This is one of those moments when I am happy and crying at the same time. Beyond words to see my work featured in Communication Arts Photography Annual, the July-August issue!! So much thanks to all the people who have been so supportive, especially to David Sandlin and Lisel Jane Ashlock. And the wonderful art directors I have worked with this past year- Florian Bachleda, Michael Mrak, Matt Dorfman, Erich Nagler and the gallery Light Grey Art Lab!!!
Illustrated for the Book Review section on a satirical novel by Michelle de Krester- The Life to Come. The author challenges that travel does not necessarily broaden one's mind. The characters are globetrotting cosmopolitans that make a fetish for travel and prepare food, not for sustenance, but for Instagram worthy pictures.
After I sent the sketch, we decided to have 1" more on either sides so it fits all digital publication platforms. In print on April 22nd!
Much thanks to AD Matt Dorfman who is always a pleasure to with.
Happy to share that three of my illustrations have been Chosen for American Illustration 37. I made these last year of which one is personal, one for Google for celebrating one of the first Indian woman doctor, and for Fast Company on Coming out at Work. Many thanks to the judges, and especially much much thanks to the wonderful art directors I worked with- Florian Bachleda and Erich Nagler!!!
I recently got to work for the Sketchbook section on NYT, one of my favorites! It is a standalone, print-only art spot on page 3 of the newspaper. It's totally art-driven and responds to "current events." There's no article attached to it, but runs alongside a small blurb.
This one was on Cynthia Nixon's run for governor of New York. Nixon is best known as an actress who played Miranda in the television show "Sex and the City," but she also has a well-documented history of public education advocacy. Our focus of interest was that her celebrity is discussed to the exclusion of her platform and history of political organizing.
Much thanks to AD Andrew Sondern for the awesome gig!!
So excited to share this piece I did for The New York Times Book Review. The City of Brass by author S.A. Chakraborty is based in 18th century Cairo. It's protagonist is a half human who can do magic and together with her djinn sidekick they fight zombies, travel dangerous lands and whatnot. It was fun to do sketches on such a dramatic story.
So much thanks to AD Matt Dorfman for this great assignment!!
I am happy to share that I recently worked on a project with Google to create a Google Doodle for them. The Doodle was to commemorate Rakhmabai Raut's 153rd birthday who was the first woman to practice medicine in colonial India. She was also an activist and fought to stamp out child marriage which led to passage of Age of Consent Act in 1891. It was very interesting to learn about her life and how she fought for her rights during the time when women rights were subdued in the Indian society. Google also did a nice write-up on her on their Google Doodle website.
We decided to focus on her achievements as a barrier-breaker and pioneer in medicine and I did various sketches on it. Some of them are posted below:
It was so thrilling to see the doodle go live-
So much thanks to AD Erich Nagler for such a wonderful assignment!!
For a story about a young woman who came out as a bisexual at her workplace after which she was constantly "corrected" and stopped from expressing herself by her colleagues and seniors. The story is part of a digital feature that features 7 stories on "What it is like to be out at work in 2017". Each story was illustrated by a different illustrator using a color from Pride colors.
So the initial direction for the assignment was to use Orange hue and include the workplace in sketches. After the sketch was approved, I made different color versions of the final piece.
I also had fun drawing the view of buildings from the windows which is how the night view was of glittering Freedom Towers from my studio window back when I was a grad student at SVA (those sleepless nights!).
Many thanks to creative director Florian Bachleda who is always a pleasure to work with.
I recently worked with Scientific American for their online article. It is about women confronting sexual harassment in Science and Research also and not just Hollywood or STEM fields. To submit sketches soon after getting the assignment (also while working on another deadline!) and see the published piece just two days after sending the final was very exciting.
Many thanks to AD Michael Mrak for this project!