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29 June 2017

Interview with Illustrator : Alicia Souza

Meet Alicia, an entrepreneur and self taught illustrator. 

Alicia Souza

 

Inspiro India: How did you start creating? What first got you into Illustrations? Tell us a bit about yourself.

– I like to think that I really never stopped drawing since I was a kid. I didn’t draw more or less than any other child but I just never stopped, when most did. It became my part time job when I left college and then full time job when I moved to Bangalore.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist?

– I think I can call it a bit cartoony, funny and whimsical. I think the challenges are the ones that anyone faces when they just start out as a freelancer in the field- starting with personal challenges of things one is uncomfortable with, whether it’s talking about money or social media or even just talking and then there are the others like financial of making ends meet when you just start out and carrying forth. It’s a matter of time and passion.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?

– An ink brush and paper is all I really need but I have way more that I need for finished work pieces.
My work process is really simple most of the time. I start on simple paper, usually copy paper, with a pencil. Once I finish the sketch, I ink it with an ink brush or a regular paintbrush and ink. Then I scan it and colour it in digitally! Voila! That simple!
Of course, there are times when I throw in photographs and textures, which involves a few more steps but the above is my usual process.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying illustration in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– I didn’t study illustration so I can’t compare it to if I did. I think college is a time to explore but I think the ‘real’ learning starts when you start working. Though I think college can expedite basic knowledge, which is also necessary but not compulsory.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

– I think everyone I met and talked to when I began freelancing thought me something in some way. I can’t say it was one person but being thrown in the deep end really helped.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child ?

– A veterinarian, an engineer, a mathematician, an accountant, a nun, a soldier, and a boxer even. Never ever anything in the art field, but life is full of surprises!

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a illustrator?

– That I can work in my pyjamas.

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain to our readers bit about the daily drawing project?

– There’s no project or anything but I just draw daily, that’s it.

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

– Animals, baking, writing letters, stationery, yoga, meeting people, cooking, and learning new things.

 

Images by ©Alicia Souza

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there ? And Some creative tips you’d like to share?

– Just keep your head above water and never lose hope! Draw daily and be diligent with your work. Nothing beats hard work and passion.

 

Check out his full feature in Navember’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#33 – Download Free.

 

 

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15 June 2017

Interview with Illustrator : Nithin Rao Kumblekar

Meet Nithin, an illustrator who started drawing from very young age and didn’t stop. To follow his passion he quit his job and started freelancing.

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Inspiro India: How did you get started? What first got you into Illustration? Tell us a bit about yourself.

– We all used to draw when we were kids. But I didn’t stop drawing even after growing up. So it is tough to tell what inspired me to continue this. After completing school I joined Chitrakala Parishad in Bangalore and specialised in applied arts. I joined the advertising agency as an art director, but I was not satisfied with that since anyone with art knowledge can become art director, but not an illustrator. So I decided to quit my job and started freelancing as an illustrator.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist/illustrator?

– I concentrate more on lighting. Play of light and shadow is what makes my works look good. At the same time I try to get realism even while exaggerating the characters.

Sometimes clients or the agency ask me to do changes in the illustration. I do the changes if it ads value to the illustration. If I feel it is going to ruin the work then I refuse to do the changes. It is tough to convince the clients sometimes. But you must say “no” if you want to keep that work in your portfolio.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?

– I started illustrating with pencil and then scanning them into photoshop and then colour it. But then I bought pen tablet which improved my style. Now I have Wacom monitor which gives the same experience as drawing on paper. I like traditional medium too, but for me digital is faster and good for my style. For me Photoshop is god.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying illustration in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– If you want a career in designing field then fine art colleges are worth. But if you have already completed your college in other field then I don’t think joining a fine art college again is a good idea. It’s better to practise on our own or join hobby classes.

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain a little about Detailing in your illustrations? 

– People like detailed works. But we lose patience while drawing.

I spend a lot of time starring at my works than creating them. If I feel something is not right then I can’t sleep without fixing the illustration.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

– I always wanted to be an artist. Now I’m just an illustrator and I’m working towards becoming an artist who does not work for a client. I do personal work whenever I get time. And my personal works are my favourite. That is makes me feel I’m an artist.

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a illustrator/designer?

– In my mind I feel like a scientist who is inventing or creating something in his lab. I love my job. During my school days I used to copy sketches from books. But I was not happy with that. I always thought why can’t I be the guy who creates from nothing and not just copy from other works. Now I’m happy that I create illustrations on my own.

