In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Kasturi Roy is a New Delhi based artist known for her bright, therapeutic, and fluid watercolour illustrations. Her artwork is influenced by nature, what she reads, and her favorite songs. When Kasturi is not painting, she enjoys brand strategy, listening to music, and consuming content. Kasturi believes that “empowered women, empower women”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“It’s a wonderful initiative and art, not surprisingly, has the ability to provide solace and healing”
What is your creative process?
Kasturi: I begin with a very basic idea of what I want to draw. I research colour palettes, shapes, and final looks. In fact, I even look at other artists whose styles I love and draw out the sketch with a pencil. Then comes layering the watercolours and finally, outlines with Microns. Other times, I just doodle and it turns into something!
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Kasturi: I think “Seabulb” is one of my more loved pieces in recent weeks. This began with an obsession with the sea and wave tattoos that are quite trendy. I also got majorly inspired by the famous woodblock print, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai, but while the structure is similar, it has a different style. Firstly, I love the combination of the sky and the sea. I wanted to build that contrast with the lines and the colours. The whole thing inside the lightbulb has a “storm in a teacup” feel to it.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Kasturi: Japan, hands down. The art, gardens, tattoos; everything is beautiful.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Kasturi: “Irises” or “Almond Blossoms” by Vincent Van Gogh and literally anything by Antoni Gaudí.
What do you listen to while you work?
Kasturi: Lots of Jack Johnson, Matt Costa, Madeleine Peyroux, or good old Sufjan Stevens.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Kasturi: It’s a wonderful initiative and art, not surprisingly, has the ability to provide solace and healing, if not cures.