Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Work.-in-Progress: Flora of Mughal India


I am working with Jai Prakash ji a miniature painter based in Delhi to make the illustrations "complete". Initially I was of the mind that he would take my 3-block illustration and add to it the highlights and nuances that it needed to make it come to life. As I worked with him and learned from him I discovered that this may not necessarily be the case.

This is the illustration after the first layer of colours laid down. This is a test print to test out different papers I was thinking of using for the book.

This is the print after three layers of ink laid down. You can see there is more detail. This is still a test print, so it is not registered as it would be in the final image, and the colours though close, are not what I choose for the final image. When I presented this image and the one above this to Jai Prakash ji, he chose the first, much to my surprise. The less detail, the more easily he could work the image. This one with more detail, meant more work for him because he would have to lay a foundation of paint in various areas to work off of.

A close-up of the third block that I carved with the details for my darkest and last layer of ink.

As much as his decision surprised me, I was glad for it. It made the workflow very clear, and it made our roles clearly defined too. I would be deciding the image of course, but also the colour values for the finishes illustration. 

Meanwhile, the miniature painter would add in the details to the printed foundation layer and work as close to my original illustration as possible using it as a reference along with images of the actual plant. 

We discussed what kind of foundation colours he would need for the rest of the images. I am in the process of carving them now.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Book Arts India Tour 2022


The tour is back! Hopefully this time the pandemic will not get in the way.

This intimate look into India is for those who wish to see behind the scenes of various working artists and craftspeople. Augmenting visits to art and craft centers, museums, studio visits and workshops, participants will have a chance to observe traditional wood block carving and printing on cloth, experience in natural dyeing, a visit to a miniature painter's studio and engage in traditional papermaking methods. On this visit, we will unfortunately not be visiting places like the Taj Mahal. If participants are interested in a visit, we can help arrange their travel post tour. Find out more and see more photos here.


Dates have been moved to February taking into account the air pollution that plagues New Delhi in December.

Dates: February 02, 2023–February 16, 2023. 

Deposit to secure your spot: 500 USD. 
Approximate Registration Fee: 3,500–4,000 USD (incl. deposit)
Length: 14 Days, 15 Nights
Arrive: New Delhi, 01 February 2023
Depart: New Delhi, 17 February 2023

Tentative Itinerary subject to change: 

First Leg | Delhi

Second Leg | Jaipur & Bagru

Lodging: 14 nights, accommodations on a shared and single basis (single supplement)
Transport: Private and public transport between cities and venues
Maximum Participants: 8
Minimum Participants: 6

Full Tour Registration: Approximately 3,500–4,000 USD for 15 nights (final cost depends on no. of participants).
Paying a deposit of 500 USD secures you a spot. You will be sent a tentative itinerary upon registration.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Artist Talk : : Hamilton Hang


I recently gave an artist talk as part of Hamilton Wood Type Museum's Hamilton Hang!

They host different artists every week on Fridays at 12 pm CST / 7 pm CEST / 10.30 pm IST.

Watch the talk on YouTube by clicking the image or here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Work in Progress: Mughal Botanicals

Started carving the block to test print. This is end grain maple.

Early results using stencils and the block

Friday, September 25, 2020

Book Sketch : Habitats

 Some glimpses of a little project I am working on, on the side. Thinking about habitats, and how the animals around us our letting us live in their space, not the other way around. They were here first, and the sooner we understand that, the better.