In the Spotlight - Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury, a Self-Taught Artist whose Art Reflects his Personality

 We first met Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury, known as Roy to all his friends, in 2011. In the first few meetings, one can never guess how deep Roy can be. Only once you know him well do you realize that he is like an iceberg - what he appears to be on the surface is just the tip. The real Roy lies underneath, waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to spend the time. We did spend the time, and we are so glad that we became friends. Roy's art can be as deceptively uncomplicated as him. But when you look at it up close, you discover details and intricacies that escape your notice at the first few glances. This is the trait that makes Roy's art so special. It grows on you in a way that only the art that comes from the very core of the artist's being can do. We felt that the world needs to know more about Roy and his art and that is why we approached him for an interview, to which, we are glad, that he agreed. We feel that his answers tend to underplay the value that the world ascribes to his art, so please do check out his online gallery. So without further ado, let us read Roy's thoughts on his art, his journey as an artist, and much more. If after this, you would like to contact Roy or ask him more questions, please leave a comment on this blog post. Travelling Camera (TC): Hi Roy, please tell us about your art? How would you categorize your style? Roy: My art reflects more woven patterns and complex web of strokes to reflect the beauty and complexity of life and of relationships in general. The medium is pen, ink, water-based ink and acrylic on paper or canvas. I personally do not stick to a particular subject or a series on one subject unlike other artists.I would categorize my art as an abstract form or semi realistic at times. To be more precise, its more psychedelic in nature. TC: How long have you been painting? Was it something that started in your childhood or something that you picked up later? Roy: I am a self taught artist and I am painting since my school days. I started painting seriously during my free time along with professional Graphic Design work since 2009.So it hasn't really been that long. (laughs) TC: Please tell us about your journey as an artist. How has your art evolved? Roy: My journey as an artist has been quite exciting and experimental in nature since childhood. I was experimenting with Oil, inks, water color and collage work a lot during school days. I was actively involved in painting competitions. As an artist, my art has evolved since childhood, the maturity of strokes and woven pattern is reflected in each piece of work if compared over the years. I am pretty sure that its only going to evolve to take better shape on the larger canvas in future.TC: What are your learnings as an artist? What are the challenges that you have had to overcome? Roy: My journey has been full of learnings. In fact, it is like a roller-coaster ride. I truly believe that it is mostly when I am  painting that most of my learning happens. I had tried oils, water based colours, pencil, ink, acrylic and mixed media in the past. I would always want to learn and open to more options in the future to reflect my style. My personal view on challenges faced as an artist is that the art world in India recognizes you easily or connects with you better if you have an art background or if you have a professional art training. I have had challenges showcasing my art to galleries as a self-taught artist. People assume that you are a non-serious artist in the professional art world.TC: You balance regular jobs and freelance assignments with your love for painting. How do you separate out the two aspects? Has one part of your personality ever interfered with the other? Roy: Art runs in my blood, be it in any form or shape. I come from a commerce background and work professionally in the field of graphic and web design. Along with that, I paint. For some reason, it was never easy for people to accept me as a designer, let alone an artist. I have so far somehow managed to balance my professional Graphic Design work, freelance assignments, and art together well. For art, I have no fixed time. Well, art is involved in all assignments i do professionally as well. For painting, i need to be in the right mood and for digital design, I have no option but to deliver based on deadlines. I am also casually involved in scribbles, cartoons, and digital illustrations at times, which is my own typical style. I may even think seriously of cartoons or digital Illustrations in the future based on the demand. I feel as if I have multiple personalities that work together to help me balance each of the areas I invest my time in. None of my above-mentioned work has ever interfered with the other. Design and art, both involves conceptualization and thinking, so it really makes no difference to me if the white canvas is digital or physical in nature. TC: Your advice to the budding artists. Roy: Always keep and maintain your own style and fashion. It is not a good idea to ape other artists' styles or concepts. Keep it original as far as you can. It would be a good idea to attend some sort of professional art course before you plunge into the art world. Always enjoy what you do and don't force yourself to please others.

