If you love portraits, plants and pastel colours than this one is for you. Suzanne Dias is an incredible illustrator. When we stumbled upon her account on Instagram, we were surprised that she didn’t have at least 10K followers. Her work is simply beautiful and so relatable so make sure to give her a follow! If you would love to own one of her drawings then make sure to check out her webshop!
Could you briefly introduce yourself?
Hi! I’m Suzanne Dias, an illustrator and graphic designer from Pune, India.
How did you start illustrating?
I’ve been drawing pretty much since I can remember. It’s the one thing I’m truly passionate about and I’ve known since quite early on in life that I wanted to do it professionally.
It’s an outlet for me to express thoughts, moods and feelings that I find hard to communicate through words and I also find it very therapeutic in a way.
I studied graphic design for 4 years in college during which illustration took a backseat but having recently graduated, I’ve rediscovered my love for it and spend almost everyday drawing something new.
What inspires you the most?
For me, inspiration comes in many forms. I’m inspired by people, human thoughts and emotions, music, movies, photography, nature – basically anything and everything around me.
I also find looking at the work of other creators extremely inspiring and motivating.
How would you describe your creative process?
Ideas come to me quite randomly, often multiple at a time, so I try to organize them all in my head before putting them down on paper.
Each illustration starts off by hand in my sketchbook as a rough idea of what I want the final piece to look like. From there I work on them mostly in Photoshop with my Wacom tablet.
I like to play around with the composition a lot, adding and removing elements until I’m happy with it.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
I still consider myself an ‘aspiring’ artist too 😀
But if I had to hand out a piece of advice, I would say – Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and once you do, keep at it and be patient. Also, make sure you’re happy and enjoying the work that you’re doing.
What are your three favourite Instagrammers?
I have so many! But if I had to narrow it down to three they’d be –
@manjitthapp – Her portraits are so unique and expressive!
@willian_santiago – One of my all time favourite artists. His sense of composition, colour and texture are so beautiful.
@ana_godis – I recently discovered her Instagram page and fell in love with her illustration style and use of colour.
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