Our May feature artist is Neetika Agarwal. Neetika has drawn five exclusive floral images that we know you will love.
What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?
After resigning from my job as a banker, I spent some time making handmade stuff like cards, etc. and slowly decided to go digital. Almost at the same time when I was learning all this, I got an opportunity with a European company and that’s it. I found something I was actually looking for.
How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do you prefer old school pencil and paper?
Adobe illustrator is my buddy. Occasionally I draw on paper, but mostly I am a computer person.
What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?
Nature, all my art works are inspired either by nature or festivals.
Do you ever color your own work? And if so, what’s your favorite medium? Do you like pencils, markers or are you dipping into random reserves around the house for anything that can apply color in an interesting fashion?
Oh yeah, I do color almost all my work. I use color pencils most of the time. Not a great colorist though. ☺
How do you define success and how do you measure it?
At the end of the day, for me, success is when my family goes to the bed with smiling faces.
Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?
Johanna Basford is my inspiration. I love the works of Hanna Karlzon and Aemiliana Magnus also.
What color or colors do you most love to work with?
Black and white. After all, I am a coloring book artist.
Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?
Reading and traveling, to name a few. I can never get enough books to read. Traveling is a little difficult these days as I am a new mom in town, and going somewhere with the little bunny is difficult.
What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?
Oh yes, I am working on a new coloring book.. I have not decided its title yet, but its theme is floral faces. Some of the similar work has already been published in Color On Magazine in the past three months. I am expecting it to be out some time in August this year.
What are the titles of the last three books you have read or movies you’ve watched?
I am reading “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari currently. Its an amazing book about evolution of mankind. Before that, I read “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini and “Inferno” by Dan Brown. Though, the Harry Potter series is my all time favourite, and I never get tired of reading it.
If you were deserted on an island, what three things would you want to have with you?
Maybe something to signal my presence to the outside word. I hope that place will have enough food for me to survive. ☺