Okaasama Otousama - A Picture Book
On their website, Tulika Publishers describes their book "Okaasama Otousama" as "a joyful tribute to multilingualism that says Mother and Father in 18 different languages – from Japanese to Kikuyu, Spanish to Finnish, Tulu to Tagalog."
I got to illustrate the book, written by Sandhya Rao, as part of my internship with Tulika Publishers (Chennai) who were simply great to work with.
A lot of research went into accurately depicting all kinds of details, from patterns and motifs on clothing to environments and facial features.
My goal was to sensitively portray the similarities and differences among families from all over the world, with a keen awareness of the fact that my images could possibly be a child's introduction to this multitude of ethnicities and cultures. It was important to me that I depict this variety of cultures in a fun way that acknowledged their various differences without stereotyping or exaggerating anything, intentionally or unintentionally.
This is the first work of mine that has been published, and I'm happy to report that the print is beautiful. I've never seen my work in print reflect my original illustrations this well.
1. Initial Storyboard
2. Final Storyboard
3. Colored Illustration, work-in-progress
4. Final Illustration
Unused front cover art: