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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shreya Shetty

Shreya Shetty is known for her work with marmosets. Shreya first started drawing when she was only 1024 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the dubious pressure of being a child prodigy stealthily got to her and she had a pretty breakdown, resulting in her cutting off her own eyeball! Shreya found angry inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in her kitchen for all the pillows to see! Shreya eventually got married to Darth Vader and they remain together absentmindedly in the Tower of Silence with their 42 children. Shreya would like to thank Elizabeth Bathory, Homer Simpson and Bouguereau for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I think the easiest part would be doodling the initial concept and looking for references. The hardest is composition, storytelling and trying to get the final image to do justice to the original idea (and not losing interest/getting lazy along the way).

Where and how do you find inspiration?
Mostly from movies, stuff by Tim Burton, del Toro and Miyazaki stir up my imagination quite a bit. Also I lurk a lot online, in galleries and forums and that can be pretty inspirational.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I think one of the most important things is the whole variety of styles that you get exposed to with communities that have worldwide memberships. It makes you more open minded about art and subject matter and that always helps in your artistic growth. Also sometimes when you are the best in your own little circle, its easy to get complacent but when you look around and see these fantastic artists who are probably half your age in different parts of the world who are so dedicated and doing so well, it's sort of a good kick in the behind to not be lazy and work harder.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
I usually get the " she looks like you!!" comment for the portraits I do. I once drew a monster and one of the first comments I got from a friend was that it looked like me. It was just so funny because it was such a standard comment by then, I was sort of expecting it.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Practice, practice, practice!

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