Saturday, September 23, 2006
My first post for Illustration Friday, after a year of watching from the sidelines!
This is an illustration I did last week for Time Out, Mumbai. It's about new mothers and their phobias about parenting. Being a first-time parent myself, I think it fits in perfectly with this week's theme - the Little Godzillas do manage to inspire lots of phobic feelings in us poor parents!
Posted by Anita Vachharajani at 6:36 AM
Friday, September 22, 2006
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...
Posted by Anita Vachharajani at 11:13 AM