Peenya is a dusty industrial town in Bangalore, a chaotic jumble of incessant traffic, the drone of factories and vast abandoned spaces. As part of the Art In Transit project (a collaborative effort between the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited) we attempted to transform the Peenya metro station into an "art station" thereby creating a sense of value and ownership for the people of the area and also increasing footfall at the station.

After a period of on-ground research spent building a resource pool of stories, characters and sites from Peenya, I chose to explore abandoned spaces in Peenya and their caretakers. My point of enquiry was to explore using visual narrative to evoke a sense of space.

The sites I chose to document are linked by a consistent sense of monotony and lingering. They range from blade factories to junkyards and overgrown fields, they are visited by no one and their sole occupant is the caretaker. I created narratives in these spaces, using two characters – the caretaker, a symbol of the unchanging nature of the sites and a rabbit, a break in the monotony.

Sketches from Peenya
Character Exploration : The Caretaker and The Rabbit
Character Board : The Caretaker
Final Characters : The Caretaker & The Rabbit
A spread from The Abandoned Plot comic
A map of The Abandoned Plot
Inked Spread from The Scrapyard comic
Inks and Final Spread from The Scrapyard comic