Are you a self-taught artist? How has the journey been?

Yes, I’m a self taught artist. The journey has been very exciting, and I’m bound by nothing. I’m free to experiment and explore new art styles. Curiosity and zeal have taken me a long way. As they say, the journey is more beautiful than the destination.

How do you think technology has impacted art?

I have mixed feelings about advanced technology. I agree that it has introduced us to infinite possibilities; reduced the cost of stationary and it’s a one place destination for all tools, but nothing can beat the beauty of traditional handmade art form.

Many of your artworks are on famous music artists and bands. Which is your most favourite band?

There are so many artists whose music caries me away, like The strumbellas, Kodaline, The paper kites, The lumineers, Bon iver and Coldplay.

What inspired you to keep your art minimal?

I’ve read and researched about various philosophies and design theories. Of all the art styles, I like minimalism the best. I believe that simplicity is the best sophistication.

 

As an Artist, what’s your biggest pet peeve?

I do not like customers who don’t understand art and have unrealistic expectations.

Any dream project that you’d like to work on?

I would like to work on a space-themed project. Eg- Mars Colonization

If you could go back in time and change one decision that you took, what would it be?

There are so many decisions I wish I could change. But, I wouldn’t as all those wrong decisions have played a crucial part in becoming what I’m today. I might be disappointed with the decisions, but I do not regret anything.

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