Friday, December 16, 2011

Return Of The Jungle Promo

Hey guys here's a promo of something I've been working on for the past few months at Vaibhav Studios. It's still under production and is a treat to work with one of the best talents in the country Vaibhav Kumaresh! Do check it out and lemme know what you think!

P.S. I animated: the rat shots, the first two crow dialogue shots, and the entire last sequence (the tortoise and the crow).

Hope y'all like it! :)

EDIT: We were recently featured on AnimationXpress! Learn more about this project and the man behind it here.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Hey guys, here are a few digipaints I did on, well, animators!! I feel we're a crazy breed of people and I thought it would be fun to caricature us! And what better day to post this than on the International Animation Day!! :)





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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Devils Angels & Dating - Teaser Trailer

Hey guys here's a teaser of the non-profit short film I was recently a part of. I had a lot of fun working on it. Even the director (Michael Cawood) is quite cool and fun!

Here's the main website of the film ( :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Health update

Just thought I'd let you guys know about my health update. For those who didn't know, I met with this terrible road accident on 12th Nov 2009 while cycling to work. My legs were crushed and I also fractured my left arm. And now, after almost a year and a half, my left arm and right leg have healed. It's just the left leg that's, well, left! But that shouldn't take more than a year to heal. Meanwhile, I can manage to go to work with my walker. I know I still have a long way to go, but as long as I get to animate, I don't mind waiting. Haha!

And of course I have all you wonderful friends to thank, for supporting me through the months! Thanks for keeping my looney tooney spirit alive! Here's to recovery!! :D

Monday, May 30, 2011

Alienate people (AnimationRigs second annual animation contest)

Hey guys, I had entered the AnimationRigs second annual animation contest and here's my entry.

(YouTube link in case Vimeo doesn't work)

I secured a place as Honorable mention I (I'm guessing it's the fourth rank) out of 45 entries. And it means quite a lot to me since one of the judges was my idol CARLOS BAENA!Yay!!

It was great fun entering this contest, especially so because it was my first time making a quadruped act! Haha! Congrats to all who took part! Also thanks to all who voted for me for the Members Choice award, but unfortunately they removed that category due to 'suspicious' voting. And of course kudos to my buddy Sarath Thomas for the incredible lighting! Check out his tutorial for this shot here.

Here's a shot progression of the piece.

Animated in: MAYA 2011

EDIT: Here's a video compilation of the winners.

EDIT 2: The super awesome Mark Harris from Pixar did a super awesome review of my shot. It really opened up my eyes to a lot of mistakes that I've been making in my animations obliviously! HUGE thanks to AnimSchool and of course Mark Harris for doing this! :)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quick sketches

Hey guys posting a few more quick sketches (old ones) done some two years back in Bangalore. It's an extension of this post actually. I couldn't find this sketchbook for a long time. When I found it today, I thought I should post some sketches from there. Had a lot of fun doing these! :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Some embarrassing animal tests

I figured it was high time I did some animal animations. Here are some embarrassing first-time tests. Animals are challenging, but fun nevertheless!! :D

C&Cs welcome!

Animated in: Flipbook 6 and MAYA 2009

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ode to Mam

R.I.P Mam (1932 - 2011)

It was the deeply saddening news of my granny passing away which woke me up today morning. I was devastated when I heard it, although the news was quite expected, since she had been suffering from throat cancer from a long time, and no amount of medical treatment could prevent her from the inevitable. And we all loved her so much that none of us had the strength to tell her about it. All we could do was helplessly pray that she died a peaceful death, before the cancer pain took its toll, making it extremely unbearable for us to see her in the agony. Our prayers were answered. She left us today morning in her sleep. She was 79.

Regrettably I won't be able to go to her funeral (because I've still not completely recovered from my road accident), so I decided to at least pay her a small tribute by drawing a portrait of her. And as I started drawing, my mind drifted back to all those times that I spent with her.

I realized that I've never been as close to any of my grandparents as I've been to Mam (Nepali for grandmother). I would always love to just sit and chat with her (despite my broken Nepali) on numerous topics: ranging from family to changing times to TV shows to movies (she hated that Kareena Kapoor broke up with Shahid and hooked up with Saif). Her favourite thing to do was to sit on the veranda/balcony where she could watch people passing by. And oh yes, she loved to be photographed! She was always lively and bursting with energy. Even at 79, she would never fail to wake up as early as 4am for her daily morning walk while I would sleep away to glory (or on many an occasion, go to bed). She would even make fun of me saying I lost out to an "oldie". :)

I loved to tease her just to see her annoyed cute little face. She would never nag, or scream or shout. She was always calm and cool and would laugh uncontrollably while watching anything comical on TV or recalling her fun moments back in her day. Although she never read me any bedtime stories when I was a kid, I never complained. She would never preach but would inspire us enough just from the way she carried herself. I guess she believed in practicing more than preaching.

She had indeed lived a greatly fulfilling life. Loving family members, inseparable friends, she even lived to see her great grandchild. And she has left behind enough values and morals for us to follow up on and carry forward her legacy.

