I'm a big fan of Bangalore-based illustrator Aarti Malik's style. Throughout 2018, her work has been a reminder that things get better and happiness is right around the corner. She let me in on her 2018 experience:
Has 2018 been a good year for you in terms of productivity and creativity? What all did you work on this year?
2018 has been an amazing year for me when it came to working, started my freelance illustration career along with some challenging UI:UX work. I worked with an amazing author Aparna Jain for her book Like A Girl. I also made a few wedding invites for family and friends and even got paid for one! Yay!
Which film that you saw this year changed something in you?
A film I loved was 'Her'. This dialogue moved me: "Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt."
Which song/s did you listen to on loop this year?
Prateek Kuhad’s Dil Beparvah!
Best book/s you read this year?
We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Things are what you make of them by Adam J.Kurtz
Please pick a few words to represent how 2018 has been for you. Do you have an artwork that represents 2018 for you?
It has been a rollercoaster ride on personal grounds, a lot has changed around me, in me. But I'm happy for everything that went wrong or that went awesome. In fact, I learned a lot of patience along the way.
What's your 2018 takeaway?
Be happy, be positive, spread happiness and be kind to people always; everyone is having their own struggles.
What's 2019 looking like for you? What are your goals/plans/dreams for the year ahead?
2019 is going to be different with some amazing changes. The goal of this year would be opening my online illustration store.
Follow Aarti's work here.