Ten on Ten, is my insight into the designers that I admire and would like to publicise.The interview round consists of ten questions based on the designer, aiding to give us a peek into who they are & what they do! I hope to create a platform for the many young talented designers I know… so flourish on….
When I thought of Ten on Ten, there was one person who came to mind.. Saher Imran… a soul sister and digital designer extraordinaire. I admire Saher, not only for the outstanding digital work she does, but for her passion! Having beaten the odds, she’s created a world for herself, a so called ‘escapism’. It takes patience, passion & a ‘die hard’ spirit to do what she does. Saher, never give up taking me into a magical world you created entirely on your own… work your magic!
I’d also like to thank Saher for sharing her ‘witty’ thoughts with us! You’ve been the perfect first ‘Ten on Ten’! Thank you…
A self proclaimed independent /dependent Illustrator and Digital Artist by day and a devourer of the Internet by night, I am Saher. I do not believe in a local time zone and henceforth do everything on a very global level (read: I have timetable issues). I love travelling and yet have never travelled beyond my home cities. My playlist covers genres like hip-hop/rap, rock, alternative, death metal, psychedelic, pop, house, country, instrumentals, and cheesy sentimental songs and yet prefer silence. I love talking. I love food. Fast food that is. I love Disney. I speak in movie quotes. I have read each Harry Potter book at least 7 times. I am a sucker for anything that reads ‘Transformers’ or ‘Lara Croft’ or ‘Northern Lights’. I day dream… a lot. According to me ‘Fantasy’ is a necessary ingredient in living; the same goes for ‘Humor’. I am a true Scorpio, and that’s no understatement.
Passionate about it?
Warning: This may sound like your average Tele-Shopping advert. But it’s true. Sorta.
There was once a time when I was a complete ‘FAIL’ at drawing. Ten years back if you held an art competition between me and a dinner dish; it’d outshine me… marvellously! And even with this disposition, I did the worst: I took up Fine Arts as a subject for school in my ninth grade. Needless to say, I was declared ‘nitwit’ by my folks. I failed most of my art exams and my pieces were a topic of ridicule and a back-up, in case people ran out of jokes. But then came along the holy intervention: my friend Vaniya Sahai, whose art is by all means, divine. And along with her came Hope and a feverish desire to be good enough to be an inspiration. And that’s where the improvement began.
This was the start of my adventures in Illustration. And like all adventures there are ‘The Detours’. In my case: NIFT, where I studied Accessory Design. But it was a helpful detour mind u! NIFT honed whatever I had and made me ready to face the world.
After my studies I came back home and have been trying to prove my mettle as a freelance digital artist/ illustrator ever since then.
Cartoons, Anime/Manga, magic, nature, music, language, internet, the human figure, my family and friends, cultures and their unique habits, lyrics, movement/flow, sensual fabrics, colours, food, hairstyles, photographs, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics, fashion eras, gothic culture, architecture, water, animals, seascapes, lighthouses, microphotography, all in all.. Everything.
Digital Media: I sketch a basic outline using a mechanical pencil which, after transferring onto my PC, is then colored in via tablet using a mixture of any of the softwares such as Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Paint Tool SAI and Art Rage. For traditional media, I have been trying to develop my watercolor painting skills, and whoever said it isn’t a piece of crumb cake, was beyond true.
Winter n Spring: The Love
Music or chocolate
Ok this is tricky because I have no set pattern for how I derive inspiration. Because most of my personal art pieces are random inspirations, but I definitely follow the rule of ‘function follows form’. I always imagine the mood of the illustration and then go into further details such as the character, the pose, the colors, the texture, etc. More often than not, music guides me into my work, helping me decide the colors, and the eventual mood of my work. For a commissioned piece I work on the direction given to me by the client and after a thorough research and initial sketches based on the references given by the client, I begin to sketch my drafts and through a series of approved sketches we arrive on the final line-art after which all stages including coloring are executed.
At such a novice stage as mine, it’s hard for me to judge.
Follow your heart… or guts (whichever you favor), and be stubborn about nothing save quality.
Unpredictable as it is, life often leaves us no choice but to alter our carefully thought-out plans. So why not beat it to that?
Disney and the gods that work in that magical place.
The Harry Potter Series.
Quotes by Groucho Marx.
Lois van Baarle
Oatmeal aka Matthew Inman
I dream of
World Peace! I really do! Either that, or hoping Hogwarts is real..haha besides that, I do dream of becoming a famous illsutrator, travelling the world to see new places and just be forever lost in my world of fantasy and art.