I find it hard to believe that she belongs to the other world now. I feel I can just call her up and talk to her. But then, that's not to be. So I console myself with the fact that she got to meet all her loved ones before finally saying a peaceful goodbye in the very place she spent almost her entire life in, Kurseong. There indeed can't be a more satisfying way to depart.

I love you Mam and I miss talking to you. Thank you for igniting our lives with joy and laughter. I learnt so much from you. I pray for your soul to rest in peace and I know you're up there watching over all of us. :')

And like you would always say "Anta ke". :)

Mam at Kaziranga (Assam), December 2007

Monday, March 28, 2011

Animals (quick sketches)

Trying to learn animal sketches (and animations) this year (something I've been procrastinating like crazy).

This is my pet Maggie playing with our maid. One of the toughest challenges is to sketch her when she's awake and playing (she's too restless. In fact check out this video of her when she was a puppy). I could somehow manage to do TWO decent ones when she was tired and sleeping! Haha! (Done in Photoshop CS4)

These are some sketches of some pet fish in my aquarium. Was quite difficult to capture the delicate fins. (Done in good ol' pencil and paper)

I'll keep doing more! :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My first animation ever! :)

Hey look what I found! My first EVER animation!! :D

This was done when I was in my first animation institute called ANTS, Bangalore (2005-ish). I remember I was still in my Basic Drawing classes and lightboxes weren't introduced to us yet. I was simply practicing Aladdin's sketch from a 'How to draw Aladdin' book and thought why not animate it! I got onto the lightbox and animated this straight-ahead (pun intended)! I didn't care about the fact that I knew nothing about 2D animation (or for that matter, animation) back then, I just wanted to animate it!

The feeling of flipping my drawings, seeing them move, and eventually seeing the whole animation on the computer is something I'll never forget! It was such great fun! I really miss my lightbox now. :')

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My query on subtext acting answered by Brendan Body

Around a year ago, a very talented animator friend Shiva Kumar Adloori introduced me to a term called 'Subtext' in acting and showed me this brilliant reel by Stefan Schumacher. The reel blew my mind, especially the last shot with the old couple. You notice that the old man's actions have nothing to do with the words he is saying. So there's a subtext to his animation.

I remembered one of Ed Hooks' pointers in his book 'Acting for animators' : "Acting has almost nothing to do with words".

I combined these two and arrived at a wrong conclusion that if I ALWAYS make a character say something else and do something else (even if the action is unmotivated), it automatically means a subtext.

It may not!

I read a great post by the amazing Brendan Body on subtext which quickly made it clear I was wrong. So I asked him in the comments section there about my query and he was really kind to promptly reply back with great insights and a humorous clip to illustrate the point. Check out the post. It really put my doubts to rest.

Simply put, subtext acting is the hidden acting underneath the actual acting being portrayed. What you show is not what you feel. Kinda like, you say something, but you mean something else. Doesn't matter if it's through words (the way you say them) or through actions.

A mother folding sheets and casually (repeat: CASUALLY) asking her son about his day at school may have a subtle or no subtext acting at all (although she's doing something unrelated to what she's saying). Because she simply doesn't mean anything else other than really asking him about his day at school. The action of folding sheets is merely a 'secondary action'. That's the difference.

However if she really did want to find something more about him by still asking a straightforward "How was school", then she would ask a little differently. She may even fold the sheets differently. And that would mean a subtext.

On the other hand, a man speaking sarcastically (while still not doing any unrelated action) could have an extreme subtext that what he means is completely different from what he says.

Whether he WANTS the other person to know that he was being sarcastic or not (in other other words, whether he wants the other person to read the subtext or not) is another matter.

As far as Ed Hooks' note is concerned, it can either be in subtext or not. I assume he essentially means you can act and get your thoughts across without saying a word (acting with your eyes etc). Now whether you do that to show a subtext or not is your choice.

And now when I again watch the last shot in Stefan Schumacher's reel, I can now read much more into the character of the old man rather than assuming "Oh Stefan made him do those actions just because it looks interesting and natural". Now I can see WHY he's doing those actions. Because he probably wants to say something that's of utmost importance to him without making it seem too obvious (so he tries to cover it up by doing some other actions). That opens up a possibility of what kind of a character he might be. Maybe he's secretly scared of his wife, maybe he doesn't care about his wife. Now there's a definite narrowing down of what his character might be.

Subtext is very important in creating a believable performance. It makes the audience believe the character is alive.

Thanks Brendan, Ed, Shiva and Stefan! You guys opened my mind! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Me, myself and I

A self caricature attempt. Still trying my hand at painting caricatures. :)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Tribute to the Father of the Nation

A caricature attempt on Mahatma Gandhi. A little tribute from my side to the Father of the Nation on the day of his assassination (30th January). With all due respect.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Facebook Addicts part 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!! Here's wishing all you wonderful people all the happiness this year! :D

Well, I thought I'd kick start 2011 with some illustrations I had done on Facebook addicts. This is a part 2 of the series. Here's part 1. Hope you all enjoy it! :D

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