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 …
“Whatever happens in vague ass, stays in vague ass!”
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.
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.
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.
BuzzFeed recently compiled a list of “21 Indian Graphic Novels That Should Be On Your Reading List” and four of my books (including two books I wrote for Virgin Comics) featured on it – Mumbai Confidential, Moon Mountain, Devi and The Sadhu.
Less than a year ago, Sohini Mitra from Penguin India commissioned me to write/edit a book titled Moon Mountain (a graphic novel adaptation of the bengali novel Chander Pahar by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay of Pather Panchali fame). As Moon Mountain work progressed, I really enjoyed working with the Penguin team and discussions progressed to doing more books.
First of this was a story I wished to do for a long time – a story from The Mahabharata about the young warrior-prince Abhimanyu. I had done some research for it originally during my India Authentic days. But 22 pages felt like too little for that story. I’m glad I got to do it as a full graphic novel. That book Way of The Warrior – The Legend of Abhimanyu which features awesome artwork by Vinay Brahmania (who had collaborated with me for a few shorts in Mumbai Confidential. The book is now available for purchase at Amazon.in, FlipKart and Indian bookstores. A big thank you to our editor Nimmy Chacko for giving the book shape.
After the Abhimanyu book, Penguin Inked decided to publish the Indian paperback edition of my creator-owned crime-noir graphic novel (with Vivek Shinde) about Encounter Cops – Mumbai Confidential. I’m very grateful to Penguin India editor Ameya Nagrajan for batting big time for this to happen.
The book looks fabulous and is out now for purchase on Amazon.in and bookstores.