Yay!! After LINE messenger, here's another set of my stickers that went live today. This time for the Hike app! It was for a yet another sticker contest I entered. Was a lot of fun making them!
It's a tribute to the Assam Rhino. Please do use them. :)
Exactly 10 years ago, I stepped into my first animation school, for my first animation class. Life has never been the same since then!
Just to mark that break-away moment of my life, I felt like doing a small 24 frame comic caricaturing that journey. Please note, it's just my humble way of saying Thank You to Animation that gave my life a purpose.
So yes, my story starts with me being kicked out of my regular college. I flunked my Electronics Honors not once, twice!!
Having enough of it, I decided to finally move to Bangalore to answer my long time calling: ANIMATION!
That's when I first saw the school I wanted to study in.
And that's when I first saw the lightbox,
I immediately dreamed of creating memorable animations like the ones I grew up watching/reading
Ok, maybe it wasn't as monumental of a start as I imagined. But it was a start nonetheless.
(2005 - 2009)
And thus began my journey of learning one of the most fun crafts in the world.
Until I was declared that...
But my happiness was short lived
Just then, as I was beginning to lose hope, I found a job offer in a slightly different field, illustrations. As tough times were on, I had to take on the job. It was either that, or nothing.
It was a tearful separation from animation. But I promised I'd come back to it.
The new field was paying me well. In fact it was then when I got my...
Oh I remember that feeling of being able to buy my own stuff with my own money. Felt like a boss
Things were definitely looking up for me.
A terrible road accident changed my life forever. I lost my job, and was almost about to lose my legs.
(2009 - 2010)
It was hard getting back on my feet (literally). But I tried. As hard as I could. And I can't thank enough my family, all of my friends and of course my doctors for really helping me get back to a normal life.
Soon I was back on track. And back to animation. All thanks to a few online projects I got while on my one and half year bed rest
Things were going fine, when one fine day...
I couldn't believe how kind fate (and my friend Rekha who connected me with Vaibhav) had been to me. I was so excited, I didn't even care that I was still recovering. I just had to take it on.
And yes, I was star struck!!
(2011 - present)
And since then, it's been a wonderful journey of getting back on my feet (pun intended), And of finding myself again.
Looking back on all this today, it has definitely been a roller coaster ride. But it has also been one of the most fulfilling journeys of my life. Thank you all so very much for being a part of it. My family who supported me when I said I wanted to be an animator, my teachers who encouraged my sketching in school, my friends/mentors who added colour, spice and inspiration to this journey, everyone!
And most of all, I thank God. I've always felt Him silently guiding me through and through, during my ups and downs, making me stronger each day. I am what I am because of that.
Of course my journey doesn't end here. It only begins. Here's to more adventures and more awesomeness in the future.
Couldn't be any happier to see my sister getting married to a wonderful man. And as they go on to start a new exciting chapter in their lives, here's wishing them all the happiness in the world. Stay as you are, you crazy adorable couple! And Diego, welcome to the family! Wish you both a ROCKING wedded life!! :)
Hey folks! I'm so excited to announce that I had entered a sticker contest for the LINE messaging app and I've been selected as one of the top 5 finalists! And from today my stickers go onLINE!! Woohoo!
Please do download them and use them in your daily conversations! They're free and are valid for 6 months only! So download them ASAP!!
Also I'm so honored to know that my work was judged by two of the most inspiring artists I've known: Dhimant Vyas and E. Suresh! Yay!