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Arnav Panda

A 24-year old Illustrator talks about his passion for drawing and how he made a successful life out of it. 


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Where are you from Arnav? And what’s your favorite place in your city?

I’m from New Delhi, India and my favorite place in this city is Qutub Minar. 

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What led you into the world of design?

I used to watch anime a lot. This led me to draw and after that, I studied digital art which I loved a lot!

What aspects of being a designer do you love the most?

I am a freelance artist.

So I love working from home and managing my schedule as I wish.

What does a typical day look like for you?

It depends. If I get too much work, I divide my time accordingly.

I am a workaholic. I love to work. If I have free time, I practice art. I don’t really have a particular routine as it totally depends on the day.

What is your current desk setup?

 I only have an iPad and a pencil. Haha lol.

I also have a bluetooth keyboard. Sometimes I use my laptop to see references while I’m drawing.

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Where do you look for creative inspiration?

There are so many creative people I look up to. My favorites are artgerm and Sakimi Chan. Besides this,  I also check Pinterest and ArtStation regularly for inspiration.

What tools do you use for designing?

I only use Clip Studio Paint and Ref Vu on my laptop to view reference images while drawing.

What is the favorite work you ever created?

I don’t really have a favorite one. But, I recently created a flower girl for a competition and I think it was pretty good.

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Which product did you discover recently that you love using?

Ref Vu to view reference images. And I also recently learned blending through the blur tool.

What challenges do you face as a designer?

Sometimes not getting any inspiration. Or maybe not liking what I am creating. But now I know it’s all part of the process.

What music do you listen to while designing?

Mostly instrumental music or bhajans and mantras.

Why did you choose to be part of the GridRule Academy?

To learn more about getting clients as it’s good for beginners.

How would you describe your experience as a student of GridRule Academy?

I think it’s really cool for beginners. The LinkedIn method in the course helped me a lot. So it’s a good investment for a beginner at an affordable price.

Name the most valuable lesson you learned while taking your GridRule Academy course?

No matter how much you think you know there’s always something new and exciting to learn.

What is the #1 advice you would give to designers starting out today?

Be focused and give your 100%. It’s a journey and a beautiful one if you know what you are looking for. Stay hungry for knowledge. Things will fall into place slowly.

Arnav Panda

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