Deepa Jayaraman’s Sparsely Coloured Yet Densely Populated Narrative For The #6FrameStoryChallenge

Deepa Jayaraman’s art is very strongly rooted in children’s books that she grew up with. As a child, she remembers focussing more on the visual aspects of a book than the text itself. Some of her favourites are stories from Panchatantra, Russian folktales, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, and so on. We were charmed by the sparse use of colour, grainy texture and flowers greeting us from every illustration in Deepa’s unique 6-frame story.
Here’s why Deepa was drawn to the #6FrameStoryChallenge: 

“My initial attraction to art itself was through children’s book illustrations and my work being illustrative, the #6FrameStoryChallenge was the best platform to participate and contribute to. As an artist, making illustrations is the most mind-churning activity as we also have an audience to convince with the visuals in a direct way. The 6-frame Story Challenge was one such challenge for me as it was a test to explore my own capability to create imagery that is creative and also convincing, using words selected to web a story around it.”

Deepa Jayaraman’s Illustrations for the #6FrameStoryChallenge by Pratham Books

(Deepa Jayaraman is a trained artist based in Delhi. She has a Masters of Fine Arts from College of Art, Delhi.)
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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