 We first met Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury, known as Roy to all his friends, in 2011. In the first few meetings, one can never guess how deep Roy can be. Only once you know him well do you realize that he is like an iceberg - what he appears to be on the surface is just the tip. The real Roy lies underneath, waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to spend the time. We did spend the time, and we are so glad that we became friends. Roy's art can be as deceptively uncomplicated as him. But when you look at it up close, you discover details and intricacies that escape your notice at the first few glances. This is the trait that makes Roy's art so special. It grows on you in a way that only the art that comes from the very core of the artist's being can do. We felt that the world needs to know more about Roy and his art and that is why we approached him for an interview, to which, we are glad, that he agreed. We feel that his answers tend to underplay the value that the world ascribes to his art, so please do check out his online gallery. So without further ado, let us read Roy's thoughts on his art, his journey as an artist, and much more. If after this, you would like to contact Roy or ask him more questions, please leave a comment on this blog post. Travelling Camera (TC): Hi Roy, please tell us about your art? How would you categorize your style? Roy: My art reflects more woven patterns and complex web of strokes to reflect the beauty and complexity of life and of relationships in general. The medium is pen, ink, water-based ink and acrylic on paper or canvas. I personally do not stick to a particular subject or a series on one subject unlike other artists.I would categorize my art as an abstract form or semi realistic at times. To be more precise, its more psychedelic in nature. TC: How long have you been painting? Was it something that started in your childhood or something that you picked up later? Roy: I am a self taught artist and I am painting since my school days. I started painting seriously during my free time along with professional Graphic Design work since 2009.So it hasn't really been that long. (laughs) TC: Please tell us about your journey as an artist. How has your art evolved? Roy: My journey as an artist has been quite exciting and experimental in nature since childhood. I was experimenting with Oil, inks, water color and collage work a lot during school days. I was actively involved in painting competitions. As an artist, my art has evolved since childhood, the maturity of strokes and woven pattern is reflected in each piece of work if compared over the years. I am pretty sure that its only going to evolve to take better shape on the larger canvas in future.TC: What are your learnings as an artist? What are the challenges that you have had to overcome? Roy: My journey has been full of learnings. In fact, it is like a roller-coaster ride. I truly believe that it is mostly when I am  painting that most of my learning happens. I had tried oils, water based colours, pencil, ink, acrylic and mixed media in the past. I would always want to learn and open to more options in the future to reflect my style. My personal view on challenges faced as an artist is that the art world in India recognizes you easily or connects with you better if you have an art background or if you have a professional art training. I have had challenges showcasing my art to galleries as a self-taught artist. People assume that you are a non-serious artist in the professional art world.TC: You balance regular jobs and freelance assignments with your love for painting. How do you separate out the two aspects? Has one part of your personality ever interfered with the other? Roy: Art runs in my blood, be it in any form or shape. I come from a commerce background and work professionally in the field of graphic and web design. Along with that, I paint. For some reason, it was never easy for people to accept me as a designer, let alone an artist. I have so far somehow managed to balance my professional Graphic Design work, freelance assignments, and art together well. For art, I have no fixed time. Well, art is involved in all assignments i do professionally as well. For painting, i need to be in the right mood and for digital design, I have no option but to deliver based on deadlines. I am also casually involved in scribbles, cartoons, and digital illustrations at times, which is my own typical style. I may even think seriously of cartoons or digital Illustrations in the future based on the demand. I feel as if I have multiple personalities that work together to help me balance each of the areas I invest my time in. None of my above-mentioned work has ever interfered with the other. Design and art, both involves conceptualization and thinking, so it really makes no difference to me if the white canvas is digital or physical in nature. TC: Your advice to the budding artists. Roy: Always keep and maintain your own style and fashion. It is not a good idea to ape other artists' styles or concepts. Keep it original as far as you can. It would be a good idea to attend some sort of professional art course before you plunge into the art world. Always enjoy what you do and don't force yourself to please others.We first met Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury, known as Roy to all his friends, in 2011. In the first few meetings, one can never guess how deep Roy can be. Only once you know him well do you realize that he is like an iceberg - what he appears to be on the surface is just the tip. The real Roy lies underneath, waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to spend the time. We did spend the time, and we are so glad that we became friends.

