Archive for ‘design’

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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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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December 29, 2014

Things We Found During The Autopsy.

Kuzhali Manickavel‘s new collection of short stories, Things We Found During The Autopsy (published by Blaft) is out in the world finally! It’s accompanied by this video featuring glorious alien kolams, buffalo backs, razor blades and EYE Cola.

Here is the cover I made for the book; with story titles lettered by Reagan Chandramohan on the back.

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February 20, 2014

Friends and Relations.

Friends and Relations developed as an exploration of the awesomely punch-packing Kulture Shop‘s theme “Living in Colour“. { For those who came in late, Kulture Shop‘s a NEW and jumpworthy graphic art avenue where me and other artists are developing some fun artwork, often wearable and usually meant for frames and walls and hours of staring! }

Sometimes, I’m a bigger fan of black and whites and greys and textures and stripes and spots, than of colour – so I put those on the palette, and mixed them all up to see what happened next. I reread some Mendelian genetic and pea-pod crossing theories, followed by some Winnie the Pooh. In a matter of minutes, the white chicken and the black chicken had made more chickens who went on to make more chickens, a complex family tree of unexpected connections and bewildered-looking products. Like in the Velvet Underground song, in some kinds of love, possibilities are endless. The chickens sure thought it would be groundless to miss one.

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This is available as Limited Edition Art Prints and Art Tees. #SupportTheArtist and get one! Like so:

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Here’s Pratheek Thomas s’porting the Tee, with Tina Thomas. Thanks for all the love, Kulture Shop!

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January 20, 2014

Obliterary Journal Vol 2 (Non-Veg).

The Obliterary Journal Vol 2. (Non-Veg)  is a meaty new anthology of short comics and artwork by Blaft Publications. It’s themed over the idea of people eating animal flesh, and contains “talking chicken legs, giant man-eating serpents, plenty of aliens, a few mind-blowing statistics, and some excellent kebabs” (says the Blaft blogpost with a loud wink); dreamed up by a brilliantly wacky bunch of writersandartists.

Here is my design for the anthology’s covers featuring a chain-smoking bubble-blowing lollehpop-eating maami we’re calling Meatface Aunty. The cover’s been printed in three different versions like so.

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The back cover carries a hand-lettered list of the contributing folks, individually crafted, just like old times. The nutritional facts info on brown paper was subtly doctored in the Blaft word-processor to feature brilliant kicks in the head like krait venom and baby phat and vitamin X. And the flaps of the book are full of nomworthy halal-meat labels pasted on at Blaft. Here is some detail of the back cover and flap.

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The book was launched with much fanfare, elaneer and coupons for fish at the Nochikuppam fish market in Chennai.

October 29, 2013

Dogs for Peace.

Here’s a publicity poster that Manta Ray first used at the Delhi Comic Con/2012. The design was then tucked away behind a bookshelf for a while, as we focused on making more books and ran relentlessly between printer shops and paper shops and countless meetings with unlikely, interesting people. The peace dogs decided to help publicise MaRa’s appearance at Chitrakatha 2013, NID’s international student animation festival and were spotted grinning benevolently in different parts of the campus.

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June 26, 2013

Twelve.

Here’s the cover to Manta Ray‘s first volume of the series TWELVE, carrying my interpretations of Jasjyot Singh Hans’ sultry pop-drinker and Pia Alize Hazarika/Archana Sreenivasan’s earphone boy. Of course there’s Blankets boy down in the corner giving one of his sidelong glances. The series author, Pratheek Thomas, thinksbreatheseatssleeps comics.

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Twelve: Preludes (12.0) carries three stories, of which I’ve illustrated the one called Blankets Girl. It doesn’t exactly lead you (insidiously or not) or to an overwhelming question of life, death and the universe as the series intro might have you believe. But, in the space of 13 pages shared by the characters one does wonder about anecdotal truth or just the vivid imagination of the everyman, peppered with a generous dose of love for Craig Thompson’s Blankets. Here is a preview of the story.

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Finally, the other cover on my mind is the one I drew for 12.1, Twelve: How it Ends, a 32-page hurricane of some delightfully visceral artwork by Aindri Chakraborty over Pratheek’s factfiction (that does lead you to said overwhelming question). Both Preludes and How it Ends can be bought in glorious tactile print over here.

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Here is a sample of some panels from the book, with some of the lettering I did over Aindri’s illustrations.

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And a goodie poster for the book, all in crimson.

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August 31, 2012

The Song of the Indri.

A poster for Current Conservation magazine inspired by David Quammen‘s mighty thought-provoker The Song of the Dodo. This is the Indri, a koala-esque lemur exclusive to the island of Madagascar,  little-known, mysterious and on the verge of (a quiet, unbelievable sort of) extinction.