Illustrated Tapes 110: Gurlz are nice 🍓🍊

Curated by Deepti Sharma
14.05.21

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Deepti is an animatoriIllustrator person currently residing in Goa, India.

Hi Deepti. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

‘Gurlz are nice’ was born in March 2020, when I was drowning in the music of a girl I really liked. It was around the time I ‘came out’ to myself, and I was listening to a lot of queer music, and giggling, and just feeling joyful, even though the rest of the world was going to shit and there was a lockdown which had just been announced. I’ve selected songs which capture how I was feeling when I was discovering how exciting it is to finally admit to myself that I like girls and how pretty they are.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I just thought about two girls in love, and just lying on the grass together, happy. That is also the feeling I got from some of the songs on the playlist. It’s also the picnic in my head with the girl I really liked. That didn’t go anywhere, but I think I really appreciate how she had mastered the art of making a nice playlist, and this is like, a drawing which would go really well with some of her playlists.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

Starry Cat by Starry Cat is my favourite album cover ever I think, and I love the album too, it is a warm hug. I love how simple it is. It makes me happy.


Starry Cat – Starry Cat
2013, Birdtapes


I also love Fuzzybrain (by Dayglow)’s album art. It makes me wish I made that! I actually wanted to go the plasticine direction for this mixtape, but that didn’t really work out.


Fuzzybrain – Dayglow
2019, Acrophase Records
Artwork: Sloan Struble


I love Iron and Wine’s album art for Our Endless Numbered Days. It inspired a film I worked on in my second year of college. This was before I figured out I liked girls, and the film had two girls lying in a field of grass stargazing, and in my denial I was VERY INSISTENT that they were just friends. I feel like the artwork I made is a revamp of that film. I have come a full circle.


Our Endless Numbered Days – Iron + Wine
2004, Sub Pop
Artwork: Sam Beam (Iron + Wine)


Halcyon [Animated short– Deepti Sharma
2016


What did you listen to growing up?

I think it was Hindi music for the longest time. Jab We Met, Delhi 6 have some beautiful songs. There wasn’t as much music in my house as I would have liked when I was growing up, my parents would mostly play music out loud only on road trips. I had a small cassette player, and would have the radio on most of the time, and would record over cassettes when they played songs I liked. Music helped me live inside my head.

My best friend introduced me to a lot of really nice music. I was also one of the teenagers who grew up with Taylor Swift, and I found myself returning to her a lot for comfort this last year.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Phoebe Bridgers. A playlist of my 8th grade music because the nostalgia is comforting right now. I also cannot wait for King Princess’s new album to come out. I am also very proud of the playlist I made and am listening to that on loop.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

It is unfortunately a little bleak right now. I think I am using this time to just rest and be, and absorb. I am trying to read more. I am journaling and falling back in love with my sketchbook. It is a tough time to create, and I am trying to be patient with the creating. I hope to work on an animated film or a graphic novel soon, I have a very nascent idea and I am not sure what form it will take.

Where can we find you?

I am on Instagram as @deep.teee. I am yet to work on a website.

Thanks, Deepti!