Koustubha Jagadeesh born and raised in Bengaluru, India

Koustubha Jagadeesh is a self-taught illustrator based in Dubai. She was born and raised in Bengaluru, a vibrant city in India. The lush greenery had a profound influence on her artistic development. As a child, she was fascinated by illustrations in books and comics but originally started a career in the software industry before pursuing her passion for illustration.

As a self-taught artist, Koustubha is constantly inspired by the work of fellow artists. Their talent and creativity drive her to create and improve more. In her illustrations, Koustubha tries to express the emotions of each character, to create a connection with her work and the audience. As a digital illustrator, Koustubha prefers to illustrate in Procreate and enjoys listening to podcasts about ancient history or aliens while working.

Here’s how she approached our questions…

When did you start illustrating?

I have been drawing since I was a child and have always been enthusiastic of creating things out of colour papers, cardboards and clay. Very early on I learnt oil painting. I enjoyed the rough brush strokes I got to create. That was my favourite medium for many years. Acrylic was something I picked up much later. I only ventured into digital art a few years back and haven’t stopped since. Now that is my go-to medium.

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

My family has been extremely supportive in my journey.

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

Art has always been a part of me. Participating in every painting competition in my city is how I recall my school days. It became even more important as I grew up and became an engineer. No matter how busy I was, art was always my go-to escape. Now I am glad I get to do it every day and just get lost in the process of creation for the whole day.

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

I must say I love illustrating People. I thoroughly enjoy the entire process of researching, thinking of all the fun little details and incorporating them into my characters which I feel is what brings them to life.

How would you describe your style?

Colourful, vibrant and detailed.

What is your favourite collaboration to date?

I would like to remember my first collaboration. I was asked to create illustrations based on poems. Interpreting lyrical stories into illustrations was an amazing experience.

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

What attracted me the most about Illo is the variety of artists and the work they represent, celebrating every individual. Glad to be a part of it.

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

I really can’t pick one but I can say J K Rowling has been my favourite for a very long time.

Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

I am working on a couple of personal projects. I am actually excited about one amongst them as this will be my first time creating Middle grade characters. They are off on an adventure to one of the shafts in the pyramids of Egypt. Will they witness mummies coming to life at night? Pretty excited to see how this one turns out.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?

I either listen to podcasts or audiobooks while working. My favourite themes to listen are about aliens and mythology. I recently listened to an audiobook I loved, The stationary shop of Tehran.

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