So many illustrators who have been participating in the #6FrameStoryChallenge have been telling us that playing with the random words presented in the Word Wishlist was an adventure on its own. Tanvi Bhat went on to tell us 'When I started out, a few words in the wishlist were especially jumping out at me. As I began drawing, this strange story almost took shape on it's own. Even I was surprised at the absurdity of it but that's the beauty of this campaign.' We love how Tanvi has used watercolours to create her narrative and the little details one gets to see in each frame - from cactii houses to the glow worms, from the wallpapered walls to the trees by the river. Go on and find out what happens in 'The Lost Birthday'.
The idea that a publisher, illustrators and authors get together to create an open source database of art and endless stories was so exciting. I had to be a part of it. The lovely people at Pratham Books, by the looks of it, will not rest until every eager child has a storybook in his/her hands.
It took me 2 days to finish it and it was a race against time but worth every minute of it!
(Tanvi Bhat is a freelance illustrator who lives in Mumbai and loves the rains. She's a self-taught artist who loves to draw for children’s books. In the past few years she’s illustrated various books with Pratham Books, Amar Chitra Katha, Karadi Tales, Duckbill Books and Tulika Books. She's also conducted illustration workshops at various literature festivals like Kala Ghoda & Junior Writers Bug. She works with water colors and gouache and gets her inspiration from things she sees when out exploring the streets of colorful India. You can follow her work on Facebook. The two books Tanvi has illustrated for Pratham Books are 'What shall I wear today?' and 'Little Painters')
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.