In the last couple of months I have finished artwork for a book based on the pothi “The pothi was invented in India, where palm leaves were used for the pages” (van Schaik, [online: blog] 2007).
This is an image of the process I used to make the illustration:
Then, I used watercolour pencils to colour it. I think if I were to do this again, I would use the monoprint technique for the colour as well to keep the print-aesthetic continuous. However, the reason I used paint was to allude to the painterly style of miniature paintings and the murals in the Ajanta caves which are multi-layered and textural. I’ve learnt that to translate a story into another visual language, some of the detail of that language is inevitably lost, just as textual translations are.
The final artwork was displayed at North Edinburgh Arts Centre in an exhibition called The Imagination Mill.
van Schaik, Sam Early Tibet (2007) [online: blog] http://earlytibet.com/2007/06/15/scriptorium/ Accessed: 08/12/2014
Ajanta in National Geographic (2008) [online] http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/geopedia/Ajanta?rptregcampaign=20131016_rw_membership_n1p_intl_ot_c1&user_id=12117209&email=katie133%40hotmail.co.uk&conf=df9fa70c-7e3c-4129-bc57-67d79d14e1ef&rptregcta=reg_free_np# Accessed: 2014