This afternoon I met up with my friend Deepak Sharma, a very talented comic artist, for lunch.
Italian food was the order of the day. As Deepak had dropped by my place, I channelled my psychic energies to picture in my mind the different options we had in finding a restaurant that would cater to our taste-buds adequately. My in-built CPU didn’t have to work too hard… there were only 3 joints which provided Italian cuisine nearby. As other restaurants in Kolkata go, these places had not just Italian, but also Chinese, Indian and other Continental dishes up ther sleeve. In Kolkata, we believe in power to the people… to one and all. Why should a happy Italian food-lover make merry when a Chinese food-enthusiast looked on demure, downcast, depressed ( i can go on with alliterative synonymns… I’m getting quite good at it lately… but I’ll relent for the nonce, patient reader ) on discovering the lack of Chinese dishes at any given restaurant? That is sheer injustice, is it not? Or at least that seems to be the train of thought for all budding restaurateurs in the city.
To move on… as we sat down with our Italian dishes, we discussed the situation of comics in India now… and what we wanted to see it as in the very near future. The scene didn’t seem too bright at the present moment, but there are quite a few of us comic-enthusiasts around who want to change things, and that too pretty soon.
After a great meal, we had our post-lunch comic-jamming session.
That is, we decided on an impromptu plan to practise our drawing skills right there. Yup, on the spot. The idea we worked on was a word-association game, where we would pick one word / phrase ( say ‘Dracula’ ) and do an artwork based on it.
We worked with 2 such words… namely ‘dracula’, ‘avatar’…
and topped it up with our sketches of the comic book characters we loved the most.
Find the artwork below!
On an ending note – great work, Deepak! Keep it up!