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I am an Indian illustrator. I currently live in the picturesque Western Ghats of Southern India. I wasn’t always an illustrator. After a few years in graphic design, I woke up and wished to spend my evenings painting. Doubts raged, as I knew this wasn’t something I was very good at. But the message was just so strong! So, I hopped on a bus, went to a stationery store, and bought every thing that called my name.

That night, all the little stories I said weren’t good enough to share with the world, burst out of a glass jar, and came alive as I started painting like I’d always known how. I rapidly filled up pages of my sketchbook. One thing led to another, and I ended up sending my portfolio to publishing houses. Six months later, my career as an illustrator began unfolding.

Like any other young adult on this planet, I forgot that I wasn't running a sprint. And so it began, fretting about bills, one book cover after another, sleepless nights, tiresome days, rushed holidays! And then back to the rigour of one book after another. Pretty soon, I started ticking off things off my list. Except, I woke up with anxiety and dread, because I’d lost the wonderful spark in the journey.

For now, I’m looking at a more wholistic approach, to the projects I commit to. I want to enjoy the process that reveals itself as and when I am ready for the journey.

If you wish to just say hi, or share your thoughts, do write to me at writetokye[at]gmail[dot]com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles