Washington: Monday’s Google doodle was in honour of Mario Miranda, the cartoonist, on his 90th birthday. Best known for his work in Times of India and the Illustrated Weekly of India, Mario’s slice-of-life style represented the layered view that people saw everyday. His portraits were always bustling and teeming with characters, each of whom seemed to have a mind of their own.
The doodler for Google, is Aaron Renier, another comic artist known for portraying large crowds. “I approached Mario’s work by pretending I was drawing with him,” said Renier. “I chose his most popular style, very flat with criss-crossing interactions.” Google’s official statement reads: “In this homage to Miranda, we see a rich litany of people, each unique in their perspective.”
“That is what I liked most about his work,” Renier explained, “trying to pick out who knows who, who’s watching who, who’s annoyed by who, who’s enamored by who. Hopefully people will see something of [Miranda’s] spirit in it.”
Mario was conferred the Padmashri and posthumously, the Padma Vibhushan, by the government.