Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Shiny candy stripes and dots

I often collect a lot of things (junk) thinking I can use them later in my sketch books.I end up forgetting where all I put them.They resurface sometimes and then they become part of my sketch books...sometimes many years later.
These candy wrappers resurfaced tucked in between some books almost a year later. So for my love of shiny things, fuschia and stripes..these were made way back in 2006.
 The next one also has some butterfly stickers that I had collected over the years. Looking at the stripes somehow made me want a dress with stripes. I'ts sad the scan did not come out as bright as it actually looks though.

Love..or something like it


My sketches are like my visual diary..Sometimes happy...dark..sad. These ones are moods pertaining the heart. I am a very emotional person as such and I love to sketch when I feel, whatever I feel. It's amazing how sketching can be therapeutic.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tribal Girl

I wanted to sketch a tribal girl using colours that I was absolutely not comfortable with...also the Indian-ness was not exactly my style of work. The leaves seemed appropriate for the girl who maybe roamed forests and played with leaves and flowers and use them as accessories.
I'm originally from a small town at the foothills of the Himalayas called Kalimpong (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalimpong).
I remember as a child I used to use Thunder Lillies as earrings and used to make flower and creeper wreaths and use it as headgear. It's sad...kids these days are indoors most of the time...We used to freak out outdoors and eat all sorts of plants and flowers and fruits...It's a miracle that I did not get poisoned!!!!  Oh!!! how I miss the hills :(

Sunday, September 25, 2011

For the love of Headgears

I don't know when I developed a love for sketching out head gears. I as a kid often drew women with long hair flying in the wind....then I started decorating their hair. It's funny how I had never thought of when the headgear obsession began. We all develop some liking or disliking because of so many factors...I as a person always look back and try and figure out what made me. It's easier to find out why you behave the way you do and what caused it . There is always a reason!!! (makes me sound so profound :p)

The other thing you will notice that I make women..women and women...one because I love to draw them and many times they are like a reflection of my many moods and characters. Secondly...(sheepish smile) I can never get a man's proportions and shape right...they end up looking like sporty women!!!                                                                                                     In any case...enjoy the headgears!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Early years!!!

 My creative career began with http://www.shadesofindia.com/. A place that let your creativity run wild!!! I basically am very choosy where I work. They focus on innovation and well that's where I enhanced my love for textile art and fabric manipulation. Though the products might be expensive here but you will find unique and mad products here. I miss working here sometimes.
I also used to work for http://www.tmcollection.com/novo/ . Strong woman..Teresa Martins... also let me explore anything in the world. She and I shared a deep love for the orient, Antonio Marras and Kenzo. I thank her for exposing me to a different kind of sensibility and to help me develop into a more wholesome Designer.I miss working here too!!

The Point in the end being...If you absolutely love what you do...work becomes fun and well....it becomes such a big part of you

At peace with the world

 I love being a soulful hippie, a partial goth, sometimes a huge anime and manga otaku, tribal woman from the north east, orient lover, crafty DIY person, Fashionista, Mystic gypsy woman.... soooo much more.

It's funny that I thought that I could describe myself and write down all the ingredients that make me ..me. But it's a tough. So I guess it it will anyway be more fun if you discover one picture at a time.

Posted two of my favorite illustrations.. I guess they are my favorite as I have pleasant memories of them and  as I was under the influence of some natural herbs..what came out on paper seems to be truly what I felt in my heart.

I remember them well..The first one - somehow even at a room  filled with people screaming, dancing and getting high, I felt really calm, I had sat under this bamboo lamp and sketched away oblivious to  the world.

The second one was made in the realm of Pushkar...somehow everytime I have visited there, the place exudes a strong spirituality which I don't know if other people experience.. I guess they do... as it is believed to be the creation point of the 'Bhramand'

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


This was made for a dear friend of mine Roy!! He Loved the original sketch in my so called keeda book. I made a new one for him based on the old one.

The old sketch  that you see in the blog name space was made years and years ago.
I have always been fascinated by the orient and specially Buddhism and it's visual iconography. So thats how the Devi was born.
This time I shall take it slow....