Archive for ‘nature’

April 21, 2018

The Reckoning.

The dog waiting to cross the road. The elephant in the temple fair. The solitary fish in the aquarium. The bird in her golden cage.
Every time we see them, we are reminded of the truth – this land, this river, this air belongs to them too.
We were the usurpers, we have eaten well.
Justice will be served, shortly.

Imagining a better world on Earth Day at designfabric.in, with this short comic collaboration with Pratheek and Tina Thomas at Studio Kokaachi. Other illustrated pieces in this series here.

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October 9, 2017

Lori’s Magical Mystery.

Illustrations (and some outtakes) for Kartik Shanker‘s deliciously moonsoon-soaked, irreverent, magical and mysterious book, Lori’s Magical Mystery (Puffin, 2017). Faint strains of the Beatles playing in the background, though we’re lost deep in the southern Western Ghats.

 

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August 29, 2016

A Conversation on Climate Change.

An illustration for Current Conservation Vol 10 Issue 2, for a conversation between Amitav Ghosh and Kartik Shanker on Ghosh’s newest book – The Great Derangement, and our apparent inability (even indifference) to the global effects of climate change, and how collective action to counter these are mired in opinion or belief rather than a considered response to facts. The illustration was created using the author’s analysis of modern historical events and current ways of living; making cataclysmic storms, tornadoes and rising sea levels possibly an inevitable result of anthropogenic climate change.

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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 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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January 6, 2016

Wolfmother.

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

 

December 29, 2014

The Alphabet of Animals and Birds.

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The Alphabet of Animals and Birds, a book of illustrated collective nouns that I wrote and illustrated (yay!!!) – has just been published by Red Turtle. Its oozing with murders of crows, rafts of otters, scoops of pelicans and many other pagefuls of animals and birds – useful group names to know for the next time you meet some of these creatures!

Here’s where you can buy the book:
Flipkart | Amazon 

A few pages from the book:

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October 16, 2014

The Constant Gardener.

My illustration for The Constant Gardener, an article on dugong feeding behaviour written by Elrika D’Souza and Vardhan Patankar, for Current Conservation magazine’s issue 8.2.

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The article describes how dugongs feed in seagrass meadows (their principal food source) by completely grazing them down; and leaving these fields for other areas for a time long enough to allow the depleted areas to regenerate. Thus the dugongs tend to these meadows like gardeners, ensuring for themselves a supply of desirable, high-nutrition seagrass species — while keeping the growth of low-nutrition high-fibre species down through their grazing cycles.

The illustration shows a pair of dugongs working through some seagrass fields, leaving “trails” which eventually grow over again.

Read the article here.

MORE: On Vardhan’s blog, more details on the ongoing dugong study in the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago; on how dugong conservation efforts involve caring for its habitat and involving the local communities in protecting this species.