The day started off with us getting our first painted prototypes from the Prajapati brothers. I was excited, apprehensive, very nervous too. But it turned out well in the end as some very interesting stuff has come out of the first camp. There is some lovely detail work on the Vasuki heads and textures on the Jatayu which can be incorporated into the final design. However one of the biggest hurdles I foresee is to get the artisans to copy our emotional faces exactly as they are. Look at their interpretation of the Vasuki face on the extreme right! Traditional Indian faces are highly stylised but completely stoic, so obviously these huge eyes are alien to the painters and we have to find a way to break that barrier. Their copy of the Jatayu on the extreme left is pretty impressive though.
We also got some wooden blanks made from Mr. Gopal Agrawal to consider the possibility of getting the entire operation done at Agrawal Toy Shop, but the quality is horrible. All the pieces are of different sizes and shapes, none are symmetrical, some are pointy while some have flat ends. I’m extremely excited to see what the other camps have come up with after this first one!