Archive for ‘hand lettering’

June 10, 2018

Murder at the Happy Home for the Aged.

Cover design and illustration for the wicked, atmospheric mystery Murder at the Happy Home for the Aged, by Bulbul Sharma, art directed by Gunjan Ahlawat at Penguin.

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March 27, 2018

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.


First published in 1879, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson, was one of the earliest accounts of a colourful multi-day backpacking trip in the mountains. The book is full of things going wrong in beautiful inhospitable places, and twelve days of uneventful walking and unhelpful people, with a (much-abused) backpack-toting donkey on an inconsequential journey. Here’s my cover for the 2017 edition by Speaking Tiger, art directed by the awesome Maithili Doshi.


Here’s a rough drawing that didn’t become the cover:

This edition also includes handlettered section titles I did, like these:

August 29, 2017

Vampire in Love.

Enrique Vila-Matas’ Vampire in Love (Speaking Tiger), with the iconic, comic, tragic Quasimodo-meets-Nosferatu José Ferrato I drew for its cover.

 

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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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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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.

January 3, 2014

Tales of Fosterganj.

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Ruskin Bond’s Tales of Fosterganj, published by Aleph Book Company, just arrived in the mail! Here’s the cover I did, seething with some of the quirky characters from the book set in a whimsical old forgotten town. Below, are a couple of my illustrations from the inner flaps of the cover – the bewildered leopard’s an Especial Favourite Chosen Love. Here’s an extract from the book.

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