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Nirmal Ravisyam – Humans of Instagram

Could you tell us more about your journey as an Instagram artist?

I started with digital art as an escape from Architecture (my major).
So they were all expressions of my current mood back then, and even today they are still influenced by the movies, music, the people I meet and the food I eat. Coz, Fun.
And back then, around 4 years back, Instagram was just starting to trend in India and my art was for a very close few to see (like 10-15 people max) when I posted on my illustration account (@foxdrawsfox).
And the instagram art scene has come a long way from there. There are so many talented artists now and a lot of them inspire me, and thats the best part of being an instagram artist. You meet new artists literally, everyday.

Was it difficult to decide to start sharing nude art online?

It wasn’t difficult at all actually. It was an intuitive decision.
Erotic art is a very recent thing I took up, around a year back. As I said, I’m influenced by my surroundings to make art, and I met someone who inspired and motivated me to take a dip in it.
It was all about the raw expression of human body and sex.
I got really inspired by the imperfections they have, where a sculpted body (of models) is like a staged drama, and the bodies of normal humans like you and me is an adventure.
It is beautiful and that beauty has kept me going.
illustration of a black haired woman with round earrings holding her breasts by Nirmal Ravisyam
illustration of a woman's mouth exhaling smoke by illustration of a black haired woman with round earrings holding her breasts by Nirmal Ravisyam
illustration of a naked woman holding back her legs by Nirmal Ravisyam

What’s the concept behind “Humans of Instagram”?

Honestly, I was running out of inspiration for various reasons.
I came across a few Insta accounts where people were just expressing their body and sexuality, in various ways like self portraits, scribbles, poetry or even just an audio clip.
And there was a very common problem they all faced: men with no respect towards their will and privacy.
In those men’s eyes they were objectified for their own crooked sense of lust.
So in essence, the concept was to reach out to them in a way so I could say:
“Listen. You’re respected. You inspire me. I make art because of you. Its not that much of a bad place at all, to do what you do”.

How do you want people to feel when they look at your artworks?

Haha. I don’t know.
I’d ideally want people to see the concept behind it but its not possible if I don’t disclose that, is it? (He he he).
So its up to the individuals, they can see what they want; Get inspired? Awed? Spin their own story to my art and relate to it? That would be a win for me!
Or may be nothing at all. They see them, they like them, good enough.

Which are your next steps for this project?

There is no clear plan as such.
I want to do this whenever I can as the time permits.
Its always nice to draw real people because their anticipation adds up to my motivation to do more.
Its nice for them to trust me with their private pictures and expect my version in return.
It makes them happy. That makes me happy. So I’d like to do this as often and long as I can.

illustration of a woman wearing red panties taking a photo by Nirmal Ravisyam

red and black illustration of a naked woman masturbating by Nirmal Ravisyam

illustration of a man pushing the head of a read headed woman on his cock

Is there a community about erotica in India? How does it fit into Indian culture? 

Ha ha. Thats the trickiest part and a main source of nuisance here in India.
India as a country is very strict about expressing and even talking about love, sex, and nudity.
As I said earlier, there are people who are willing to actively express but we are a drop in the ocean. So it is a very closed community here, always on alert, hidden, mostly.
But recently there are a lot of people who have started to reach out boldly.
Its a nice time to be an erotic artist in India now haha. You see both overwhelming support and dire hate simultaneously and its an oddly satisfying feeling.

Is there any Indian erotic artist that inspired you or that you would like to recommend?

Oh there are a lot of them.
They are mostly photographers and models or just normal people who are bold enough to express actively in the community and that is very inspiring.
@fluffyomlette, @thedannyguy, @rosh93, @shivajistormsen, @thesteevez are a few erotic artists among a lot of others who inspire me day in day out. Although I haven’t come across any Indian erotic illustrators (surprisingly) at all.

 

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