Here is a thing about being a political cartoonist
"you tell the truth by drawing a lie......."
Never was drawing so interesting, at least not in Engineering Drawing of 2nd semester. I was amongst 25 of the lucky readers who got selected for a workshop (DNA Cartoon Workshop) by Manjul(Chief cartoonist, DNA) held at their office at Elphinstone road, Mumbai. Being from a engineering background the only relation I have with cartoons is doremon and comics. That doesn’t mean engineering students cannot draw. We do have to draw a lot of formal figures and on the informal part there are those words which we cannot understand in our friend’s assignment. When asked what that the word is, the usual reply is just draw the word (which we do). Also a few of us are indulged in creative activity of drawing portraits during lectures.
The workshop was conducted in a conference room. The conference room was a nice and cosy room with bright ambiance. There was participation from diverse skill backgrounds. The speaker Mr. Manjul started with an introduction on how cartooning began in India. Moved on to focus on political cartooning. He showed us his cartoons, their importance for that time period, how they depict the satire of the issue. Political cartoons do hurt a part of people (mostly politicians). That which cannot be said by news can be told by cartoons.
At one point, each one of us was asked to draw a cartoon. Mr. Manjul gave a review of each of them. Then he drew a cartoon of his favourite character (Dr. Manmohan Singh). It was then that I realised drawing on a digital writing pad is more convenient for a digital print, something which I missed a lot for a logo design competition. Then Mr. Manjul gave away the certificate of the event.
In the end the photographer took group photos. The event was nicely organised and a lot of thanks to Mr. Manjul, the organisers(my apologies, I forgot your name, please mail me if you read this), the photographer, the IT guy and DNA.