About this blog

And here I am, adding yet another blog to the long list of blogs that I seem to be miraculously managing amidst all my daydreaming. This one, however, is for the mundane day to day happenings

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Rain-washed

I find comfort in the rain. Always have. Feels as though nature is washing the guilt off all of humanity while you and I sit comfortably behind the wheel, driving through well-washed suburban streets. I love how the red break lights from the vehicles ahead bleed onto the wet tarmac. May be I should turn off climate control and roll down the window a bit. What’s that fragrance I’m groping for?…ah!…Petrichor! But I don’t find any. Outside, by the streetlight, I see four heads sticking out from a gap between the slabs on top of the drain . A beady eyed mom and her three pups sat helpless in the water, getting drenched, not knowing what else to do.  Water level had risen and they could no longer find shelter under the slabs. Suddenly, I don’t feel so comfortable anymore. Should have just stayed indoors, sipping on some hot chocolate, continuing to believe that everything is peachy

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Rage

We may have evolved, but our ideas of gender have not evolved. As an adolescent, I’ve had the toughest time identifying myself as a feminist, solely because the word did not sound gender-neutral enough to me. I used to argue that we should all instead be ‘equalists'! But one look at the things happening in the world around us was good enough to understand why the word sounds just the way it must. I know it is not a good thing to spew rage first thing in the morning, but that is just what I’m about to do. I am angry. You too should be. 
When the city of Bangalore celebrated the new year’s eve by assaulting and groping our women, lawmakers and politicians came out to defend the assailants, saying that the women brought it on themselves by "copying the Westerners”. Apparently our women are deviating from the Indian culture and hence deserve no better. 

If a woman wears short skirts, lip gloss, and high heels, it is for herself. It is in no way an invitation for depraved men to come and grope her. Sadly, we - men and women alike - are products of a society that has taught us that a man is more important than a woman. So it’s easy for our elected representatives to say “But these things happen all the time. It’s no big deal!” and to make lewd remarks like “Women are like sugar and men are ants”. And when these ignorant, idiotic ‘leaders’ say so, they are also nurturing a whole new generation of chauvinists, bullies, and rapists. Of course I am angry. Why shouldn’t I be? But I am also hopeful. A feminist world is a fairer one where everyone, irrespective of gender, gets equal opportunities, respect, and treatment. But knowing something intellectually isn’t the same as feeling it emotionally. I am a feminist, married to a feminist, and I live in a feminist household. I know I am not the only one. It’s time for us to spread our influence and start healing the world one person at a time

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

As seasons go by

I have stopped enjoying blatant self promotion. That is the reason why a lot of what I do don't make it to my blogs anymore. Which brings me to a paradox, because it was all the shameless promotion of what I can do that jump-started my career as an artist and set me off on this trajectory. But, to be frank, it is no longer about the struggle to prove my worth as an artist. I seem to have matured a little and I can finally afford to take a breather and go back to just enjoying what I do. But for those interested to know what's happening on the work/personal front, my Instagram is quite active.

All that's happening in the world today is bound to cause disillusionment. It's so easy to lose faith in humanity and crave for detachment. I've been backpacking through strange lands, thumbing rides, and pitching tents on unfamiliar grounds in the past month with Merryn, Rohith, and Sneha (see pic below). No Thanks to demonetization, the money we had on us had little practical use in places without internet or ATMs. It was through sheer luck and the kindness of complete strangers that we made it back to civilization. Instead of feeling detached, I now feel closer to humanity in a way I never thought possible

With that comes the urge to give back to humanity. I believe it's time to move out of my comfort zone and start sharing the tricks of trade I've picked up on the way while working on my craft. While it may be way too early to call myself a mentor, it might be a good time for me to start internalizing my approach to art. Trying to explain how or why I do things the way I do them could also gain me some perspective and help me recognise what I need to do to move on to the next level. Looking back on my work from a few years back, I get great pleasure when I see that I've improved. I hope that I never stop learning, and that someday not so far away, I can look back on what I'm doing right now and see that I've progressed further.





Friday, 26 August 2016

Chat with Helter Skelter

Ram and I had a chat with Manav from Helter skelter

Click on the image for the full interview


And here's a small excerpt:

What other media did you derive inspiration from when creating Black Mumba?
KISHORE: As far as the artistic process goes, I ended up choosing a visual language that I felt would put the reader in the exact state of mind that Ram wanted them to be at each point in the story. The art style I’ve used in Black Mumba is very different from the ones I’ve used in my previous works. Calling it film noir would be an over simplification, but noir comics like Torpedo (Jordi Bernet) and Blacksad (Juanjo Guarnido) were definitely on my mood-board. There is a constant sense of foreboding throughout the story that felt almost supernatural, and I had to make sure that the elements that I chose to compose each frame subtly hinted that something darker lurked right around the corner. It’s like that ominous musical note you hear in a horror flick when the dog runs up the stairs to inspect the strange sounds. You hear that note and you know instantly that Timmy isn’t coming back. What happens between the frames happens entirely inside the reader’s head and that, in fact, is where the real magic of this medium is supposed to happen.
RAM: Yeah, I think the noir influence is obvious. Old ’40s Bogart films and Hitchcock were my touchstones for creating scenes and using visual cues. In terms of comics, I learned from reading Azarello and Lemire (apart from the staples of Moore, Morrison, Gaiman). As for the literary influences, the idea for Black Mumba germinated after a reading of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, although the content and subject matter is nowhere near Auster’s work.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Need support, friends!


Friends, Family, and all you wonderful people out there... the Kickstarter for Black Mumba is now LIVE. Ram, Rosh, Dev, Aditya and I have been working on this hard-bound 100-page graphic novel for the past one year. The book also includes some amazing pinups by Bhanu Pratap, Devaki, Somnath Pal, and has a fantastic cover by Anand Radhakrishnan. 
The response during the first 24 hours has been overwhelming and we are close to 75% funded already. it’s time now for you to support our art in whatever way you can. Please take a look, contribute, and spread the word. Every pledge counts, so even if you can just pledge £1, it would be immensely appreciated. Also check out all the goodies we have for our backers
Kickstarter link: BLACK MUMBA


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Art Drop Month

This happened in September



You can find more about this along with pictures and artwork HERE

And here's another newspaper snippet that came earlier this year





Saturday, 20 June 2015

Post OKK interview

Here's a scanned copy of my interview from a couple of months back