Debasmita Dasgupta is a Singapore-based internationally published picture-book illustrator and graphic novel artist with over a decade of experience in the field of art-for-change. She specialises in creating cause-based illustrations, be it about promoting girl child rights, ending violence against women or sharing inspiring stories of change makers. Her work has been showcased across many countries in the world.
Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym, and why or why not?
DD: No. My name has always been a conversation starter in my life. In Sanskrit it means “the smile of God”.
How long did it take to finish “Kesar and the Lullaby Birds” ?
DD: From visual research to final colour illustrations took me about 6-8 months.
Tell us about some anecdotes that were a part of the writing process of this book?
DD: Illustrating Kesar’s story has been a terrific experience. I love vibrant colours and patterns and textures. And this story gave me to opportunity to experiment and create with each of these elements. I have dedicated this book to India’s incredible indigenous artists who have always inspired my art.
How would you describe your Book’s Ideal reader ?
DD: Children of all ages, precisely 7-9 years
Tell us about the future literary projects that you are working on.
DD: I am working on one picture book, 2 graphic novels for children, and one graphic novel for young adults. All releasing in 2022-23.