• 11th November
    2013
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Another rhyme I worked on

I’ve always liked working with and for kids! Few months ago, I got an opportunity to start work on a project at Lucid Lane Designs, involving illustrations for kids. They make animated nursery rhymes for kids4kidstv, a YouTube channel for kids.

Here’s my most recent work with them. Do watch it in full HD and full screen -

I illustrated the background and characters, whereas Abhishek at Lucid Lane animated them. Do share your feedback! 

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Also, if you missed the first rhyme that I illustrated for them, you can watch it here - Old Mc Donald Had a Farm

  • 26th September
    2013
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My best work till date

I got asked today, ”which is the best pair of shoes you have painted?” I could mention 2 or 3, but if I had to choose 1, I’d say these -  

Before I could post final pictures of the shoes, I had posted a collage of some photos I took with my phone. While I was away for a few hours clicking my final pictures and packing the shoes to be shipped, I had no idea that the collage was at that time, going viral! When I got back to Facebook, here’s what had happened - 

  • 22nd September
    2013
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    2013
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    2013
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    2013
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  • 2nd August
    2013
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Lamasa

I keep promising myself to blog more often and never do!!! I’ve been swamped with shoes and tshirt painting orders and haven’t found the time to write, but there’s something interesting that I want to share today!

Last week, my mom and I went to an exhibition here in Nasik where one of my friends Ankita had a stall displaying her bags. (Do have a look, they’re quite awesome!! Her brand is called ANQI). At the exhibition, I came across a stall that displayed lamasa products. My mom had been wanting to learn the craft since a really long time and fortunately, the stall wasn’t selling any of the products, but advertising a class that teaches the craft!

I put my name down instantly and decided to take some time off painting to learn this exciting technique :)

It was a 4 day class which included learning to make the dough and making 5 different items. Here are some pictures of the items I learned to make - 

Decorative bowl - 

Fridge magnet -

Trinket box - 

Pen stand -

Vegetables in the making - 

my favorite one of the lot - 

and finally the best item of the lamasa class, the miniature vegetable basket - (there’s a 1 Rupee coin to show how tiny the vegetables are)

  • 5th May
    2013
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The last class: Pop-up Birthday Card

I’ve been sharing my experiences from the summer camp organized by the Cantonment Board High School, Deolali. I taught the students art and craft and had a lot of fun with them. This post is about my last class with the kids, where I taught them a really quick, easy way to make a pop-up birthday card.

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The kids had a lot of fun making cards and they were quite fascinated by the idea of a pop-up card! They were all geared up to add final touches to all their creations over the two weeks and display them at the final day exhibition. 

More about the exhibition and closing ceremony of the summer camp tomorrow! 

  • 5th May
    2013
  • 05

More from the Art and Craft Class: Cross-stitch and Wall hangings

Here’s another post about my craft class at the Cantonment High School’s summer camp.

I’m traveling, and that’s the reason my craft class posts have been a bit delayed. Before I could post more about these classes, my first animation video was up on its new YouTube channel and in all the excitement about sharing the video, I almost forgot that I was supposed to write more posts about the craft class! 

After warli-art, came cross-stitch. We had the school provide us with 12”x12” pieces of matty cloth and embroidery threads. I taught the students the most basic stitch called ‘cross-stitch.’ To start with, I taught them how to embroider a temple style border. Here are some pictures from class -

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This class went on for two days as most of the students took time to learn the stitch. Some of them had taken their matty piece home and brought it back the next day with some good stitching. The best of the lot was Chanda’s piece - 

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I really appreciate this girl for being the most enthusiastic participant in my craft classes. Chanda lost both her parents when she was really young and she lives with her grandmother and elder brother. This little girl does all house-work at the tender age of 12 and still manages to do all her homework perfectly, be it regular school or the summer camp classes!

The most exciting part of the second day of my cross-stitch class was a group of boys trying to learn the stitch! I remember all the boys running away from my first class because I said I was going to teach ‘jewelry-making!’ Before the cross-stitch class too, most of the boys left. But this bunch of boys seemed interested, so I gave them a piece of matty cloth and started teaching them - 

Here are some pictures of the boys attempting cross-stitch (they borrowed Chanda’s piece to figure out how it’s done!) - 

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Well, the boys took their matty piece home with a promise that they would work on it and bring it back the next day. Guess what! None of them turned up for my next class!! I wasn’t disappointed, though. It was something I definitely expected!

The next class was conducted by my sister-in-law Sachita. She taught the kids to make decorative mobiles and wall-hangings using popsicle sticks and colored paper - 

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Here’s the extremely easy but beautiful ‘bird-house’ mobile made out of colored paper and string -

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The students were pretty excited about to make these at home. Each of them took some sheets of colored paper and popsicle sticks from me before they left class, and came back with some awesome work the next day - 

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Two of my favorites were these -

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imageAnd in this one, the girl used the birds that she learned to make in her origami class which was also part of the summer camp.

I love how the students came up with their own ideas after every class and made such beautiful products each time!

  • 4th May
    2013
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A New Beginning!

A few posts ago, I had mentioned a new assignment that I’m working on. Apart from the hand-painted shoes and t-shirts that I have been working on, I started work on something very different from anything that I have done before.

Lucid Lane Designs, a creative digital media firm in Nasik, approached me with their new project that involves creating animated nursery rhymes for the YouTube channel kids4kidsTV. The rhymes on this channel have been sung by kids for kids to learn. Lucid Lane wanted to try out a new style for their animations and asked me if I could come up with something different in terms of illustration. 

I started working on the project with ‘Old Mc Donald had a farm,’ a rhyme that all of us learned as toddlers. Since I had never worked on animation before, I took my own approach towards the illustrations. I have used different kinds of media (water colors, pencils, oil pastels, fabric and paper cut-outs) to create the characters and backgrounds. 

Here’s the first rhyme that I worked on -

(if you have an internet connection fast enough, do watch the video in HD on full screen)

I have worked on the illustration, whereas the team at Lucid Lane took care of the animation with some inputs from me. Do let me know what you think of my first attempt! 

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