The Reality Trilogy

As I had posted sometime ago, I decided to devote 2019 towards learning the art of making short films. Today I wrapped up the screenplays for all three of my planned shorts. Happy with the plan and execution. We already shot the first one and will be reshooting parts of it next week. The second one will be shot mid-October and the last one before end of the year.

I learned a lot by trying to write and make these shorts. All three of the short movies deal with some aspect of reality and I had a boatload of fun trying to write zero budget shorts with cosmic/supernatural undertones, casting them with my friends, and finally trying to get them made.

I couldn’t have done this without the help and support of my friends, co-workers and mentors. So hearty thanks to you all and now down to the brasstacks to wrap them all up.

Chekov’s Donkey

Once upon a time there was a farmer named Chekov who had a talking donkey. The donkey was prone to loquacious tangents and never gave a straight answer to anything. However the farmer loved his donkey and took it everywhere.

One day, the farmer was visiting a nuclear reactor. There was a malfunction and the core started melting down. Everyone was panicking as there was no time to get to a minimum safe distance.

The farmer bravely marched into the reactor room and had his donkey swallow the radioactive core. Suddenly everything was alright and the radiation levels returned to normal.

All the scientists were raking their brains about how this could be possible. The farmer just smiled and said …

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“Whatever happens in vague ass, stays in vague ass!”

Experimenting with simulating watercolor effects

In my digital art explorations, I’ve been experimenting with simulating one of my favorite looks… watercolor on rice paper.

Here’s an attempt made by starting from stock images and then manipulating/merging with some free hand vectors and blended textures.

I used GIMP, Inkscape and a new Huion drawing tablet that I purchased off of Amazon recently.

New Digital Art Pieces

Of late, I’ve been developing on a dystopian near-future Indian sci-fi short story collection. In keeping with that theme (and as part of the world/mood building excercise), I’ve been working on some digital art pieces that try to blend traditional Indian motifs with a cyberpunk sensibility.

Here are two I worked on this weekend. These are really fun to work on. Both of them use royalty free photos from Unsplash and Pexels and then I process them in GIMP to get them to a line drawing like state. For effect, I print them out on an old laser printer I have (which has a really screwed up toner pack and prints them weirdly). I then scan the line drawings back in and color them in GIMP and apply the post processing effects.

Mumbai Confidential Fifth Anniversary Special “NOIR” edition now available on Amazon

The Fifth Anniversary Special “NOIR” edition of Mumbai Confidential Book One: Good Cop, Bad Cop is now available for purchase on Amazon!

MC was originally supposed to be a black and white comic book. So for our fifth anniversary of the first edition of the color hardcover Vivek and I decided to redo the book as a b/w softcover.

If you’re in India, Penguin India already has an excellent softcover version in that market. For our fans elsewhere, we hope you enjoy this edition.