about me, the FAToonist :)
Sajjive Balakrishnan (സജ്ജീവ്) blobbing with that once-in-a-while vital statistics …..
45, 5’ 6”, 120kg, 136-224-136. Appear in social networking sites as the Heaviest cartoonist in
In English, it is http://www.1minutecaricatures.blogspot.com/ .
In 1976, prompted by my father, enrolled under my Guru SHANTHANU of the famous Santhanu’s Chitra Vidyalayam, in 1976 for a 6 month postal course in cartooning. Have been drawing Cartoons from 1976 and caricatures from 1978. Since joining the Income Tax Department in 1988, I have been doting on only one thing – that whacky 2 minute stuff of SPEED CARICATURING ! Till now, I must have done about 10000 caricatures including those done for shows.
The best part about being a cartoonist ...
A cartoonist is never alone in a group. He gets liked by all age groups instantaneously once he goes on a roll, esp. if a caricaturist. Incidentally, only a negligible percentage of mainstream artists can draw like a cartoonist. The over-care for finesse in details bludgeons any mad streak in him, which is said only for that devil may care cartoonist. And , ironically, only a very very small percentage of cartoonists in caricaturing for reasons still unknown to me ! And the spot caricaturist is always a rarity, especially of the Fat kind!
my finest moment as a cartoonist....
Still, it is the sight of my 83 year old, deaf, asthmatic, limping mother delightfully looking at my sparing cartoons appearing in strange, unattractive, sparsely decorated magazines sitting alone in her room. Down the years, the magazines alone changed, her delight stay on as perpetual inspiration. I totally believe in Gurutwam.
It is 4 of us in my family at Ernakulam. My AMMA, wife Lekha (playback singer Lekha R. Nair ) who has sung for 25+ films in Malayalam ( varna vrindaavanam ) in Kaliyoonjaal ) & tamil ( Ippothenna thevai) and my son Siddharth, singer & disciple to his mother in carnatic lessons, and a keyboardist in the making.