Countdown to MacWorld: Interview with Artist Sumit Vishwakarma

For the second year in a row, we’re going to Macworld|iWorld, taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from January 31 – February 1! At our Macworld booth (455),  we’ll be featuring digital art stations, renowned artists in action, as well as product giveaways.  Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Sumit Vishwakarma, one of the great artists who will be joining us at our booth!  Sumit lives and works in San Jose, California and has been producing amazing iPad artwork for the past 2 years.

1.  As a speaker at this year’s Tech Talks, what will you be sharing with the audience?

I plan to focus on two topics. First, I want to convey a message “iPad is not just for consumption but for creation.” Today, iPad is at the forefront of becoming the most innovative and dynamic tool in education. I see kids using iPad everywhere: in homes, schools, restaurants to watch videos, play games and for social media. All these are consumption use of iPad, but I feel that iPad can be innovatively used to explore creativity.  It can enable students to create and share digital content and media focusing on art and cross-curricular learning. Students can explore drawing and painting, digital photography, digital storytelling, animation, graphic design etc. I would be presenting some work of Tricia Fuglestad, Dryden Elementary Art Teacher (Arlington Heights, Illinois) who has been working to find practical applications for the iPad in art education.

Secondly, I plan to focus on how various art apps can work in conjunction to create amazing artwork. With simple but sophisticated art apps, the iPad is an incredibly practical addition to any artist’s tool kit. I realized that each app has its own sweet spot but may lack in certain areas. For example, Artrage can simulate real-world media and painting techniques while Procreate lets you create your own custom brushes. My goals is to encourage the creation of new forms of iPad art by bringing together the diverse range of apps which were never used in conjunction. I have researched many apps for over a year and have created work that is started in one, modified in another and completed in a third app. The possibilities are enormous. I want to spread this knowledge to the world.

2.  What are you most looking forward to at MacWorld?

Macworld is an exciting place to be. Last year, I was one of the featured artist at the iPad sketch-station and got chance to meet several other artists who are creating fabulous artwork on the iPad, just like me. I learned a lot from them and this year, as a featured Tech Talk speaker, I look forward to meeting several other speakers who are presenting some awesome content using Apple technology. This year, the Tech Talks track looks really good and I am excited to be part of it. I also do look forward to painting at Nomad Brush booth (455) and meeting new people who are interested in iPad Art.

3.  You conduct free workshops to promote iPad art and animation to kids, teens and adults. What inspired you to share your love of iPad art and animation with your community?

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.” With this belief, I create art everyday on my iPad. I remember the day I was painting on my iPad and my 3 year old asked me if he can draw something. I steered him through an art app and was amazed to see his creation. Seeing him painting, I thought that I could spread this knowledge to others, and so I started with free workshops at public libraries. 

So far, I am very happy with the response I received. After my workshop a mother wrote me: My six year-old daughter and I thank you for your presentation yesterday evening. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and insight. You held my daughter’s attention and even if only for the time being, she is inspired! Feedback like this keeps me encouraged. 

4.  We also hear that you are writing a book based off of iPad art tutorials you have developed. What can we expect to learn from your book?

Every-time I sit down with my iPad, I discover something new. It has become exactly the kind of drawing device I always dreamed of. I write tutorials and blogs to share my knowledge with others and so thought to put together a book. This book (which is still far from completion) introduces you to creative and fun apps for making art on your iPad. It also covers how you can enhance your digital artwork using various filter apps. I am not a programmer, but I always loved the process of creating animations. Today, one can use iPad to create simple to advance animation with no coding involved. I would like to cover this too in my book. 

5.  Your work has been featured in several art galleries including the first Mobile Art Festival in Los Angeles, the Apple flagship store in San Francisco and the Mobile Creativity & Innovation Symposium – NZ, among many others. What has been your proudest moment as an artist so far?

I think it has yet to arrive. However, one moment when I really felt good was after my first public workshop, when kids came to me and thanked me for my presentation on iPad art. That was the stepping stone for my transformation into an iPad art enthusiast. 

6.  One question we ask all our artists – if you could take your Nomad Brush anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

Nomad Brush is always with me. It has already traveled a lot. One place where I would like to take my Nomad Brush would be Egypt. I have been there and was astounded by the creation of mankind. I would love to capture those landscape and monuments on my iPad with my Nomad Brush. It has been an eventful journey with Nomad!

As a last note, I do want to mention about a new website which I am putting together: www.ipad2art.com and www.ipadtoart.com. This is a collaborative work by some established iPad Artists and our focus is to provide all the information about getting started with iPad Art and to promote this medium of art creation among kids,teens and adults. 

If you’re going to be at MacWorld, please be sure to stop by and say hello!

 

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