What: “When I began travelling by myself, I started documenting my experiences visually,” shares illustrator Gaurav Ogale, currently attached with the National Geographic magazine. He got busy doodling and scribbling on journals, scraps, tissues and whatnot when bored. “I started this journey, around five-six years back and soon, I started writing too, which kind of complemented the visuals. The first doodle would be of an intriguing Banyan tree I saw in Auroville, Pondicherry,” shares Ogale, who is formally trained in filmmaking.
Illustrator Gaurav Ogale
Dhobi Ghat, Bombay ’13
How: Ogale usually draws the most common and obvious people and things, tinging them with his own unique stamp, making them memorable at first sight. “A beautiful long conversation with someone, the smell of spices or sometimes, random thoughts that hover in my mind inspire me to draw and write.” The daydreamer adds, “I sketch in the uncanniest places: trains, cramped up chai stalls, aircraft or seated under a tree. I sketch most of the visuals standing there.” He further shares, “I do travel illustrations and move around with my box of watercolours, Rotring pens, dry pastels and lots of fountain pens. I love writing and calligraphy; it’s only when I write with an ink pen that I feel completely alive.”
Bhelwale Chacha in Lower Parel
Where: Calling Bombay/Mumbai his muse, Pune-based Ogale will share his visuals and journals, this Sunday. The favourite parts of the city that he loves to sketch include the sea, the food, fish markets, cramped up lanes and nostalgic haunts. He looks forward to sharing his journey, and hopes that people “smell the inks and be a part of a visual journey.”
Mahim Parsi Colony
On: July 20, 2 pm to 4 pm
At: The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village Road, Khar (W).