Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Skinny Scribbles!

I've really had a hard time keeping this leetle bit of excitement from all of you, but Im doing a childrens book with Scholastic :D And as you know, I have reallly been wanting to do one, so Im thrilled to bits to be covered in ink and paint drowning in a gorgeous story about a little girl called Samina and an envelope child called Skinny Scribbles and their whole adventure. Its funny, it makes you go aww sometimes and I love how dreamy the whole story is. It goes into production in April me thinks, I will let you know when its out!
So yes, I love it  and I love illustrating it. Its also in black and white! Im so used to spending hours with my colours that its a refreshing change to play with black and white again. I hope you like it !! Here are a few illustrations from the book :)

Im also off for a very exciting sounding trip to Bikaner, to be part of the Kabir yatra ! check out Hoping to be filled with Sufi wisdom and all the love they sing about. So Ill see you next in March! much love.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Unknown Possibilities

Im stepping into the unknown once again, it really is a giant black hole and I have no idea what is
going to happen in the next few months. For someone who loves to be in control this is pretty horrifying.
(Were moving to chennai :) 

But I read a book recently, that spoke about our subconcious and it leading us to the right path. I call it my instinct, and Ive learned to trust it and not fight it. But it inevitably means that I sometimes have no real reason for doing what Im doing. Except that it feels right. After all this time, living in Pondicherry I never did read aurobindos work, and I rather like what he says below. 

Our soul from its mysterious chamber acts
Its influence pressing on our heart and mind
Pushes them to exceed their mortal selves.
It seeks for Good and Beauty. 
We see beyond self's walls our limitless self,
We gaze through our world's glass at half seen vasts,
We hunt for the truth behind apparent things.
Our inner mind dwells in a larger light,
Its brightness looks at us through hidden doors
Our members luminous grow and Wisdom's face
Appears in the doorway of the mystic ward
When she enters into our house of outward sense
Then we look up and see, above, her sun

Strangely enough, this sketch is something I did months ago, I came across it yesterday and it seemed to fit how I was feeling right now. Incase you noticed my absence last week, its because I was trudging through chennai looking for the right house, which we did find :) Its beautiful, with a garden and terrace! Something to look forward to.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

When Time Stands Still

quaint little doors and yellow houses 
lake in the middle of nowhere - auroville    

Living in Pondicherry is so inspiring, Im surrounded by a quaint beauty that is unique to most towns in India.
And its not just the place, its got some incredibly interesting people living in it too- creating the most exciting things. Sometimes I go around with my sketchbook and scribble away, something to look at and drown in someday when im far away in a horrible noisy city. This morning I was in auroville at a gorgeous lake. There were birds chirping and I think I almost forgot to draw, it was just so peaceful.

And on a sadder note, all the likes from that facebook like button have suddenly been erased and i dont know how ! it makes me a bit sad. So do leave your comments as well as clicking on like, I really would love to hear from you !
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