Art illustrations on the pandemic

Manjulika Pramod’s e book Kaleidoscope of Cheer and Hope paperwork the lockdown in 50 illustrations

A set of multi-coloured birds sit amongst fig formed leaves on the branches of a inexperienced tree. But the birds are holding on to masks that learn ‘social distancing’. This Gond artwork illustration by Manjulika Pramod options in chapter one among her new e book Kaleidoscope of Cheer and Hope (Srijan Digital Collections), a bit of non-fiction that revolves round the pandemic. “I made this on March 16, day one of lock down,” says Manjulika, a telecom engineer-turned journey blogger. “I picked up my art book to distract myself. I chose the indigenous Gond art of Madhya Pradesh to showcase my emotion around the new word ‘social distancing’ that has entered our lives.”

The 96-page e book launched on Kindle presents 50 illustrations; a brief notice or a diary entry accompanies every. One of her drawings is impressed by Banksy’s work ‘Girl with Balloon’, the place she introduces a globe inside the purple balloon to point out the curtail on journey.

“Last year alone, I had travelled to 16 countries. Then, all of a sudden, I was cooped up in a work-related temporary abode in Vijayawada along with my husband. I turned to art as a coping mechanism.As I had just colour pencils and pens with me, I made all my illustrations using those.”

Since March, she has made greater than 100 drawings to maintain a report of life throughout the unprecedented occasions. “I picked the best 50 for the book. When I posted on social media, it resonated with everyone, my family and friends, and it helped us stay positive.”

Some of her illustrations additionally trended on Twitter, like the one which reveals a health care provider sipping his espresso as his household watches him from a distance. Her pandemic curler coaster drawing that alerts individuals to ‘don’t let your guard off’ throughout unlock was picked up by UNICEF, and has been featured on its youth web page.

She provides, “I wanted to cheer up people and that is why I chose yellows, greens, reds, and oranges to make bright and colourful illustrations. Everyone who has lived through the last six months will relate to the book.”

In one among the illustrations, Manjulika makes use of warli artwork to specific ‘janata curfew’. She creates a vibrant tribal village with warli collectible figurines singing, doing chores and dancing merrily open air on a standard day, and selecting to remain indoors throughout the curfew. A free fashion illustration of wholesome thaali has a platter of sanitisers and masks however there’s an empty spot that awaits the vaccine. Some of the drawings respect private banter, like a dialog along with her husband about Dalgona espresso. “The point is to make the most of the moment and enjoy it.”

There are additionally drawings on the rice ATMs of Vietnam, jews praying with social distancing norms, and the Bhurj Khalifa of Dubai that lit up throughout the pandemic with the phrases ‘stay home’ in 11 languages. Says Manjulika,“Art helped me give a different perspective to the pandemic. It gave me a ray of hope.”

The e book is accessible on Kindle and Google Playstore.

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