May 30, 2013

Kyoorius Knocks: Sameer Kulavoor

Sameer Kulavoor wants to observe the wealth of art and craft by going back to pre-colonialised India. Visual artist and illustrator, Kulavoor is the founder of  Bombay Duck Designs. He is also the co-founder and co-curator of 100%ZINE.

He is most well-known for his music related art and design projects which includes animated music videos for ‘Disconnected‘ and ‘Lovedrug Climbdown‘ (from Pentagram’s album Up-2004 and Bloodywood- 2011), album art for Zero and Something Relevant, cover Art for Rolling Stone magazine and design for NH7  Weekender festival (2011, 2012).

At what point were you absolutely sure that this is what you want to do?

When I was 3-4 years old, my neighbour was an art and craft teacher in a school. I remember being super excited seeing her drawings. She gave me a diary to draw when she moved, and I haven’t seen her ever since. But from that experience I knew that ‘drawing and creating’ is something I really enjoyed. I guess that set the tone for everything that followed.

Describe your work desk in one line. If you had to keep just one single item at your desk, what would that be?

A mess organised in right angles. One single item that I want at my desk would be my sketchbook + a tool to draw.

 If you had a time machine, where would you be headed?

Would like to go back to pre-colonialised India to observe our wealth of art and craft, to see what we have lost and gained.

What would be your second dream profession?

Creating music I guess.

What has been your most fun project so far?

A collection of all my sketchbooks – it’s a project in itself. Recently I gathered all my books over the last eight years. They are fragmented bits and pieces – collage at times – with travel notes, rants and post-its.  It seems like a narrative when I see it in an order. I would say it’s been the most fun project – very personal – and a work in progress.

What are you upto right now?

Supervising the final stages of three new art-zines / books we’ve been creating over the last few months! And looking forward to the release of 100%ZINE 4th issue: 100%LOCAL

A picture of your favourite work created by you?

Latest favourite is this image! It is part of a self-published screenprinted book about the phenomenon (excessive use) of Blue Tarps (or taad-patris) in our country. This would be released mid-june. I find it interesting because it covers more than it reveals. But it also reveals all :)


A picture of your favourite work created by someone else?

I like this image created by Gary Taxali (Canadian illustrator) in his signature ‘goofy’ style. He used it on his blog aimed at clients who have shitty fees and terms.



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