With all the attention that the broom has received lately, we couldn't help but notice how Nishith's 6-frame story has come in at just the right time. His visual narrative is impressively strong and clear, with a plot that needs no text and clever framing of illustrations (especially frames 2 and 3). We enjoyed seeing the man's expressions change through the narrative – from being oh-so-cheerful to a mixture of terror and relief. The ending was brilliant – with all three characters being brought into the same frame in a rather dramatic manner.
Like most other illustrators who participated in Pratham Books' #6FrameStoryChallenge, Nishith was also keen to test his own skills. He says,
“I participated in the #6FrameStoryChallenge because it was a very interesting approach to creating a story. It was a challenge to depict the story without words. The experience of it was fantastic. I am proud to be part of it and look forward to more such events organised to bring together artists from all walks of life. It is also a great way to bring people together with a view to collaborate and create something that is not only unique in its creativity but also contributes in its own way to society.”
(Nishith Mehta is a painter, illustrator and writer based in Mumbai. He graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 2010. You can see his work here: www.behance.net/nishith87, www.nishithmehta.wordpress.com)
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.