Deepa Jayaraman's art is very strongly rooted in children's books that she grew up with. As a child, she remembers focussing more on the visual aspects of a book than the text itself. Some of her favourites are stories from Panchatantra, Russian folktales, Grimms' Fairy Tales, and so on. We were charmed by the sparse use of colour, grainy texture and flowers greeting us from every illustration in Deepa's unique 6-frame story.
Here's why Deepa was drawn to the #6FrameStoryChallenge:
“My initial attraction to art itself was through children’s book illustrations and my work being illustrative, the #6FrameStoryChallenge was the best platform to participate and contribute to. As an artist, making illustrations is the most mind-churning activity as we also have an audience to convince with the visuals in a direct way. The 6-frame Story Challenge was one such challenge for me as it was a test to explore my own capability to create imagery that is creative and also convincing, using words selected to web a story around it.”Deepa Jayaraman's Illustrations for the #6FrameStoryChallenge by Pratham Books
(Deepa Jayaraman is a trained artist based in Delhi. She has a Masters of Fine Arts from College of Art, Delhi.)
Read the other interviews by illustrators who took the challenge:
Rajiv Eipe, Kalyani Ganapathy, Prashant Miranda, Kavita Singh Kale, Megha Vishwanath, Priya Nair Panicker, Sweta Roy Choudhury, Paneendra Suresh, Priya Kuriyan, Yulianto Qin, Manjari Chakravathi, Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakhuja, Samidha Gunjal, Preeti Lata, Shwetha Elisha,Mithila Ananth, Sunandita Mehrotra, Vedavathi Narasimha Murthy, Jithin Jacob, Vidya Gopal,Archana Sreenivasan, Somesh Kumar, Gumani, Antara Mukherji, Anjora Noronha,Vinayak Varma, Soumya Menon, Jisha Unnikrishnan, Kruttika Susarla, Ninoshka Dias, Isha S Valentine, Neelima Raparla, Vallabhi Shegaonkar, Sangeeta Das, Hari Kumar Nair,Lakhsmi Mitter, Lily Banerjee, Aditi Dilip, Niloufer Wadia, Deepa Jayaraman, AnupamaApte, Nishith Mehta, Muhammed Shafi, Amar Soni, Krishna Prakash K,Lavanya Karthik, Sonal Gupta,Kabini Amin, Jason Dvorak, Tanvi Bhat, Ranjani S, Shikha Nambiar, Aritra Roy Chowdhury, Vaishali Chudasama, Sharanya Kunnath, Priya Manikandan, Milan Nayak, Delwyn Remedios, Geetanjali B, Ambica Vinod, Shailja Jain Chougule, Chitra Chandrashekhar, Nikita Modi, David Knight, Geetali Tare, Nilomee Jesrani
If you missed the #6FrameStoryChallenge, but are inspired by the work of fellow illustrators and want to contribute to the open source story platform - do send us your stories! Story guidelines are available here.