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When drawing and writing become an everyday practice, you begin to see patterns that emerge over the years. These patterns are records of your moods and emotions, colour sensibilities over time, an evolution of your own personal style. In the session, Prashant Miranda will get the audience to participate in a few exercises and covert their scribbles into effective means of positive communication.
Sketchbooks as a Dream Journal:
I have been recording my dreams since I was a child, not having a clue what some of these dreams meant. Sometimes they were interesting visuals, others unfolded as films, and more fantastical ones were pure flights of fancy. Over the years these dreams have provided much inspiration for my paintings, animation films, children’s books, and have also made sense and provided invaluable insight into my life only many years later.
Sketchbooks as Stream of Consciousness:
Daily ramblings and outpourings into my sketchbook have been a great release for me. Uninhibited scribbles have purged the demons from my head. These free flowing doodles and writings can be a great freeing of the mind and soul.
Sketchbooks as Pain Chronicles:
I have literally translated my pain into drawings in my sketchbook. This transference has alleviated a lot of angst driven stress and converted it into something positive. Looking back at these sketchbooks have taught me ways to manage stress.
Sketchbooks as Meditation:
The act of drawing and writing as a contemplative activity lends itself to meditation and reflection.
Prashant Miranda splits his life between Toronto and balmy India. A talented painter, muralist and award-winning animator, he was recently the subject of a National Geographic documentary about his travels across his native India as he drew the wonders around him.
As an itinerant artist, animator and scribe, Prashant Miranda (b. 1975, Quilon, India) documents his incredible experiences, creating visual journals, paintings, comics, murals, children’s books and animation films. He lived in Bangalore for 15 years, then studied at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, for five years, before migrating to Canada in 1999.
With nature, people, architecture and spaces being his underlying and recurring themes, Miranda’s body of work largely exists in his collection of over 300 journals that are virtually storehouses of memories spanning more than two decades. These have developed into a range of iterations across traditional and alternative media including films, paintings, murals, artist books and limited edition fabrics, which have been exhibited internationally and won considerable acclaim. His work is followed worldwide by a large community that subscribes to his blog and social media posts. Miranda currently divides his time between Canada and India, creating and exhibiting work.