Sanidhya aka Sandy is a talented young artist behind SandSerif, a hilarious comic strip describing his own everyday life.
If you like dark humour, then you could be one of Sandy’s fans. His comics are simple, hilarious and also huggable, according to some netizens who became his followers.
Let’s go through our talk with Sandy while enjoying his works.
Hi Sandy, could you further introduce yourself?
Hi, my name is Sanidhya, or Sandy for short, and I’m a 20 year old graphic designer and illustrator from India.
Who do you admire the most in this life?
No one really. Probably my dog, Maya.
How do you describe yourself?
An awkward, introvert that usually keeps to himself and doesn’t talk a lot but has a good/dark sense of humor and a lot of love to give. Dislikes crowds and talking, likes dogs and pizza. Procrastinates a lot.
So, what’s the story behind it? How did you get into these illustration things?
It started off out of nowhere. I just happened to make a comic from a random idea I had, just for fun. Didn’t plan to actually make a webcomic page. I guess I was inspired by creators I follow online like Hector Janse and Sarah Andersen, and thought it would be a good way to be productive. And since I’m bad at expressing myself in words I decided I could do it in the form of comic strips.
Did you find any difficulties?
In starting my page? Not really. I only started doing webcomics last month. It always starts with a small audience of people you know personally. I didn’t expect much growth in a month but I’ve been lucky for my work to be noticed so soon. I didn’t really have a set art style before this and my usual illustrations are very different from my comics. I had created about 2 comic strips before starting sandserifcomics, so developing my own style, characters, and getting used to it would be the only slight difficulty I suppose, but it worked out well.
How long did it takes to finish each artwork?
Depending on the amount of detail, how sure I am of what I want to draw, and how lazy I am, anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Sometimes longer because I procrastinate.
How did you create your artworks? Did you sketch them down on paper first or drawing them directly on computer?
I usually write down my ideas whenever I get them. When I know what I want to draw for a certain idea, I directly draw it on the computer after visualizing the final picture in my head.
What kind of tools did you use most?
I use photoshop and a wacom intuos pen tablet to draw.
Where did you get inspiration from?
For my comics, usually by my own experiences and thoughts. I imagine the best and funniest way to portray that generally negative thought as a comic. Sometimes i’ll be inspired by something I find on the internet or from another artist online.
Got any message to share for fellow illustrators?
I’m only an amateur illustrator who’s very new to the world of webcomics so I don’t have much to say on the art side of things. I suppose just try to find your style and try to be unique. If you want to gain a larger audience, know that it’ll take time and be consistent. Post your work in as many websites as you can. Share your work all over the internet. Try to get at least one post viral. I would suggest sites like 9gag, reddit, tapas, boredpanda, etc. After you create a bunch of work to have a base for your own page, you could request facebook pages that suit your type of work to share it. This was suggested to me by a much bigger webcomic artist. Oh and be open to criticism and negative comments because there will be a lot of them depending on where you post. But the audience that relates to your work will find you anyways, in time. As long as you enjoy what you make, you will find your place.
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