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

– I like shooting people (with camera). These days it is easy for people add photography as a hobby because of digital cameras. But I started photography in school with my dad’s manual SLR. In those cameras without the knowledge of light it was almost impossible to shoot good pictures. I’m not a pro in studio lights. But I want to dig deeper into studio.

 

©Nithin Rao Kumblekar

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there ? And Some creative tips you’d like to share?

– The internet era has changed the way we work. There are thousands of artist around the globe, and many of them will have similar style like yours. That’s totally fine as long as you put effort to improve your work from the last one you did. But we should not copy or steal someone else’s work.

We can’t call ourself designers or creative if we just copy or download some images to create the work.

 

Check out his full feature in May’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#28 – Download Free.

 

 

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1 June 2017

Interview with Lettering Artist : Chandan Mahimkar

Meet Chandan Mahimkar, who started designing posters for inter school competitions & info charts, diagrams for his school science lab. And didn’t know much about lettering back then.

 

Chandan Mahimkar

 

Inspiro India: How did you get started? What first got you into Lettering? Tell us a bit about yourself.

– It all started during my school days while designing posters for inter school competitions & info charts, diagrams for our school science lab. I didn’t know then that lettering was some form of art. I joined Sir J.J.Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai’ to pursue my formal training in art, advertising & design. After getting my B.F.A. Degree in Applied Art, I got into advertising and since then I have worked with top ad agencies like FCB-ULKA, Grey Worldwide, DDB Mudra. Creating ad campaigns for renowned brands and working on prestigious design projects for key clients like Amul, TCS, British Airways, IDFC, Ceat, Cricket Rating, Wipro and Kotak Mahindra to
name a few.
For the past decade, I have been with L&K Saatchi & Saatchi (formerly Law & Kenneth).The entrepreneurial spirit of this company has helped me create a specialist design division ‘Design L&K Saatchi & Saatchi’ where I serve as a Chief Creative Officer. Besides advertising, I help my brands by being their Design Strategist and create Corporate Identities, Packaging & Retail Design, Environmental Graphics, Coffee Table books and Brand Experiences.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Lettering? And the challenges you faced as an lettering artist?

– Personally, I love many unique lettering styles, but I practice clean, contemporary & contextual lettering. My style is a fusion of classic & contemporary. I use it for design projects as well as commissioned lettering projects. On the other hand, I also use it as a medium of art through my #letteringonsunday project on Instagram. There are hundreds of renowned artists & beginners who share that same passion and have been contributing to this idea ever since.

The challenge for me is to not get trapped in a particular style of lettering. I love to experiment using different styles. The beauty of hand lettering is that it is organic, unique and has imperfections which makes it visually very attractive. Since past 2 years, hand lettering has re -entered the world of graphic art &design as a wildly popular & sought after skill. The challenge, therefore, is also how can one set oneself apart from the countless styles flooding today’s market.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?

– Frankly, I am not fussy about tools. It just depends on what I have in mind on that day & the particular style I want to create. However, a simple 0.5mm HB lead pencil, a set of Kohinoor’s artist quality pencils, a good quality eraser, a Uniball 0.7 black pen, a thick black marker, a steel scale, a good quality A3 tracing paper pad and an artist quality A3 thick white paper pad is my basic tool kit when I start any fresh lettering piece.
I follow this simple process –
1. Think of words, quotations that best capture my idea and express them through lots of small scribbles.
2. Develop it in an actual size lettering on paper and then use tracing papers to fine-tune the piece.
3. Decide on the paper, material, colours & tools to be used for final execution.
4. Start creating the final piece in my studio. One very important aspect is that I only do my final hand lettering during the day in natural light. It helps me to judge colours, finesse & depth. However there are times when I recreate the entire piece if I am not happy with the result.
5. Photographing the final piece in natural light, adding few props & tools to make it look as organic as possible. Or put my hand lettering on to one of my favourite images (clicked by me) in Photoshop, lettering juxtaposed against a photo is a great way to add meaning to your art.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying typography & lettering in art college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– Art School is of great help to get your basics right, learning graphic design & colours is a must before learning lettering & typography. Also, a competitive environment helps you judge your progress and keeps improving your skills. Most important part is to practice, it will develop your skills like nothing else. While learning, don’t bother about tools as they do not help in improving your craft. Even a simple HB pencil and eraser should be enough. In this era of getting hooked on to design softwares focusing on working with your hands, tools and paper is a good thing. Enough books & online courses are available for learning this skill if you can’t join an art school. Copying other artists may be fun, but never helpful. Practising regularly helps you become aware of your strengths and improve upon your weaknesses. Don’t be in a hurry to develop your own lettering style when you are learning.

