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Panchatantra - Musical Donkey - Technique - Hand drawn, pen lines, acrylic daubs, dry pastel rendering on textured paper.
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey - Back and front covers - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani

Image representation from narrative interpretation
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey - Inside cover and title page - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey
Rough sketches - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Medium exploration - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Panchatantra - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Animal studies - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Layout sketch - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Layout sketch - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Layout sketch - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
Character sketch - Musical Donkey - Guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani
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Musical Donkey - Storybook

The story is a spin-off from the traditional Panchatantra's musical donkey. This version had an added narrative view point of the cucumbers which were rather nondescript in the original version. The illustration was conceptualised in full spreads as tapestry of events in both foreground and background. The visual style was derived from the idea of a cucumber farm in a South Indian village. The illustration was hand drawn, had carricatured characters and backgrounds with contextual details and added textural quality from textured paper. The choice of dry pastels on colored textured paper was informed from the story's predominantly night time setting which is easily recreated with pastel colours.
This project has been guided by Prof. Nina Sabnani, IDC, IIT Bombay

Chitra Chandrashekhar
Architect/ Visual Communicator Chennai, India