When the world was stalled by the lockdown, our today’s artist, Atul Kabra decided to use that time to revive his love for Doodle art. Growing up with a lot of female influence around, he understands emotions at its best and that can be seen in his doodles.
It’s been a few months since he started doodling and opened his new art venture “Doodlekabra”. DArtisians is proud to reach out to such an inspiring soul.
In this article, you’ll see many examples of Atul’s doodle art. For Atul, doodling is like tapping into his subconscious and putting it out in the form of scribbles. Have a look at his Instagram feed filled with beautifully customized doodle pieces for each customer. Go grab your own!
Be it pursuing an MBA or working three years in Marketing, art has always been a part of his life. Dabbling into the ‘to-dos’, no wonder Atul felt like fading away. However, his passion never left his heart and art succeeded to forge a creative journey for him.
DArtisians caught up with this amazing doodle artist in a virtual interview to learn more about his doodle journey. Read on to get inspiration from Atul’s creative journey.
1.Life becomes mundane if you live by social rules and norms. Growing up what influenced you the most towards art?
We are given life with many opportunities to make it everything we want it to be and more. If you find that you’ve slipped into living a boring life, it’s time to take a hard look at what you’ve been doing and what you can start doing now to make it more interesting.
I was lucky enough to have grown in an environment that fosters Spontaneity. It was my mother and my grandmom who have influenced me towards following art or anything for that matter. I guess it’s in the gens.
Art has been a part of me ever since I was a child. I loved doodling ever since, took part in various competitions in school, and absolutely enjoyed it! For me, doodling is the sound of my heart. What I feel, I put it out there.
In the last 4 years, shuffling jobs and cities made me lose touch with my passion, but thanks to the lockdown, I regained time to do what my heart wants.
My heart fills with joy when I get orders from all across the country for my doodles. People talk to me about their favorite things, their characteristics, their dreams, and trust me enough to put it all in my doodles. It is the reactions I get from people that make every minute of it so worth it. I really wouldn’t have it any other way.
2. Tell us something about Doodlekabra?
Atul- a guy who believes in spreading smiles and endless happiness. Forever a mountain lover and beliefs in living one day at a time. Hardcore Marketing professional, and artist by passion.
Friendly, charismatic, and a spontaneous human could define doodlekabra the best. He understands human nature and delivers the best for them.
How I like to describe doodling, a daydream drawing that gives you an unobstructed view into your own mind. Different people doodle different things, and even the same person will doodle different things depending on their mood. These aren’t random. Just because you’re doodling absent-mindedly doesn’t mean your mind isn’t represented. For me, it’s like tapping into my subconscious and putting it out in the form of scribbles.
3. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
The most influential people in my life have always been the people closest to me. My family and friends. My parents taught me and my sister a strong work ethic, to aim high, work hard, and value your relationships. My parents have nurtured me, guided me, and comforted me. They hold the opinions I trust the most. They constantly inspire me to achieve.
One of my earliest life lessons was that you become who you hang out with, and this doesn’t change when you get older. I’ve always tried to be friendly to everyone I meet, but at the same time, I’ve also become pickier about who I spend the majority of my time with.
I’ve learned to spot certain positive qualities in people and seek these qualities out. I’ve also learned to avoid other characteristics. The people closest to me influence me in many ways so I think it’s important to be selective, especially at an important time in your life when you are building the foundation for your career and making other important life decisions.
So, I Surround myself with people who inspire me and make me a better person. Some friends come and go but the ones who have stayed have had a huge impact on my decisions and happiness. They have supported me and cheered me on and they have shaped me into the person I have become.
4. From marketing to doodle – do you think your marketing career is helpful for your doodling days? Are you thankful for it?
As artists, we are often kept from truly experiencing our full potential at creating a stable, lucrative, and thriving business because we listen to an internal or external voice about the “right” way to be creative.
There are artists that will continue to say that your work is all you need to have a successful career. This is perpetuated by stories of artists in the right place at the right time or those who struck the jackpot early on, or prodigies that were “discovered”.
However, this is only the case for a tiny fraction of a tiny group of artists that find success this way. The rest approach it like any other entrepreneur because that is what you are as an independent artist. Without a doubt, marketing is always part of that plan.
Of course, your skill and talent will allow your career to keep going and find more opportunities, but you will first need visibility. No one is breaking into your studio or your page to discover your artwork. It is up to you to get it out there in the world and to keep building your reputation, skill set, and vision, all hand-in-hand with working on your visibility.
5. How have COVID-19 and lockdown affected your life and thoughts?
Doodling was always a part of my life, but with our regular hustle-bustle, it took a backseat. Now thanks to the lockdown, I was able to get back to what he once thought would only remain a dream. My doodles speak in character, emotion, but most of all, it will speak in fun and love!
Everything you see in his doodles is hand-drawn with love. I have been celebrating this lockdown (and will continue to do so even after) doodling away, and spreading smiles one doodle at a time.
6. What are your plans for the next 5 years? Are you sure to continue doodling as a profession?
Next 5 years I would be starting my own firm, and doodling will always be there. Side Hustling is something I believe in and when something can fetch you extra income and gives you immense satisfaction, why not?
7. Is there any dream client you’d like to work with or an ideal design project?
Not really, I just hope my Doodles reaches far beyond boundaries. I started my page about 3 months back with 0 expectations but I have completed around 40 orders, and I am thankful for my fans who have appreciated it so much.
8. Any advice for aspiring artists who are still bound by societal norms, rules, and only dreaming to explore their art?
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”, that was Picasso’s words, he didn’t mean that we should all be an artist professionally, he meant that we must adore art, hold them close to our life when we move forward in life.
Art doesn’t feed me! We all went past these dialogues somewhere in our life. But what we should understand is that to keep art close by your life is not about being a great painter or singer, or thinking that art is only for the people who thoroughly studied it. It’s about having love or passion for what you desire.
Having that inner child that craves creativity, I would like to point out a great talk by Graham Show. He pointed out in an episode, it’s our attitude that holds us back from trying new things that we thought we couldn’t do! So let us find time to indulge in art and find ourselves.
9. Lastly any special message for DArtisians?
Really appreciate the time and efforts you guys put in and you never know you could bring a silver lining to many artists’ lives. Goodluck.
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