l00king Back Wednesday, 9 September, 2009Posted by ~uh~™ in Cartoon, My Past Life.
Tags: 100th, Architecture, attitude, blithe, Cartoon, Designer, Faber-Castell, Frank Ching, Heavy Metal, Jeans, Luna, nostalgia, Pen and ink, pencil, rendering, Rotring, Staedtler
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This cartoon was first published on the Annual magazine for the zonal body of NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) on 1995. I was in my fifth and final year of Architecture (Architecture is a 5 year course).
Back those days, we didn’t have computer at home and used to spend sleepless nights for week to complete submission of our design assignments. Anyone who has been a student of Design, Arts or Architecture may relate to the atmosphere depicted in the drawing.
It took me two nights to finish the cartoon ( days were anyway the time to fool around). I was greatly influenced by detail oriented comics like Tintin , Asterix , cartoons of Mario Miranda , illustrations of Satyajit Ray and tried to use some of the concepts learnt from their works. Most of the objects featured here were actually around me that time- the shoes, the lamp-shade, posters, the wall clock. Do let me know which of the detail you liked the most. Also, can you locate a daru-ki-botlie in the picture ?
When I look at the cartoon today, I see how the fashion, style and time in general are frozen in the image. It captured my world of Guns n Roses, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Old Monk, Gold Flake (small), Rotring , Staedtler, Faber Castell, Koh-i-noor pencils from V Perumal Chetty , Luna, French curves, Francis D K Ching, Flying Machine, Hoffmen, Moustache’, Egg-rolls, Maggi and long mane.
I thought I had the magazine copy with me but could not find it. Like many good things in life, I have lost it somewhere in the run. So I called up one of my batchmate friend who is probably the only person on this world to have another copy of the magazine. And he did. Within a week, I received a scanned image of the cartoon on my mailbox. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
This cartoon is close to my heart, as many happy and sad memories are connected with it.
Today, while one part of me is confined within an air-conditioned glass box dealing with responsibilities, the other part, feeble but still alive, retreats in reminiscence of his careless discards.
With my 100th post, I dedicate this cartoon to friendship, blithe attitude and old times.