I was not allowed to use my preferred style of illustration because these books were for kids who, supposedly, wouldn’t understand anything but a representative style. Same story everywhere, so I don’t go looking for illustration opportunities any longer. Nevertheless, I have my long time friend Sudeshna Dasgupta to thank for this opportunity – and for the fact that she handled my complaints with a whole lot of patience!
The cover template was done in-house and I had no say in the matter. I did two more cover illustrations and all three books, I am childishly happy to note, were sold out at the Calcutta Book Fair the year they were published!
All but ‘I entirely believe you, madam…’ (which is in watercolour on handmade paper) are in mixed media on newsprint.
Year of publication: 2006.