November 13, 2014

Sketchnotes: Nafisa Crishna

By Pratika Yashaswi

Nafisa Crishna is a professional graphic designer and an illustrator based out of Bangalore, India. After five years of working independently, she is now Senior Illustrator at Brainwave, a science magazine for children. Today, she is miles away from where she began as a Textile Design graduate at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in 2008.

She started SketchCrawl, a weekly meetup of artists and illustrators in Bangalore along the lines of the concept that was started by Enrico Casarosa in San Francisco a few years ago.

“It’s a great way to explore this beautiful city with a rich history and many a building that proves it. Despite how long I have lived here, there are still large chunks of it I don’t know. It’s also a great way to keep up the habit of drawing regularly. So, I constructed a mailing list of people I thought would be interested and started my crawl 6 weeks ago. So far, we’ve been on 5 crawls with each time doubling the number of Crawlers. Word has also gotten out that I’m doing this, so there are people who get in touch through friends and colleagues who are now a part of the Crawl. This has resulted in the creation of a circle of like-minded illustrators from various contexts themselves, which is quite cool.”


An avid sketcher, her work reveals keen observation and a sharp eye for detail. Her angles and perspectives are neatly defined. In spite of a visible aspiration for accuracy, her images seem to ripple with a life of their own whether they are of the people she sees, or more commonly, of physical objects and buildings. “Personally, I love working with detail. The finer the detail, the happier I am! I find that drawing architecture allows me to do just that, especially with old colonial buildings that have exposed brickwork. It’s also an extremely peaceful part of my week – sitting under a patch of shade, drawing a building that has stood the test of time.”


Her sketches of the Hudson Memorial Church, the State Central Library and Higginbothams are sparsely coloured in, and rendered in confident strokes. There is a depth and texture in her technique that enlivens her subjects and makes them move on the page. Expressions are not emphasized in her human figures but nuances such as shadows and creases on their clothes are drawn carefully. Constantly pushing her boundaries with every creation, one of her current endeavours is to remove pencil sketches from her drawing process and draw directly with a pen.

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Unlike many others in her field, she isn’t fond of fictional characters or of doodling. “Tangible physical space stands out for me, speaking louder than anything or anyone else.” Her philosophy is simple. She draws what she sees, as she sees it. “I just see a structure that has a story, and I have to draw it. I can spend hours drawing heritage buildings, and places that have a long-standing history. It almost feels like when I draw it, I become a part of that history too.” Needless to say, architectural sketches are her favourite.

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SketchCrawls are her favourite part of the week. “Sunday morning, sitting somewhere, drawing a place I’ve never actually been to before, analysing how the lines I see can translate themselves on to my paper has become the time I most look forward to.” What does she hope to gain from this exercise? “Just that I keep drawing, and in doing so, developing my skill set and pushing my own boundaries. Also, to have a really great sketchbook journal that is rich in memory, akin to those created by the likes of Danny Gregory, Tommy Kane, Koosje Koene, Mattias Adolfsson and Prashant Miranda.”


Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene, two major influences in her craft, are the minds behind Sketchbook Skool – an online ‘klass’ of 6 semesters for sketchbook journaling. Nafisa is currently enrolled in the 3rd semester of this course. “Not only has it been an amazing experience, it’s actually put me in touch on a one-on-one basis with illustrators who I have been such a huge fan of for years!!! I’ve been able to watch how they work, and interact with them to understand their processes better. It has definitely influenced me a whole lot. In fact, for my Higginbothams sketch, I adopted a lot of the techniques that Tommy Kane had spoken about in his class. It was his course in particular that made me initiate the SketchCrawl here in Bangalore.”

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  1. Paul Sandip



    quite interesting :)

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