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Shreya Gupta : Illustrator

Posted on : 07/03/2018 11:40am
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What do you do?


I am an illustrator based in New York. I make pictures that tell stories for books, magazines, newspapers and also for packaging.


Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?


“If someone else can do it, so can I”, inspiring words told to a very young me by my grandpa that I always held on to.

What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?

- Facing midlife crisis in my mid 20s because of my IT job.

- Rediscovering my love for art upon coming across illustration.

- Coming to US to study illustration and pursue it.


What projects do you have in the pipeline? 


I am currently illustrating book jacket for a publishing house and have a couple gallery shows scheduled next year. There is another project that I will start working on soon, a deluxe vinyl album cover which I am very excited about.   


What is your dream project?


As I progress in my career, my dream project changes. So the current one is to collaborate with an apparel or product based brand like ceramics, and illustrate for their products.



What places are important to you?


For me a particular place is important because the people there are important to me. Pune, where I was working before I came to US, is very important because I got my first job there, learnt a lot from it and made lifelong friends. I love New York City, because here I feel like I can be who I want to be and do the work I love with people who share the same feeling and passion for it.


What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?


You don’t have to be a genius to come up with good ideas. Everyone starts at cliches. It’s up to you how much you can work on it to take it to an interesting idea- told by my teacher in my final year.


What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?


Definitely the pricing structure, which is so vague that sometimes it’s hard to even figure out if I am getting paid fairly for my job or not.

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