Shreya Gupta’s Illustrations Pull At Our Heartstrings

It was a passion for drawing that brought Shreya Gupta to the United States. Originally from India, as a kid, she was encouraged to study instead of doing other activities, so she didn’t draw much. That changed after she was told she was too young to carry around a camera. “So because I couldn’t take pictures, I started drawing the places and things I wanted to remember,” she shared with Inky Goodness. “This is how I was first introduced to art.”

Now based in New York, she holds an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts and has worked with clients as big as Google, The New York Times, and Penguin Random House India. But it took her quite some time, and quite a lot of detours to get there.

“In India, art as a profession is not encouraged,” she says. “So fast forward a few years and I found myself finishing an Undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering. Shortly after I got a job as a Networking Engineer in a big IT company in India. However, after working there for around two and a half years I became very frustrated, and realised that I needed to make a change.”

“I think a creative identity evolves as an organic process,” she goes on to say. “We are constantly observing and absorbing what we experience and come across, incorporating what we find interesting into our work; and experimenting with what may make our work look more interesting.”

Take a look at some of her remarkable artwork: