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Illustrator Medha Srivastava’s Inktober Series This Year, Portrays Her Personal Experiences Through A Little Girl’s Eye

We remember speaking with illustrator Medha Srivastava for her Inktober series last year (in October), and many things have changed since then—she has moved cities, her hair is gone, she has learnt new dance moves, and her little nephew has mastered the art of drama, but, one thing still remains constant, and it’s the way she treats her artworks—her Inktober series this year follows the same theme it did last year, just that it’s more refined this time around. Interestingly, she has added a girl in the scenarios, and as she puts it, that little girl is a reflection of her as a child. It might seem strange at first, but when you understand the context of the series everything starts to make sense.

Since Srivastava is a social person, it is natural for her to be inclined towards social issues, she tells us. “The intensity of one’s reactions or response is higher when one is sensitive. And since I am a highly sensitive person, I think my indulgence in social issues has become the pattern of my life especially my career that has provided me with the platform to display my emotional thoughts,” enthuses Srivastava. “Of late, I was asked as to why my work speaks of despondency and lack of hope, so this time I made cautious efforts to be positive in my art. I wanted to show optimism. Something which makes you think at the same time makes you smile. I love working on conceptual visuals—something which is simple yet extremely thoughtful. I make sure my art gives a message every day,” she adds.

“Of late, I was asked as to why my work speaks of despondency and lack of hope, so this time I made cautious efforts to be positive in my art.”

The girl in the illustrations is you, any reason why you chose to put yourself in the doodles? “Initially there was no intentional attempt, but then the character which I sketched ended up looking like a reflection of my childhood. So, I thought why not showcase her as the main character depicting the theme. I have tried to portray all my life lessons through her—my experiences, my ups and downs, my passion, my feelings and more. The thoughts are nothing but my own genuine and real journey of life.”

Since she has always been inclined towards hard-hitting and strong social issues, the interpretation and perspective towards the topics this year was extremely positive. She made sure there is no room for negativity and pessimism. Srivastava had begun to believe that emphasising on negativity and failures in the society cannot mend the ways. Success and creativity lie in constructive thoughts and perception that can bring hope in human society. “It is easy to think negative and crib, the real challenge comes when you overpower it with a positive outlook,” and this has been the most challenging aspect for her this year.

“I guess as an artist, there is learning every day,” she states with a smile. Her previous Inktober series focused on issues around the world, the society, and people. This year, it focuses solely on her and her experiences as a person (with a social theme). “It made me think better and feel good about myself every day. I truly believe that my art has made me a better person. The sense of empathy and compassion was developed because of my passion. And that’s exactly what I have tried to picturise in my Inktober this year,” she points out.

Since this illustration features a young girl, what would you like to say to parents reading this piece? “I would like to convey the message to the parents that sensitivity towards vices and virtues, right and wrong and deep values are imbibed in a man right from his formative years. Childhood is the period that lays the foundation of the man’s character and personality,” Srivastava signs off.

Here are a few illustrations of her Inktober this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the whole set, visit her Instagram page here.

Feature picture shot by Sameer Bundela.

2 comments on “Illustrator Medha Srivastava’s Inktober Series This Year, Portrays Her Personal Experiences Through A Little Girl’s Eye

  1. Beautifully written and such meaningful art! Very very impressed by the artwork and the deep and intricate meanings behind each piece. So proud!

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