Doodler Neha And Her Dog Minty Share With Us ‘Noodles’ Of Middle-Class Life
- IWB Post
- December 1, 2017
Fun, honest and real, just like her doodles, Neha Sharma is the millennial illustrator you’ll want to high five with!
From sacchi ghatnayein of her life to hitting right chords of middle-class life to adorable conversations between her and her pet dog Minty, her doodles are relatable AF.
3,596 Likes, 183 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “Sorry Minty sachai sachai hai.”
Her vichaars are unfiltered and she says it as it is. In my conversation with her, she reminded me of the upfront, smart and quirky Delhi character from Bollywood who is young, high-spirited, independent and fighting stereotypes with humorous, sarcastic work.
Don’t believe me? Read through our conversation to find out yourself.
Swinging from CA to doodling. When did you draw the line?
I was always a doodler but never took this seriously and neither did my family. Being the only child I have always vented out through diaries, blogs, and now doodles.
More than being sure about going for doodling, I was 100% certain about waving a goodbye to CA. And I am really fortunate to have supportive parents. The decision did take a little toll on me though when the money flow wasn’t certain. You know it’s a huge thing. I took doodling seriously as a career when my work got published in newspapers and when through few projects I understood I can make good money out of it.
Are the earnings satisfying now?
Now, yes! When I started there was no fixed amount. There used to be a month with 10-12 brands’ projects and another month would be with no work at all. Social Media has so much power, you know. I was discovered by brands through it, and I am so glad that these days brands are coming back to appreciating quality content over stats of social media platforms.
That’s true. Introduce us to the cool members of Team Doodle.
Ok. So, Team Doodle actually is my entire audience + Minty + My family + my gadgets.
Oh, I love gadgets and I also name them in a proper naamkaran (naming ceremony) procedure. *Giggles and continues* It happens through my Instagram stories where Pandit Paapdilal does the puja and I conduct a poll for the name.
Introducing, Happy Sharma – HP laptop, Cinty Sharma – Tablet, and Kanan Gill – Canon Camera.
So, the name Kanan Gill has a deep meaning. How I love Kanan, but he doesn’t love me back. It’s the same with my camera – I love the camera, but it doesn’t love me back!
Convincing your mother to do something out of her comfort zone is the most difficult thing to do in the whole wide world. (P.S : Convincing mom to accompany me for the trip is still a work in progress just in case you were curious. 🙄🙄🙄)
2,064 Likes, 80 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “Convincing your mother to do something out of her comfort zone is the most difficult thing to do in…”
1,569 Likes, 580 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “GUYS I NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE 😿😿😿”
Ha-ha! That’s hilariously cute!
Ok, so you have doodled enough about Minty. What do you think Minty would doodle about you?
Minty is like the sibling I never had. We fight so much! If she doodles about me, I am sure, she’ll only have complaints about me. She will call me a desperate person, craving for her attention, and how I am a chep. The only good thing she might talk about me will be that I bring her chicken momos and treats for her.
So I got this super badiya and super tasty box of donuts for my mom (*wink*) from @dunkinindia Priced at Rs. 299 I think this such an amazing gift for Diwali. COMMENT BELOW IF YOU KNOW WHO ULTIMATELY ATE THE ENTIRE BOX 😂 . . Usual Diwali gift which is a mithai ka dabba is usually passed on to the next rishtedaar but I know if I get this, it ain’t going anywhere 😂😂😂😂 #DiwaliGift #MeetheSeKuchZyada
2,679 Likes, 47 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “So I got this super badiya and super tasty box of donuts for my mom (*wink*) from @dunkinindia…”
That’s so paw-dorable! Moms often have a tough time with siblings. True for your mom, too?
She has a tough time not when we fight, but when Minty is all over sofa and bed. She loves to climb and I am totally ok with it but mom isn’t. If Minty and I are on the bed, she gives us a good scolding.
Stay alert! So, we shouldn’t ask your mom doodle about you?
Ha-ha! It would be about me not being a cleanliness-freak like her. She would doodle DIYs on how to clean your room. *My mom would join her too*
Do you convert old and boring things into something new and fun?
Ok, so first of all, I am an artist who is good at digital art. Crafts are not my cup of tea. I often say I am an accidental artist.
I always loved doodling but somehow my hands never supported my thoughts. When I was a kid, I thought let me get creative with my mug. I splashed colors and put buttons on it. Oh, it was a piece, and I obviously don’t mean in a good way. *laughs* Aur aisa maine bahut cheezon ke saath kiya hai!
On that note, would you want to doodle a wall?
Not anymore, after what I did to my room! Here’s another example. I always wanted to do my room, but my mom never gave me the permission looking at my past experiments. But in the recent times, after seeing me doing good at doodling, she thought ‘chalo, chance dena chaiye’.
