A friend named Ayan Ghosh (check out his amazing photography on http://ayan82.carbonmade.com/ ) who is from Bengal in East India recently shared some very interesting snake history. Manasa or the Hindu Goddess of snakes is apparently followed with great devotion as a tribal Goddess popular in the dense mangroves of the Bengal Delta. She is worshiped for protection from and cure of snake bites mainly in the monsoons when snakes emerge from their lair. Every August, a festival named Jhapan, in this region, allows snake charmers from around India to assemble and Manasa is worshiped according to an age old tradition.
Today’s illustration is of a lazy, curious snake soaking in some summer and cooling off in a neighboring river. The explorations below are a play with positive and negative space. It’s quite remarkable that a little play with space can create an entirely new kind of visual dynamism.