“I’m drawn to fantastical and natural elements and dark edgy humor in my characters and storylines,” says comic book maker Kaveri Gopalakrishnan ( @kaverigeewhiz
), who loves drawing the magical stuff in ordinary life, things that come up when she can’t sleep at 4 a.m., and her “gharelu” (plain, introverted) witch girls. Bangalore, India-based Kaveri thinks of herself, and other freelancer friends, as part of this band of imagined female subjects, describing them as “imperfect, maybe cursing a fair amount, handling mood swings and a full-time career, secret ideas and potions that you develop when most of your day is spent with, well, yourself.”
Her illustrations span topics like growing up secrets, body positivity, safe urban spaces for women and questions of privacy. Kaveri examines these themes in her own work and with Kadak Collective, a community of South Asian women who collaborate to self-publish their graphic stories and art.
Photo by @kaverigeewhiz