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Illustrator N. Jayachandran passes away


NEW DELHI : Artist and illustrator N. Jayachandran, who has worked with various national dailies and magazines for over 35 years, passed away in New Delhi on Monday afternoon after a mild illness. He is 57 years old.

Jayachandran has worked with Mint in Delhi as an artist and illustrator for over a decade and played a key role in shaping the publication’s visual identity. Known for his impressive editorial illustrations, Jayachandran’s work elevates the related article as well as the page.

Mint’s national creative director Abel Robinson said: “He is imaginative while firmly grasping current affairs and deeply concerned with society, which gives him a clear vision to create vivid illustrations that tell their own stories.”

Jayachandran’s work includes pen and ink, watercolor and digital art.

“His drawings are very unique, very different from any other painter or illustrator. You can identify his features with just one look,” said Sudheer Nath, former secretary of the Kerala Animation Academy.

A mentor to many young illustrators and animators, he has been active in the community of artists in New Delhi and beyond.

Born at Thalassery in Kerala, Jayachandran studied art at the School of Art, Thalassery, and began his career as an illustrator for the Kunkumam group in Kollam in the late 1980s. Since then, he working at Malayala Manorama, The Indian Express in Chandigarh and Outlook in Delhi.

In December 2006, Jayachandran joined the Mint as part of a team that would launch the day-to-day business the following year.

For the past two years, he has worked as a freelance illustrator for both the Mint and the Hindustan Times.

Jayachandran is survived by his wife Sheena and two children.

Jayachandran's final illustration for the Mint.

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Jayachandran’s final illustration for the Mint.

Born at Thalassery in Kerala, Jayachandran studied art at the School of Art, Thalassery, and began his career as an illustrator for the Kunkumam group in Kollam in the late 1980s. Since then, he working at Malayala Manorama, The Indian Express in Chandigarh and Outlook in Delhi.

In December 2006, Jayachandran joined the Mint as part of a team that would launch the day-to-day business the following year.

For the past two years, he has worked as a freelance illustrator for both the Mint and the Hindustan Times.

Jayachandran is survived by his wife Sheena and two children.

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