From a fandroid

– 2006 –

5 years ago, I stumbled across one of the most amazing digital artists of his time – Andrew Jones who is also known as Android Jones ( and that’s a fantastic nickname!) His artwork amazed me for the obvious reasons initially. That  it looked cool! The way he drew faces (especially female faces which are a favorite of mine) and combined them with cool-looking techie elements blew my mind. I could never imagine something like that. And with a few close friends I shared this obsession with ‘cool-looking’ art. Much later I got hold of an ImagineFX magazine poster which had his and Stanley Lau’s artwork on it. The best issue of Imagine FX ever!

Goddess of Dust
Goddess of Dust

Truth be told, I got it for the latter’s work. My interest had shifted from Andrew’s style of images to those of Stanley Lau‘s. Another kind of cool. This poster has travelled with me through three cities and it has always been the pride of my wall, just above my workspace. My constant source of inspiration. And lately, it has been the artwork above I cannot stop looking at. 4 year later and I am finding new things in it. My sensitivity towards design details have grown over the years and while I am no expert, I do know and perceive more than I ever have.

– 26th Feb 2013 –

It was an honor to meet him. It is not often that you have your heroes speak just five feet from you!

Android at the 'Design Calling' workshop at NGMA, Mumbai
Android at the ‘Design Calling’ workshop at NGMA, Mumbai

He did talk about the art that he made for arts sake and lately I have only heard that term being thrown around by people who have too much time or money and just do anything and the sell it as art or in fact higher art that mere mortals can’t understand. My desperation and disappointment went through many phases and arguments: “Why do we do this?!” “Is there any point to this if I am going to end up in the same place many long and hard years later!?”, I won’t get anywhere because of this system I keep hearing so much about but never really understood what it was. Do you know about it?

And in that bleak, angry existence I listened to what Andrew Jones has to say. And it helped. So much! The reasons he made art, what it meant to him to keep working and dedicate his life to it. Lately, I have grown so lazy and distracted with work and wondering whether this was all worth it that I forgot what it was like to just draw. To create. He spoke very plainly and honestly about how he goes about it. About its hardships and disappointments. And it takes a very special person to make you feel that despite it all it’s going to be ok. Despite all the crap that gets thrown at you by those around you, your situation at the time and insecurity you have about your own work, there is a reason we go back to it. It is our work. We labour hard for it, we love it and it loves us back.

I feel an all-together different kind of cool about his work, at this moment while I am typing and this second when I remembering his words and the experience of him creating and letting us be a part of it.

A reaffirmation. To quote Android Jones that “…it wasn’t just a gift or talent… such words that lazy people use to get out of doing any work and make them feel better about it. It is skill, time, hard work and determination that will get you what you want and  bring out the best in your artwork…”

I would like to end this with…’Thank you Andrew Jones‘. These are small words that might not convey the depth of my gratitude, but I am so happy to have met you. I am incredibly grateful for your art, your time and your advice.

Got it signed!!
Got it signed!!

These will not be forgotten anytime soon.

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The best T.V enjoyed by all

This is a post to reminisce.

The by-gone days of awesome television shows. The simple ones almost every, single person I know has seen. They were such an important part of my childhood as it was a love shared by my whole family. TV time was important and it’s these memories that make ‘Old T.V’ something I dearly miss. I’m not here to bash up the new shows. I just want to remember the old ones which, when you are sitting in a group, always becomes a topic for conversation that can go on for hours. I love that the family I made in college shared the same love for old tv. To me, it seemed that old tv had found a way to make sure I never forgot how awesome it was.

When I was a kid watching these shows was a ritual. I would scramble into the living room and my parents would promptly change channels so we could watch (not according to order) shows like The Crystal Maze, Small Wonder, Batman and Hum Paanch( both family favourites), I Dream of Jeanie, Black Beauty and so many others . And I’m not even counting off the cartoon shows- the days of Hanna-Barbera excellence. For me that would require a completely new post. I even remember this obscure T.V show which, because I was so small, scared the living daylights out of me. It was called Manimal. Does anyone remember that? It followed the exploits of Dr. Jonathan Chase who could transform into any animal at will and this would aide him in solving crimes. So you can imagine that this required some heavy-duty special effects. True, they were totally crappy, even for its time and now I can remember only bits and pieces of the show but, the one thing that stuck with me through all these years is the memory of it being really scary, ha! ha!

God! Just the thought of these shows always brings a smile to my face. It makes me wish for a box DVD set to be created which has all this awesome entertainment in one place for me to enjoy over and over again. These shows are always entertaining. I recently acquired the black and white version of the show ‘The Addams Family’ and while watching it I realized I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even today.

As mentioned before, there are so many TV shows out there which all of us have cherished in our hearts and we at Design/6 would not be able to do justice to them ourselves simply in a post. So, care to reminisce? Tell us, ‘What were your favorite shows as a kid?’

A wishing list

I love birthdays. I love that my Facebook wall gets flooded with birthday wishes, my phone doesn’t stop ringing and of course cake. It’s also an excuse to ask for whatever I want. My birthday is on the 19th of May, 6 days away. So here’s what will make me fly high in the sky. (In no particular order)

1. The new Harry Potter covers are drool-worthy, and since my current copies look like they’re on their deathbeds, these ones would be greatly appreciated.

Books I-VII

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From the dusty old suitcase

My uncle and dad (on the right)

I have always been fascinated by old pictures. There is something timeless about them. Pictures clicked today no matter how sophisticated the camera is just cannot match the sheer magnificence of these pictures. I was going through some old photo albums and I stumbled across these gems. I thought I should share it with the world. I wish the world still looked this cool. Continue reading “From the dusty old suitcase”