Hi there! My name is Devika Chandrababu Mahajan and I am an architect, freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer (not particularly in that order) living in Punjab, India.
I have been painting since childhood and even as a working adult practicing architecture, art is what made me truly happy. So in early 2018 I took a break from architectural practice and started commercializing my artworks and illustrations under the brand name The Artsychoke.
As is evident from my work, I love botanical art and architectural illustrations. If you take a closer look at my portfolio you will see that I mostly stick to two styles – quirky playful like some of my illustrations and intricately detailed like my Kerala Mural Paintings. I keep finding things all around me that pique my interest and hence I am constantly exploring and experimenting with new styles, techniques and mediums.
Some random fun facts about me
I am a coffee loving, mildly anti- social introvert who frequently gets lost in day dreams.
I am a South Indian from Kerala married to a North Indian from Punjab and living in Jalandhar, Punjab (For the non-Indians reading this – it is very much a cross-cultural marriage and the only thing both of our cultures have in common is the love for alcohol).
I am an overthinker. I overthink and overanalyze every single situation in life. Most of the stress in my life is because of imaginary problems that I make up in my mind.
I hate, absolutely HATE banana.