Thursday, February 25, 2010

A WHOLE NEW MEDIUM - Dnyan's Gyan


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.

ANIMATION NEEDS BOTH:

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

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