"For me, art has been the only constant in life since the age of 5. Illustration is my voice to the outside world, when all worded languages fail me, and my pen has been my go-to in all seasons and moods of joy, fear, grief and uncertainty. I am fascinated by the diverse and unique stories each of us have to tell, and my work has been a journey in engaging with the ones that seem stranger than fiction.
The themes I usually work on are the experiences that make us human, and are unique to the modern human condition. I do not believe in strict interpretations for any of my works, and urge people to embrace the meanings they read from them.
I can always be seen at my home desk with my hands moving over a wacom and my eyes staring into the distance of my screen. My inspirations (mostly thematic) include Moebius, Alison Bechdel, Sameer Kulavoor, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, Neil Gaiman and Murakami.
The only advice I have for budding artists is to keep doing, as much as you can, whenever you can. I've always held firmly that talent is basically 50% practice and 50% genuine passion. Keep consuming other people's art, and expose your mind's eye to new things everyday, so your own art becomes richer." - Akshay Jose
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