Friday, November 26, 2010

Roast Duck, Anyone..?

Ok, this post just happens to coincide with Thanksgiving.... In the 1950s, the US government provided Amercians with a shielding method that would keep them from getting exposed to nuclear radiation. "Duck and Cover" was taught everywhere to prepare and protect people from not only any surprise foreign nuclear attacks, but also from the atomic tests that were being carried out at home.. Anyway.. Here's my take on what it really meant..

Copyright 2010 by Kaukab Basheer

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Japanese Ambience in Maya

Designed and modelled a Japanese setting with Autodesk Maya 2011 - a software I'm new to.. Still learning how to shade and texture geometry.. Decided to work with a Japanese theme.. I love the gardens, and the unique and appealing pagodas..

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lenny Talking

A few months old.. Animated "Lenny" to a track given to us in class by Howard.. Wow, I've been gone a long time.. Have to take time out to start posting stuff.. (I'm a disgrace to my blog..)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Picture Purrfect

Picture Purrfect from Kaukab Basheer on Vimeo.

Peeku, Stefan the Artist's cat, unknowingly paints and sells his first painting.. My 2nd student film at SVA took about 3 months to animate.. Glad I finished it on time.. Traditionally animated.. Colored digitally, painstakingly, with the Photoshop brush tool to get the desired look.. My awesome animator & musician friend, Greg Yagolnitzer gave the terrific music and was great to work with!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Purrfect Layouts

Here are two layout stills from my film, "Picture Purrfect". Finally came up with a title; I was beginning to get really worried. I'm currently scanning, coloring and compositing the shots.. Deadline is April 21st...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Society Red

Chose to design the character Red from On the Yard by Malcolm Braly. This was for Don Poynter's new Advance Comp class - which, btw, is going really well..

"... Red was slightly over six feet, bone-thin, and awkwardly made. His face was so densely freckled it appeared rusty and gave his features a raw humorous aspect. His eyes were yellow like a goat's, but the vivid orange hair that had prompted some forgotten humorist to call him Society Red had long since faded and thinned away to a clown's half-bald ruff. He had been jailing for thirty of his forty-five years and was now a five-time loser. Still he didn't consider himself a failure, simply because it never occured to him he could be confined in any such square john term..."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chip Board Sketches

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stefan & Peeku Pencil Tests

Thought I'd share a few initial pencil tests of Stefan and Peeku with everyone.. Blogspot's been kind of wonky lately, so please be patient and persistent :-) I'm trying to wrap up the animation asap so I can get to the scanning, coloring and compositing.. And the sound (oh boy).. Needless to say, the coming 2 months will be intense...

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

What I'm Having Fun With..

I'm currently working on a 90 second short film which is due sometime this April.. I'm pleased with the story.. My cats and their odd intricacies were the inspiration behind it.. Here are the character designs of the talented Stefan and his equally talented cat, Peeku.. The final film will definitely be tighter in timing and cuts; I'm not thrilled with this rough animatic here...

Hope I finish it on time.. More importantly, hope it comes out the way I "see it".. BTW, for some reason, I haven't been able to decide on a title for my film.. Any suggestions are most welcome - and the chosen title will be credited :)
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Letter

Howard gave us a character animation assignment with a letter as the primary theme.. Here's a brief confrontation between a young George Orwell and 'Bingo'..

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tribute to Old Bollywood

Happy New Year, everybody :)

Copyright 2010 by Kaukab Basheer
Hmmm.. I'll start my 2010 on a fond, nostalgic note.. Have always loved and cherished the soundtracks, films, and collaborations which came out of the Bollywood industry in the 1950s - 60s.. This here isn't much, I'll admit, but it's an impromptu illustrative tribute to the graceful and captivating Bollywood heroines of that highly aesthetic and melodious period.. Now that I think of it, my inspiration came from the charming duets of the legendary Mohd. Rafi, and the cinematic brilliance of yesteryear Hindi film actresses Nutan, Asha Parekh, Sadhana and Sharmila Tagore..