We first came to know of Pia Alize Hazarika in November last year when a friend saw her illustration blog and forwarded it to us. Soon after, we met her at the Java City on Church Street (Bangalore) - we talked about her work, about Manta Ray's vision for comics, TWELVE and how we'd like to collaborate with her on one of our stories. And she said, "Yes." (Yay! moment for Manta Ray). We already had a script ready for her - we were hoping she'd say 'yes' :) - and with this story, Pia came on board the TWELVE team.
Clue 1 of The Answer is Here contest was released at India's first Comic Con in February and we wanted it to be a little more cryptic than the other clues. So Pia came up with this visual from her story - an image of "the boy" listening to Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight on his mp3 player. We deliberately kept the boy's face partly hidden... we wanted the focus to be on the album artwork - the real clue in the image - and Pia's rendition did just that!
Pia's illustrations recently appeared in Time Out Bangalore - here and here, she also showcased some cool webpage designs she had to create as part of her interview at Flipkart.com (where she is working now)
Pia is a graduate from the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology and is the Consultant - Visual Designer at Flipkart.com