Thursday, February 25, 2010


Everything’s the same, but everything is different!

The different tools available to today’s artists include the computer screen as a canvas, digital pad as a palette and digital pen as your brush. Using these “electronic” tools you can draw, paint, and do just about everything you could with your current favorite tools, whether that be a paintbrush, a pencil, a charcoal, etc.!

Creativity exists. From cave men to film makers, carpenters to sculptors, children to painters. The challenge, and fun, is how to apply it in the world of animation filmmaking.

The fundamentals of artistic creativity never change. However, we often need someone to show us how to mould those visions and apply it in various forms – whether that be in creating a piece of fine art, commercial art, an exhibition, or a cinematic experience.

Like most normal people, painters too start drawing early on in their childhood. But when they start their formal art training, they learn to draw pretty much the same things they have been drawing all along. The only difference is, this time they learn how to analyze the basics – lighting, textures, colours and materials. After understanding the basics, in the advanced stage they start applying these concepts to every object and make each work unique.

As such, an art graduate is fully equipped with all the fundamental artistic skills required to be an excellent animation artist. With a little training support, art students can make a full and relatively easy transition into the lucrative and fulfilling world of digital painting and animation.


1. Traditional tools and skills – those that you are trained to handle using a paintbrush, pencil, charcoal, pastels and different colors and different mediums in colors either on the paper, canvas or various surfaces.

2. Technical skills – using a computer to apply your traditional skills (as mentioned above) and leverage the power of the technology to take your art form and delivery speed to the next level.

A combination of these two tools will help you deliver your highly creative energy in the different disciplines within animation in a truly unique and powerful manner.

Dnyaneshwar is Art Director at FX School, and teaches courses in Digital Art. For more info on the courses, and to view Dnyan's profile, visit us at the FX School Website

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ad Filmmaking Workshop

The workshop will be conducted by Mr. Vivek Kamat, the force behind Vivek Kamat Films, a Production House to make TV Commercials.

Since it's inception in 1995, the production house has worked with International Agencies in Mumbai like Ogilvy, JWT, McCann, Grey, Publicis, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, DY & R and Lowe.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How to be Successful in Animation - Dnyan's Gyan

This is one of the biggest questions every student of fine arts faces.

I have attempted to give students an insight into the various areas important to this industry.

A) CREATIVITY – one of the key reasons you have become an artist is your ability to contribute in a fresh and unique manner. The same exact skills are required in the animation industry as well. Just look at the stunning artwork in animation films right from The Jungle Book to the more recent 'Up' and you will see the role artists play in some of the world’s best animation films.

B) TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE – today’s animation professional “draws” electronically using a tablet and pen. A tablet and pen allows you to mimic various mediums whether it be brush and paint or watercolours or charcoal or simply sketching and do so directly into the computer. Students must become comfortable using such modern tools, keep themselves updated with them, and be aware about the upcoming tools that will help them to better express their creativity.

C) PROFESSIONALISM & WORK ETHIC – while artists who are create art for themselves work from their home or studio and keep their own hours, in an animation studio one has to attend office. Your timely and regular attendance at work is one of most important factors in succeeding in the animation industry or any production environment. This is perhaps the biggest adjustment you will have to make and is a matter of setting your mind to it.

D) PATIENCE, GRIT & DETERMINATION – as with anything in life, a good dose of patience, grit, and determination are required in equal measure for true success. Just remember the age old saying – “Perseverance Breeds Success.”

E) SOFT SKILLS – your ability to blend in and collaborate with your co-workers will make your workplace a much more pleasant place to go to everyday. Another adage applies here – “When in Rome, do as the Romans.” Some of the more important soft skills to develop include: How to talk with your seniors? How to disagree with your seniors or colleagues without being rude or offensive? How to appropriately dress for work? What can and cannot be shared over e-mail? How to write professional e-mails?

F) COMMUNICATION / ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR WANTS – you will be surprised to learn that one of the biggest challenges that studios and creative directors face is to be able to make artists like yourself understand what it is that they are looking for. This is one of the key areas where FX School stands out. As part of your course, you will learn about some of the best films and directors in the international and Indian film industries. You will learn why a certain scene was shot in a particular way and what was achieved by doing so. As an artist knowledgeable in film and art studies, you will be uniquely positioned to instantly understand what the creative director is looking for and deliver solid results with minimal requirement of revisions.

Dnyaneshwar is Art Director at FX School, and teaches courses in Digital Art. For more info on the courses, and to view Dnyan's profile, visit us at the FX School Website