“A Gypsy who explores the perfect mix of travel and art – Allen Shaw”

We were excited to start a conversation with the much-admired Indian artist and storyteller, Allen Shaw, at Chitrakatha ’17, the international animation festival held at NID, Ahmedabad.

Talking about his journey through the world of visual narratives, Allen talked about the influences which shaped his own graphic storytelling and the importance of graphic narratives in political discourse.

Journey as a visual storyteller

On influences and style

Graphic narratives and political discourse


About Allen Shaw

Allen Shaw is an Indian illustrator and storyteller based in Berlin.To Shaw, traveling and sketching are two impassioned affections and he has drawn more than 150 sketchbooks from his travels to Japan, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Italy, France, Croatia, and more. He has also associated with Longform annual, an anthology of graphic stories. A graduate from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Shaw continues to paint his “gypsiness” in sketchbooks inspiring travel and art enthusiasts.

About “conversations” series 

We live in an age where visual-storytelling is not only breathtakingly beautiful to see but also has commercial success associated with it. From animation, comics, graphic novels, to advertisement, branding, and education, design has become an indispensable part of an effective act of communication.

But how does one reach there? Before the glittery heavy paycheques and awe-inspiring products, one must go through years of intense training but even then, where to start? It is always helpful if one gets to speak with some of the best in the industry to know how one can design their own trajectory to learn design. Given the fact most of them are sipping their respective oceans of coffee while piling up paper-mountains of sketches and drafts in some cluttered studio somewhere in a big city, it is hard to catch hold of them.

That is why designed an informative series with the best designers and illustrators from India, to make this act of “reaching out for advice” more accessible.


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