We had the good fortune of connecting with Aishwarya Chandramohan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aishwarya, is there something you believe many others might not?
“You should live and breathe your craft as an artist.” I think that that piece of advice gets perpetuated a lot and a lot of younger artists think that if they don’t draw everyday they can’t call themselves artists. When I was younger I was told that often and I started to doubt my own ability because I liked to do other things besides art. Was I even an artist then?
I’m glad I snapped out of that mentality because there’s so much more to life than just drawing all day! Inspiration is all around us but if we don’t stop to take it in, then we’re stuck at our desks drawing ourselves dry. I like to think of being an artist as being a sponge. As we go through life we keep soaking up everything around us, which then leads to inspiration striking; But when you draw and only draw, that “sponge” runs dry and can often lead to burnout.
Take care of yourself as an artist because it’s a marathon not a sprint!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently most excited about learning Storyboarding! I graduated from university with skills in character design and have been a character designer for about 3 years. However, I’ve recently begun to diversify my skillset and have been trying to learn to be a professional story artist. It’s been a hard journey, learning this skill from scratch, but it’s also been incredibly rewarding!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d definitely want to spend a whole day in DTLA just eating. I love the diversity of food at the Grand Central Market, and there’s always so much going on there. I would also take them to Zuma beach in Malibu. The drive there is absolutely beautiful, and the water is always welcoming. Oh and I would definitely take them on a drive around Beverly Hills, because who doesn’t like looking at celebrity homes?
There’s definitely a lot to do rain or shine, but I think the one thing that I would not want my friend to miss out on is the amazing food at Porto’s. That’s an absolute staple, and for my roommates and I, a treat we only get when picking/dropping off a guest at the airport!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would want to dedicate my shoutout to my husband Brandon Liu. As an artist himself, he understands the struggles of navigating a career in the entertainment industry. But it is through watching his hard work and perseverance that pushes me to want to succeed that much more. I wouldn’t be the artist I am today without him in my corner.