Sunday, April 13, 2014


This is my favourite illustration; two lovers escaping into the unknown. The story I had to illustrate for IQ Magazine was set in the tribal jungles of Arunachal Pradesh in the North East. In the descriptions in this story by Mamang Dai, the lovers who escaped under cover of darkness seemed very small and almost insignificant in the midst of the overwhelming  natural forces around them.
When I look back at this illustration, I like the fact that there is a sense of mystery, beauty and excitement in the atmosphere that has been created. The mountains and the stars seem to envelop the lovers in a protective way as the river supports and carries them forward into the unknown.

“Love is always a voyage. All travelers whether they want to or not are changed.
No one can travel into love and remain the same.”
 ~  Shams Tabrizi


In my body you search the mountain
for the sun buried in its forest.
In your body I search for the boat
adrift in the middle of the night.

~ Octavio Paz
Many thanks to Sajana J. for sending me this poem to accompany the illustration.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
~ T.S.Eliot

What I listened to while illustrating this picture >
The Unknown


Nancy said...

I so love your work, Priya!

Priya Sebastian said...

Thank you Nancy.
And I so love your photography :)

Aalayam Inspiration said...

I have been a silent fan priya- time to let you know :)


do stop by our blog Aalayam, sometime.

Anupama Puneeth said...

Gorgeous ... love this illustration Priya. Its captivating :)

Priya Sebastian said...

I am glad you let me know Deepa. You have a sumptuous blog.

Thank you Anupama :)

zoe said...

oh, my, this drawing just makes me *stop*. that night sky is so immense, it makes the universe seem so full of possibility. and i love the texture of the mountains, i feel it, and the contrast is spectacular. really an amazing piece. wow!

Priya Sebastian said...

Thank you for your comment zoe :) If my illustration brings out those emotions you've mentioned, then it has done its job!

Aarthi said...

this illustration is divine.


Karine Swenson said...

An abstract masterpiece - and then I saw the boat and the two figures! GREAT, Priya! Just great. xo

Priya Sebastian said...

Aarthi and Karine, thank you :)