Usually, it takes at least three dates to know this about a girl – she hates it when people ask her for change, her dad calls her ‘Ponga’, she dreams of spaceships, has recurring nightmares about dumbbells and the building she lives in doesn’t have an elevator.
But in the case of Mumbai-based illustrator Saakshi Vyas, the information is there to browse in five seconds or less, with attached visuals so you don’t have to close your eyes and imagine. Ahem. Moving on.
Under the moniker In the Middle of Something, Saakshi (currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in graphic design) does fun illustrations with incidents from her personal life posing as subjects, prettied up by curvy grey monsoon clouds and floral bed sheets that could well be mistaken for gardens.
How To Use Saakshi
As of last month, the girl who loves rain and Jack Johnson and coffee, has started providing this as a service. If you’d like to turn your mundane moments into illustrations, send Saakshi your photograph and a brief, and she’ll have the picture ready in two days, which can also be printed on products like pillow covers, socks and pajamas. For the self-obsessed, she even converts simple mug shots into illustrated Facebook/Twitter profile pictures (start at Rs 500). The non-narcissistic can use In the Middle of Something as a gifting service – a cool alternative for (upcoming) Father’s Day greeting cards. Saakshi also creates customised comic books on order.
If we’ve taken the mystery out of Saakshi, you should know that there's still a lot left to be desired, many illustrations left to interpret (we read something about ‘pressing button happiness’). Perhaps you’d like to ask her on a date and find out.
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