In our popular series "In the Spotlight" , we bring you another inspiring interview with Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury. Without saying much, let's hear about him in his own words...


 We first met Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury, known as Roy to all his friends, in 2011. In the first few meetings, one can never guess how deep Roy can be. Only once you know him well do you realize that he is like an iceberg - what he appears to be on the surface is just the tip. The real Roy lies underneath, waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to spend the time. We did spend the time, and we are so glad that we became friends. Roy's art can be as deceptively uncomplicated as him. But when you look at it up close, you discover details and intricacies that escape your notice at the first few glances. This is the trait that makes Roy's art so special. It grows on you in a way that only the art that comes from the very core of the artist's being can do. We felt that the world needs to know more about Roy and his art and that is why we approached him for an interview, to which, we are glad, that he agreed. We feel that his answers tend to underplay the value that the world ascribes to his art, so please do check out his online gallery. So without further ado, let us read Roy's thoughts on his art, his journey as an artist, and much more. If after this, you would like to contact Roy or ask him more questions, please leave a comment on this blog post. Travelling Camera (TC): Hi Roy, please tell us about your art? How would you categorize your style? Roy: My art reflects more woven patterns and complex web of strokes to reflect the beauty and complexity of life and of relationships in general. The medium is pen, ink, water-based ink and acrylic on paper or canvas. I personally do not stick to a particular subject or a series on one subject unlike other artists.I would categorize my art as an abstract form or semi realistic at times. To be more precise, its more psychedelic in nature. TC: How long have you been painting? Was it something that started in your childhood or something that you picked up later? Roy: I am a self taught artist and I am painting since my school days. I started painting seriously during my free time along with professional Graphic Design work since 2009.So it hasn't really been that long. (laughs) TC: Please tell us about your journey as an artist. How has your art evolved? Roy: My journey as an artist has been quite exciting and experimental in nature since childhood. I was experimenting with Oil, inks, water color and collage work a lot during school days. I was actively involved in painting competitions. As an artist, my art has evolved since childhood, the maturity of strokes and woven pattern is reflected in each piece of work if compared over the years. I am pretty sure that its only going to evolve to take better shape on the larger canvas in future.TC: What are your learnings as an artist? What are the challenges that you have had to overcome? Roy: My journey has been full of learnings. In fact, it is like a roller-coaster ride. I truly believe that it is mostly when I am  painting that most of my learning happens. I had tried oils, water based colours, pencil, ink, acrylic and mixed media in the past. I would always want to learn and open to more options in the future to reflect my style. My personal view on challenges faced as an artist is that the art world in India recognizes you easily or connects with you better if you have an art background or if you have a professional art training. I have had challenges showcasing my art to galleries as a self-taught artist. People assume that you are a non-serious artist in the professional art world.TC: You balance regular jobs and freelance assignments with your love for painting. How do you separate out the two aspects? Has one part of your personality ever interfered with the other? Roy: Art runs in my blood, be it in any form or shape. I come from a commerce background and work professionally in the field of graphic and web design. Along with that, I paint. For some reason, it was never easy for people to accept me as a designer, let alone an artist. I have so far somehow managed to balance my professional Graphic Design work, freelance assignments, and art together well. For art, I have no fixed time. Well, art is involved in all assignments i do professionally as well. For painting, i need to be in the right mood and for digital design, I have no option but to deliver based on deadlines. I am also casually involved in scribbles, cartoons, and digital illustrations at times, which is my own typical style. I may even think seriously of cartoons or digital Illustrations in the future based on the demand. I feel as if I have multiple personalities that work together to help me balance each of the areas I invest my time in. None of my above-mentioned work has ever interfered with the other. Design and art, both involves conceptualization and thinking, so it really makes no difference to me if the white canvas is digital or physical in nature. TC: Your advice to the budding artists. Roy: Always keep and maintain your own style and fashion. It is not a good idea to ape other artists' styles or concepts. Keep it original as far as you can. It would be a good idea to attend some sort of professional art course before you plunge into the art world. Always enjoy what you do and don't force yourself to please others.

