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Interview with Shashikant Singh -Founder | CG Generalist | Digital Artist – Baroque

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Tell us a little about who you are. Who do you work for? What job do you do?
I am a self-taught visual artist in practice and try to absorb what I see and feel on a daily basis and then release it through whatever feels right at the time whether it’s digital arts, CG, moving image, photography, sketches, writing, film making, music, poetry or a new or innovative medium, it usually doesn’t matter to me. I am a storyteller and love different mediums to tell different stories and try maintaining my own styles for the multiple platforms of my work. From the extraordinary to the mundane I try to show what my experiences have been. When I connect with the person who gets it, it makes my life worthwhile.
 
How long have you been working in the animation industry?
It’s been 9 years. I have been in the industry since I was 19 years old.
Name a few of the projects you’ve worked on in the past.
My experience spanned across Marvista Ent, Jadoo Works, Digital Dreams , DACL Bangkok, DASA, MAAC, Arkin Comics etc. I was recently heading the computer graphics department for GoJiyo.com, An award-winning, pioneering and internationally recognized 3D Gaming/social networking platform Launched by Godrej, a well-known business leader in the market of refrigerators, soap and many other products. The Gojiyo.com is mainly focused to the Indian users and their virtual world aims to create awareness and let consumers experience Godrej products virtually.
What is Baroque, can you explain?
Baroque is an artist-driven, collaborative visual art studio at the forefront of contemporary, digital arts, design and entertainment delivering one of kind creative experiences in mediums of new media, interactive arts & moving image. Rather than client servicing, we primarily focus on our own Ip’s and co-produced stuffs.
Do you have any future projects planned? Any independent animation projects? Tell us more.
This year we are working on 2 projects, ‘iVigilante’ is India’s first truly multi-dimensional artwork project on Indian comic superheroes, through this we also a vision of taking the Indian content forward into next-gen new media platforms in the areas of games & films. The team is already working on a game based on one of the most beloved comic superhero from Indian Comics for the iOS platform. The other project is a graphic novel ‘Out & Away’, This is a fiction story of a young man Vishwa’s adventure with a superficial woman ‘Maya’ in a lucid playground and finding untold secrets about life and the human race. This graphic novel will be written and illustrated by me and will be available early next year.What motivates you to move into a career in animation? How did you go about pursuing it?
he primary motivation is to shape unique, new and meaningful experiences; it helps me going forward, Every day.
 
What about those just considering starting in animation? Any educational or career advice, memorable  lessons, etc?
It’s great, but there is no short cut. Industry is moving forward and you have to update yourself with newer tools and tech. Before entering, Make sure you are not chasing money, but you are chasing a passion and this has to be something installed within you.
 
Do you ever appear at conferences? What animation events and conferences would you recommend?
I do, personally love Siggraph, Anifest, CGTExpo, Broadcast India, ComicCon, Ficci Frames

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