year of birth: Rather not specify online, but I’m a mid-eighties baby.
Q1: When did you start making art?
I’ve been drawing since I was probably 2. I decided to pursue it as a career in 2006.
Q2: What does inspire you?
All sorts of things. I grew up with a lot of sci-fi, fantasy and videogames, so that used to be the stuff I loved painting the most. Then, it was other artists. Nowadays it can be a good story, or just a feeling that I run with and try to pull an image out of. Life provides much more interesting subject matter.
Q3: What are your techniques?
It really depends. I mainly paint digitally in Photoshop for work, which is in videogames. For personal work I use oils, or whatever traditional media will best suit the piece. Ink is a new favorite. I wouldn’t say I have a set technique for any of it, it depends on the picture and what I’m trying to achieve with it.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
It varies a lot. Most of my work has either been action scenes, or pictures with a very somber or dark mood. I’m trying to learn how to make more positive pictures as well now, it’s a lot harder to do without it looking cheesy.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I don’t think I gravitate towards any particular color.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
My goal is to make pictures that are honest and communicate the spirit of my idea as clearly as possible. So, mostly I’m trying to work on composition.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Right now I’m just putting together some paintings for IlluxCon. No other big projects for now, just study.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of SidharthChaturvedi.
Way too verbose.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This HERE is the earliest imaginative piece I have on DA.
The technique used was pretty standard- setting down the line art, blocking in the color and light, and then just refining. The figures looked much worse when I first did it, they’ve been redone in this version. I was trying to capture the feel of an old pulp adventure/horror scene, which I thought I did fairly well for my skill level at the time. In hindsight, it’s a little dark and murky.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I’ve learned to draw, paint and compose much better since then. My approach is different too, back then I was very happy to just make something ‘badass.’ I want a little more depth from my work now.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
The latter. I think you need to be keyed in to actually living life to make meaningful art. Otherwise it’s pretty, but empty.