This illustration, is inspired by Kathakali, one of the major forms of Indian classical dance because of it’s high level “dance drama” genre form of art and also because it is an act of devotion featuring the universal struggle between good and evil. This dance art form has evolved from earlier temple art forms in the 17th century, based on Hinduism.  It is a major art form of Kerala, one of the southernmost states of India where Malayalam is spoken and is distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes, and facemasks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear during their performance. “Katha” in Malayalam means story and “kali” means dance.

This “dance drama” is usually performed during Onam, the major annual festival of Kerala where the Indian elephant carries the deity during festival processions.

I generally make rough pencil sketches of the main subject like the ones above before they are fine tuned to perfection and digitally enhanced, after which I add other elements like flowers, stars, leaves etc…as in the case of this illustration, directly using my Wacom pen tab.

I generally make rough pencil sketches of the main subject like the ones above before they are fine tuned to perfection and digitally enhanced, after which I add other elements like flowers, stars, leaves etc…as in the case of this illustration, directly using my Wacom pen tab.