Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Award Winner

For all those who don't know the Maya Kamath Memorial Awards are the only awards for political cartoonists in India. I have been participating for quite some time and on this occasion I won a Special Jury Mention. So yes, this is a pretty big deal for me.

About the cartoon:
It was a very chilly day and PMC safai kamgar were finding sacks of notes thrown in the garbage post demonetization. I linked the two and lo behold a cartoon was born.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blue Jackal

A few days back Blue Jackal comics had invited entries for their "Situation Comics", 
The comic was to be based on a a sound piece composed by Sun Ra - 'I Seek a New World’. The lyrics were so strange and made no sense to me.. but reading them in reverse did provide visual stimulus to make the comic.

Here is a note from Blue Jackal regarding the "Situation"
Sun Ra (1) was an Afro-American jazz composer, bandleader, poet and philosopher known for his experimental music and "cosmic" philosophy. Born as Herman Blount, he disowned the "slave name" he had been given at birth, becoming instead Le Sony'r Ra. Defying the Second World War draft, he became one of the first black conscientious objectors and served time in prison. He is considered one of the pioneers of Afrofuturism (2) . Mark A. Rockeymoore writes "Afrofuturism ... is not a mechanical, technology driven vision of the future because an afro ain't never been about anything constricting or orderly, in the hierarchical sense. Rather, an afro is free-flowing, loving the wind. Changing, shifting and drifting on the breeze, bending this way, puffing out or just plain swaying gently from side to side, following the whimsical inclinations of the melanated person upon who's head it is perched."(3)

Each of the entries we received this time, has imagined and invented a different, a new world. This world sometimes manifests as a memory and sometimes looms in a moment yet to come. It sometimes counters existing reality and at others simply takes off beyond its given coordinates. The imaginative remains at the centre of many of these expressions of resistance, widening the scope and understanding of political action itself.

BlueJackal would like to thank all the contributors for their entries to Situation Comics 2. The contributors include Anarya Dodes, Sonam Chaturvedi, Raih, Shaunak Samvatsar, Vasvi Oza, Gagan Singh, Chakupa Banda, Karthik KG, Treibor Mawlong, Vivek Moktan, Pallavi Arora, Lokesh Khodke, Anupam Roy, Blaise Joseph, Jithinlal and Akshay Sethi.

 My work at Blue Jackal

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cartoon Exhibitions

Hi All,

"Cartoonists Combine", a body of cartoonists initiated by the Late Balasaheb Thakre had come back to force about two years ago. Since then they have held grand cartoon exhibitions in 2016 and 2017 at Mumbai and Nagpur respectively.
I had participated in both and my works were exhibited among the great cartoonists of today.
Below are images of the same.
Renowed animation director Chetan Sharma with my cartoons.

Myself, Vikas Sabnis, Chetan Sharma, Charuhas Pandit and Nilesh Jadhav.

Raj Thakre was the chief guest at the event.

As usual I reached before the start of the event.
These ones are from the Mumbai Conference and Exhibition of 2016. It was a grand royal event for a body of less than a 100 people. Back then I had a beard.

The poster of the Nagpur Exhibtion.

There is so much talent in this single pic.

Audience with my cartoon. The 2 ones on the right.

With legends Dulangeji and Sarvateji.

And finally me posing with my cartoons.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Simon's Cat Logic - Love

A good making video of one of my fav characters.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


For all those who have not seen Phuskuman before here are some of his adventures.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pakdam Pakdai


A new TV series "Pakdam Pakdai" has started on Nick India Mon to Fri 6.30 pm since 8th of April 2013. I would request you to watch the same as it has a big IDC hand in it.

At Animagic we did the preproduction for 7 and 1/3 of the 25 episodes of the first season and Animagic is the brainchild of Sumant, Gayatri (both IDC Alumni) and Chetan.
Initially when I joined this project I thought it was going to be on the same lines as that of "Tripura-The Three Cities of Maya" (Pl see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gIQboCvHyc with Chetan doing the storyboards and me doing the animatics. However midway Chetan took a big risky decision and gave the team the responsibility of the project. This move gave me a mini heart attack then but looking at it now I see how much I have learned by Chetan being absent from the decision making process. (Shaunak Samvatsar) was the only person with exp on the team and the rest were more or less freshers only and so was running the team and was mainly responsible for the Storyboards and finals of the Animatics. I was full time on this project only. It was an unique exp interacting on skype with a director who was based in another city and executing his vision of the series. I had a lot of creative freedom which I exercised with caution otherwise it would eat into the production schedule. At starting we did only 7 min of animatics in a month and by the end of the project we were approx able to execute 42 min of animatics in a month.
In the initial phase of the project Deepa Chordia of IDC did the visual styling.
Rohan Deshchougale was the lead on Episode specific characters and layouts. Mitali Choudhari and Anshita Agarwal did the animatics, props and helped in production planning. All of these are from Symbiosis Institute of Design. The rest of the team consisted of Suhas Koli, Priyanka Rewale, Sania, Ankit, Mahesh and Santosh who were the animatics and BG team. A special mention to our Project Manager Shital Suryavanshi who was able to incorporate into herself into the creative process without becoming a "Management Bother"
We have put in a whole lot of effort into our episodes which is why a team of mainly freshers were able to accomplish what a lot of establish studios were unable to. We have missed sleep, family functions and have many a times lost our heads while maintaining the delivery schedules. The series is fun and quite well executed and I really hope you spare some time to watch the same everyday.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pakdam Pakdai finally finished

Yesterday at Animagic we had a celebratory ice cream party. It was because the TV series we were designing for Nick India finally came to an end. The team did an awesome job.. I had the opportunity to work with some awesome students of SID Rohan, Mitali and Anshita who trained in the necessary softwares  and skills for the job.
I was responsible for the storyboarding and animatics and had a great time in understanding the vision of Director Nilesh Nevgi on this project.

We did 7 full 21 min episodes and one 7 min episode in about 9 months with a small core team of @7 people. Awesome achievement. Will update with storyboards and animatics once the series releases on TV.

Pls check out Rohan's links

Thats me in red and white stripes. Behind me are mitali and Anshita. Sheetal our PM is at the left in Red

From L to R.. Anil, Dashrath Kaka, Nilesh, Rohan, Chetan, Dumroo the Dog and Gayatri.

Here are the rough storyboards.. very rough a first run I make before digital detail.