I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1985, (focused in studio art-painting and printmaking,) from what is now called University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth, (formerly Southeastern Massachusetts Technological University then later Southeastern Massachusetts University.) As soon as I had the sheepskin I left the poverty of New Bedford, Massachusetts behind. I've been a Californian since 1985, when I moved here to pursue a career in bodybuilding. A few years later I had a major crash on my motorcycle and that effectively ended my bodybuilding career (and gave me a couple near-death experiences) but I still love the gym and go often.
I am the Sindhoorella (pronounced Cinderella) you see in my creations. My art is not just digital, I believe we should all live our creations. I sew my own clothing so I wear only one of a kind items. I keep my hairstyle unique and I am not self-conscious so I will dance down the street to rock music. Sindhoorella is a constantly evolving creation and a living artwork. (Sometimes people cross the street when they see me.)
Wherever I go I see cartoons. If I hear a conversation there is almost always something spoken that can be used so I carry a notepad everywhere to remind me of whatever amuses.
My handle, Sindhoorella, has a fairy tale story. I worked for a a Hindu Temple for 15 years but as a Caucasian American without caste I was lower than an untouchable in India. One day the Sindher (pronounced Cinder) family invited the entire Indian community to the wedding of their daughter. On the evening of the wedding the temple priest told me to go home and get ready for this wedding. I replied, "I wasn't invited. I'm just a Cinderella." After a hearty laugh at my accidental joke I adopted Sindhoorella as a handle and used it for email. When the Sindher family learned about it they were not amused but they always invited me to every event they hosted. I never attended any of them.
My interest in digital art actually began one day when I saw a bogus Internet story that said Ringo Starr announced that Paul McCartney really did die in 1966. My reaction was, "What Paul McCartney is dead?" I began an intensive study of the Beatles and came to the conclusion that all of them were dead. By that I mean they were constantly evolving with new band members taking the place of the earlier ones. This put me on the path of conspiracy theory and I posted extensive clips online. Once I exhausted the information I believed should be made public, I began to look for a new creative outlet. I have written several novels but being a perfectionist, I refused to publish them online until they were perfect. Now I consider them practice for future work.
I work primarily in Adobe Photoshop, which is self-taught. This program seems to have endless options and perhaps I will never completely learn everything. I designed calendars, magazines, fliers and brochures for the temple so I have been getting familiar with the program over time.
Some days I will publish a dozen digital cartoons so I apologize if I don't seem receptive to your feedback. A lot of what you write becomes the fodder for my next cartoon so I do appreciate your opinions. If you have questions please do not hesitate to message me just don't expect a prompt response. It only took me five years to write this journal entry.