Sunday, August 16, 2015

24 frames of my decade old animated life

16th August 2005.

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.

(2005)
  
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.





(2009)

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.




When suddenly...





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



(2011)

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.

Thanks for reading. :)