Ep.162: Tips for self-taught artists with Shivam Thapliyal

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Shivam Thapliyal, an artist and graphic designer from India. He is a self-taught artist, learning Photoshop since he was 11 years old. His work ranges from simple geometric compositions to 3d renderings.

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Key Takeaways

“Just observe a lot – the shapes, colors, textures and it will help you put your ideas well on the paper. It’s almost like using LEGO to put things together!”

  • Shivam always learned from other artists whom he found interesting. He liked a collage book full of illustrations so he found about the artists as much as possible. He liked the design on the bag of chips so he found the artist and learned about him as much as possible. If he could, he reached out to them personally as well and some of them became his mentors
  • Shivam says he was fortunate to be mentored by some of his artistic heroes and the process always included assignments, from concepts to practice
  • Knowing your target audience and the media your artwork will be used in is very important part of the whole art process, Shivam shares.


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Special thanks to Shivam for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Shivam Thapliyal, used with permission

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