Art is all about passion, no matter what profession you pursue if you have a passion for it no one can stop you from creating some beautiful piece. So today’s story is about Pragyan who is an architect by profession but is bound to create some beautiful masterpiece.
Come on! Let’s hear it from Pragyan about his journey.
1. Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Pragyan Kranti; I am an architect by profession and an artist by passion. I come from a beautiful small town in the northeastern part of India but currently, I am living in Mumbai due to my profession. Being professionally attached to the creative field, my life pretty much revolves around drawing, designing, and illustration of thoughts and ideas.
As far as art is concern, I am a self-taught artist. Initially I started it as a hobby or time pass but now it has become an integral part of my life and my identity. I mostly work on dry media in monochrome. There are certain arts which are being my key interest that is as follows, traditional art, figurative, and portrait. My focus always has been in bringing liveliness in my artworks that stand out as real as possible. Simplicity, innocence, and grace are a few qualities that I seek to achieve in most of my works. The idea here is to bring an essence of existence, a connection to it’s surrounding and of course to the viewer.
For me, art is the vital dose of mental peace and satisfaction, a way of expressing my thoughts and perception. Though I haven’t practiced art as a full-time profession, I engage myself in various exhibition and art education programs and do commission works on requests as and when I get spare time.
2. How did your interest grow in the field of art?
I have been always drawn towards art in different forms. Be it in form of music, drawing or craft. As far as drawing is concern, I used to draw as a child like every child would do. But I wasn’t good at drawing at all, but still, I used to love drawing. Then it got lost in the race of another curriculum. Finally, I ended up landing in architecture which restored my long lost love for art but it was limited to mostly buildings and design related illustrations. However, I found the real passion for drawing at a much later stage. I have been always fascinated by the diverse facial expressions and features reflecting countless emotions and always wanted to capture those moments in an artistic way, that’s how I got drawn towards sketching. I tried to capture those emotions on my sketchbook. As I told you before that I am a self-taught artist, I never attended any formal education in art. Initially, I started with ink to draw silhouette kind of illustrations on my sketchbook than I gradually realized my inclination towards realism and started exploring different media some of those include most unconventional material. I failed in many and succeeded in few. I learned from my mistakes and kept exploring more. After all it has been a really exciting journey so far.
3. Who is your inspiration?
Portrait art being my primary area of interest, I would say all those people (known and unknown) and their faces full of expressions that brings an urge in me to capture the moment on my sketchbook have contributed to who am I today as an artist. They all are my inspiration.
If I have to name some masters then I really admire work of artists like Vladimir Volegov, Darren Baker and VeriApriyatno.
4. Which is your favorite art style?
There isn’t any specific art style that I particularly admire. Any piece of art that I can connect to fascinates me irrespective of its style. But If I have to choose one then I would go with realism. I think it takes a lot of effort to present a subject as realistic as possible. I really like how even the simplest subject can be presented in a clear and bold manner with the fineness of work.
5. What are your future plans?
Well, I have been working on few interesting projects lately which include two series of drawings representing the cultural diversity of India.
Then there is a series of workshops specially designed to cover the necessary drawing techniques for beginners to intermediate level artists.
Apart from these, I am currently working on my YouTube channel that I am planning to launch soon mostly by the end of the next month. There shall be two segments, one covering behind the scenes of all my upcoming artworks and in the other part I’ll be covering the video tutorials for those who are interested in learning art.
I have been in touch with few NGOs to spread social awareness through art on various topics. Meanwhile, I am looking for more art foundations to work in collaboration, particularly in art education and social welfare.
6. Any advice for budding artists?
I have been repeating these points in each of my workshops and whenever someone asks me about how to start off. The key ingredients are passion, persistence, and practice. Whenever we see a really nice piece of art we go like -oh hey, that’s so cool; I also want to draw/paint/plays like that. But most of the time this feeling is volatile. You try for few attempts and lose your heart as it doesn’t turn out to be anywhere close to your expectation. Until you feel that strong urge within you to learn and create something extraordinary things will not happen automatically. Persistence will automatically follow once you have strong determination. Do not expect your initial works to be out of the world. Keep putting your efforts in improving your skills, practice regularly. Handwork never goes waste when it comes to acquiring skills. It’s not a game of chance; improvement will definitely be there may be slower or faster case to case. If you think good artists are born talented then you may rethink about it. People may be gifted with tools, not skills. No skill ever came to anyone without any effort. Remember, masterpieces cannot be created overnight.
Finally, I would say keep exploring new and innovative materials before settling down in one media. Networking is very important, particularly if you are trying to make a living out of it. Try and showcase your works on different platforms and keep yourself open to constructive criticism. Keep observing things around you, don’t just look. And above all aim for satisfaction and not completion, you should enjoy the process of painting/ drawing rather than being excited about the final outcome.