August 17, 2016

Coral Reef Resilience.

Cover for Current Conservation Vol 10 Issue 2, showing the bleaching and gradual deterioration of corals in response to rising sea temperatures caused by climate change. Based on the article “Living with Change: local responses to global impacts in India’s oceanic coral reefs” by Rohan Arthur, Vardhan Patankar and Naveen Namboothri, in this issue.

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August 17, 2016

Hallo Ladies.

A series of dog drawings while listening to music and featuring versions of Dash, Bolt and Socks, the three canine Kokaachis in Kochi. Some of these were handed out at the third edition of Vara!, the drawing meetup held at Studio Kokaachi.

Bolt's crossed paws are his usual sitdown pose, and actually give a sense of his awesome personailty.

Bolt’s crossed paws are his usual sitdown pose, and actually give a sense of his awesome personality. And these were the paws that sparked off the whole series, and found its way into my story for SPRING Magazin #13.

Here’s the whole series:

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August 1, 2016

SPRING Magazin#13.

SPRING Magazin is a comics anthology now in its 13th volume. In spring this year, this volume was conceptualized, discussed, argued over, doodled, drawn and quartered by 16 German and Indian comic artists at Nrityagram, Bangalore (supported by Goethe Instutut, New Delhi). The theme of this volume is The Elephant in the Room (published by Mairisch Verlag, 2016). Each graphic story speaks on womens’ issues in different, individual ways – exploring different facets of that elephant who inhabits many rooms.  Here’s my elephant on the cover (with assorted supporting characters).

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Having spent two months previously in the company of several unforgettable canines, as well as drawing at Nrityagram with the two resident dogs close at hand – it was almost inevitable that my graphic story for SPRING turned out to be about bitches – the ones that raise society’s eyebrows by conforming to no known expectations and going forth true to themselves. Here are the pups without whom the story would never have happened.

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And here are some drawings that helped define the characters I was going to draw at the residency, with the help of Dash, Bolt and Socks (and their humans, Pratheek and Tina Thomas of Studio Kokaachi).

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Some further explorations of style and personality in my sketchbook at Nrityagram, using our daily drawing exercises and Guru and Swami as willing, easygoing, biscuit-guzzling models.

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And here is an extract from the finished comic.

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August 1, 2016

The Secret Sanctuary.

Cover and inside illustrations for The Secret Sanctuary, written by Stephen Alter (with Puffin, 2015) – a quirky, delightfully geeky book with creatures of all sizes (complete with scientific names), and where to possibly find them in real life. Perhaps the wistful lost naturalist of Flag Hill may be found there as well.

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June 19, 2016

The Table Tennis Bird.

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Short story in The Hindu/Young World, May 27/2016. Based on true events and (imagined) real bird.

January 6, 2016

Murder with Bengali Characteristics.

Cover illustration and design for Shovon Chowdhury‘s Murder with Bengali Characteristics a devious satire, set in a not-too-unlikely dystopian future India and populated thickly with unknown graffiti-scrawlers, undead old politicians, devious shadow people and the Chinese trying to get things done despite the Bengalis.

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A part of this illustration went on the back cover.

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And these illustrations occurred in the sketchbook behind the scenes.

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January 6, 2016

Wolfmother.

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{ A monster-within-a-monster for Studio Kokaachi. }

 

April 21, 2015

An Atlas of the Clouds.

An illustration for IQ magazine, on a story by Janice Pariat called An Atlas of the Clouds.

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Excerpt: 

… it might well be that the only way to belong, to heed the call of becoming, is to “unbelong”, to forget where you came from.