Interview of Sangeeta Prayaga

Interview of Sangeeta Prayaga

Interview of Sangeeta Prayaga

Sangeeta Prayaga is a self-taught Mandala artist and an illustrator who hails from Bangalore. She is Revamping this age-old art by adding her own elements to the traditional design to make it look more beautiful. She also creates adorable illustrations that have created quite a buzz on social media.

We interviewed Sangeeta to find out the secrets behind her ornate art and what inspired her to become an artist.

Art can be perceived differently by different people. How do you perceive art?

Art for me is meditation and a technique to calm myself, a channel through which I can tell my stories and escape from negativity. In short, art for me is my happy place! 

Your Illustrations are so unique, yet send a very strong message. What inspires you to do these? 

I channel my inner voice of positivity through the illustrations of baby elephants called Ganpat Rao and Gaja Lakshmi. I strongly believed that the world needed a therapy elephant, that’s when Ganpat Rao was created, and everyone on my Instagram instantly loved him! For these illustrations, I take inspiration from my own day-to-day life, the positive lessons I learned from my past and the ones that I am learning from my present!

Can you run us through your thought process while brainstorming for artistic inspirations?

I get inspired by the interactions I have with people and my personal experiences. I journal every little thing I learn or realize about life, people and then use them to make the illustrations. That’s one of the reasons why Ganpat Rao sounds so wise!

How have criticisms helped you shape your career?

Thankfully, I take criticism well! I come from a family full of artists. My sister, who is an artist herself, has played an important role in my life when it comes to my growth as an artist. She has always given me constructive criticism and helped me shape my thought process while creating art.

I also seek feedback from my customers after each purchase to improve my product and store! 

Are you ever faced with a creative block? If yes, how do you get over it?

Yes, I have faced creative blocks. There are days when I have no creative ideas at all. On those days, I doodle anything and everything that comes to my mind. I would say drawing something is better than not drawing anything at all.

If you could go back in the past and change a decision that you made, what would it be?

I don’t think I would want to change anything. I am what I am today because of all the good and bad choices I’ve made. I have no regrets and I  just work towards becoming a better person every day. 

What role does music play in the illustrations you do?

My favorite artists are, Ludovico Einaudi, Michael Jackson and Billie Holiday. I listen to them all the time while drawing and their music helps me to get into “THE ZONE”!

How important is traveling for an artist? Do you seek inspiration from every place you visit?

Traveling plays a key role in the artists’ life! I had recently been to Vietnam. There’s so much to learn from the people there. I created illustrations that told stories about the strong women of Vietnam, the delicious food, and the experience of having a Ca Phe! Ganpat Rao loves sharing what he learned from each place he visits.

What advice would you give for the upcoming artists?

Always have a strong purpose for your art. Your artistic skill is your superpower. Use it well! 

If you had to name one person to draw up all the inspiration from, who would that be?

Alicia Souza, hands down! She does put “aw in art”. When it comes to Mandalas, Rashmi Krishnappa and Saudamini Madra are the ones I look upto.

What are your thoughts on Stoned Santa?

First of all, love the name! Also, love the idea and your work. Gifting has always been an issue for me. I am bad when it comes to gifting and my husband will agree with that. I love how Stoned Santa has a gifting expert who can help people like me to find the perfect handcrafted gift. This is something most of us need. 

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7 Caricature Ideas for every type of couple you know

7 Caricature Ideas for every type of couple you know

7 Caricature ideas for every type of couple you know

The wedding season is around the corner, and you’re bound to get dozens of invitations from your friends, relatives and neighbors. While you get to attend fancy dinner parties and eat plenty of enticing food, you’ll also have to think of what to gift the couple.

Let’s agree, we’ve had enough of the bouquets and chocolates. You would want to gift something that’s memorable.We’re kind of experts when it comes to gifting. Our gift experts will help you find just the thing for the people you love.

One such idea is a caricature. To celebrate your bonding over the years you have been together, in a childish way of mocking and pulling each other’s legs, we bring to you caricature ideas for every kind of couple you know.

1. The Desi Couple

We all know that one couple who seems to have come straight out of a Bollywood movie. Every time they enter, a song can be heard playing in the background, and they just won’t stop giving DDLJ references. Surprise them with one of these Bollywood-themed caricatures.

2. The Wanderlusts

You know those couples, whose social media feed are full of airport check-ins, and breathtaking pictures from their vacation. If you know a couple who loves to explore the world and take on every adventure which comes in the way, these travel-themed caricatures are the way to go.

The best thing about a destination themed caricature is that you can picture yourself in your favourite destination, without having to visit it!  Truly amazing isn’t it?

3. The F.R.I.E.N.D.S Fandom

Even though it’s been 25 years since F.R.I.E.N.D.S aired for the first time, some people just can’t get over it. If you know a couple who have found their lobsters, gift them these customised caricatures, or if you have found a Chandler to your Monica you could get one too 😛

4. The Football Fanatics

Ever met a couple that bonded over mutual hatred towards a rival club? Are they ready to give up on anything to not miss that final goal? Get this football themed caricature with a personalised jersey, for the crazy football fans.

