An Interview with the Graphic Artist: Siddhant Pal

The earliest memories of Siddhant’s life are fused with the sweet smell of nostalgia. Peacock and snakes of Bhilwada and visiting grandpa (who promised his inheritance of incredible pencils collection to one who follows art). The first time he bunked school was in per-nursery when he chose to eat Monaco biscuit and cry at the bus stop.


Q. Tell us a little about your education.

Siddhant: Most of my schooling was done in the holy gateway of Haridwar. Then I started pursuing BTech at College of Engineering (Rookie) as a day scholar. 2nd year was a time of terrible emotional distress for me as I lost my grandfather. My beloved architect was gone. Things made a little less sense now. I got disillusioned with my studies. I started experimenting with art by copying sketches. I had no idea about graphic art yet used my free time to dab in After Effects.

Q. How did your BTech college react to your art sidetrack?

Siddhant: I became their poster boy. In other words I became the go-to guy for all pamphlets and posters.  I even got to barter art for marks. I remember working on an art project for my teachers in lieu for viva grades.

Q. When did you get your professional training in graphic designing?

Siddhant: In the 3rd year of my college I joined Arena Multimedia in Dehradun to learn After Effects, Illustrator and 3D Rendering. Under the guidance of one of my teachers, I developed a keen interest in motion graphics.

Q. How has your experience been at Brainpan Studio so far?

Siddhant: When I came for my interview, the studio was in midst of a party and I was greeted by Troy (the Doberman). I was required to create an infographic. The environment was exhilarating and still is. I am trying to gauge the culture still. I love that we have a common language to talk in and no one ever feels left out.

Q. What kind of growth do you see in yourself?

Siddhant: I have started using the pen tablet. I am learning a great deal from Moon (COO). I love the system of freedom and experimentation that lies at the core of this space. Storyboard opened up my scope. I am gaining a good understanding of what I know and how I can develop my skills.

Q. Where do you see yourself in future?

Siddhant: I want to be in animation and learn how characters work. I want to become a part of a team that works through the various stages of creation.

Q. What is graphic art?

Siddhant: It is beyond imagination. Understanding software helps me engage better. In a creative industry, the lifestyle breaks free from the strict structure of the corporate. I have realised that different people have different perspective towards art.

Q. Do you have any last words to share?

Siddhant: I believe in positive attitude towards life and enhancing my skill every day.

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Meet the HR: Komil Sharma Singh

1. What is my current work attitude/approach?

My work as an HR majorly concerns with enabling my employees/managers achieve organizational goals through collaborated efforts and self-motivation. Hence, my work for me is a medium to influence, engage and motivate. It also involves strategic management of purpose, goals and expectations of individuals, in alignment with organizational values and growth.


2. What have I done so far and what am I currently involved with?

I joined as an HR Intern in a start up and took this opportunity to learn about HR and Entrepreneurship. As soon as I joined in, I got deeply involved in the process of shaping the organizations policies and procedures related to Appointment, Compensation, Benefits, Workplace and Team Ethics. After the intense and careful journey through paperwork, I took up the never-ending task of forming the organizational culture and its set of core values. We are still working on it.

My current challenge includes exploring the world of Recruiting, Hiring and On boarding. This includes evolving our Hiring Process while streamlining it with our mission ‘Simplifying Complexity’; and developing a quality based system of processes for Training and Growth; in order to meet individual growth expectations and provide skills based training that aligns with organizations vision.

3. How did I enter the world of HR?

After working through different profiles/organizations for 6 years, I left my job 4 years ago to start my own venture. A home based Bakery that customizes delicious cuisines from across the world, into healthy products of nutritional value. While my goals were clear, I lacked experience in terms of building the right business model and managing production. In time it made me realize the importance of people. Even geniuses cannot build a castle alone. We need people for everything. We need people to design, people to plan, people to produce, people to market and people to sell.

It is then that I realized how Human Resource is closely linked to Entrepreneurship and that in order to manage anything, one first needs to know how to manage people. I am learning and growing at each step of my journey and consistently direct my achievements to enable the overall growth of my organization and its valuable set if employees.

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Baba Toon Interviews Himanshu, the Animator

Born in the god town of Mathura, lack of inspiration turned Himanshu (aka Aeolus Ikki) into a dull boy. Though he was bullied several times yet he failed to realize. And thus eventually his bullies became his friends.  A self-confessed shy guy, he studied from Grace Convent Senior Secondary School, and recalls being “scared of girls”. One of the founding members of the Bat Hunting Gang, he would often be seen chasing bats with sticks, paper guns and CD frisbee.


Baba Toon: How did you get into the world of animation?

Himanshu: As a child I was hooked to cartoons at the first sight. Ninja Robots, Pokémon, Gundam, Digi Monsters, Captain Planet, et al.  But in Mathura, one either becomes an engineer or a Chartered Accountant. I moved to Delhi to study CA. It took me two years to convince my parents to allow me to drop the course and join animation.

Baba Toon: What is animation?

Himanshu: It is the world that I inherited from my childhood. Living in an imaginary world, moving in different dimensions. The possibilities are endless- both good and bad. Animation allows one to become the creator. It is an illusion of reality while interacting with other worlds. It encompasses everything.

Baba Toon: What is your experience in the animation industry?

Himanshu: Relying on my institution was a big mistake. The method of instruction was outdated by 10 years. The teachers kept leaving all the time. My zeal for traditional animation got me interested in motion graphics. I have worked in three different companies before I found Brainpan Studio. I was betrayed and was overworked. Yet I got to wear many hats and weave over hundred projects.

Baba Toon: What part of your life involves animation?

Himanshu: I relate personalities to myself. I live my life according to that code. I create images to reflect personas that I hold. I build original characters for my own self. Who wouldn’t want to live in an animated world?

Baba Toon: What are the markers of a good animation?

Himanshu: Precision, quality, motivation, experience and skill are essential in developing good animation. It changes according to mood. Happy and motivated animator creates good animation. One needs to enjoy, imagine and create/destroy.

Baba Toon: What else other than animation excites you?

Himanshu: Music, maybe.

Baba Toon: Do you have any last words?

Himanshu: You don’t live in one but many worlds. Each world carries a destiny, from a peasant to a king. What you choose to become is something for you to decide. For everything is illusion or reality.


Check out Himanshu’s work in the 100 Pipers’ “The Good You Can” Series.

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Baba Toon interviews Aayushi

Born to a teacher of Mathematics in the village of Rewana, childhood was mostly calculated within definitive lines. She was named to reflect the blessing that was her birth. Yet life was mostly restricted within the compound walls. Lacking feminine aspirations to play girl, she spent more time jumping around than playing with dolls. Her drawing was a means to recreate the inner understanding. Studies never held her interest and she drifted into detailing self reflecting inner worlds.

Name: Aayushi Sharma | Education: B. Design from Banasthali University


An Interview with the intern.

What is animation?

Aayushi: There is inherent movement in all things. The study of this movement and the depiction of the same is animation. It is a step by step witness to the transition of things.

What part of your life involves art?

Aayushi: Art is my way of personalizing my environment and my world. I keep drawing on all surfaces and objects. I doodle a lot. It is my way of making any object truly mine.

What are the markers of a good animation?

Aayushi: A good animation is deftly able to convey its core ideas. To be able to ‘express’ is paramount to the expression.

What else other than animation excites you?

Aayushi: Oh, I love sports. I used to play volleyball and nowadays I am trying my hand at table tennis at the studio. I also jive freestyle. The subtle colours and aura of Chinese lifestyle intrigues me.

Do you have any final words?

Aayushi: The responsibility of our actions lies with us. We make our own choices.


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