Friday, September 22, 2006

New Scholastic book!



My latest children's book from Scholastic arrived today! The Mystery of the Secret Hair Oil Formula is by Asha Nehemiah. It is about a swashbuckling Granny (Paati in Tamil) and her amazing invention - a super hair-growth tonic!
I did all the illustrations in pen and ink - my trusty old Rotring Rapidographs - and the cover was colored digitally. This style evolved from my endless doodling. I always thought that you needed a more 'polished' style to to illustrate for children. But it turns out that this style works really well too - the more quirky, the more kids like it!
I only wish Scholastic-India books were available in book shops here and were not just sold through school networks. The pleasure of seeing one's books on a display counter is quite something else...
Some illustrations from the book:

3 comments:

Anand said...

Love the murderous C Rajagopalachari lookalike!

asha nehemiah said...

Every one who has seen this book is FLOORED by Amit's illustrations. They certainly add a whole new dimension of fun to the story... given it more zest and that zany, whacky touch!!! The cover is great too.

kavimona said...

Amit, do u do drawing classes? i'd love to join .....