Roy's art can be as deceptively uncomplicated as him. But when you look at it up close, you discover details and intricacies that escape your notice at the first few glances. This is the trait that makes Roy's art so special. It grows on you in a way that only the art that comes from the very core of the artist's being can do. 

 We first met Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury, known as Roy to all his friends, in 2011. In the first few meetings, one can never guess how deep Roy can be. Only once you know him well do you realize that he is like an iceberg - what he appears to be on the surface is just the tip. The real Roy lies underneath, waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to spend the time. We did spend the time, and we are so glad that we became friends. Roy's art can be as deceptively uncomplicated as him. But when you look at it up close, you discover details and intricacies that escape your notice at the first few glances. This is the trait that makes Roy's art so special. It grows on you in a way that only the art that comes from the very core of the artist's being can do. We felt that the world needs to know more about Roy and his art and that is why we approached him for an interview, to which, we are glad, that he agreed. We feel that his answers tend to underplay the value that the world ascribes to his art, so please do check out his online gallery. So without further ado, let us read Roy's thoughts on his art, his journey as an artist, and much more. If after this, you would like to contact Roy or ask him more questions, please leave a comment on this blog post. Travelling Camera (TC): Hi Roy, please tell us about your art? How would you categorize your style? Roy: My art reflects more woven patterns and complex web of strokes to reflect the beauty and complexity of life and of relationships in general. The medium is pen, ink, water-based ink and acrylic on paper or canvas. I personally do not stick to a particular subject or a series on one subject unlike other artists.I would categorize my art as an abstract form or semi realistic at times. To be more precise, its more psychedelic in nature. TC: How long have you been painting? Was it something that started in your childhood or something that you picked up later? Roy: I am a self taught artist and I am painting since my school days. I started painting seriously during my free time along with professional Graphic Design work since 2009.So it hasn't really been that long. (laughs) TC: Please tell us about your journey as an artist. How has your art evolved? Roy: My journey as an artist has been quite exciting and experimental in nature since childhood. I was experimenting with Oil, inks, water color and collage work a lot during school days. I was actively involved in painting competitions. As an artist, my art has evolved since childhood, the maturity of strokes and woven pattern is reflected in each piece of work if compared over the years. I am pretty sure that its only going to evolve to take better shape on the larger canvas in future.TC: What are your learnings as an artist? What are the challenges that you have had to overcome? Roy: My journey has been full of learnings. In fact, it is like a roller-coaster ride. I truly believe that it is mostly when I am  painting that most of my learning happens. I had tried oils, water based colours, pencil, ink, acrylic and mixed media in the past. I would always want to learn and open to more options in the future to reflect my style. My personal view on challenges faced as an artist is that the art world in India recognizes you easily or connects with you better if you have an art background or if you have a professional art training. I have had challenges showcasing my art to galleries as a self-taught artist. People assume that you are a non-serious artist in the professional art world.TC: You balance regular jobs and freelance assignments with your love for painting. How do you separate out the two aspects? Has one part of your personality ever interfered with the other? Roy: Art runs in my blood, be it in any form or shape. I come from a commerce background and work professionally in the field of graphic and web design. Along with that, I paint. For some reason, it was never easy for people to accept me as a designer, let alone an artist. I have so far somehow managed to balance my professional Graphic Design work, freelance assignments, and art together well. For art, I have no fixed time. Well, art is involved in all assignments i do professionally as well. For painting, i need to be in the right mood and for digital design, I have no option but to deliver based on deadlines. I am also casually involved in scribbles, cartoons, and digital illustrations at times, which is my own typical style. I may even think seriously of cartoons or digital Illustrations in the future based on the demand. I feel as if I have multiple personalities that work together to help me balance each of the areas I invest my time in. None of my above-mentioned work has ever interfered with the other. Design and art, both involves conceptualization and thinking, so it really makes no difference to me if the white canvas is digital or physical in nature. TC: Your advice to the budding artists. Roy: Always keep and maintain your own style and fashion. It is not a good idea to ape other artists' styles or concepts. Keep it original as far as you can. It would be a good idea to attend some sort of professional art course before you plunge into the art world. Always enjoy what you do and don't force yourself to please others.

