A New Ray – Sonal Gupta’s Kaleidoscopic Take for the #6FrameStoryChallenge

We included ‘Manta Ray’ in our Word Wishlist for the #6FrameStoryChallenge mostly because it’s such a fascinating creature to look at and we were eager to see it enter our books. But Sonal Gupta’s 6-frame story – titled ‘A New Ray’ – has inspired us to find out more about this lovely creature. And so here’s a bit of interesting trivia we found on Wikipedia: “The name “manta” is Portuguese and Spanish for mantle (cloak or blanket), a type of blanket-shaped trap traditionally used to catch rays.”
Sonal’s colour composition is exquisite – the touch of blue in the otherwise earthy valley (frame 1), the flash of lightning in the vast blue sky (frame 3), the kaleidoscopic manta ray (frame 6). Here’s why she decided to take on the challenge of weaving a visual story around 6 words:

“I love illustrating, and I’m always finding reasons to do so. The #6FrameChallenge gave me a reason to not only illustrate but to write as well. It is such an innovative way to build stories and go crazy with your imagination. My experience with the challenge has been quite adventurous. With super busy office hours, it was really difficult to get down and work. The words were always in my mind juggling and getting attracted to each other to make some sense. I have been on a crazy/curious/giggle brain storming sessions because of this. I look forward to more of such crazy rides.”

Sonal Gupta’s Illustrations for the #6FrameStoryChallenge by Pratham Books

(Sonal Gupta is an Animation Designer from MIT Institute of Design. She loves experimenting with bright colours, visuals and illustrating books for children. She has worked on several nursery rhyme books, illustrated two books for Karadi tales and is currently working on an illustrated book for Pratham Books. Currently, she is working on developing educational products for children. She also conducts storytelling sessions for kids. Having grown up listening to stories by her mom, she looks forward to sharing her imagination and experience with kids through stories. You can see her work here: http://sonal7gupta.blogspot.com/)
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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