Support Science. Protect the Earth

22 Apr Aditi Raychoudhury. Yes on Trees (for Vote the Environment Campaign for Patagonia). 2014. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Yes on Trees (for Vote the Environment Campaign for Patagonia). 2014. Adobe Illustrator.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Yes on Trees (for Vote the Environment Campaign for Patagonia). 2014. Adobe Illustrator.

I made this poster a few years ago as part of Patagonia’s Vote the Environment campaign. 30% of profits from sales will go towards supporting the project, 30% to HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy, and 40% to the artist.

So, buy a poster, from the Creative Action Network, and take to the streets to support science and push for policies that protect the environment.

Shubho Noboborsho

21 Apr Aditi Raychoudhury. Shubho Noboborsho. 2017. Gouache and gel pens on paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Shubho Noboborsho. 2017. Gouache and gel pens on paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Shubho Noboborsho. 2017. Gouache and gel pens on paper.

This is my memory of Poila Boishaakh (1st day of the month Boishaakh). As always, celebrated with something sweet – the more of it, the better.

This is a nascent attempt at gouache. Hopefully, these skills will get better with practice.

Coloring pages.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Shubho Noboborsho. 2017. Pen on paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Shubho Noboborsho Coloring sheet. 2017. Pen on paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Shubho Noboborsho. 2017. Grey pen on paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Shubho Noboborsho. 2017. Grey pen on paper.

Super Devil in Disguise

13 Apr Aditi Raychoudhury. Super Devil. 2017. Gel pen on Paper.

Don’t be fooled by her.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Super Devil. 2017. Gel pen on Paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Super Devil. 2017. Gel pen on Paper.

Stuck on Vasant Panchami (वसन्त पञ्चमी । বসন্ত পঞ্চমী ।)

2 Mar Aditi Raychoudhury. Basant Panchami (वसन्त पञ्चमी I বসন্ত পঞ্চমী I). Pencil Drawing. 2017.

Yippee! The air is clear and crisp, and the skies are the closest they ever get to a California blue in the tropics. Its early February. We are all dressed in yellow. No books, no homework, no dance, or anything that bears any resemblance to learning.  It is Vasant Panchami (the 5th day of Spring). We have gleefully surrendered all our pencils, pens, paints, brushes, books, instruments and any other conceivable source of knowledge to Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning. She can take her own sweet time to bless them. We are too busy. Its a day to eat, play, eat… repeat!  Luchi, begun bhaja, labda, bhaandhaa kopir chochori, khichudi, chaatni, papod bhaaja, and kool, lots of kool!

We are at one of my favorite “uncle’s” house – Chatterji Jethu. He wasn’t our uncle – but, growing up we didn’t call our elders by name or even as Mr. or Mrs. Everyone was an uncle or an aunt.

Chatterji Jethu was lean, energetic, a fabulous gardener, cook and best of all, he was always smiling. Every year we celebrated Basant Panchami at his house with all our neighbours and friends.

So far any attempt at adding detail or color has gone where it needs to go – the trash bin.

So here it is – a plain, unadorned pencil outline of a hereto unknown outcome of my most potent memory of this festival. Me, up on a guava tree, watching the menfolk fry luchis. Yummy.

Now that I have this out of my system, I hope that Saraswati will help me get past the trash bin phase and help me capture that memory in all its joyful color. I am told that a more fitting name for godly guidance is called practice.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Basant Panchami (वसन्त पञ्चमी I বসন্ত পঞ্চমী I). Pencil Drawing. 2017.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Shubho Basant Panchami. Let the feasting begin. Pencil Drawing. 2017.

21st Anniversary

22 Feb Aditi Raychoudhury, Inika Raymukerji. Happy 21st Anniversary Envelope. 2017. Markers on Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury, Inika Raymukerji. Happy 21st Anniversary Envelope. 2017. Markers on Paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury, Inika Raymukerji. Happy 21st Anniversary Envelope. 2017. Markers on Paper.

Envelope Designed and executed by my daughter. I cleaned up the cut edges. After all, she is only 6.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Happy 21st Anniversary. 2017. Markers on Paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Happy 21st Anniversary. 2017. Markers on Paper.

Day of Remembrance: Ben Sakugochi

19 Feb Ben Sakugochi. Post Cards from Camp: White Man's Neighbourhood. 16" x 11". Acrylic on Canvas.

I was in Los Angeles for the President’s Day weekend and was fortunate enough to catch the last day of Drawing the Line at the Japanese American National Museum, in Los Angeles, California. Drawing the Line was part of Pacific Standard Time – an unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, to bring together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months from October – April 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Los Angeles, can be pretty cool that way. The exhibition was a selection of the dynamic and diverse Japanese American contributions to the visual landscape of L.A. in the period following World War II. 

Two of my favorite artists were Ben Sakugochi and Qris Yamashita.

Ben Sakugochi. Post Cards from Camp: White Man's Neighbourhood. 16

Ben Sakugochi. Post Cards from Camp: White Man’s Neighbourhood. 16″ x 11″. Acrylic on Canvas.

Ben Sakoguchi was born in 1938, in San Bernardino California.  During World War II, his family was incarcerated by the United States government because of their Japanese ancestry, so he spent his early childhood in an internment camp at Poston, Arizona.

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Women Who Draw

17 Jan Aditi Raychoudhury. CA Winter. 2017. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. CA Winter. 2017. Adobe Illustrator.

Aditi Raychoudhury. CA Winter. 2017. Adobe Illustrator.

Shocked by the under-representation of women and members of the LGBTQ community in the world of illustration,  Wendy MacNaughton and Julia Rothman created Women Who Draw as an open directory of female* professional illustrators. I joined it today, and will be participating in their first group project documenting the 2017 Women’s March on January 21 all around the USA.

 

Resist

8 Dec Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.

Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.

I made this image as part of a call for submissions by Resist! magazine for “the theme of political resistance to the forces of intolerance.” My main message is that the more we come together, the stronger we become. When we band together irrespective of our varied races, religions and sexual orientation, we are indestructible. No one said it better than President Obama during his last speech as President on December 6th, 2016.

“The United States of America is not a country that imposes religious tests as a price for freedom.

We’re a country that was founded so that people could practice their faiths as they choose. The United States of America is not a place where some citizens have to withstand greater scrutiny, or carry a special ID card, or prove that they’re not an enemy from within. We’re a country that has bled and struggled and sacrificed against that kind of arbitrary rule — here in our own country and around the world.

We’re a nation that believes freedom can never be taken for granted, and that each of us has a responsibility to sustain it. The universal right to speak your mind, in protest of authority. To live in a country that’s open and free — that can criticize our president without retribution. A country where you’re judged by the content of your character, rather than what you look like or what you worship or what your last name is or where your family came from. That’s what separates us from tyrants and terrorists… In other words, we are a nation that at our best has been defined by hope and not fear.” – President Barack Obama, December 6, 2016.

Let’s stay on course and reaffirm our commitment to that.

My poster at the same show with art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti sold for 350$. Double Gulp!

25 Oct Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

My screen-printed poster the was up for auction at the Art Auction With Impact along with work by Lawrence Ferlinghetti show this past Saturday (22nd October, 2016) in San Francisco sold for 350$. You can have it for 30$ 🙂 (plus shipping). I can give you a shipping discount if you are local.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

 

Hope and Anxiety

20 Oct Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Watercolor on Paper. 2016.

Hope and anxiety. What will she be? Our state of mind around mid-September, 2010.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Watercolor on Paper. 2016.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Watercolor on Paper. 2016.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Pencil on Tracing. 2016.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Pencil on Tracing. 2016.

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