Show and Tell! Vinesh Shah
Good morning! Today is Vinesh’s turn to spill the beans :)
What do you want your work to convey?
A love for image making, with a bit of my tongue-in-cheek self thrown in for kicks. I strive to make my intent obvious, whether a piece is a commentary on something or another or just an idea I needed to get out of my head and onto paper.
Which style do you like that you don’t ‘do’ yourself?
I’m envious of those who have the patience in crafting really beautiful and intricate pieces, in any medium. One of my biggest tests is having patience when creating work, mostly because I like the energy shown by the spontaneity in my work. It’s something I’ve been working on during prep for this show… so hopefully some big pieces to come in the future.
Where do you go for inspiration? (You can be as broad with your answer as you like!)
Books, Internet, Watch Films, Listen to Music, Go Outside, Stay Inside, Galleries, Museums, Restaurants, Pubs, Getting lost in the City (not in any particular order) - Basically anywhere not already in my head.
Which cartoon character do you most identify with?
HA - I’d love to say I’m more the Superman meets Spider-man… but in reality I reckon Clark Kent meets Peter Parker would sum me up to a T. Yes, I’m a BIG comic book geek and proud of it gosh darn-it! :P
Where would you like to visit?
Deepest reaches of SPACE! :) - I mean why wouldn’t you, it’s the one place that’s left only to the imagination… unless you’re an astronaut.
What do you do to break through a creative block?
Turn to one or more of the things listed in the question about “inspiration” - I like to get far away from my desk, but always with sketchbook or camera in tow, to be able to document when things start to click.
Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs.
Design (or contribute to a design) and build a house. I love Grand Designs… It’s the best!
What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator?
Probably teach math :/ - I really like math :)
Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?
1950’s / early 60’s - It’s when comic book art evolved into this whole different element, it would’ve been exciting to be a part of that.
Who do you admire? (could be anyone, not just an artist)
This is too broad to keep short so I’m going to stick with - “If you show pride and conviction in what you do, I admire you” :) x