'Summer Solstice and other poems by Shristi Banka' is a book for poes that encapsulates the very mood of the seasonal ponderings. It contains 50+ poems that have been beautifully penned down by Shristi Banka and I have had the privilage of Art directing, designing and illustrating it. There are around 30+ illustrations that speak to the reader with a long lasting visual impact, paired in order to compliment the stunningly beautiful emotions expressed by Shristi Banka.
The book is now available for sale on Amazon here.
It has already been featured on 'Hot Releases' and 'Bestsellers in Poetry' on Amazon. It has been featured on Goodreads, Sakaltimes, Deaccan Herald and more.
Original in Marathi Language - हीलिंग-एक प्रकाशवाट
Cover Artwork and illustrations for the Marathi book 'हीलिंग-एक प्रकाशवाट' or 'Healing - Ek Prakashvaat' written by Vrushali Lele (NLP Practioner, Reiki and Seichem Master). This book has been launched on 17th December 2017 at the hands of Sukanya Kulkarni (well-known Marathi Actress) along with Chief Guest - Dr. Satish Puranik (Orthopedic Surgeon) and is available in the market.
As the name suggests, the book is about 'healing', how receiving positive energy can enable us to solve our problems by ourselves and clear the negative block which may appear in our way.
Cover Art Concept - The cover suggests some key elements about Healing like fertile mother earth (grass and flowers), the rising sun (energy from the universe) to be in the shape of a key hole suggesting that as humans, we ourselves are the keys to the locks we have in life and a symbolical human being (with the seven chakras activated now) is ready to accept the healing with open arms and is content in life. Also, healing is given by hands and hence the hands at the bottom symbolize that. Healing, not being magic, is in fact a process that accelerates the natural healing process of the body and mind with positivity.
The book is available here.
English Translated - Healing - The Path of Light
The Cover Artwork and illustrations for the Marathi book 'हीलिंग-एक प्रकाशवाट' has been translated in English language called as 'Healing - The Path of Light' written by Vrushali Lele (NLP Practioner, Reiki and Seichem Master). This book has been launched on 7th May 2019 at the hands of Sukanya Kulkarni (well-known Marathi Actress) along with Chief Guest Sunil Barve (famous marathi film and theatre actor) and is available in the market.
The core concept of the book cover art remained same, but was made more suitable for an english-reading audience by introducing subtle and elegant colour scheme and lettering.
The website can be visited here.
Healing, not being magic, is in fact a process that accelerates the natural healing capacity of the body and mind with positivity.
हीलिंग-एक प्रकाशवाट Book Launch by : Sukanya Kulkarni Mone (well-known Marathi Actress) with Chief Guest - Dr. Satish Puranik (Orthopedic Surgeon)
A glimpse of the conceptual illustrations done on the process of healing. The different ways in which healing is given and received.
Key elements about Healing like fertile mother earth, the rising to be in the shape of a key hole and we as humans are willing to accept the healing.
Acknowledgments and Information
A mockup of different cover options done for this project.
I got the privilege to illustrate Mr. Sajjanraj Mehta’s book named ‘Stories For Ever’ in English and Hindi for private circulation, published by Magna Publishing, in December 2017;
This is a book of stories, stories that guide, inspire, encourage and fill your soul with lessons of life.
My esteemed client, Mr. S. R. Mehta. He is a CA who owns and runs his firm ‘S. R. Mehta and Co.’ and is also an independant director at Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL) from The Kalpataru Group (one of India’s leading group of companies that deal with Real Estate, Power Transmission and Distribution, Civil Infrastructure and Logistics)
Mr Mehta tells that his inspiration for the book is his own son, Suhrid who would not sleep until his father narrated at least one of those hundreds of stories except for the one year when he was abroad pursuing his studies. These very stories created a timeless bond and they live in his heart forever, just like his son. Mr Suhrid wanted his father to put down at least a few of those hundred stories in print, in Hindi and English, into a contemporary form that would be accessible (only 500 copies for private circulation) to his family, friends and their loved ones.
Now illustrating these stories was simple in thought and clear in execution, but it also had the pressure of being perfect. There are 21 stories which have 22 illustrations (1 for each). Justice had to be given to the intent of these stories, this entire book and also properly convey the message of these stories.
Book Cover Art
The brief was that the cover art had to ‘timeless’; much like the bond between the father and the son and the stories that bonded them even stronger. It is inspired from the painting Mr Suhrid had created, a brilliant scenic painting. The father and the son in the cover are sitting on a landscape inspired from the painting, frozen in time. The scenic nature, the bond, the painting and the story all speak of timelessness.
© Sajjanraj Mehta 2018
All illustrations used in the book and the cover art copyright of Sajjanraj Mehta, 2018
The bond between father-son duo, sitting on the landscape inspired from the painting made by Suhrid, frozen in time, the nature, speak of timelessness
Book Cover with the Gift Tag
Story #1 - Lord Krishna's Flute © Sajjanraj Mehta 2018
Story #7 - Division of Duties © Sajjanraj Mehta 2018
Story #11 - The Himalayan Parrot © Sajjanraj Mehta 2018
Story #9 - True to Nature © Sajjanraj Mehta 2018