I am uploading this DISASTER of a picture here. So ever since I was a kid I was always fascinated by people who painted or drew on their room walls. I used to ask my mom if I could and she would flat out say NO. I never even pursued the argument further cuz khud ko bhi pta tha that i suck at traditional art. I start really well and ek stroke galat ho jaaye toh I go overboard. So aaj by chance I said it would be so cool if i could paint this wall and mom said krle fir. In that excitement I took out all the posters. And started drawing. And like always I started out so well. And then one thing led to another and created this disaster. Haaaye raaba 😫😫😫😫if i ever upload an instastory of me drawing on a wall please STOP ME. Keep sending me DMs until I stop. Mom is sleeping rn. Ab kal unka reaction 🙄🙄🙄🙄 Guys I am retiring as an artist and going to live in a cave or something. Okay bye. (also please learn from this experience and never let amateurs like me to paint on walls. 😢)
1,446 Likes, 57 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “I am uploading this DISASTER of a picture here. So ever since I was a kid I was always fascinated…”
My room wall was decorated with lots of posters. I took them off. I painted, I spray-painted and halfway realized I am not creating anything pretty. I have put back the posters for now!
WALL IS FIXED. The posters are back. And peeche ki doodle ladki has been preserved. (Taaki I always remember what this experience taught me) So it was a win win. Now the wall looks better than before. And I let #Bawse stay so win x 3. P.S : This isnt my studio wall. Uspe I am going to make small doodles. 😂 And they arent going to be disastrous. (i think)
2,662 Likes, 38 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “WALL IS FIXED. The posters are back. And peeche ki doodle ladki has been preserved. (Taaki I always…”
Ha-ha. What is inside your artist’s kit?
I once was a stationery frenzy and bought so many fancy things, but hardly used any of them. Now I have understood that it’s not how and what you draw but it’s how perfectly and precisely can you convert your idea into a doodle. I use normal black gel pens, brush pens which earlier were difficult to find in India but with brands like Camlin and Faber Castel, they’re easily available, and color pens.
The quirkiest piece in your wardrobe?
I buy anything that has a lot of colors and graphics. I think I have zero fashion sense. My staple style is colorful sweatshirts/shirts/pajamas with doodles and black denim.
3,924 Likes, 84 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “Haaaaaalu. 😀 Look at me being all extra here. #CantBeBasic #ExtraAF”
Your doodles hit the right chord of a middle-class life. What would you doodle on the following:
Gender equality. They show they believe in it but it’s not true. Actions speak louder than words, so right now, it’s only words and no action. For example, there’s still a lot of debate around a working daughter-in-law.
Spending too much on weddings. Go way out of the budget to look posh-er and end up suffering.
Every parent’s dream for their child becoming a doctor, engineer, or architect.
Isn’t this absolutely true?
#MiddleClassAndProud Comment a “Middle Class Situation” and I will illustrate the best ones in a series. 😀
2,885 Likes, 200 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “#MiddleClassAndProud Comment a “Middle Class Situation” and I will illustrate the best ones in a…”
Girls are being said to do only proper things. Let’s break the rules, right now! Tell all the “improper” things a girl should do.
So I sit improperly because that is what I feel most comfortable in. As a freelancer, I mostly work from home which translates to – “comfort” > “dhang se bethna” What is your #SitImproper story? Would love to know. #IAmUnstoppable #WhisperUltraSoft
2,923 Likes, 29 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “So I sit improperly because that is what I feel most comfortable in. As a freelancer, I mostly work…”
TBH, there are endless things. Especially in Delhi, what really irks me is people don’t expect girls to make a career, a weird thing, but true. To have an ambition is considered IMPROPER.
#BeAmbitiousAF – Have an ambition, career should be one of your primary goals. Be financially independent, make money.
If Minty was an aunty, what advice would she give you?
If Minty was a human she’d definitely be that aunty jo doosro ke bacho pe nazar rakhti hai and kitty party me gossip krti hai. Rad photo by @naina.co
3,013 Likes, 39 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “If Minty was a human she’d definitely be that aunty jo doosro ke bacho pe nazar rakhti hai and…”
Minty who is very particular about her walks would definitely advise me to exercise and would watch over my food.
Favourite Pop culture references?
I am obsessed with TV series. I love them! Current obsession – Riverdale, GOT, Stranger Things.
I wake up all positive, enthusiastic and that I’ll do something really great, an achiever and some days it’s like let’s not do anything.
I avoid night thinking as much as I can. I only go to bed when I am sleepy. No positive thinking happens when you lay awake at night.
3,467 Likes, 65 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “Today feels like one of those first type nights.”
The before-after series is so relatable.
2,799 Likes, 63 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “Kaam complete hote hi kuch logo ke links Prime Minister tak hote hai.”
IKR! People have genius suggestions after a thing is accomplished.
Before buying a gadget, I ask people through stories, posts, but every time after I have bought, there are people commenting with ‘you should have bought this’. Arey bhai pehle bata te.
Anything boiling in your mind for the next doodle?
I feel strongly about dogs. I want to suggest everyone to adopt dogs rather than buying. Adopt Indie dogs, they’re more suitable for the environment than breeders.
Chillin with the kween. (I think of all the pictures I have uploaded this is the most graaaaainy. But minty liked it toh daalni padi)
3,372 Likes, 49 Comments – NEHA DOODLES 🐸 (@neha.doodles) on Instagram: “Chillin with the kween. (I think of all the pictures I have uploaded this is the most graaaaainy….”
What’s in future for Noodles (Neha + Doodles = Noodles) fan?
I am planning to open up my own online store for merchandise which should go on board in December with my partner Swati. Stationery items like bookmarks, notebooks will be up with new designs on them. Had received a pretty good offline response and now crossing fingers for online too.