Illustrator Interview: Sathya Ranjana

Sathya Ranjana has made the cover for Baffin Island’s single on EardrumsPop.
She has her background from studies in Graphic Design and Fashion at Designschule München in Germany followed by Illustration studies at Designskolen Kolding in Denmark. Since then, she has been working on different projects and commissioned work as a freelance Illustrator and Artist. Her designs do not only concentrate on the  paper-medium, since she finds it interesting to combine different mediums and get tactile creations.
Here is our illustrator interview with her:

Can you give us a short presentation of yourself and your art?

– I grew up in a tiny village between meadows and woods and I think that influenced me and my art a lot. I still get my main inspiration through nature – no matter if that is a shape, colour or a feeling.

How did you get started in the illustration field?

– Hm, actually I started when I was a child. I loved to collect the impressions from the day and night and showed them in short stories, drawings and tiny selfmade books.
Later, after I didn´t feel satisfied with my Design studies in Munich I went to Denmark with the aim to focus on illustration. These studies in Denmark gave me a lot of power and new passion for my work.

What are you working on right now?

-Right now I´m working on a commissioned graphic design project and doing some free work for my exhibition in Munich.

What are your favourite tools?

-I love to work with card board and a lot of colours, I also often use ink on it.. I always have the feeling the illustrations start to live when they are on card board.
But the thing I like best is that you have the possibility to mix different tools as you want to.

Please tell us about the process of making the EardrumsPop-cover! Is this the way you usually work?

-I was thinking about a small mystical and colourful island that I don´t know, about the nature, the people and animals on this island and how they would live like… and then I just started. Oh and I listened to Baffin Island music to get a better feeling of the band.
Yes, I think that´s the way I often work.

Who / what are your greatest Visual Inspirations?

– A lot of things. And as I already mentioned, nature is one of my greatest visual inspiration. It´s always changing and you never have seen it all- always find something new, it´s powerful! I love the colours which are just `lying there´.
But also small things from everday life, like people on the street, houses, animals, cars..

Is music or other forms of art an inspiration? If so, what do you listen to?

-Yes music is inspiration as well, I listen a lot to Kim Hiorthøy when I´m working. And also any kind of text and books is a form of inspiration to me.

Describe an average working day.

– It´s never really the same.

How did you develop your style? Is it different now than when you started?

– I´m sure I developed my style but it´s hard to say how or why. I think it´s just a process of experimentation and on this way you will carry some things and detach yourself from other things.

What’s your favorite color?

– I can´t choose for one. I love colours and the combination of them – and the fact that your choice decides in which way the whole illustration affects people.

What are your future plans? Any exciting things you are looking forward to?

– I will work a lot with fashion the next time – that´s quite exciting I think.

What question and answer would you like to end this interview with?

– What did you believe in when you were a child?
– That everybody can fly!

Learn more about Sathya and her art on her website:

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