 

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain a little about detailing in your Hand Lettering?

– A meaningful word or quotation will always be important in creating any piece of hand lettering. I love simplicity & clean styling, touch of classic lettering styles helps me add depth and character. Choosing the right lettering style to express the meaning of words is a very important part of lettering, scribbles & tracings will help you gauge that.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child ? Three things you like other than Art ?

– Very early on, I wanted to join the Indian defence force, for which I studied in a Military school for 2 years. Fortunately they had a great drawing teacher who helped me hone my skills. The school got a lot of discipline & time management into my personality. Besides art I love music, live concerts, movies, travel & teaching.

 

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a designer/hand letterer?

– My role as a CCO for Design L&K Saatchi & Saatchi helps me travel to interesting places, collaborate with talented photographers, designers, illustrators and like-minded client partners. Hand lettering has given me the opportunity to work with some of the world’s best design & lettering curators.

 

©Chandan Mahimkar

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? And some creative tips you’d like to share?

– Developing a hobby & pursuing it is a great way to rejuvenate & refresh your thinking. Taking your profession too seriously & treating it like a job kills creativity. Travel, meet people, go out and experience things yourself. Creativity lies in doing crazy things, trust your madness. Whatever you believe in, start now! Good things never come to those who wait.

 

Check out his full feature in March’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#27 – Download Free.

 

 

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23 February 2017

Interview with Illustrator: Ajayan Chalissery

Ajayan Chalissery belongs to an artist family. Born to a freelance artist, he was greatly inspired by his father’s board paintings and other artworks. With a clear imagery in mind, Ajayan enrolled in a Fine Arts College and got various opportunities to attend art exhibitions and drawing camps.

 

Ajayan Chalissery

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist/illustrator?

– I think I didn’t face much challenges. Anyway, getting into the field of art was a little bit difficult for me until I was published in public. Once you get published, you would get the work similar to that. I prefer to draw all the details of the object. I keep different styles of different work. I can’t follow the same style for different works. It depends on requirements of clients and situation.

I consider the nature of the audience who wants to see my work.

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?

– Now, I can’t live without all the tools like brush paints etc. I don’t use technology much. First, if I get an idea about something,

I visualise it clearly. I State it first, and I explain it to myself second, and I elaborate it to the maximum and start drawing.

 

 

Inspiro India: Is studying illustration in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– Studying in fine arts college is way better than any other alternative in field of art. If we study in an art college, we get a lot of opportunities to meet different kinds of artist from all around the world and we get many chances to attend art exhibitions. We get chances to exhibit our work to the great artists in the same field. I don’t see any other alternative for this.

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain a little about Detailing in your illustrations?

– First, I draw only the form of the object. After that when I indulge myself into the art, all the details come automatically. I think it happens because of my experience and my observation on life around us.

 


 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

– I didn’t have any aim in my childhood. I was interested in drawing. I automatically became an artist. Perhaps, it was my destiny.

 

Inspiro India: As you work with film industry, Can you tell us about your journey in film industry as an illustrator?

– I told you basically I am artist. I had so many friends in the field of cinema. They used to call me to help them in their projects. It widened my friend circle in film field with directors, script writers and producers. They started calling me to handle their project independently. Now, I have done a lot of films as art director in malayalam and have worked as Assistant Art Director in many films in Bollywood and Kollywood.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

– Watching films and studying about them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Ajayan Chalissery

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? And Some creative tips you’d like to share?

– Be passionate about your work. See life around you from all perspectives. Draw, draw and draw. You will reach where you want to.

 

Check out his full feature in June’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#29 – Download Free.

