The Bomb and The General V2.2009

Aditi Raychoudhury. Bushes. 2009. 6" x 4". Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Bushes. 2009. 6″ x 4″. Adobe Illustrator CS.

The original ‘The Bomb and the General’ is a delightfully optimistic, anti-war children’s book – written by Umberto Eco (The Name of The Rose), and brilliantly illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. It was published in 1989 –

In Italian: By Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, Bompiani, Sonzogno, Etas S.p.A.;
and
In English: By Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

Inspired by the original story, this version retains some of the original text (italicized), and maintains a similar naïveté to create an anti-war message for children. For adults, its a more complex tale about hegemony and insular faith.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty. Adobe Illustrator CS. 2009.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Green). 2009. 22″ x 11″. Adobe Illustrator CS.

The General of our story enjoys a life of ease and gluttony, till he is compelled to seek God, during a moment of personal crisis. This pivotal encounter awakens in him an unshakable passion for God’s word. But his myopic obsession with the minutiae of God’s message clouds its original intent, and provokes an ominous future. Will his country slumber on through the impending doom or will they arise to reclaim their right in a peaceful world?

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Pink). 2008. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Pink). 2009. 17″ x 14″. Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Primary Colors). 2009. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Primary Colors). 2009. 17″ x 14″. Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17″ x 14″. Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17" x 14". Gouache on Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17″ x 14″. Gouache on Paper.

LunaSpace is on Etsy

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

Some of you have asked me, if I ever sell any of the stuff that I have made. So, I have finally opened a store on Etsy, LunaSpace. Currently, there is only ONE design up for sale, as a limited edition single color screen print for 30.00 USD (+ shipping) per print.  The design is available in two color combinations, with 55 prints available in each combination: Black Ink on White Paper (Domtar Cougar Natural) , and, White Ink on Brown Paper (Speckletone Kraft by French Paper Company). The poster measures 16″ x 20″ and fits into a standard size frame. The paper is 100 lb cover weight, archival, acid-free paper, with some recycled content, and Made in the USA. The inks are also Made in the USA, water-based and non-toxic. Each print is hand-numbered and signed by me.

The print, which, is available on Etsy, is an updated version of a smaller illustration that I had done as a cover plate for the Punchatantra (Penguin, 1998). The book has been out of print for a while now.

I revised the original design to include details that would have cluttered my original paperback page size image, but, will enhance this poster-sized version. I hope you will take the time to stop by my store for additional information, and may be even buy one. And, yes, I will add additional prints, or other paper goods for sale over the next few months. Please let me know if you would like to see any specific design available for purchase, or need any more information. Thanks!

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

Malaria Dreams

I made these illustrations for the introductory section of Malaria Dreams (Gautam Bhatia. Penguin. 1996) – a book about the sometimes ridiculous demands of architectural clients. Unfortunately, I never documented the original drawings (as with most of my drawings), and the pages of the Indian edition of the book that I have are so thin – that the writing on the reverse shows through. 😦

Malaria Dreams Cover. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams Cover. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams Front Page. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams Front Page. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.

Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.

Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.
Malaria Dreams. 1995. Pen and Ink.

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About the Book:

‘Building a house for someone is like getting to know the person himself.’ In the course of his career, well-known architect Gautam Bhatia has designed innumerable dream houses for a cross-section of people. Some of these people had the most incredible suggestions and demands, and the writer uses these as a springboard to create a set of quasi-fictional stories involving bizarre people with equally bizarre plans and theories. We meet an eccentric Parsi millionaire who wants to run a ferry service between Bombay and the Maldives; a guru, snug in his hi-tech ashram, who prescribes Body Shop moisturizers for better health; an obsessive collector who wants a secret basement in his house for his library of first editions and manuscripts; and an NRI who wishes to shape his nostalgia into a hundred-thousand-dollar ‘caando’. At once thoughtful and funny, this collection of stories will only cement Gautam Bhatia’s reputation as one of India’s most imaginative and witty writers.

Title: Malaria Dreams And Other Visions Of Architecture
Author:
Gautam Bhatia
ISBN:
014026213X
ISBN-13:
9780140262131

Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 1996
Publisher: Penguin
Number of Pages: 280

The Loudest Firecracker

Aditi Raychoudhury. Dabbawalla. 2006. Pen and Ink.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Dabbawalla. 2006. Pen and Ink.

My illustrations for The Loudest Firecrackerby Arun Krishnan have been published by Tranquebar Press (January 2009).

This will be the fourth book to be published with my illustrations.

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Aditi Raychoudhury. Disco Ganapathi. Pen and Ink. 2004.2-twilight-zone.jpg
Aditi Raychoudhury. Twilight Zone. Pen and Ink. 2004.
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Aditi Raychoudhury. Man-Lion. Pen and Ink. 2004.
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Aditi Raychoudhury. Ebb and Flow. Pen and Ink. 2004.
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Aditi Raychoudhury. Death By Fire. Pen and Ink. 2004.

Synopsis:
It’s India versus Pakistan and as the excitement soars in the final over of a memorable cricket match, ten-year-old Siddharth sets off a firecracker. The blast that follows will change his life.Siddharth discovers that growing up isn’t easy: he has to handle a tragic death, his best friend is gravitating to a rightwing political party, and his film-maker father has troubles of his own as he shifts away from the commercial but lucrative world of Hindi movies. And Poona is nothing at all like Bombay.

Will tennis matches help, or can his mother’s beautifully retold myths do the trick? Will instant noodles come to Siddharth’s rescue, or will it be his old elocution standby, The Charge of the Light Brigade? In this touching, poignant and often hilarious debut novel, Arun Krishnan has created a world we all recognize, one that will appeal equally to young adults and a more mature audience.

From the Author:

“Please disregard the message on Amazon that says Ships within 1-2 months. It ships instantly, like any other order. I am working with Amazon to get this message removed.

The novel is excellent reading for friends and family, so don’t feel scared to order more than one copy. (I think the Surgeon General recommends 4).

If those friends and family, turn against you, you can use specific portions in Chapter 4 and 9 that can be read out aloud as a form of retribution (recommended by the Government as an effective alternative to waterboarding).”

Study for “Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)”

Detail: Study For "Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)". 2008. Chalk Pastels and Charcoal on Newsprint. 18" x 24".
Detail: Study For “Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)”. 2008. Chalk Pastels and Charcoal on Newsprint. 18″ x 24″.
Detail: Study For "Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)". 2008. Chalk Pastels and Charcoal on Newsprint. 18" x 24".
Detail: Study For “Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)”. 2008. Chalk Pastels and Charcoal on Newsprint. 18″ x 24″.

Study for Primitive: Dance, Mon Petit Singe, Dance

Dance, Mon Petit Singe, Dance. 2008. Charcoal on Tracing Paper. 14″ X 20″
Aditi Raychoudhury. Head Study For Primitive Series: “Dance, Mon Petit Singe, Dance”. 2008. Charcoal on Tracing Paper. 14″ X 20″.

Cover Plate for PunchTanTra. Penguin, 1998.

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Sketches from Nepal

Aditi Raychoudhury. Village Scene, Kirtipur, Nepal. 1991. Pen and Ink.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Village Scene, Kirtipur, Nepal. 1991. Pen and Ink.

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