Your Playground

Your Playground

Visual artist, Aayna Vinaya, expresses and exemplifies how one’s best nature automatically reflects in one’s work when it is an expression and extension of the true, inner-self.
Moti Aunty
Moti Aunty
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Alt J

CG. How do you manage to find humor in everyday life?

MP. I’m a rather serious person, the one mostly laughing at jokes than cracking them. But now that I think of it, I loved reading joke books as a kid. I’d always read the comics in the papers, and never bother with the rest. I guess, a lighthearted approach to life was always something I gravitated towards since I was a child, and that somehow shows up in my work without me realising it. I guess, life is so full of difficult things that, when something makes me giggle, I secretly want to trap that moment and keep it safe for later.

Ghar
Ghar
Racoon in a coccoon
Racoon in a coccoon
Drop
Drop
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN PRINCES
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN PRINCES

CG. Are your designs particularly dedicated towards children as an audience?

MP. I love children’s books, and collect lots of them, too. I keep telling myself that I’m building a library for kids I might have in the future, but, to be honest, they’re really just for me. What’s special about children’s books is how they need to be the most simplified version of something – which I believe is so difficult to arrive at, but so beautiful once it’s done. One of my favourite is a book called, The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers, which communicates the pain and grief associated with death in the most touching way. I guess it was my love for this medium that showed in my work. Clients who connected with that vibe approached me for more of that. It’s never really been a conscious effort to work in or make things relevant in a particular segment. It all just fell into place, organically

Takes Two
Takes Two

CG. What more do you plan to do with your illustrations? What would be your advice to those who doubt their talent?

MP. I’d love for my illustrations to travel to newer canvasses, over time. Most of my work in the past few years has been created in isolation from the world, on my work table, and I’ve been itching to get out of the studio more. At this point, I’d be happy to take on projects that allow me to interact with things, people and experiences while getting work done. I’m also consciously reducing digital work and shifting to hand done. It’s a scary decision to make in a time when digital is growing so fast, but I’ve decided to stick to what makes me happy, and trust it to take me somewhere – which is what I’d tell people in doubt too! Also, there’s no time for doubt really. Just do! Like Dory says in Finding Nemo, “Just Keep Swimming!”.

Tre
Tre
Swallow me whole
Swallow me whole
Shelter
Shelter
Conversations
Conversations
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Flip

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