 

 

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13 June 2016

Creative Doodles by ARTIST : SATAVISHA CHAKRABARTY

Satavisha Chakrabarty – The  Artist who brings out the best in what she does by simply enjoying it. She always liked to draw but never pursued any training and never had anything to do with art, it was just a form of relaxation to her. As she did her masters in History, she always wanted to be an archaeologist. She used to post her artwork on Instagram and noticed that people actually like her work. She once created a doodle for Dewarists ( an MTV show) since she is a huge fan of their show and got noticed by them. They even sent her Dewarists goodies. Since then she has been doodling regularly. She also started getting many freelance projects and she was enjoying her work. It never felt like she was working; rather it was like she was getting paid to enjoy her time. That’s the moment she realised Illustration is her calling. She also has a degree from ZICA (Zee institute of creative arts) in digital arts. She officially started freelancing in July 2015 and since then has completed over 60 projects.

 

She believes drawing is the best form of getting visual information on the page. She illustrates her imagination and tries to match it with what her lovely followers expect from her. She mostly illustrates based on how is she feeling at the moment. Basically, she does what makes her happy. While she was doing a lot of doodles, she gained interest on object art and switched to object art for some time.

 

She loves drawing on paper. So, usually, she puts down her imaginations on paper and then digitizes it if need be. Most of her zentangles are on paper. She loves black and white illustration. Since, she is doing a lot of projects, she also uses various tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDRAW, InDesign etc.

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Her weekdays usually start with a coffee; checking emails and making a task list of what needs to be done for the day. Life for her is about working as little as possible for the biggest return. Return doesn’t need to be always in terms of money, it can be more leisure time. She doesn’t have much to worry about, so everything she does seems enjoyable.

At weekends, she sleeps a lot and hangs out with friends and spends time with family.

How much time she would take to finish an art work really depends on if she knows where she wants to go with a piece. If it’s something simple, it can take as little as 4 hours. For a more complicated illustration, it can take anywhere from a few days to a week. She stops a lot and looks at the illustration with a fresh pair of eyes before just rushing into finishing it.

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Her delight in the process of making an illustration and in what she envisions is what drives her. She thrives on detailing. Detailing is not a big deal to her, it’s just a part of her illustration. While she is illustrating, she feels like she is justifying who she was created to be.

She feels inspired by the amazing artist Harun Robert who, as per her, is a source of inspiration and creativity. She also admires Kerby Rosanes and Jabson Rodrigues. And above all, her parents are her biggest inspiration, they helped her all the way and with everything she wanted to do. She also tries to seek a lot of feedback from her readers.

 

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Words of wisdom,

“Listen to your heart. Do what makes you happy. If you like art and think that you can’t draw, try harder. Don’t just quit, take a class and work at it. I think you will be wonderfully surprised.. I am a self taught artist and I faced a lot of challenges in the beginning but now I have improved a lot; so can you. ”

 

Her words about Inspiro India,

“I think what Inspiro India is doing for young artists is commendable. I want to see more and more artists like me on Inspiro India. And I want to thank you guys for giving me this opportunity.”

You can find more of her work here: Instagram | Facebook 

 

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28 March 2016

Artist : Prince Sarmah

Social Media- this medium is a huge push in itself if used properly- He had interest in art from childhood, but after joining instagram, he came to know about a lot of great artists. And after checking their works, be had decided to improve on his skills. So here he is still learning his things. All these things went unplanned for him..!!

About his style-

He loves to experiment, and he thinks that’s the best way to learn. So we can say that by watching his feed, he loves to sketch portraits as of now. Though he tries a lot of them in a different way. There are a lot of challenges that he has to face in everyday life pursuing what he loves, main challenges are motivation and mind block. You can’t make art unless you feel so, hence he has to check instagram or other media for constant inspirations and motivations. Or he ends up thinking only.

 

 

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His main style is sketching, though he does watercolour and oil paintings too, but till now he is showing his sketches in social media. His tools are not that expensive or so, he uses whatever he finds in his local art supply, pencils like 2H(for lighter areas), HB, 4B, 5B, 8B(for darker tones) all mainly from brands like Apsara, Camlin etc . And his favourite tools are hi mechanical pencils, he loves them. He uses HB leads in them. He uses ball point pens for some sketches too. He prefers Reynolds 045 fine carbure for that. And i use normal art pages but sketch pads from brands like rubberband and mypaperclip are nice as well.

 

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There are a lot of artists and photo magazines who inspire him.Some artists are ▶Daniel Segrove (@dsegrove) ▶Dika Toolkit (@toolkit04) ▶Farooky (@farooky) ▶James Jean (@jamesjeanart)

As a child he always wanted to do some creative works. He wasn’t sure about what to become. But he loved creative things. He is not professional, so he is not working from this field but he gets some offers from brands like Motorola, Vague for some arts. And he gets commissioned orders as well.

