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The idea originated as an opportunity for visualizing the dynasty of Indra. But as the time traveled more and more mysteries about the Vedic and the Hindu sanskriti were revealing. The thought of Indra was no longer an idea. It took a shape of its own. It started evolving and revealing itself. As we can see numerous icons of Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha, Ram, and just by looking at them we can state the icon. We tend to understand the character and recognize them. But Indra's character / icon is not so visible through Hindu iconography.
These illustrations are not mere expressions but are the symbols of research and meditation. The idea of Indra is far beyond a normal understanding and the character exploration is a never ending process. It is a small effort to bring back the forgotten days.
The project is about exploring Indra by not keeping the expressions to be very stereo typed comic style but the way it's perceived and absorbed by the narrator. The initial explorations were very much like the conventional comics style but later explorations were more expressive as the narrator made an attempt to draw a line between comics' style and the miniature paintings.
It includes the rapid scribbles and the final illustrations developed over them. Use of different surfaces and media were beneficial in the exploration. The artwork includes the iconography of Indra, Vritra his strongest foe, Airavat which is his vahan, the ratha a car he rides, etc. An attempt to create the environment of swarga, exterior and interior and also few explorations visualizing the ratha, the look and the clothes of people in that era.
Case Study Downloads:
• Indrasmriti - Remembering Indra - pdf