Interview – Debasis Sahoo

Debasis Sahoo, a student of Law, and a Stippling Artist from Cuttak, Odisha, shares his experience and learnings in a candid conversation with Rhiti Chatterjee Bose. Excerpts.

First of all tell us something about yourself, where are you from, about your family, your childhood, if you have any other profession. 

I am from Cuttack, Odisha. I live with my parents and my younger brother. We have a nuclear family as is defined by the modern era. I grew up at Angul as my father has his job there. I’m currently pursuing a Masters in Law. I completed my Bachelor’s degree from National Law University, Cuttack, Odisha.

How did you start painting? What pulled you to the art form that you practice?

During school days I used to sketch cartoon characters and still life at the back of my notebooks. Ah! I have got scolding so many times from my teachers at school and my father. Many have said to me it won’t buy you bread and butter. Even if I was not bad at studying, me doing art was not liked by some people. Every time my answer to this would be, I do it because I love drawing. I never went to any dedicated art class to sharpen my skills. Whatever I know about art is solely on me. Wall arts, mandalas, illustration and developing characters is fun. It was in my third year of my bachelor’s when I discovered this art form called stippling on YouTube and it actually fascinated me that by simply arranging dots in a particular way artworks can be created. Most of my artwork is black and white. It took a lot of time and patience to practice stippling. I don’t think you can randomly put dots to get the desired results, you have to be disciplined.

How did you teach/train yourself ?

Practice and patience. I’m still not in the best place when it comes to stippling.

What influence has art had in your life?

Art, to be very specific stippling, taught me patience and perseverance.

How do you see yourself as an artist in the future, what are your plans?

In future, I want to see myself as an attorney with art skills. I want to reach a level with my skills and knowledge in my field that I can teach others. Apart from that, I want to work for the environment, our mother nature.

Tell us something about the style of your paintings, the genre and why did you choose to pick this style?

My art style is stippling. It’s mainly black and white and dots. I prefer to do it in black and white. It fascinates me how beautiful piece art can be created by simply dots. Yes, it does take a lot of time to make an art with dots.

Any advice for future aspiring artists?

Perseverance. Choose your own style and work on it, be it any art style. Copy only when you are practicing.

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