Monday, June 15, 2009

Matte Painting, The silent town

Matte Painting, Abandoned shack

With the help of an existing background image in Grayscale mode, I've used my own choice of color,light and shading application on Photoshop to paint the entire image.

Matte Painting, The Slum

This thumbnail sketch was done in a slum area of Mumbai during an outdoor sketching session.

Matte Painting, Hill top

Pencil sketch, followed up with painting on Photoshop

The pencil sketch was done on location during an outdoor sketching class.

DVD cover interface for, Gir Gaya

Press design for student film, Gir Gaya (It fell)

'Gir Gaya' : The short fiction student project was an entry for the '62nd Cannes Film Festival' in the Short Film category and also awarded for the Best Film catergory at the Ashvita Short Film competition, Chennai.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Poster for my Diploma film, Coloring Mr.Stern

Poster for Film maker, Onir

Poster for Writer-Director, Onir

The story revolves around Nikhil, a son, a brother, a lover, a swimming champ HIV patient who becomes a social outcast.

The concept behind the poster is the use of a soothing blue background and pool water which is also incorporated in several shots of the film. The Aids awareness 'ribbon' is a clear semiotic with a gold medal below it depicting the eternal bond of loyalty between Nikhil and his sister 'Anu', who supports him against all odds, which is truly a winning moment.

Poster for Film maker, Farhan Akhtar

Poster for writer-director-actor, Farhan Akhtar

Multifaceted indeed.He's a man of versatility with his multitasking role as director,writer,producer,actor and a singer! As ecstatic as I was like a crazy chick gone Farhan FANATIC, I was just as determined to prepare a poster for him a week in advance before his arrival as a guest lecturer in college, and I wanted to make sure, it was subtle yet 'in your face!' . . How was I to do that? Ah easy, my ingredients were 'versatility and multitasking'.

I did ample research on his background which finally brought me to a simple concept of a silhouetted border, shaped as a guitar which was his element in his recent film then 'Rock on' and a spotlight indicating as 'Farhan'on the top right. The spotlight is not just a mere limelight,but an array of colorful lights indicating 'Multiple talent' from a 'single source' of that talent which is the very person who is highlighted. And to imply some text, Farhan's various roles are placed in a crossword block format around 'multifaceted'.

ah yes..some of my moments in the limelight ;)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ahlan..Namaste..and Welcome

I didn't intend to have a very ostentatious intro as I've only greeted you by saying "Welcome" in 3 different languages like that of Arabic,Hindi and English respectively. The Arabic 'influence' comes from my 20 years of residing in the capital city Riyadh of Saudi Arabia. Despite being of Indian origin, I embraced this atmosphere as though it were my home country. Although having acknowledged my base is that of a democratic country, being born and raised in a male dominated society like Saudi, never brought about an overwhelming culture shock....well that was until I grew up to a critical stage called TEENAGEHOOD. Oh yeah as repulsive as it sounds, you don't want to mess with these hormones,specially when it happens to be of a girl who's grown up with a pro active routine of school sports,dance and outdoor recreation. Thankfully one hobby, preceded the odds and took me places. Eventually I joined college after a taxing but thoroughly active school life.

Sketching grew upon me as a hobby, evolved as a talent over the years and joining an Animation course at Whistling Woods International,Mumbai,India in 2007, not only polished my drawing skills, but gave me a broad overview of an industry that required agility,passion, energy and zeal.....ah! so me! =D . . . Im talking about film making.

As my blog title suggests, I'm on the learning curve and hence I choose to study further and engage myself in more student projects in the future and then construct my building blocks up towards the industry......ok..*phew* it's like climbing 3 story's of my 'elevatorless' building. Well at least, people would stop nagging me with their, "Why are you so thin???"...and the inhaling hisssssssing sound of aunties followed by "BETA YOU DONT EAT KYA?".....*grumbles* . .ANYHOW a long way up the hierarchy and that's why I'm wanting to diversify my experience in all kinds of projects involving -designing, films both of animation and live action, managing, conceptualizing and other departments-.

Apart from my field revolving around films/animation and media, my mantra for a peace of mind is dancing. Be it bedroom, hall room,bathroom, my hands and legs have a mind of its own. Can't be static for long. *Sigh* a story which I'll perhaps narrate in one of my future blogs.

Alrighty then, the purpose of this blog is to gain all the necessary feedback and valuable inputs for my work which includes mainly Digital paintings and designs. I shall update the blog with more work time and again. Be sure to visit my blog from time to time as the response would prove a great asset for me. Thanks for taking time out for the never ending 'Intro'.

PS: All artwork is Copyrighted. :)

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