Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mickey Patel

Mickey Patel is another of my favourite illustrators. Alongwith Mahagiri illustrated by Pulak Biswas, Rupa the elephant by Mickey Patel was one of my favourite books as a child. I love the bright eyed happy children in Mickey Patel's drawings. Quick bold lines and amusing expressions capture unusual moments, feelings and thoughts as they give life to the characters. I especially enjoy his animals and birds, especially the tiny birds which perch on Rupa, on trains and are most often found in unusual locations within the image.
Snake Trouble written by Ruskin Bond and illustrated by Mickey Patel is a remarkable book. The snake gazing and appreciating himself in the mirror is an unusual expression.


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