I have to admit one of the nicest things about blogging is getting emails from around the world from people wanting to connect and share. I recently got an email from Pragya telling me about her work and of course I wanted to share it with you as her illustrations are just so beautiful! I love that she uses such bright colours and that her designs are so simple and striking. My favourites are all her cheerful birds and her prints with the mini bunting, so cute!
1. You have an unusual name, where does it come from? Are you originally from America?
I’m an Indian and my name Pragya is actually a Hindi word that means intellect.
2. Do you do your art full-time or is it a hobby?
I’m a Jewelry and Design Management graduate who fell in love with illustration and decided to pursue it as a full time profession. And I’m loving every minute of it!
3. You feature a lot of birds in your art, any particular reason why?
Birds do everything that I wish I could (how I envy them for living my life!). Fly around, sing all day, day dream… I definitely was a sparrow in my past life 🙂
4. Your prints are so colorful and happy, where do you find your inspiration?
My illustrations are often loosely based on my life, random incidents and far off dreams. It also helps when I’m surrounded with colorful stuff. The walls of my home studio are filled with all kinds of bright and cheerful art pieces, scraps of paper, found objects, cutouts, funny slogans and multitude of things dangling from threads. I’m currently in love with unexpected things dangling/ suspended from walls or ceilings.
5. What is your favorite season?
I never really paid any attention to seasons until we moved to San Diego. Its a beautiful city but has no seasons! I have since started appreciating the beauty of the cyclic nature of the seasons. Spring minus the pollens is definitely my favorite.
6. Favorite thing to do on a weekend?
Sleep in till late and then head out for brunch.
7. And lastly, what makes you smile?
Silly jokes/ pranks, fog, puppies, snow , chocolate cake, bear hugs, swings, smiling strangers, early morning dew, chirping, surprises and yellow.