May 09, 2015

Rahul Kumar Dhanuk (VC & Animation at IDC IITB)

We are very grateful to Rahul for writing his wonderful success story with us. He is on eof those rare candidates who cleared both Animation and VC

Namasteh and Hello to everyone
My name is Rahul Kumar Dhanuk. I studied Information Technology from RCC Institute of Information Technology, Kolkata.

I believe in an education which is more practical and less theoretical , so that the knowledge gained is applicable. I have the ability to communicate subjects visually through drawings and paintings. So I pursued IDC (Animation and VC ) after graduation.

I cleared CEED two times before but failed both times at the interview (Animation).
1.       At that time , I did not totally understand the essence of Animation and VC in IDC.
2.       My portfolio lacked solid content.

I will be sharing what needs to be done for  CEED/DAT and Interview and also  what I have learnt.

CEED preparation:
Initially I took a postal course which provided me CEED related study materials and sample questions. I practised them on my own. It helped me to understand CEED .

After that I got to know about Teacupblog and Dsource (From Prasanna Sir) . Practised for CEED as advised in teacupblog and watched all the tutorials in Dsource.

Five most important things :

1.       Practising drawing from memory (i.e drawing without live or photographic reference). It can be done by drawing what you have drawn yesterday from a reference ,drawing the same thing today without reference. It will let you know how much you remember , and what you need to see again.

2.       Practising developing a photographic memory. Eg. You saw something on road , observe it close , come home and draw it .

3.       Carrying a pocket sketchbook everywhere you go.

4.       Point 1 ,2 and 3 will help store lots of images in your memory and you can easily draw things whenever you need to communicate an IDEA.

5.       To be aware of the events (social and political) that is taking place in India and around the globe
For understanding the nature and structure of anything (living or nonliving) , I would strongly recommend to sketch from life (wherever possible) instead of pictures. It not only increases your power of observation and your ability to capture things through drawing but also reduces your dependency on a machine.

Comic books are very helpful for CEED Part B and DAT . It gives dynamic human/animal characters , poses , expressions and also their interaction with the environment & objects. Practising these would help in creating good compositions and Storyboards. Since time is a major factor in CEED and DAT , practising cartoons is important , because it helps in conveying subjects effectively in minimum possible lines.

About DAT :
DAT for Animation needs you to write a story and illustrate it. As the time is short , story has to be short too , so that the storyboard could be finished. It is important to finish the storyboard for obtaining maximum marks . I think instead of detailed drawings , good gestures  can be used to communicate the story.

The Story should have a solid content.(subjects having social and educational relevance). Avoid silly things because there are many serious issues out there. And also I don’t think the story has to be funny.

 You can get ideas for stories from almost everywhere . For eg. look deep into your life , or other relatives and friends. Reading newspaper/storybooks is also helpful.

Generally a story can be written in the following steps :
1.       Beginning (introduction of the characters)
2.       Conflict (eg a character in a problem, or a character wants something)
3.       End (How the character solves his/her problem)
Else you can always innovate provided it communicates well.

DAT for VC needs you to do Logos ,or redesigning existing designs. And to interpret a poem or passage. Studying master design examples (Indian) is necessary for that. Anything you design should have proper meaning (socially and educationally relevant) & easily readable by the masses. The meaning of the design and the design should relate to each other. It is necessary for the design to speak for itself what it means, without any explanation from the creator. I think i.e. a good design.

Has to be short, effective and department relevant. I think 5 works for each department will do. Very less time will be given. So keep minimum no of works so that you can have the time to explain it to the Professors. Only show relevant works to the Professors for each department . So arrange them in separate files if you are applying for multiple streams.
Portfolio should only consist of Ideas and Solutions to problems. Sometimes raising an awareness about a particular social problem , is also the solution to the problem.

Before making a portfolio
1.       I would recommend everyone to see the works done by the IDC professors and student projects. This will make you aware of the IDC standards, their way of thinking, and nature of works. In short you will understand the essence of IDC.
2.       Do check whether the design you are doing has already been done by somebody else or not. If yes try to avoid and search for things that has not been done . If you want to redesign  something ,identify its problems and make it better (it’s a new idea too).
3.       If you want to make a Story/Film/Animation or illustration about a particular subject ,you should always check the related facts before , even if it requires some field work. Never rely solely on facts reported by others. It is always good to have your own research & experience. By doing so , you  would have solid understanding of the subject and can easily answer questions raised by the Professors on your work.
4.       Portrait ,Still life , landscape paintings and drawings dosen’t counts much. Only conceptual illustration are needed. Although life drawings of human figure (clothed/nude/semi nude) can have little value for animation because it helps in Character designing. 
5.       Regarding Digital Painting you can always start with simple softwares first , like sketchbook pro,etc.
You should have adequate proof to show that the portfolio works is entirely your creation. If you have taken inspiration from somewhere don’t hesitate to mention. Remember that                      

I think the interview is all about convincing the Professors that you know and understand IDC and the department you are applying. And the only way to do that is studying :
1.       The IDC course structure of the department you are applying.
2.       Analysing Student’s and Professor’s work.
3.       Asking yourself , Am I  passionate enough for that department to do that level of hard work and deliver results ?
4.       If yes , make your portfolio accordingly.
You can expect indirect questions from the Professors , to check whether you have a genuine aptitude for the department or not . Like “ How was your journey to Mumbai”? . Any normal person would answer “It was Nice”. But an Artist/Writer would say about the many new things he observed and sketched which he/she generally dosen’t  see in his hometown or travel via train or flight.
Everything they ask you is to know about your aptitude towards the department you are applying. There is no point in lying about anything , cause ultimately you are cheating yourself.
Also if you have changed your field of education ( like me , from Information technology to VC ) you should ready yourself to explain WHY you did it , to the Professors.
If you have any question about any aspect of the interview you can openly ask about it.

Persons I am grateful to , for helping me :
Prasanna Gadkari , Abhishek Verma (IDC, Animation) , Debasish Biswas( IDC, Interaction Design), Bhavik Grover(IDC, Product Design) , Vasundhara Agrawal (IDC , VC) .

Contact me if you wish , at Facebook and gmail. 
My mail id is             
Congrats to fellow batchmates and Good luck to all other aspiring designers
.                                Thank you.


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