One of the main benefits of social media, is that it allows you to come across unique and talented creatives. I saw a piece of Asha’s work that a friend had posted and instantly fell in love with her style of illustration. With many questions around Asha’s art surfacing in my head, I thought it would only be right to ask them; whilst also being able to showcase her work and thought processes behind it further.
SaimahSays: The first thing that drew me into your work was your illustration style. Was your art always presented in this way or did you develop to this over time?
Asha: I guess when I first started drawing seriously this style I have now sort of just happened, it’s definitely evolved since when I started then but there are still similarities between that and how it is now. I was first inspired to draw when I was younger from manga comics so there’s a big influence there.
SaimahSays: What drives you to draw and where do you get your inspiration from?
Asha: Music is also a big influence to my art especially music which tells a story where you can really picture the scene the musician is painting, quite a few pieces of my work have been inspired by Frank Ocean who I love.
SaimahSays: How would you describe your work?
Asha: I would describe my work for the most as kind of melancholy but I sort of balance that out by using bright vibrant colours. So like the meaning behind the drawing is sad, but the bright colours make it appear positive on the surface. My favourite colour is orange and I use it a lot in my work. My work is also kinda naive in the sense like the illustration style isn’t super polished; the proportions of the people I draw aren’t perfect and I don’t aim for the lines and the colouring to be super neat so I guess it gives off a laid back vibe.
SaimahSays: What do you enjoy most about art, or more specifically illustration?
Asha: What I enjoy most about art is the ability to get the ideas I have in my mind onto something physical. Sometimes there’s a lot going onto my mind and it’s hard for me to put in words so I’d rather just draw it. I find it super relaxing too.
SaimahSays: Which other artists do you admire?
Asha: I have soo many other artists and illustrators that inspire me but off the top of my head some of my favourites are James Jean, Laura Callaghan and Manjitt Thapp.
SaimahSays: Do you try to portray an intentional message through your work, or do you just draw sporadically?
Asha: I try to draw every day. I draw how I feel so I tend to be more inspired when I’m feeling upset over something. Also other pieces of art, weather it’s music or photography or paintings tend to inspire me if they’ve moved me.
SaimahSays: Do you have any future plans to display your art more publicly in galleries or other outlets?
Asha: Yeah hopefully I’ve got a few gallery shows coming up this year, super excited cos I’ve never done one before. I’ve also got some collaborations with other creatives which will be released soon. I really enjoy working with other creatives on projects cos we can bounce off ideas off each other.
SaimahSays: Do you sell your art?
Asha: Yeah I do take commissions and sell my original pieces too. I also do prints, however I am currently looking for another printing service.
Asha’s work is available for purchase via Depop – Asha_fo