Soumyaraj Vishwakarma’s soothing illustrations remind us to enjoy a slower pace of life

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With vivid landscapes acting as colorful and detailed backdrops, Soumyaraj transports us to beautiful worlds full of luminous flora and fauna – the kind of gorgeous backdrops that might appear in our dreams. Inspired by watercolors, she aims to reproduce soft brushstrokes in her digital work to provide a raw and natural “semi-realistic” feel. “My color palette consists mostly of greens, tropical hues, and muted tones,” she told Creative Boom. “Painting greens brings me calm and freshness. I like to create a soft and peaceful atmosphere. I grew up in a very green city, surrounded by fields, trees and beaches, so I love the peaceful feeling that nature provides. Everything is reflected in my I wish to inspire hope and joy with a sense of calm through my vivid artwork. It is undoubtedly the tranquility that many of us need in this moment.

Featuring Laivi Poder, Jane Newland, Richa Kashelkar and Svabhu Kohli as her inspirations, she tells us the process behind her creative practice is intuitive. “Whenever an idea pops into my head, I start drawing thumbnails and composing my scene, then filter them down to the best one,” she says. “Some paintings start from fragments of thoughts, while others come from images I clicked on. I always have a sketchbook with me, as it helps me get references for poses. Sometimes , the pose comes first and the environment later and vice versa. this, i have the freedom to compose my own scenes and characters. i keep adding and modifying the drawing until it starts to feel good. Then I start to go into the details.



Memory capsule © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma

Well © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma



Well © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma

One second away © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma



One second away © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma

Art has always been an integral part of Soumyaraj’s identity. Her mother bought her a watercolor kit when she was a young child, and they would sit and paint together and craft for hours. She also thanks her art teacher, who helped her to focus more on a creative subject in her continuing education. “My parents and my teachers constantly encouraged me to participate in art competitions. Through these, I realized that I could pursue art as a profession. That’s when I decided to go to art school.”

And that’s exactly what she did in 2016, studying visual arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda and graduating in 2020, at the height of the pandemic. “Art school helped me understand what my skills were and how to adapt and apply them to professional work. I learned, explored and experienced a lot during this time,” she says. “After playing around with many different mediums like watercolors, oil pastels and inks, I started using Photoshop, and it’s been my favorite so far. It was important for my development , because these digital tools are more forgiving and gave me a lot of room to experiment.”

After graduating, Soumyaraj started working as a freelance illustrator in a country with thriving creative industries. Creative Boom’s fourth largest audience, India, has flourished over the past decade and benefited from being part of the global community and now an increased appetite for remote work. “The creative scene here is constantly evolving and I can see new artists springing up from all over India,” she says. “Social media has helped us increase our reach and gain a lot of exposure. Digital art and illustrations are quickly being taken up in the market. With this huge demand, many artists are working beautifully in their unique styles. Whether it’s packaging design, editorials or wedding invitations, digital illustration is making its way everywhere.”

Rainy day © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma



Rainy day © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma

Running freely © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma



Running freely © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma

Delight © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma



Delight © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma

Picnic date © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma



Picnic date © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma

Soumyaraj is one of many Indian creative professionals to benefit from these developments and has spent the past two years working for local and global clients. She was also recently invited to participate in The Plated Project, an art initiative that aims to provide 100,000 meals to migrant workers in India by selling limited-edition art plates through her platform. “It’s become one of my favorite art pages,” she says.

“They select talented artists to create unique plates printed with unique and beautiful art. But the main reason I was happy to collaborate is the cause he supports. They not only feed the hungry, but also make the promoting emerging artists like me too. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. I love seeing people sharing photos of my plates at home or in hotels on social media. It’s a good feeling to to see my art touch so many people while helping to feed those in need.

You can discover more of Soumyaraj’s work via her wallet on Behance or follow her on instagram where you can DM him for draws or ask for a commission.




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