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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The Making of “Festival of Lights” Animated Video


Concept/Script/visualistion: Aditya Choudary

“We were struggling for a concept for Diwali that would skip over the obvious, be relevant, have a strong social message and be in tuned with the language of 100 Piper’s “The Good You Can” campaign. We wanted the message to be affirmative rather than didactic. What would be a different perspective to reengage with the festival of lights in the mythological context, we wondered. The eureka moment came with the idea “War is Over”. We associated crackers with explosives and weaponry. Thus portraying the festival as celebration of light and not of  violence.”


Graphics: Jatin Aggarwal

“The challenge was to recreate the premium quality of the 100 Pipers India‘s “The Good You Can” series and at the same time to keep the occasional feel (the festivity). To reimagine the gods in a slightly amusing look (capsule figures) was an innovative approach.”

Animation: Himanshu Bassi

“It was a challenging task to approach a cultural subject with an innovative insight. I tried to implement a minimalist animation style keeping in tune with the subtlety and poignancy of the festival. Non-repetitive movement, on cue timing, capsule animation gave the characters its unique perspectives. I generally attempted to mess around the video by inculcating a new style that was non-realistic and complementary to its mythological theme. It was a constant learning endeavour while working and tweaking the movements. I also paid special attention to the secondary animation and thereby creating an holistic and homogenized orientation.”


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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