You can find more of his work here: Website

 

 

 

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28 March 2016

Artist of the Month| July’15|Illustrator : Nilomee Jesrani

Nilomee Jesrani : Things come to you naturally because after all, destiny is destiny..!! To our artist of the month, things actually came naturally and visually. It was quite simple, She would get excited about executing ideas for art and illustration when She saw things that inspired her. Like we have always said, inspiration is the biggest motivation one can ever get..!!

As all artists face situations where they feel their work starts resembling their inspiration, but the more they draw, the more personal it becomes, and then a STYLE emerges, similar happened with our artist of the month. For a while, She felt that She didn’t have a STYLE till someone pointed it out to her. ‘Style’ could mean anything your choice of colours, the tools you use, the way you draw details, the subject etc. Her work reflects who she is. She loves trees, birds, animals etc. And she like colours. She also tends to day dream quite a bit-

 

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A DAY DREAMER- best of a creative soul..!! And her love for illustrations-she has been drawing since she could hold a crayon, and she never knew it was called ‘illustration’ till she went to Art/Design school. She likes it because she gets to define her rules in what she illustrates and gets to break them in her own way. She sees it as a form of expression, and a way to bring together her love for colour and drawing. She doesn’t have a set process. She process is defined by the medium. To do digital illustrations, she dives right in. She makes quick rough on Photoshop, and draws over it in. Usually the end result looks very different from the rough sketch.

 

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THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE-

It was her  first film ‘The Runaway Circle’.She studies Animation at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. As her first independent project, she had to come up with a story, animate it, add sound, edit it etc. It involved bringing together her  skills as an artist and tested her  at many levels. The film is about a chalk circle that runs away from a (blackboard) duster that wants to erase it. In the end she had a really good time making it, but she struggled with finding the right ending to the story till the right idea hit her and then it all fell into place.

 

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INNER SATISFACTION OF LOVE FOR WORK-

She is not satisfied with on a daily basis but it is natural. As an artist, you tend to constantly question your skills, but when she works and gets ready absorbed in an illustration, she looses track of time and feels happy with what she is doing. After she finishes it, the feeling of SATISFACTION she gets is amazing.

She wants to learn illustrate with paper. She has been meaning to do that for a long time because it involves using her hands and crafts skills. She tends to stick to digital because of the bright colours she can use on a computer, but she knows that it’s possible to achieve something as beautiful and crafty even out of paper. She also wants to try painting on canvas with acrylics. She loves the matte finish they give.

 

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THE WISE ADVICE-

Learn how to get your work out and how to share it on social media. Loom around and look at every opportunity to put your work on things. Think about the other skills you need to pick up to put your work on a new platform and learn them.”

You can find more of her work here: Website
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28 March 2016

Ganpati Series : illustrations by Siba Sahu

It is rightly said, “You are actually born the day you find out why?” About our artist, it was the series of pursuing his hobby which made him realize his goal. It was his hobby of scribbling which turned into beautiful illustrations. And of course, wherever there are colors, there is something creative. “Go with the flow” is probably suits our artist the best. He used to flow with the theme or trend to showcase his works. Ganpati name series was usually dedicated to his lovely followers. After number of request flown, so he decided to go with more Ganesha typo series. Work processed by brain and his hand.

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28 March 2016

10 Magical Masterpieces to inspire you

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream”

-Vincent Van Gogh

Isn’t this true? You imagine, you dream and then you create. Exactly like poetry, painting is such an exquisite form of communication. It may be a communication to the world or maybe to your very own self. Many people refer art as visual poetry and it is true in every sense. You know the best part about this form of art? There are absolutely no rules, no right way to do things no wrong way. You are perhaps the creator and the sole decision maker, your imagination is your master and you can go as far as you please; there is no stopping you. With the advent of digital media and buzz, digital art is the modern day artist’s window to unleash his or her creativity. Take a look at these magical masterpieces that will inspire you.

 

01©Mat Miller
02©Archan Nayar
03©Olka Kostenko
04©Mark Summers
05©Ana Gomez Bernau
06©Rahaf Dk Albab
07©Jack85
08©Nityanshu Sharma
09©Alfred Basha
10©Pete Lloyd