Wacom's Deep Dive: Mayank Kumar

July 2, 2019

Once again, we take a Deep Dive into the mind and heart of our Wacom users and we ask them what inspires them, how do they get their work done and more interesting questions we believe are essential for their creativity.
Join us in this experience:
Art for Wacom
1-Thanks for having us. We love your work, tell us a little bit about your development and studies.
Honestly, it is an honor to be a part of this interview. I started art from a really early age and used to draw little comic strips for fun. I was introduced to digital art when I joined Frameboxx animation academy, Dehradun. During that time I really got into digital painting and illustrations as I learned software Like Photoshop, 3ds max, along with after effects and Premiere Pro. This helped me to enhance my artistic skills and understand the workflow on digital platforms. After then I’ve been a self-employed freelance artist since 2014. Previously I used an optical Mouse to work and later I bought my first tablet which was ONE by Wacom and It was the best art experience ever. Now that I have switched to Wacom Intous Art, I like to improve my skills every day so I doodle, Illustrate, do some random art pieces whenever I get time from projects.
2-You seem to be pretty skillful in several art styles, how is it managing different styles and brushes?
As a freelance digital artist, I guess it is important to be the jack of all trades because sometimes clients like a certain art style with certain software. In that case, you need to be flexible with the art form. I myself started as a comic artist, but then I learned logo designing, digital and concept painting, vectors and other works. Keeping knowledge of various art forms had helped me very much in my works.
3-Which one is your favorite and why?
I’ll say Illustration and comic style arts are my favorites. Working on these styles have some sort of freedom; where you can let your imagination run wild. When I was growing up I was a huge fan of comic books and Anime too, so a lot of my works are inspired by them.

 4-What inspires you?
Anything which is either creatively insane or a peaceful work of art. I have learned a lot by following seasoned artists as well as newbies. I guess the works which nurture your art as an artist, pushes you forward to create, to dream; that’s a big inspiration to me.
5-Can you recommend any tips to upcoming artists looking up to your art?
Art needs 100% commitment and dedication, so if you strive to be a good artist you need to keep practicing and learning the tools of the trade . Work on your basics and try to develop good observation skills. Let your imagination run wild and create whatever you want. Don’t give up on minor setbacks, but come back better than your previous self.  The thirst of learning something new will always keep you up in the game.
6-Tell us about your favorite music. What do you listen to when drawing?
I like listening to all types of musical genres, from Punk rock to R&bs, From Rap to EDM. While working, I am very fond of Indi-pop music, and classic Indian Movies music. My usual favorites in western music are Beatles, Queen, Bruno Mars, and Marshmello.

7-Ok, TOP 5 movies. GO!
Lord of the Rings series, The Dark Knight trilogy, Harry Potter series, Spiderman- Into the spiderverse and The Maze Runner series.
8-How do you manage your creative process? Any creative blocks suggestions?
I usually start with an idea, which I have thought of, or have been thinking of lately and then find some sources related to it. After I gather some info; that is references, stocks, brushes etc, I try to put on the paper exactly what I’ve Imagined. Sometimes things go south and It does not work as planned, so it gives you a chance to improvise your method and look at your artwork from a different perspective. I am very fond of reading and my mechanism to cope artblock is to read any good book/novel which can be a source of inspiration for my next work. Basically do what you like, until you get a feeling to draw something.
9-Any last comments for our readers, Mayank?
Put all your heart and soul in your works. Surround Yourself with people who help you thrive. Embrace your flaws, accept failures and learn from them. Lastly, appreciate and Respect the works of people around you and be thankful to your loved ones. They were the first to believe in you before even you did.

Follow him on Instagram

Related posts:

Using the Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 in a dailies colorist workflow

Using the Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 in a dailies colorist workflow

Shop the Wacom eStore*

When you shop on the Wacom eStore you get access to discounts, financing, extended warranties, and our industry-leading customer support team.

Connect with Wacom on Social

With a mix of illustration and 3D, @kentushi shares with us his #WacomWorkspace, and even recreates how he was making it! ✨✍️⁣
Zoom in to see all the fun details! 🐕✏️⁣
#MadewithWacom #digitalart #art #deskspace #wfh #officegoals
715 3
When our inner critic arises, it’s difficult not hear it 😭

Sometimes our internal voice criticizes, judges and makes us doubt of our work telling us that we are not good enough. It happens to all of us!

But it’s all in our heads, trust the progress you’ve made so far and don’t give up!

Have you ever felt this way? 👇

#Artistslife #Innercritic #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
357 4
Who's your favorite Pokémon? 💦🍃🔥⚡⁣
Some nostalgic friends for #FridayFanart with amazing art by @philipsue_art. If beautiful landscapes, process videos, and art tips are your thing, Philip's page is the place to visit!⁣
#MadewithWacom #digitalart #animation #art #artprocess #fanart #pokemon #pikachu
6257 26
Digital kitchen time! 
Here's the last of @patrick_4d's digital burger tip series. We hope you tried making your own burger or at least went out and got one for sustenance 🍔🍔🍔
Thank you Patrick for making us the most delicious digital burger we could have wished for. 
587 16
This is a reminder for you to embrace your geek side! 🚀

For those who spend hours designing a new skin for their character, creating 3D models of their favourite video game or programming special effects for movies.
Your art makes us proud!

How are you going to celebrate? 👇

#GeekPrideDay #Geek #ArtistsLife
851 5
Tag your other half. ✨💕⁣
We had to share the love with @yuyo.psd's heartwarming illustration. 🫶⁣
If you like the flow and colors of Yuyo's design, make sure you check out their page for more colorful artwork! 💜⁣
#MadewithWacom #digitalart #illustration #art #graphicdesign
696 8
From concept to reality, @pixebo’s home office is brought to life to create a cozy place to sit down with their Wacom Cintiq and get to work! ✨✍️

#WacomWorkspace #digitalart #homeoffice #deskgoals #wfh
1722 13
Discover the technology behind #CintiqPro24 🚀⁣
The #WacomProPen2 provides state-of-the-art creative pen technology, meaning every stroke, every move of your hand is followed with unerring accuracy. 💫⁣
Want to discover how it feels to draw with it? Check the link in bio!⁣
#Cintiqpro24 #CreativeProfessionals #CintiqPro
710 14
Colorful creative portrait by artist @valerie.loves.colors to start off your week. 🌈☀️🍃⁣
Valerie finds that people and colors give her the most inspiration. She points out that everyone is unique and vibrant in their own way, much like the color spectrum! 🎨⁣
#MadewithWacom #abstractart #digitalart #art #portrait #illustration
473 6
The importance of taking breaks ❤️

We’ve seen absolutely identified with the words of @ms.shortyj 💫 Taking care of yourself will help you grow as an artist.

Stopping is not quitting, is just taking a pause of the path to get another perspective 😉

What other things help you when you feel this way? Share it in the comments!

#Artistslife #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
1285 18
If you could design your dream workspace, how would it look like? 🚀⁣
Tell us in the comments what are your must-haves! 👇⁣
#WacomWorkspace #ArtistWorkspace
635 14