September 10, 2013
A chronic doodler, Prashant Miranda (Prash) confesses that he is compelled to pick up a sketchbook to balance these two – the need to document something that arrests his fancy and to release the madness that goes on in his head. Needless to introduce that Miranda is an artist. An alumnus of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Miranda designed children’s animated shows in Canada. Soon (which is 4 years), he got tired of the industry and decided to paint for a living. And since he has been living a dream that many wish. “I spend my 6 months in Canada and my winters in India, where I paint, animate short films, illustrate children’s books, paint murals and document my travels through my watercolour journals. I have just returned from a month long artist’s residency in Assisi, Italy last November, 6 months in India where I traveled from Kashmir to the Andaman islands, and a month long artist’s residency in Zurich, Switzerland last month,” he says.
Miranda always had a sketchbook, ink and watercolours in his satchel. And though he would pull out his sketchbook whenever he is struck by an inspiration, in two decades these sketchbooks have inadvertently turned into his visual journals. “Over the years I feel like I go through phases, the moods change, and it even happens seasonally. I notice that my colour palette differs in autumn here in Canada, to let’s say winter in India, and even though I see patterns repeating, I get to see how I have evolved over the years,” he says. The sketchbooks have now become the chronicle of his dreams. ”I have realized that a lot of them are of significance and things I can relate to only now, even though when I penned them down, they were only vivid dreams,” he says.
Here, relish an absolute pleasure of delving into an artists’ sketchbook:
See more on his blog.
Feature image credit – Uzma Mohsin
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