Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I took a 2 week Open Elective workshop in my old school,National Institute of Design this January called 3d Visualization for Designers wherein I taught students visualization techniques using clay and software.
Im quite happy with the workshop as they were new to 3d modelling and sculpting and after a week's instructions were producing some phenomenal work in both software and clay.I ended up teaching some rudimentary tools in Silo and Zbrush which they used to produce the final assignments.The quality of the students in NID is very good still and the resources they have access to are top notch.
Ive posted some stills of their work(scroll down) as well some pages of the syllabus content I designed for the 2 weeks I was there.

We finally printed all the final assignments in A0 and the course process showing progression in the Aquarium,where I had put up my pre-dip many years ago!
Real blast from the past...we also setup two workstations where the students showed how they modelled and detailed hi-rez 3d models in Zbrush and Silo in live demos for the final Open Elective presentation.There was a genuine buzz on campus as every Open Elective had also put up their work,personal favourites were the Bamboo workshop helicopters and Anuj's awesome drapery assignments.Very inspiring work!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Whistling Woods Character Animation Workshop

I took a course at Whistling Woods, an animation and film school in Mumbai setup by Subhas Ghai.
I basically taught students how to use stepped keys ,breakdowns and inbetweening in Maya using traditional character animation techniques.They learnt how to draw on cell sheets on the monitors to make sure that their arcs were smooth and their poses "read" properly.Im posting some pics of my workshop over there and some student assignments showing the process I taught them.
I think the biggest takeaway they took from the workshop was how to plan an animation before they start animating,how to hit strong keyposes and how to make sure that the arcs and inbetweens contribute to a strong perfomance.

Getting to draw on the screen definitely broke down the barriers that 3d animation creates , and since they had a strong base on 2d animation, thye could translate their animnation concepts seamlessly over to a 3d animation software such as Maya.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Matte Paintings

Been developing some matte paintings ,late nites.
Having a great time discovering a good blend of 2d and 3d to push the look of my short film along,take a look...