Suprava GhoshKolkata , West Bengal , IN
Hi! I am Suprava, an illustrator currently based in Kolkata, the cultural capital of India. My specialization includes travel and 3D illustration.
My work is inspired by my travels across the Indian subcontinent and I often like combining art and reality. Through illustration I am focused on creating bold colourful work showcasing my childhood obsessions, my region and heritage.
Recently I have earned the badge of Official Artist of the Brooklyn Art Library which archives my travel sketchbooks. I have also collaborated with National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet Magazine India and Artists and Illustrators Magazine.
Maps By Suprava Ghosh
I always like to research about the cuisine or the food trail of a particular destination before I travel. So for the PLAY ALONG prompt, I decided why not research about Grecian food trail. Thessaloniki is the "Gastronomic Capital of Greece " because of the variety of informal dining it offers at reasonable prices. I have categorized the food in this illustration as street food and food that can be eaten in a taverna( a Greek restaurant or café). This food trail is specifically designed for those who have a sweet tooth just like myself! Also the girl in this illustration is an avatar of myself who likes to document her travel experiences. Koulouri is a sesame seed-crusted bread ring that is popular all over the country, but they originated in Thessaloniki. Trigona Panoramatos are triangular-shaped folds of buttered phyllo pastry, baked until golden and hollowed out when cooled and dunked in syrup. The crowning glory is when they get filled with pastry cream and topped with chopped almonds. Tsoureki, a brioche-like sweet bread topped with flaked almonds that’s mouth-wateringly delicious on its own. But the locals give it a deeper level of decadence with a melted chocolate coating or a chestnut filling. Koulouri, Trigona and Tsoureki are best served as street food. Bougatsa,a phyllo pastry with a semolina-cream filling dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon and a Greek coffee. There are savoury bougatsas but the sweet version is king and completely Thessaloniki. Greek Halva is a semolina pudding with nuts and raisins. Bougatsa and Halva can be best enjoyed inside a tavern. Did you know that Halva is called Halwa in India and it’s a delicacy which is served in Indian homes during religious ceremonies?
Greece has always dominated my travel bucket list. This country is the birthplace of democracy, the beginning of philosophy, geometry and Pythagorean theorem, Western medicine, the Olympic Games, cartography, olive oil and so on and so forth. Hence it is a synonym for greatness. Whenever travel restrictions are lifted I would like to sit down with a bowl of Greek salad in the culinary paradise of Thessaloniki, explore the theatre of Delphi, visit the oldest olive oil industry in Corfu and the Acropolis in Athens. My illustrated maps shows a few of those places in Northern, Central and Southern Greece I want to visit. This illustration is done traditionally but rendered digitally. Thanks to this PLAY ALONG prompt,I realized that Greece comprises of a dozen shades of blue – from Turquoise to Electric, Tiffany to Cobalt, Aegean to Sapphire.
Kaas Plateau also called as the 'Valley of Flowers' is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Satara district of Maharashtra. Over 850 varieties of flowers bloom here after the monsoon season every year.I got a great sense of satisfaction after I ticked it off from my travel bucket list. Within a 6-7 km radius walk one can find over 25 different species of flowers. Some flowers even bloom once in 7 years! The plateau is a sight to behold with various shades of pink, purple, magenta and yellow.
Where We Walk: Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is lovingly called the 'City of Joy'. Here is a map of Central Kolkata comprising of all the places I visit during Christmas with my friends. The illustration depicts the iconic Victoria Memorial ( built during the early 20th century, dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria), Flurys (one of the most old and famous bakery of Kolkata serving the best cake), Oxford Bookstore (the largest bookstore in Kolkata), Peter Cat (famous for 'chelo kebabs'), Allen Park (for Christmas decor) and Bow Barracks (for home-made wine and cake and Christmas celebrations). The city is indeed a melting pot of culture providing immense joy to all citizens in terms of food, entertainment and festival. Also the yellow blue cabs, the hand-pulled rickshaws and the Christmas lights in Park Street are a sight to behold since they form a major portion of Kolkata's heritage. This is my first map illustration and I intend to showcase the very best of food, fun and celebrations of my city through this artwork of mine.