AntzDoodles for Pyjama People

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Our friend Antima has an amazing eye for the unusual.

This is the first of her weekly doodle series for the Pyjamas, and we couldn’t be more excited!

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In the artist’s words:

“I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. In my formative years, growing up in a boarding school, I’d write letters to my mum… only I drew them. So if I had to say ‘Dear Mom ‘ I would draw my mum out.

The drawing naturally led me to art and I found myself a graphic designer at the end of my education. As it happens, my pencils and papers moved down to the drawers and were soon replaced by a shiny iMac on my desk, which took up almost all my time.

Last 15 yrs I’ve been practicing as a graphic designer and ran a small boutique design studio – Antsatwork.

But, the last two years have been hard for me due to some serious health issues. I had to stop doing my desk job and focus on my health.

For a long time I stopped drawing, and it felt unnatural, to be honest.

Now, I’ve started drawing again and it needed to be perfect. My brain had turned digital with a Ctrl + Z key and nothing I made seemed good enough. This forced me to go back to my roots.

Using a sketchbook again helped me re-learn things that I had forgotten – it became that place where I could make mistakes; the pencil on paper taught me that it was OK if the drawing was not perfect. It inspired me to continue illustrating even with the imperfections and the mistakes; It made me see the mistakes too had beauty in them.

Now, I keep a memory journal – as a record of things that have happened and places I’ve been. The above illustration is from my time in Berlin.

Most people write journals but I draw one – old habits die hard I guess.

I don’t need a companion if I have my sketchbook and pens! But just as people are about their partners, I’m super picky about my sketchbook – getting the right size, thickness, texture, colour is of prime importance. My sketchbook becomes my alternate universe – a place where I record the world the way I see it.

I encourage all Pyjama readers to draw, doodle, sketch a little. Record the world as you see it, no judgment, just drawing!”

Special Thanks to Antima Nahar

A Goa based artist, Antima has studied graphic media design at London College of Communication.

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You can follow Antima on Instagram or email her on antima@antsatwork.in to find out more about her work. She will also be a regular contributor on our website. More of Antima’s work is available on her website.

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