Tag Archives: illustration

The last cup of tea

18 May

It is so strange – that feeling that Dad is not there with us any more, is something which is so strong… He is gone, but his presence is felt all around.

Tea Cup Coversations

When I make that morning cup of tea, and sit with the newspaper, I remember him each day… He was very fond of drinking tea and used to cherish his three cups of tea everyday.

Each doodle or sketch of a tea cup I draw, Dad, is for you.

conversations with Dad

This one is for you, Dad

musings of a lamy pen

25 Mar

ink (lamy) on 80gsm uncoated natural shade

Who said typography had to be stiff and boring?

31 May

cover of the book, as it appears on thier website

came across this book recently (thanks to Shreyas for sharing the link)

All of 196 pages, in a hardbound edition, Don’t go by the size of 16×21 cms! the inside pages share tons of information in a very elegant and interactive (rather addictive) manner.


Hyperactivitypography from A to Z is an activity book for typographers illustrated in a nostalgic vintage style to give it a sweet and childlike look.
The book is packed with activities, ranging from silly to hard core nerdiness. It’s great to test your skills on and to learn new things while having fun.
Who said typography had to be stiff and boring?

Done by a team of young designers under the leadership of  Paul van Brunschot, Studio 3, based in Oslo, Norway.

click here to flip through the book.

It is a must ‘own’ for anyone even remotely related with anything to do with typography

Unfortunately at the moment it is sold out. I am sure Paul and his team is working on a reprint 🙂

the verdict

28 May

the vacation is coming to an end…

time to move on to new matters, new verticals and newer horizons

new rapidographs and inks

6 May

. . . after a long time, I got the time to pull out my old rapidographs.

and yes, the handlebar moustache is growing 🙂

It was a pleasure to open them completely, leave them soaked overnight in diluted soap water and clean them up the next morning. Opening a rapidograph does not require to be a rocket scientist, but putting it back in the right order, without damaging the slender nib is a challenge.

I bought an orange and a brown ink. excited to use them frequently now that the vacations have set in 🙂

old is gold . . .

13 Nov

Browsing through my drawer in the office, i found an old work of mine. This was done sometime in 1997, for a report done by Unnati.

I still marvel at the hand drawn illustration and the simplicity of the concept brought out by the strokes.

Often I tend to wonder, what is technology doing to the visually creative? When I look around the work done by my students, a lot of it is actually defined by the limitations of the software they use. It is very easy to spot, whether they have used illustrator, or photoshop or corel draw. It is like the boundaries of creativity and the visual treatment are defined and limited by the kind of special effects a specific software has to offer.

Anyway, for the time being, enjoy the hand drawn cover page. It is done on tinted card paper using poster colour, intended to be printed in two colours using silk screen printing. I am surprised, the white has not lost its brilliance even after a decade!

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