Vulture is one of those neglected words from our Word Wishlist and so we're really thrilled that it has pecked its way into Sharanya's 6-frame story. Sharanya is interested in spirituality, theology and mysticism, and it's fascinating to see how it has influenced her aesthetics. There is certainly something mysterious about this visual story, and we're delighted to see art like this that will add diversity to our larger illustration bank for the open-source story publishing platform.
Sharanya's experience of the #6FrameStoryChallenge was short and intense. She found out about the campaign only on the day of the deadline and completed 6 frames within 6 hours. Isn't that incredible? “Thankfully, the pressure helped to eliminate overthinking, and I devised a story with a curious lack of closure, something that always intrigues me in stories. Finality is sometimes boring. "And they all lived happily after" is comforting, but often uninteresting,” she says. We're always happy to meet artists who prefer to take the paths less explored.
And as always, we're as curious as you about why each illustrator has signed up for the #6FrameStoryChallenge. And so here's Sharanya's story:
“I signed up for because it's such a wonderful initiative. The idea of community-based anything is appealing to me, and I am fascinated by the role the internet plays in helping us reach out to each other. The other reason is the promotion of narrative in children's lives, something that at first glance is lacking today. Narrative is incredibly important for us as a species, as a learning and rationalising tool. Metaphors have helped us for eons to understand the intangible, the ephemeral, the constants in our lives that are often so difficult to comprehend. Narrative and storytelling can help us understand ourselves and the world better.”
(Sharanya Kunnath is an Illustrator and Designer who has recently left the safe confines of university to find her way in the 'real world'. She likes to keep the so-called unreality of the spirit of exploration and academia in her work; constantly learning, constantly philosophizing. See more of her work here: www.sharanya-kunnath.com, www.instagram.com/sharanyakunnath, www.sharanyakunnath.tumblr.com, www.twitter.com/sharanyakunnath)
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.