Today, we have an artist Sushmita Rao, 26-year-old from Mumbai who doodles whenever she gets free time or off from work. Her illustrations are mostly based on her everyday life and experiences – which is what makes it relatable and fun for even her audience. For Sushmita, art plays an important role in cheering her up and motivating her when she’s having a rough day. Currently, she juggles between her full-time job and her art, and makes sure that her followers get a cheery artwork from her everyday!
We had a chat with Sushmita Rao, a doodler and a comic artist from Mumbai. She talks about her art, how she hopes to make people happy through her it and more!
Hello! Introduce a little about yourself.
Hi, my name is Sushmita Rao, 26 years of age and I’m from Mumbai, India. You can call me a doodler or a comic artist, as I make comics based on my everyday life experiences.
What got you started as a doodler and a comic artist?
My life itself is a big motivation to me. Instead of being sad about every little thing that keeps knocking me down every now and then, I choose to make a comic about it, laugh out loud and stand back up!
Most of my comics are based on those instances that happen with me. So, it includes all the typical conversations with my mom, dad, friends and so on. My style is a simple form of doodle that I can create whenever I get time since I work full time and make comics in my free time.
Doodle illustration by Sushmita Rao
What initially sparked your interest in this field?
I am not sure if what I am doing right now can be named a journey yet, as I have started doing what I do quite recently and also, I can’t be compared to the other artists online. This is purely an escape for me, an escape from my everyday job, from people and all the chaos, I feel good whenever I take up my pen/mouse to draw or make comics.
What’s the theme behind your art and where do you take inspiration from?
I never thought that my comics would be relatable for other people but I guess it has found its audience through the internet! I find it very unusual that there are a lot of people who find my comics ‘relatable’ to themselves because I was under the notion that all these things happen just to me, but then again world is strange, isn’t it? Although, I’m really glad that I have found an audience whom I can share my comics with. 😊
What do you hope people take away from your art?
I clearly want everyone to smile and take away the ‘5 seconds of happiness’ while they are scrolling through Instagram/Facebook on their phones. If they have had a bad day and see one of my comics on their feed and find it funny and laugh, my job there is done!
Notebook and bookmarks by Sushmita Rao
Sushmita’s art on Mug and Coaster
Tell us about your future plans.
Like they say the future is always uncertain, I am not really sure of what it holds for me. So for now, I have just decided to go with the flow and take up whatever comes my way and keep making people smile and create a tiny ‘happy army’ of my own. 😊
How do you share your art, are they up for sale?
Yes, I make comic arts and some other merchandises for people who are interested in buying and help support amateurs artists like me.
To know more about Sushmita Rao, follow her on Instagram!
Graduate from Delhi University. I love plants and trees and exploring new places 🙂