Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sketchbook Skool, New Semester


New semester at Sketchbook Skool, starts 2 January 2015. Enroll now at www.sketchbookskool.com

Gumti libraries and other programs.





The posters on the Mobile Libraries are up in the villages of Varanasi. I visited some of them today, and also stopped by the Balwadi programs for pre school children, and Adult Literacy Classes by World Literacy Canada

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hero ji's boat.









I've known my lovely boatman Hero ji for quite a while now and those of you who've visited me in Benares in the past will recognize him from our beautiful boat rides on the Ganga. Hero had a tumour in his stomach last year and had to sell his boat to pay for the surgery. It was a shock to see him when I visited Varanasi earlier this January. But he's back on track now and has bought a new 'old' boat!

The fun part is, that I've started painting his boat, with the hope that it would attract people and give him some business.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Gumti Libraries. Varanasi.



World Literacy Canada has 60 mobile libraries in villages in and around Varanasi. These mobile libraries are open everyday for the villagers to read books and offers a space to exchange information and improve their education. The posters on the sides of these libraries were torn and tattered and I have just designed new posters to go on them. One of them states an old Chinese proverb in Hindi 'It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness'.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What can you do, With Red, Yellow and Blue?









I've just got it!!! 'What can you do, with Red, Yellow and Blue?'. Words by Arielle North Olson, pictures by me! Published by Little Latitude. Here's a little peek.
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Santosh's magic box camera


It never ceases to amaze me what Santosh here in Varanasi, can do with his box camera on the side of the street! Over the years he has taken photos of me that seems to catch a likeness of me from another lifetime. It has an other worldly charm. Here is his latest photo of me!

Monday, November 17, 2014

What can you do, with Red, Yellow and Blue?

A little video showing the process of illustrating my latest children's book, "What can you do, with Red, Yellow and Blue?" with Little Latitude.

Mural at the Ganga Mahal. Varanasi.








The mural that I had painted back in 2006 at the Ganga Mahal, had taken a beating! So after 8 years I decided to renew the old mural, and give it new life. Here's the progress of what I did!