5. 1-Love

This Couple can usually be spotted in badminton courts late at night, hitting those smashes and sweating it out. The only “court” they can think of is the one badminton court. Gift them something that truly brings out the sport in them.

6. To those who believe in magic

We know that there are wizards and witches out there waiting to get a letter from Hogwarts, in order to get away from the mundane muggle life.

Our artists will use just the right amount of potion and sorcery to create this quirky caricature for all the Potter-heads out there.

7. To the Partners-in-wine

Do you know couples who absolutely love wine, and attend these fancy wine-tasting sessions. Here’s a unique gift for pour-decision makers.

Cuz, wine not?

8. To the everyday Superheroes

Here’s a crazy idea for our everyday superheroes. Whether it’s scrolling through social media while working or binging through the entire series on Netflix without sleeping for hours, it’s still a superpower. 

With customized caricatures, you could look like like your favourite super-hero.

9. We GOT this!

Do you know a couple who is a huge fan of Game of Thrones? If yes, these GOT themed caricatures will surely excite them.

With customized caricatures, you can chnage the plot, bring your favourite characters to life and much more.

10. Customized Caricature

If you know a couple who have a wide array of interests and you want to incorporate every tiny element that makes them, them, get in touch with our gift experts now and they’ll help you curate a customized caricature.

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Interview with Swarnova Datta

Interview with Swarnova Datta

Interview with Swarnavo Datta

Swarnavo Datta, Illustrator

21st September, 2019

An engineer by qualification, a trainer by profession and an artist at heart, Swarnavo Datta creates awe-inspiring illustrations. He manages to capture the beauty in the most simple things, and isn’t that the best part about being an artist?

Famous for his illustrations on a square paper, his Instagram page is a treat to the eyes.

Here are the excerpts from the time when we caught up for a fun chat.

Could you tell us about yourself? When did you start making illustrations, and what made you start them?

I grew up in Kolkata, which is rich in art and culture. Just like every other kid, I was sent for art classes. 

In 2017, I took part in Inktober, (Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month). 

As they say, anything that you do more than 21 times continuously becomes a hobby, and that’s how I got hooked on to sketching.

It’s been two years now, and there hasn’t been a single day that in which I haven’t sketched.

From where do you draw inspiration for your sketches?

Lately, I’ve realized that I enjoy creating portrait paintings the most. These portraits are inspired by people around me. Artists tend to perceive things differently.

What might look like just any other building can be our next magnificent painting. Beauty lies in the details of the most mundane things, and that’s where I draw my inspiration from.

How did you feel when you started conducting step-by-step tutorials? How were the responses?

Back when I was in Pune, I used to conduct workshops and enjoyed every bit of it. Being a trainer by profession, I have always been inclined towards teaching. I recently moved to Bangalore and haven’t been able to make time for workshops. So, I started taking step-by-step tutorials on my Instagram page, and I was overwhelmed by the responses I received.

Many feel that art is complex and that it’s too late to learn. My aim is to prove them wrong, by breaking down a painting into small and easy steps so that anyone can learn how to draw.

What are the difficulties you faced on your journey of becoming an artist?

I haven’t faced difficulties as such. But, when I wanted to pursue my career in art, I wasn’t encouraged much. Hailing from a city, that has art in every corner, it’s sad that we are forced to make mainsream career choices.

I ended up taking Electrical engineering. Luckily, I made time to stay in touch with my hobby, and establish myself as an artist.

Do you believe that art promotes relaxation?

When I start drawing, my mind is focussed entirely on the art and nothing else. I disconnect myself with the outside world. Isn’t that what meditation is? Shifting your focus soley on just one object?


Being an Urban sketcher, how important do you think travelling is?

More than travelling, I believe that sketching while travelling is important. If I were to make a portrait painting, I would probably choose a corner at home and not show the artwork to anyone until it’s complete. But, urban sketching kicks me out of the comfort zone. It makes me go out there in the public, observe the tiniest of details that lies in lights; shadows; walls and corners of each place.

The first time I went out in the public and started sketching, the experience was something I had never experienced before. There were several people peeping to get a sneak peak at what I was doing. Until then I had only tried to replicate either a photo or a painting.

Another important reason why I love urban sketching is that when you make a mistake while creating an urban sketch, you learn to live with and make it a part of your illustration instead of beating yourself over it.

Any projects that you’d like to talk about? What’s your ultimate dream project?

I have recently designed a book cover for an Australian author, which will be releasing a couple of weeks from now. I will also be taking part in a major pop culture convention that’s happening in Bangalore this year.

Wall murals are something I’m looking forward to do in the coming future. 

If you were to learn another form of art, what would it be?

I was a part of the college band, and have taken part in theatre as well. So, the only thing left is dance. 

If you could give an advice to your younger self, what would it sound like?

I would ask myself to not take life too seriously and stress about marks.

Who are few illustrators and artists that you admire?

Alicia Souza, for her illustrations relatble and adorable illustrations, and Upamanyu Bhattacharya for his brilliant urban sketches and illustrations.

Your thoughts about Stoned Santa?

I think it’s a great idea and I love the name.

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