Friday, 22 June 2012

Shinkai and Miyazaki - Blurred lines

Yesterday, I had a chance to revisit Shinkai Makoto through his latest animation film Hoshi o Ou Kodomo [ Children who Chase Lost Voices Deep Below]. He always has a very surreal way of naming of his movies.


In an earlier post, I had mentioned what I felt about Shinkai vis-a-vis Miyazaki.  Two years later, looking at his latest movie, I feel somewhere the lines have blurred.

The movie may almost pass off as a Miyazaki. Maybe not the My Neighbour Tottoro Miyazaki, but very credibly as a Ponyo Miyazaki.

Shinkai eschews his love of the sci-fi and slides into fantasy. His perspective has also changed from that of the poetry of everyday life to that of a fantasy world seen through a child's eyes. Most importantly, the movie attempts a closure.

In his own words most of his works in the past decade were stories about characters who have to part ways with those they hold dear, but he wanted to take that theme further and wanted to deal more specifically on how to overcome that loss.

What results is a movie that is definitely a joy to watch, in the leagues of Laputa.

However, that being said, I must say I kind of miss the old tragic poet Shinkai, the one who found ways to infuse everyday life with a deep sense of beauty and pathos.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Big Bang Blues - Friendicoes fundraiser poster

Disney inspired Poster for a Fundraiser show by my musician friends Big Bang Blues.Friendicoes SECA is a charity organisation that caters to caring and rehabilitation of animals.

Drawn on Alias Sketch using Wacom Intuos
Coloured using Photoshop


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Escape Naukuchiatal - a sketchbook diary


Once again this year, I had gone to Naukuchiataal for the Escape Festival.

As an invited artist, this year, I took my musical beasts with me for a showcase. I also did some sketches of the musical beasts present at the festival. These are not coloured, but just ball point sketches.


Sketches made at Escape Festival 2011, Naukuchiatal as participating artist…day wise journal of festival activities through sketches



From the RabbitHole session
Sketch made as duet jam to music for Escape Festival at TLR Cafe