Monday, March 9, 2015

The Fisherman's Umbrella - Shailja Jain Chougule's Story for the #6FrameStoryChallenge

 From 'Marchesa Elena Grimaldi Cattaneo' by Anthonis van Dyck (1623) and 'Japanese Girl Jumps' by Suzuki Harunobu (1750) to 'A portrait of umbrella (children without a roof on their head take shelter under a tattered umbrella)' by MF Husain (2005), umbrellas have been appearing in art through the centuries. When it comes to children's books, the ones that top our list are 'The Blue Umbrella' by Ruskin Bond and 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' by Judi Barrett. 

And now we have another artist who has chosen to bring an umbrella into her visual story and even managed to flip it to use it as a boat. We're certain that all our young readers are going to be beaming with delight at the school of fish which has been presented by Shailja in interesting patterns.


If you're wondering why Shailja decided to donate her artwork to the #6FrameStoryChallenge, here's what she said: 
“I absolutely loved the idea of drawing out a story with a few words as a take of point. The idea sounded very inviting. The open source story publishing platform sounds very interesting and I am very keen to understand the full extent of this initiative. I would love to share my little contribution to support Pratham Books and their wonderful work and initiative.”

(Love for Lines and Cinema took Shailja Jain Chougule to the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, where she studied Animation Film Design. She loves dogs, trees, walking and weaving together words & visuals.You can see more of her work here: https://shailjaj.wordpress.com/illustrations/)

Read the other interviews by illustrators who took the challenge:
Rajiv EipeKalyani GanapathyPrashant MirandaKavita Singh KaleMegha VishwanathPriya Nair PanickerSweta Roy ChoudhuryPaneendra SureshPriya KuriyanYulianto QinManjari ChakravathiSonal Goyal and Sumit SakhujaSamidha GunjalPreeti LataShwetha Elisha,Mithila AnanthSunandita MehrotraVedavathi Narasimha MurthyJithin JacobVidya Gopal,Archana SreenivasanSomesh KumarGumaniAntara MukherjiAnjora Noronha,Vinayak VarmaSoumya MenonJisha UnnikrishnanKruttika SusarlaNinoshka DiasIsha S ValentineNeelima RaparlaVallabhi ShegaonkarSangeeta DasHari Kumar Nair,Lakhsmi MitterLily BanerjeeAditi DilipNiloufer WadiaDeepa JayaramanAnupamaApteNishith MehtaMuhammed ShafiAmar SoniKrishna Prakash K,Lavanya KarthikSonal Gupta,Kabini AminJason DvorakTanvi BhatRanjani SShikha NambiarAritra Roy ChowdhuryVaishali ChudasamaSharanya KunnathPriya ManikandanMilan NayakDelwyn RemediosGeetanjali BAmbica VinodShailja Jain ChouguleChitra ChandrashekharNikita ModiDavid KnightGeetali TareNilomee 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.

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