Monday, June 29, 2009

"Art of Krishna"

Rummaging through some old work stuff, I came across a few links documenting Green Gold Animation's achievements.. Couldn't find the two short interviews I'd given Aaj Tak (a popular news network back home) regarding my work on the successful 'Krishna' series.. To be honest, I'd much rather have my work do the 'talking'..
Green Gold's Chhota Bheem in the News (My name's in there somewhere)

Ok, here's something I'm really pleased with.. Back at GGA (and with my boss's permission), I'd put together four books while working on the four 'Krishna' movies for Cartoon Network.. Each book, I devoted to each of the four feature films, displaying my work - and only my work.. A portfolio in the form of four neatly categorized books.. Each showcasing hundreds of preproduction and production drawings, in addition to office gags, and important 'Krishna' news articles..

Rough sketches.. Animation frames.. Size comparison charts.. Construction notes for animators.. Almost a hundred designs of the primary, secondary and extra characters I created for the four films.. Rough layouts.. Color studies done in color pencils.. Complete character model sheets.. Scene planning.. Poses.. Character expressions.. Gestures.. Styles for special effects.. Everything and anything to do with 'Krishna', I documented judiciously, despite the crazy work schedule..

Needless to say, the books were received well by many.. Whenever I feel nostalgic about my time on "Krishna", I flip through one of these.. Each book's a testament to the extremely grueling but remarkable, career-altering journey 'Krishna' proved to be for all of us at GGA...

I kinda got in trouble for drawing Krishna this way, and distributing him among the exhausted animators at the studio..

For more than a year, about 80 of us had been working round the clock to meet Cartoon Network's (absurd) deadlines.. From planning to compositing, a 75 minutes feature of good quality for the number one kids channel had to be wrapped up in 3-4 months.. NO small feat.. After one was completed, we'd move on to the next film, sans any break.. This way, we finished all four parts of Krishna in about a year's time..!! The reason my sleep cycle's so messed up, huh..??

Coloring with Krishna

One of Green Gold Animation's latest ventures - turning its hit television productions into comics and activity books.. My ex-boss (and good friend )CEO of GGA, Rajiv Chilakalapudi mailed me a few of these fun books.. Here's what the Krishna Coloring Book looks like.. In addition to my drawings featured in it, (Note: Clean-Ups done by someone else), my name is mentioned in the credits (which I was actually not expecting)...

Some of my work was featured in GGA's posters et all.. Kinda old but thought I'd share these...

Another old piece that brings back memories.. I'd done this promotional illustration in 2004 for GGA'S first television 2D cartoon feature, 'Vikram Betal'. The very first cartoon I worked on :) Based on 'Vikran Betal's success, GGA had bagged future Cartoon Network projects, including the 'Krishna' series that helped shape my career...

Click here for Vikram Betal News Article

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

'Home Sweet Home' Series

BUILDING EXTERIOR - Pen and Markers

Since I never do any perspective drawing, I kicked myself into devoting a few pages to the subject. These spontaneous, on-the-spot drawings of my building and condo were done on different days. I focused primarily on the technical aspect of things. Only towards the end did I realize that I'd also captured the mood of my familiar surroundings...

ENTRANCE and KITCHEN AREA - Pen and MarkersLIVING ROOM - Pen, Color Pencil, and MarkersLIVING ROOM VIEW - Pen and MarkersOUTSIDE MY DOOR - Pen and MarkersGROUND FLOOR and MAIN ENTRANCE - Color Pencil and MarkersCopyright 2009 Kaukab Basheer

Thursday, June 18, 2009

AMNH Session 3

Here are some museum sketches I did yesterday. Spent the day with the African Mammals - just love that hall. Started with the Ostrich, but quickly moved on to my favorite subject on that floor, the White-Mantled Colobus Monkey...

These stunning creatures are displayed so well, their window so beautiful, I can never tear myself away from the spot. Spent the next few hours sketching a dozen of them in pen and markers..

Copyright 2009 Kaukab Basheer

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Zoo Session 1

I visited the Central Park Zoo with an animator friend early noon yesterday. I'd been looking forward to this particular drawing session, since I hadn't been to any of the zoos here before. The park and the sights at this small wildlife sanctuary were beautiful. Really crowded, but yes, beautiful and sunny-breezy :)

The Snow Monkeys (above) were really cute. However, the Tropic Zone was my favorite. Some gorgeous birds, delightful sounds, and colorful foliage on display there...

To my disappointment, both the Snow Leopard, a new addition to the zoo, and the Polar Bear were napping and not interested in receiving visitors (exhausted from the sudden surge in temperature, I suppose), so I didn't get to draw them.. The penguins, too, were unreachable, surrounded by countless families, so I couldn't sketch them either.. Maybe next time..

Nevertheless, I had fun.. These were done in pen and with no more than four color pencils...

Copyright 2009 by Kaukab Basheer

Monday, June 15, 2009

AMNH Session 2

Animals displaying interesting markings and texture, horns or antlers, are some of my favorite subjects to sketch...

Sketched in the Hall of African Mammals, at the AMNH, two weeks ago. Sorry for posting these late..

Copyright 2009 by Kaukab Basheer