The death of artist and illustrator N. Jayachandran, at the age of 57, on September 19 has not only left his family and friends devastated, it has also left us all in mourning at Lounge. For over a decade now, Jayachandran’s lyrical, pointed, and often profound illustrations have graced many stories published here. His time with mint, from 2006 to 2020, then as a freelancer, is one of the great modern careers in media illustration. To celebrate the man and his art, we feature some of Jayachandran’s recent work for these pages.
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Illustration from Lounge’s cover article about endangered languages in India and the people fighting to preserve them
His ability to convey a story through his art is well demonstrated in the illustration, which was released in April, for a Living room coverage on India’s endangered languages and the people fighting to preserve them. Another great example is the illustration that accompanied a 2018 story about the Indian cities rewilding movement.
Illustration by Jayachandran on the struggles of transgender athletes in India
Jayachandran’s illustrations were also awarded Living room stories, like August 2021’s about the struggles of transgender athletes in India, which won the Outstanding News Story award at the Likho Awards For Excellence In Media this year.
Illustrating the fear and isolation of interrupted childhoods during covid-19
Whether illustrating the fear and isolation of interrupted childhoods during April 2021’s covid-19 or bravely summarizing Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s short story, Where is Gopal?, for the January 2022 Lounge Fiction Special, there was no story Jayachandran couldn’t tell. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of everyone at Lounge, but his work will live on forever.
Illustration for Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s short story, Where Is Gopal?
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