We felt that the world needs to know more about Roy and his art and that is why we approached him for an interview, to which, we are glad, that he agreed. We feel that his answers tend to underplay the value that the world ascribes to his art, so please do check out his online gallery.

 We first met Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury, known as Roy to all his friends, in 2011. In the first few meetings, one can never guess how deep Roy can be. Only once you know him well do you realize that he is like an iceberg - what he appears to be on the surface is just the tip. The real Roy lies underneath, waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to spend the time. We did spend the time, and we are so glad that we became friends. Roy's art can be as deceptively uncomplicated as him. But when you look at it up close, you discover details and intricacies that escape your notice at the first few glances. This is the trait that makes Roy's art so special. It grows on you in a way that only the art that comes from the very core of the artist's being can do. We felt that the world needs to know more about Roy and his art and that is why we approached him for an interview, to which, we are glad, that he agreed. We feel that his answers tend to underplay the value that the world ascribes to his art, so please do check out his online gallery. So without further ado, let us read Roy's thoughts on his art, his journey as an artist, and much more. If after this, you would like to contact Roy or ask him more questions, please leave a comment on this blog post. Travelling Camera (TC): Hi Roy, please tell us about your art? How would you categorize your style? Roy: My art reflects more woven patterns and complex web of strokes to reflect the beauty and complexity of life and of relationships in general. The medium is pen, ink, water-based ink and acrylic on paper or canvas. I personally do not stick to a particular subject or a series on one subject unlike other artists.I would categorize my art as an abstract form or semi realistic at times. To be more precise, its more psychedelic in nature. TC: How long have you been painting? Was it something that started in your childhood or something that you picked up later? Roy: I am a self taught artist and I am painting since my school days. I started painting seriously during my free time along with professional Graphic Design work since 2009.So it hasn't really been that long. (laughs) TC: Please tell us about your journey as an artist. How has your art evolved? Roy: My journey as an artist has been quite exciting and experimental in nature since childhood. I was experimenting with Oil, inks, water color and collage work a lot during school days. I was actively involved in painting competitions. As an artist, my art has evolved since childhood, the maturity of strokes and woven pattern is reflected in each piece of work if compared over the years. I am pretty sure that its only going to evolve to take better shape on the larger canvas in future.TC: What are your learnings as an artist? What are the challenges that you have had to overcome? Roy: My journey has been full of learnings. In fact, it is like a roller-coaster ride. I truly believe that it is mostly when I am  painting that most of my learning happens. I had tried oils, water based colours, pencil, ink, acrylic and mixed media in the past. I would always want to learn and open to more options in the future to reflect my style. My personal view on challenges faced as an artist is that the art world in India recognizes you easily or connects with you better if you have an art background or if you have a professional art training. I have had challenges showcasing my art to galleries as a self-taught artist. People assume that you are a non-serious artist in the professional art world.TC: You balance regular jobs and freelance assignments with your love for painting. How do you separate out the two aspects? Has one part of your personality ever interfered with the other? Roy: Art runs in my blood, be it in any form or shape. I come from a commerce background and work professionally in the field of graphic and web design. Along with that, I paint. For some reason, it was never easy for people to accept me as a designer, let alone an artist. I have so far somehow managed to balance my professional Graphic Design work, freelance assignments, and art together well. For art, I have no fixed time. Well, art is involved in all assignments i do professionally as well. For painting, i need to be in the right mood and for digital design, I have no option but to deliver based on deadlines. I am also casually involved in scribbles, cartoons, and digital illustrations at times, which is my own typical style. I may even think seriously of cartoons or digital Illustrations in the future based on the demand. I feel as if I have multiple personalities that work together to help me balance each of the areas I invest my time in. None of my above-mentioned work has ever interfered with the other. Design and art, both involves conceptualization and thinking, so it really makes no difference to me if the white canvas is digital or physical in nature. TC: Your advice to the budding artists. Roy: Always keep and maintain your own style and fashion. It is not a good idea to ape other artists' styles or concepts. Keep it original as far as you can. It would be a good idea to attend some sort of professional art course before you plunge into the art world. Always enjoy what you do and don't force yourself to please others.

