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A captivating and vibrant informal hub that fosters an environment of creativity, learning, and collaboration, introducing Design Adda- a place where design enthusiasts, professionals, and learners gather to exchange ideas, insights, and experiences. It is a unique opportunity for individuals to expand their knowledge, gain inspiration, and stay updated on the latest trends and innovations in the design world. The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere encourages open dialogue, enabling participants to engage in meaningful conversations and forge valuable connections with like-minded individuals. Design Adda is the perfect place to immerse in the vibrant and ever-evolving design community. E. Suresh aka Suresh Eriyat, the creative wizard behind the animated wonders of the Indian animation industry was invited for the first session of Design Adda, held recently at the varsity campus.
E. Suresh, is an Indian animator, director, and the mastermind behind Studio Eeksaurus, a magical realm of animation. With his exceptional talent and boundless imagination, Suresh has taken the animation industry by storm. His awe-inspiring film “Tokri” even won the prestigious National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film, catapulting him into the realms of legendary animators. Suresh’s journey began at the Famous House of Animation, where he pioneered clay animation commercials, revolutionizing the Indian advertising scene. He also showcased some of his works including the unforgettable Amaron battery advertisements, the foot-tapping music video “Bindu re Bindu,” the hilarious Simpu series for Channel V, the groovy MTV Poga series, the sensational “Johnny Bravo goes to Bollywood,” the epic clash of Levis Slim vs. Slim, and even the mesmerizing Google Tanjore paintings. With each endeavor, Suresh continues to push the boundaries of animation, leaving a trail of awe-inspired minds in his wake.

The students and faculty were inspired by his amazing work and had the privilege to engage with him, expanding their understanding of animation as a form of art. E. Suresh also highlighted the essential considerations for aspiring animators, they are :

Develop a Strong Foundation: Start by learning the basics of art and drawing. Understanding anatomy, perspective, composition, and color theory will greatly benefit your animation skills. Practice sketching and observational drawing regularly to improve your artistic abilities.
Learn Animation Software: Gain proficiency in industry-standard animation software. Understanding the tools and features of these software programs will allow you to bring your ideas to life effectively.

Observe and Analyze: Watch animated movies, TV shows, and short films attentively. Analyze the movement, timing, and techniques used in different animations. Observe how characters emote, how weight is conveyed, and how the principles of animation are applied. This will help you develop a critical eye and inspire your own work.

Practice Regularly: Animation is a skill that improves with practice. Dedicate time to consistently animate and experiment with different styles and techniques. Create short animations, loops, or even animated exercises to enhance your skills and build a strong portfolio.

Seek Feedback: Share your work with others, whether it’s fellow animators, teachers, or online communities. Constructive feedback can provide valuable insights and help you identify areas for improvement. Be open to criticism and use it as an opportunity to grow as an animator.

Collaborate and Network: Animation often involves teamwork and collaboration. Seek opportunities to work with other artists, animators, or filmmakers. Collaborating with others will expose you to different perspectives and allow you to learn from their experiences. Attend animation events, workshops, or conferences to network with professionals in the industry.

Embrace Continuous Learning: Animation is a field that is constantly evolving. Stay updated with the latest trends, techniques, and software advancements. Take online courses, participate in workshops, and engage in lifelong learning to stay ahead and expand your skillset.

Stay Persistent and Patient: Becoming a skilled animator takes time and dedication. It’s essential to stay persistent, practice regularly, and be patient with your progress. Keep honing your skills, experimenting with new ideas, and pushing your boundaries as an artist. Remember that success in animation often comes with perseverance and continuous growth.

By keeping these points in mind, you can develop a solid foundation and set yourself on a path to becoming a successful animator. Enjoy the process, stay inspired, and never stop learning!