Despite our immense love for the game of cricket, not everyone is lucky enough to play at the highest level. THE ARTIST
We all have our talents, my guest today is an immensely talented artist, who took his undying love for the game and his talent as an artist to create caricatures of Cricketers of the 90’s era and Present his work is a one of a kind work of art, he is the perfect example of showing us where there’s a will there’s always a way to contribute to the game of cricket, My guest today on Cricktalk20 is The Artist Raja Goldwin Silva
- Hi Raja tell us a little about yourself?
I am Raja Goldwin Silva from a small town in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu and got settled in Chennai, India. An engineer by graduation became a designer and have 15 years of experience in the field of Graphic designing.
- When did you realize that you were good at drawing?
From class one; I have the habit of drawing in notebooks which was identified by my Art teacher and were conveyed to my parents. My notebooks were filled with drawings in my entire school days and that continues until now. I was encouraged by my parents and teachers to participate in School Art Exhibitions and few other art-related competitions.
- How long have you been drawing for?
From my childhood days, I have been drawing. In class 1, I started with pencil drawings of landscapes which then slowly got transformed into portraits of people. In class 10, I began to concentrate on portrait drawings of movie actors and sports personalities using pencil and grey coloured crayons. I remember drawing the portraits of Ronaldo Luis, Pete Sampras, Robin Singh, Lance Klusener, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan etc in those days.
- What made you go into drawing Cricket caricatures?
My favourite sport is Cricket and that interest began in 1992 during the Benson and Hedges Cricket World cup. This is my favourite World cup to date. Those colourful jerseys and players of that time inspired me a lot. I used to read the weekly sports magazine ‘The Sportstar’ in my childhood days which boosted my interest in sports, especially on cricket. I never thought that I would be able to connect art with cricket and it is the biggest surprise for me.
I started my professional design career in 2006 after completing my Engineering graduation and a short multimedia course. My first job in ‘Axonas Technologies’ (a leading E-learning company in Chennai) guided me to create cartoon art for child-centred learning activities. Since then, I started researching digital cartoons/caricatures created by experts all over the world.
After so much of research on these, I began to connect art with cricket by drawing digital illustrations from 2012 onwards. My work mostly contains portraits of cricketers and few from other sport and movie.
Indian Premiere League is a cricket festival and in order to celebrate, I do illustration of few IPL players every year. In May 2018 during IPL, I participated in the ‘Royal Fan Art Challenge’ conducted by ‘Rajasthan Royals’. I made illustration on ‘Jofra Archer’ which was featured on their social media channels.
Now, I am in the process of creating portraits of 1992 world cup stars and updating periodically in my Pinterest board. The 90s Cricket completely stays in my mind till date and that makes me to do illustrations of players from that period. Those illustrations are updated in my 90s Cricket twitter handle.
- Are you a full time artist?
No. I am a full-time Senior Designer working in a Development consulting firm in Chennai. Over there we do lot of design activities but none of them are connected to sports. Because of my interest in sports, I do digital sports illustrations during weekends.
- Do you hold any exhibitions for your work?
Not yet. There is a long way to go to hold exhibitions. As of now I post my illustrations on Twitter and Instagram.
- Have you ever had a chance to meet any of the players you draw personally?
No, I haven’t met them personally. On social media, I got responses from few players like PV. Sindhu, R. Ashwin, Jack Russell, Damien Fleming, Allan Donald, Johanna Elsig and Anup Kumar for the illustrations I made on them. It was exciting when I received responses from some of those players and especially from Jack Russell who is an artist cum cricketer.
- Your work is a one of a kind, work of art, where can we get to purchase it?
If anyone wants to purchase, they can mail me at email@example.com. I am ready to make illustrations of their choice in my limited available time.
I created a table top calendar 2020 with few of my sports illustrations and circulated to all my loved ones who supported and encouraged me in my art work.
How do you define success?
According to me, success is not making money but appreciation of hard work. Encouragement makes you to do more.
Finally, I thank God for blessing me with this skill and definitely without his grace I wouldn’t be what I am today. I also thank my family and friends who have been my backbone until now.
A special thanks to CRICKTALK20 for giving me this space to share my journey of Art in Cricket.
Thank you Again for the Opportunity Raja, we hope to see more of your works.
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