I immediately became a fan of Prashant Miranda’s work upon seeing his blog for the first time . His illustrations are unique, vivid, inspired by travels and brings forth a sense of peace followed by joy. The colours are expressive and the lines are clear. Since then I have been following Prashant ‘s work and recently asked him if he could answer a few questions for the blog . Here are few of Prashant’s thought
Here are my answers:
a) I am supposing you are working as a freelancer. How easy or difficult is it to live as one considering it might have been an unconventional choice ?
I am a self employed Artist. I suppose when I decided to earn my living as an artist, it was a difficult choice. No one said it would be easy. By now after 10 years of doing it, things have become a lot easier. It is a blessing to be able to live off of my paintings, and it’s very fulfilling to be able to pursue my passions.
b) Did you always want to become an illustrator .Or you became one gradually over the years ?
I have gradually become an illustrator over the years.
c) How do you ingrain travels in your work. Also how much of your work is inspired by travelling ?
A lot of my work is inspired by my travels. Travelling widens my perceptions, and introduces me to new ideas and cultures. All of this influences my work.
d) Lets say you want to start a new project ( eg. a new sketch project inspired by Himalayas) . What would be the first thoughts coming to your mind. How would you work it around ?
Do you mean starting a new sketchbook? When I went to the Himalayas last year, I started with a new sketchbook, opened the first page and began. It’s as simple as that. The place, people, nature and culture all inspire me to keep the book going.
e) How have things change. Has technology helped over the years in your work ( creative, business aspects of work). How does one stand out in this age of information ?
Technology has been of a major help. I can now travel and work from anywhere. Since I work with a portable medium of watercolours, it’s easy to carry around, and watercolours dry immediately. I can then take a picture of my painting, and email it off to a client, and it’s ready to print!
I like to keep things simple, and not over complicate my process. So as far as my treatment of painting goes, it’s straightforward watercolours with not too much post production. In that way I’m still old school.
f) Are you happy ? How do you define it ?
I am happy. I wake up in the morning, and go to sleep at night and in between do what I love to do.