October 17, 2010


Bougainvillea, a watercolor painting originated from a photograph that I took while living in Bangalore has a little history behind it. Starting its life as a lowly courtyard resident at a two story house, this Brazilian beauty assumed its rightful place as the most spectacular and beautiful climber east of Mumbai. It was also the most attractive bougainvillea ever to grace the face of a bungalow in Bangalore.

But alas! its life was short lived. My precocious landlord was more concerned about the railings on his balcony, on which the lovely bougainvillea prospered, than the attractive vine. One fine morning bougainvillea disappeared from 10 Murphy Road without any fanfare.

Now "Bougainvillea" lives only in my thoughts and on the walls of my home in Baltimore. Here it's for all those who would care to share my labor of love.

A little more about bougainvillea: In 1768 when Admiral Louis de Bougainvillea began his long journey to the Pacific Ocean and discovered the vine that now bears his name, it was a botanical highlight of the voyage. Through the ensuing years, this spectacular and beautiful Brazilian native has become one of the most popular tropical plants.

October 8, 2010

Beyond Normal

One of the illustrations for my forthcoming graphic novel titled "Beyond Normal," shows an establishing shot of Karivara village. Karivara is a remote village tucked between Panchalimedu, a soaring mountain range, and the flat expanse of Malayalam Rubber Plantations.

The story revolves around Manu Menon, an NRI from New York, who is visiting his ancestral home after a long time only to find himself thrown into a diabolical quagmire. 

Great Rock

Creating images on a blank canvas is quite an effort only if one thinks so. Once the stylus is unleashed on the Wacom Intuos 3, lo! there emerges a picture that never existed! 

The image shown here began with a gray background and a clear mind. Then the clouds started popping up. Soon a giant monolith emerged to my left that reminded me of El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. A thin waterfall that crashed down from its crest created a gorgeous shimmering veil in the afternoon sky. Birds of prey scanned the valley for a meal as they floated aimlessly in the sky.