So without further ado, let us read Roy's thoughts on his art, his journey as an artist, and much more. If after this, you would like to contact Roy or ask him more questions, please leave a comment on this blog post.



Travelling Camera (TC): Hi Roy, please tell us about your art? How would you categorize your style?

Roy: My art reflects more woven patterns and complex web of strokes to reflect the beauty and complexity of life and of relationships in general. The medium is pen, ink, water-based ink and acrylic on paper or canvas. I personally do not stick to a particular subject or a series on one subject unlike other artists.



I would categorize my art as an abstract form or semi realistic at times. To be more precise, its more psychedelic in nature.




TC: How long have you been painting? Was it something that started in your childhood or something that you picked up later? 

Roy: I am a self taught artist and I am painting since my school days. I started painting seriously during my free time along with professional Graphic Design work since 2009. 
So it hasn't really been that long. (laughs)



TC: Please tell us about your journey as an artist. How has your art evolved?

Roy: My journey as an artist has been quite exciting and experimental in nature since childhood. I was experimenting with Oil, inks, water color and collage work a lot during school days. I was actively involved in painting competitions.

As an artist, my art has evolved since childhood, the maturity of strokes and woven pattern is reflected in each piece of work if compared over the years. I am pretty sure that its only going to evolve to take better shape on the larger canvas in future.


