Poet Malvika Sharma has been the face of our Talent Tent – Poetry Open Mic scene since, well, we started hosting them. While she’s an incredible poet (peep her piece ’90s here), what we didn’t know is that she’s a skilled visual artist too! For her upcoming project titled ‘Muse I See’ (as in mus-i-c), she made three pieces of art inspired by three different styles of music. Intrigued? We are, too. We hand over the mic to the KC College student to tell us a bit more about it:
The series is an exploration of the relationship between Music and Visual arts as mediums of expression. Studied for centuries and practiced for decades, the influence of visuals over art and vice-versa have dominated the current times. I used think this relationship between the two was mostly consciously exploited by artists and marketing agents, until one day, I was scribbling on an old piece listening to an indie band. The 2nd draft of the composition had a stark difference from the first and strikingly complemented the tone of the song. Later, I found out that the band had poster with exactly the same palette and art style as my scribble. The series went on to further have several parts, of which 3 are my personal favourites.
The idea behind this series is to highlight the age old relationship between visuals and music as an art form–how, often, certain type of music makes artists visualise a certain set of patterns. Hence, I decided to create a series of artwork that essentially had the same composition but different art styles while listening to various artists.
We know the wait is long, so we decided to release three playlists that didn’t make it to the final series.
At Zee Educare 2019, Tanvi Makkar met Neha Sharma (or Neha Doodles) and had a conversation with her about her journey, her favourite comic artists, and her dog Minty.
Neha Sharma never had a Plan B, neither does she have a formal education in the field of art. She considered doodling as a career when a local newspaper published her work and she contacted them to mention the credits. Soon after that, a brand approached her, one thing lead to another, and now she runs an empire on her Instagram by the handle @NehaDoodles. Even though she never considered herself to be good at art, she did not compromise with hard work and her consistent efforts paved way for a journey to fame. Ambedkar University student Tanvi Makkar bumped into the artist at Zee Educare 2019, and spoke to her about her incredible journey. Here are excerpts from their conversation.
Do you think you would have ever discovered your talent, if it was not for Instagram?
Not really. I owe all my success to the Internet – to Instagram and Facebook, in general. I would have never approached brands and pursued doodling offline.
Did your friends or family ever push you towards doodling?
No. Doodling has never been a mainstream form of art in their eyes. I built my confidence through validation from strangers on the internet, before brands started approaching me. And even now, my family only supports me because of all the success I got.
Who are your favorite Instagram doodle artists, apart from yourself?
Firstly, I am not my favorite. And if I have to name the ones that I like, it would be (without any order of preference) – 1) @shencomix; 2) @adamtots; and 3) @goodbadcomics
How did your pet dog, ‘Minty’ contribute to your journey?
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All of us know Minty as the Sass Queen, so she plays a very important role. I’ve always had dogs around throughout my life and we consider them as a member of our family. My mother and I always would have conversations about what the dog is possibly thinking, and following up to this I made it a crucial part of my comics as well.
Did you ever have days when you felt like quitting and going back to being a Chartered Account?
I found the work boring from the very beginning when I started working as a trainee. So, even if doodling did not work out for me, I would have never considered going back to my job as a CA. I am hiring people to handle my taxes, which goes on to say that I was never interested in this field!
What is the one message that you would like to give to your fans or the people who want to pursue doodling as a career?
I think that people these days are lacking patience. It took me about three and a half years to get constant work. So, it’s important to really believe in your work and remain consistent to stay motivated and excel. ‘Patience’ is the key.
By Tanvi Makkar
Edited by the ATKT.in Editorial Team.
hotography is the story we fail to put into words.
Photographers capture the emotions in people & objects better than anything else can. Deeksha Rathore’s brilliant photo story- ‘Dreamcatcher’ proved exactly that. And today, we bring to you yet another wonderful photographer from Jai Hind, with her incredible photo series.
Presenting to you, Bhoomika Wadhwani, a BMM Journalism Major student, for whom photography came as a support for the blogs & articles she used to write since the time she started her college life in Bombay.
Coming from the city of hills and lakes, Bhopal, I’ve always found myself inclined towards adventure, trekking, travelling and thus, capturing it. In the latter half of 2016, I got my first camera for all my adventure activities, a Go Pro Hero. So, with that my adventure and nature photography began with bursting fervor. However, photography was still what aided the content I wrote unfolding my travel know-how.
In her 4th semester of college, they had photography as an exclusive subject. That’s when Bhoomika took hold of this opportunity as an erudition experience, while taking up the challenge of creating something completely new. For her, it was yet another leeway to explore the city and take it as a solemn muse.
The structural design in Bombay appeared very diverse to me. From abandoned houses to well-built buildings, everything had something inimitable. Bandra was different from Nepeansea road, the in-lanes of Andheri were different from the interiors of Colaba. Thus, I went on to capture them. But, I had to be focused about my subject, and accordingly shortlisted explicitly, doors, windows and balconies and consequently, these collectively became my final subject.
Here, take a look at her photo story ‘Doors, Windows & Balconies of Bombay’:
When asked about what her aspirations are, this is what the young photographer had to say,
Aspirations keep changing. Sometimes I find myself disposed towards content marketing while sometimes journalism seizes every part of me. But, I know for sure, it will be around the words and photography will always be the support system.
Bhoomika has been a part of our team as a photographer for numerous college festivals across Mumbai, & her work is truly commendable! We hope to see more of her beautiful work very soon.
If you or your friends have a talent to showcase on our platform, hit us up here.
By the ATKT.in Editorial Team.