Damini Gupta is a 23-year-old, self-taught graphic designer and illustrator currently based out of New Delhi. She grew up in Shimla, until she was 17, after which she moved to Delhi for College.
Damini mentioned that art has always been a huge part of her life. She comes from a family of artists and creatives and has been naturally drawn to it.
Her work ranges from traditional to digital work and from dark, satirical ink pieces to bright, happy gouache paintings and just about everything in between.
She added “I’m using this time to explore and experiment with art, and it reflects in my work. It’s pretty much all over the place. I’m only starting out, so as I learn and grow, my art evolves with me.”
Our conversation with Damini will tell you about her interests, her journey as an artist, and her processes.
What got you started as a designer in the first place? What’s your favorite art form? For how long have you been designing, creating art?
From a young age, art just called to me. My mum is an artist too, so every day, I would walk home from school and be welcomed with the overwhelming smell of turpentine and a huge canvas sitting in the guest room. I painted on and off through school, never really taking it seriously, and finally decided to do a ‘safe’ degree instead – History at St. Stephen’s College. Nothing pushed me towards art as much as my new found contempt for dry, dull history readings. I would try my best to be interested in the topics we studied, but something just never clicked. I ended up making posters for college plays (using wildly inefficient online softwares) and putting more effort into that than I did into any tutorial. I had no idea what I was going to do after college or how. The only thing I knew for sure was that if I didn’t try doing art now, I’d regret it. (and that I definitely did NOT want to do law).
Art as a therapy..can you mention few incidents where you considered creating art as a therapy rather than a routine job?
What are your interests besides designing and creating art?
What would you prefer if you were to pick one – exhibiting your work at an offline event or posting it online?
Do you get a lot of requests from brands, agencies, or individuals to create designs for them in return for “exposure”? What do you think should change about the way “collaborations” unpaid partnerships work?
All images by Damini Gupta.
Text by Shrey Sethi.