Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Voodoo Queens

Some people presume illustration is just a glorified picture, but the depth of illustrations can inject a lot more into ones creative mind than you first may assume. If you're into art, you'll understand how much feeling and mystery there is behind every single stroke. The ideas behind an illustration, and the final creation, nearly always tell a story that will spark some kind of interest.
Nina Chakrabarti is an illustrator that we, personally find extremely interesting. With experiences at Central St Martins and The Royal College of Art under her belt, there's no denying that this girl has talent. Stumbling across Nina’s website, we were more than intrigued, wanting to know more about her work after each page we read.
A series of interventionist doodles caught our eye, sending our brains into a creative spin. What do they mean? Why are they composed in that way?, we thought to ourselves. There were no words, which could emphasise our point about the power of a picture; no words are needed to entice a certain feeling - Could illustration be the new speech for humans? We totally believe you could win a debate with an illustration, it's acutely thought provoking.

At first glance the illustrations seemed very aboriginal and dark, but behind the initial denotations we saw the beauty of each line, starting to see the artistic enhancements as masks. Even though initially inspired by voodoo, every individual could read these differently, but it could seem possible that such images would suggest a confident, fashion enthused female could feel a slight insecurity - the illustration expresses such a strong feeling and shows you more to a woman than a digital photograph would.

Every image is as strong as the first, developing the ambience of voodoo intensely. What we find admirable is the unique aspect to each image, intricately composed to trigger a train of thoughts. Nina is said to use a variation of techniques when it comes to her drawing; pencils, ink, felt tips and biros are amongst her favoured of these diverse mediums. 

What do these illustrations say to you? How do they make you feel? Stop for a moment and take in the eclectic work of Nina Chakrabarti over at

words: Jemma Lamble