Sunday, 6 June 2010
They like Munna in Taiwan
A couple of pages from a feature in XFuns. They liked this blog and wanted to talk about my illustrations. Here is an excerpt:
XFUNS: Could you describe your work process?
I believe in doing work that has something interesting to say. It could be a story, a statement, a protest. Once I know what I want to say, I think about how best to express it in words and pictures. I like to mix a lot of mediums to make my drawings and illustrations. When I make books, it is almost as if I am making a film. I direct each scene and the overall narrative.
XFUNS: Let’s back to the past, what kind of children illustration you like to see when you were a child?
I used to read a lot Asterix, Krazy Kat, and also a lot of Indian comics. But what really used to spark my imagination as a child were the Russian fairy tale books that we used to get back in the 80s. I remember there was a publication house called Mir Publications Moscow, which used to print amazing children’s books. These were readily available in India and were my absolute favourites.
XFUNS: How do you think your work represents the most infantine aspects of children illustration?
People tell me that I draw like a child myself. I don’t do it consciously. I think when children draw they do it without thinking about rules, art, what people will say. I like to draw the same way. I really do not care what people think. I draw to have fun. And if in the process it makes people smile, it is great.
XFUNS: What kind of music do you listen to while creating?
All kinds. I like to listen to everything. But end up listening mostly to Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Grateful Dead and Indian Ocean.
XFUNS: As being an illustrator, how this role acts in your life?
I have stopped taking myself seriously. My illustrations are mostly fun. It makes me look at life not so seriously and with more hope.
XFUNS: What is the most important thing in your life and how is it reflected in your works?
The most important thing for me is to spread the word and educate people about how we have damaged the environment and what we can do to make things better. Most of my work is about environmental issues. I want to make work that is entertaining and yet conveys a strong message.
XFUNS: What current designers you admire? Why?
Stefan Sagmeister, because he is original and his work makes me think and makes me want to try harder and makes me feel humble.
Sara Fanelli. She is a children’s books illustrator and her work is simply outstanding. It makes me want to be a child again. She mixes her mediums so well and it seems her illustrations have been created by a magic wand.
Nedko Solakov. Ingenious. Humorous. And so charming and innocent. I love his 99 fears. Amazing.
XFUNS: What words of wisdom do you have for anyone interested in entering the world of the illustration?
Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Don’t worry what people say. Do what comes naturally and instinctively to you.