Monday, 18 April 2016

Be the change you want to see.

18th April 2016

This is not an art post, but since I need as many people to read this as possible, I am sharing it here as well!

Arvind and I recently read about the 19 year old who is solving the world’s ocean pollution crisis. Boyan Slat is a Dutch engineering student single handedly developing the gyers (floating booms and processing platforms) which would potentially clean up 20 billion tonnes of plastic from the world's oceans; the plastic which kills millions of animals and damages thousands of cargo vessels every year. Arvind stressed on the fact that he was 19 – he was exceptionally impressed by a kid who showed that much drive, determination and hard work at such a young age.

For me, regardless of his age, this was so commendable. The age didn’t matter to me, infact I disagreed with Arvind, and mentioned how adults have it harder to do something for the greater good. Not only are they in a pathetic zone (they have full time jobs!), they also have responsibilities towards their families and are less imaginative and courageous than the youth since they are aware of the hindrances like the corruption of the government and lack of support from other bodies.
Arvind called these ‘excuses’. It hurt me quite deeply, as I felt like I was defending myself along with the other lazy adults. He mentioned how we are trying to change the animation industry in India by starting Totem – since it was something that everyone complains about, and it was something that mattered to us deeply. But we always think of things beyond Totem – things which need immediate attention like global warming, rising carbon levels, animal cruelty and abuse, poverty, failure of forest conservation and all kinds of waste and pollution caused by man.

After much thought and contemplation in solitude, I realized I really was making excuses. There’s no excuse for not fighting for things you truly believe in. There's no relative morality. For nature, for animals, for the welfare of all kinds. I need to take a drastic step to changing the way I live and how I contribute to these severe life threatening and destructive issues. We all do.

I started my research and found some truly inspirational people who I think we all need to listen to and help in their efforts to change the world for the better. These people have truly motivated me to change and take out the time and effort to improve. Here are some of those admirable people.

Lauren Singer - Environmentalist living a zero-waste lifestyle in NY


Boyan Slat - Engineer solving ocean-pollution
Tshering Tobgay - Prime Minister of the ONLY carbon negative country in the world (Bhutan)
Daily Dump - an Indian (Bangalore-based) oranganization promoting and educating about responsible garbage segregation and disposal, and it's benefits to individuals and the world.


There are many other inspirational people working towards such global causes, but these are the few who have deeply inspired me to do something!


Daily Dump's lovely terracotta compost-ers. 
I am taking the first few steps to solving the pollution and garbage segregation and disposal issue in our country, especially the cities which generate the maximum waste. A majority of people are aware, but not conscious of the waste situation. I am going to start waste segregation, composting of wet waste, recycling of dry waste and minimize my consumption of packaged products to discourage plastic use.

Through this initiative, I would like to influence and urge you all to make these tiny steps that would help in a big way. I am going to share my progress and relevant helpful info regarding the same. I would love to hear if and how these efforts are working for you guys as well! Let’s be more responsible and try to undo the shit we’ve already done, one step at a time.

Follow me on falling-coconuts.blogspot.in for my journey and for info and help to start your own!

With lots of love,
Nikhita

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Detective chic

6th Feb 2016

So my wacom driver wasn't functioning properly. I decided to use this to my advantage and came up with this cut out lookin style. Tried to use a different pallet than my usual too! If any of u graphic designers/illustrators have a good tutorial on colour usage please send!

Just realized how bad by anatomy and proportion has gotten without practice! Although I was just messing around :P


Monday, 4 January 2016

NY start on gestures

4th Jan 2016

Been a really long time since I did some live sketching. You'll see how the first page has pretty horrid lines and gestures, but as it goes to the later pages my hand is loosening up. On the later pages, I did less number of drawings and spent more time on my drawings. Have hope with your work y'all! :D

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sexy Eyes Biker Chic

26th Aug 2015

I wish I saved the process of how I started making these doodles. Sometimes I'm working on a board for a client, and suddenly on the board I will start drawing an eye, or a hat. And I just cut paste it onto a new artboard before I ruin my boards, and continue working on that eye later.

