The pale red dot.

Keep coming closer, Mars.

Ode to a much-loved thing.

Note to self.

Something fishy is brewing.

Projecting personal quirks onto the rest of humanity.

Repeat patterns!

A sketch of girls and bras that turned into something else. I came across this tutorial and it was fun to try making some of my own.

Pattern-making could be the new addiction! Must. Resist. Temptation.

If only I knew how to.

Playing around with two sides of very thin paper.

From this crazy adorable photo.

Somehow the severed teddy-bear head seems appropriate.

So this is where all that collage experimentation was going!

I’ve emerged from months of the usual what-am-I-doing-with-my-life introspection to post this, my first official foray into graphic design.

As part of our classroom assignment, we got involved in researching a topic of our choice under a particular theme (travel and/or music) and then came up with a design project.

This booklet is a small compilation of verses (five poems) by the Polish-Roma poet Bronislawa Wajs, popularly known as ‘Papusza’, whose work I was inspired by and then set out to illustrate using old-school collage.

The images are my interpretations of her beautiful songs, and I wanted to create abstract visuals that would compliment the words.

More about the project here, with more pictures and a short background note. Do take a look; I’d appreciate all the feedback and criticism I can get!

Sketches from nearly a year ago…these were during the 2012 Jodhpur RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival), and an unscheduled stop in Jaisalmer.

Couldn’t have asked for a more eventful first visit to Rajasthan!

A very merry hand-made Christmas!

Origami stars and snowflakes, a paper-and-ribbon wreath, random-found-branch tree, embroidered Christmas card to send home (first holiday away from family, sniff) and the scene-stealer…the adorable print-and-make nativity set from the awesome Marloes de Vries!

May your days be merry and bright.

Collages from old Nat Geos!

Trying new things is such immense fun. My whole adolescence/twenties have been spent with my nose in these magazines, and I love how its uses extend well beyond the inherent awesomeness.

Also, Ms.Goodall feeding the fishies! I’ll always regret the day I didn’t get to ask her a question during an audience session, when she visited my undergrad campus some years ago. Sigh. Good times.

Another one bites the dust in the bottomless pit of rejected character models.

Too much multitasking for my own good, and I’m venturing into animation territory, but the soldier has to soldier on. And this is just too much fun.