 We first met Priyabrata Roy Chowdhury, known as Roy to all his friends, in 2011. In the first few meetings, one can never guess how deep Roy can be. Only once you know him well do you realize that he is like an iceberg - what he appears to be on the surface is just the tip. The real Roy lies underneath, waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to spend the time. We did spend the time, and we are so glad that we became friends. Roy's art can be as deceptively uncomplicated as him. But when you look at it up close, you discover details and intricacies that escape your notice at the first few glances. This is the trait that makes Roy's art so special. It grows on you in a way that only the art that comes from the very core of the artist's being can do. We felt that the world needs to know more about Roy and his art and that is why we approached him for an interview, to which, we are glad, that he agreed. We feel that his answers tend to underplay the value that the world ascribes to his art, so please do check out his online gallery. So without further ado, let us read Roy's thoughts on his art, his journey as an artist, and much more. If after this, you would like to contact Roy or ask him more questions, please leave a comment on this blog post. Travelling Camera (TC): Hi Roy, please tell us about your art? How would you categorize your style? Roy: My art reflects more woven patterns and complex web of strokes to reflect the beauty and complexity of life and of relationships in general. The medium is pen, ink, water-based ink and acrylic on paper or canvas. I personally do not stick to a particular subject or a series on one subject unlike other artists.I would categorize my art as an abstract form or semi realistic at times. To be more precise, its more psychedelic in nature. TC: How long have you been painting? Was it something that started in your childhood or something that you picked up later? Roy: I am a self taught artist and I am painting since my school days. I started painting seriously during my free time along with professional Graphic Design work since 2009.So it hasn't really been that long. (laughs) TC: Please tell us about your journey as an artist. How has your art evolved? Roy: My journey as an artist has been quite exciting and experimental in nature since childhood. I was experimenting with Oil, inks, water color and collage work a lot during school days. I was actively involved in painting competitions. As an artist, my art has evolved since childhood, the maturity of strokes and woven pattern is reflected in each piece of work if compared over the years. I am pretty sure that its only going to evolve to take better shape on the larger canvas in future.TC: What are your learnings as an artist? What are the challenges that you have had to overcome? Roy: My journey has been full of learnings. In fact, it is like a roller-coaster ride. I truly believe that it is mostly when I am  painting that most of my learning happens. I had tried oils, water based colours, pencil, ink, acrylic and mixed media in the past. I would always want to learn and open to more options in the future to reflect my style. My personal view on challenges faced as an artist is that the art world in India recognizes you easily or connects with you better if you have an art background or if you have a professional art training. I have had challenges showcasing my art to galleries as a self-taught artist. People assume that you are a non-serious artist in the professional art world.TC: You balance regular jobs and freelance assignments with your love for painting. How do you separate out the two aspects? Has one part of your personality ever interfered with the other? Roy: Art runs in my blood, be it in any form or shape. I come from a commerce background and work professionally in the field of graphic and web design. Along with that, I paint. For some reason, it was never easy for people to accept me as a designer, let alone an artist. I have so far somehow managed to balance my professional Graphic Design work, freelance assignments, and art together well. For art, I have no fixed time. Well, art is involved in all assignments i do professionally as well. For painting, i need to be in the right mood and for digital design, I have no option but to deliver based on deadlines. I am also casually involved in scribbles, cartoons, and digital illustrations at times, which is my own typical style. I may even think seriously of cartoons or digital Illustrations in the future based on the demand. I feel as if I have multiple personalities that work together to help me balance each of the areas I invest my time in. None of my above-mentioned work has ever interfered with the other. Design and art, both involves conceptualization and thinking, so it really makes no difference to me if the white canvas is digital or physical in nature. TC: Your advice to the budding artists. Roy: Always keep and maintain your own style and fashion. It is not a good idea to ape other artists' styles or concepts. Keep it original as far as you can. It would be a good idea to attend some sort of professional art course before you plunge into the art world. Always enjoy what you do and don't force yourself to please others.



TC: What are your learnings as an artist? What are the challenges that you have had to overcome?

Roy: My journey has been full of learnings. In fact, it is like a roller-coaster ride. I truly believe that it is mostly when I am  painting that most of my learning happens. I had tried oils, water based colours, pencil, ink, acrylic and mixed media in the past. I would always want to learn and open to more options in the future to reflect my style. 

My personal view on challenges faced as an artist is that the art world in India recognizes you easily or connects with you better if you have an art background or if you have a professional art training. I have had challenges showcasing my art to galleries as a self-taught artist. People assume that you are a non-serious artist in the professional art world.





TC: You balance regular jobs and freelance assignments with your love for painting. How do you separate out the two aspects? Has one part of your personality ever interfered with the other?
Roy: Art runs in my blood, be it in any form or shape. I come from a commerce background and work professionally in the field of graphic and web design. Along with that, I paint. For some reason, it was never easy for people to accept me as a designer, let alone an artist. 

I have so far somehow managed to balance my professional Graphic Design work, freelance assignments, and art together well. For art, I have no fixed time. Well, art is involved in all assignments i do professionally as well. For painting, i need to be in the right mood and for digital design, I have no option but to deliver based on deadlines. I am also casually involved in scribbles, cartoons, and digital illustrations at times, which is my own typical style. I may even think seriously of cartoons or digital Illustrations in the future based on the demand. 

I feel as if I have multiple personalities that work together to help me balance each of the areas I invest my time in. None of my above-mentioned work has ever interfered with the other. Design and art, both involves conceptualization and thinking, so it really makes no difference to me if the white canvas is digital or physical in nature.



TC: Your advice to the budding artists.

Roy: Always keep and maintain your own style and fashion. It is not a good idea to ape other artists' styles or concepts. Keep it original as far as you can. It would be a good idea to attend some sort of professional art course before you plunge into the art world. Always enjoy what you do and don't force yourself to please others.


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