So this is how 'sexy eyes' happened. Enjoy!



Here's a bonus process GIF :D



Monday, 24 August 2015

Chibi Arvind

24th Aug 2015

Did a cute chibi version of Arvind last night while boarding on a project! He doesn't ever look THIS happy and cute, but I love where he's going with his hair these days. Total samurai! 

And you'll never get to see him this chubby and cute because of his pahadi genes. Enjoy!

Here's his wonderful work, if you're interested > JumpingDot.



Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Musica è vita!

14th July 2015

Did a fun sketch of a musical man! Had a real fun time painting this guy. I realised how weak my lighting sense is! The initial sketch had some really messed up lighting with multiple light sources! Arvind helped me out with the shadows and I went ahead wit what it looks like right now.

Hope I'll be finishing the other two characters I drew along with this guy!

The title if the post means - 'Music is Life' in Italian. Enjoy! :)

Complete coloured version

Inked with rough shadows

Initial sketch

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Prisoners Character Study

11th July '15
Did a quick character study on Hugh Jackman in Prisoners. I should def do this more often, there is a lot of learning involved. Hugh Jackman is such a great actor, and I absolutely love this film and the character he plays in it.

I am learning how to quickly capture a character in drawing, and I hope soon I can make a very readable character design off it.


Sebastião Salgado - TED Talk on The silent drama of photography

This isn't related to art, but it's so important that I had to share it on as many platforms possible.
What an absolutely insightful, thought-provoking and inspiring story. I hope this spreads like wildfire and touches people the way it touched me. Humanity has gone at all lengths to destroy itself. I really hope for once, we reconstruct to restore balance.


Please send this to as many people as you can to create awareness, and hopefully it would reach governments and important officials who can help us plant more trees and kill fewer animals. 



Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Mad Max - Fury Road Review




17th May 2015 Mad Max – Fury Road

Mad Max is the 4th film in the Mad Max series directed, produced and written by George Miller. We went to see the film in Inox Screen 1 with Dolby ATMOS sound. I couldn’t be more lucky to have seen it there.  This is evidently the BEST action film I’ve seen in all of time. The film is based in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have now become a wild inhumane race. In a stark desert landscape, the story is about journey of two rebels, Mad Max – a blood bank for the War Boys, and Imperator Furiosa on a wild ride to escape from the Citadel with their ruler (Immortan Joe)’s child brides in desperate hope for a better home. 

The film’s characters are so well rounded and their goals are so evident. The film is thrilling with some glorious visual effects. But what I was absolutely floored by was the fully rounded world that was created in the film. Everything seemed to have been so well thought out, from the vehicle rigs, the characters, tribes, landscapes, costumes - right till the colloquium. Sayings like ‘Witness me’ used by the War Boys was used so dramatically and timely.

The camera work, staging, and colour palettes were absolutely cinematic. I couldn’t stress on how important it is that audiences should watch this in a good theatre with a great screen and sound. George Miller has done such a fantastic job directing that you are always with the characters, jumping with them, feeling vengeful with them and feeling despair with them.

Lastly I’d like to mention the sound. The score is absolutely thrilling and jolting and keeps you at the edge of your seat. The sound design is just spot on, and watching it in a Dolby ATMOS theatre really made it a complete compelling experience.

After a little fishing I found out that George Miller has directed 3 more before this and now I’m definitely going to watch the remaining three. I really think the world designed is comparable to Avatar or the Star Wars Franchises. I’m giving this film a 10/10 on IMDB. I may change that opinion after my 2nd watch but for now, I’m so awed!!


 

The Greedy Pencil

This blog is a collection of (some of) my work, the art I do for fun, my inspirations and the sweat that goes into making animated films. Enjoy!