| A visitor admires artworks at the State Art Gallery in Ambari. Telegraph picture |
Jan. 18: It was a union of imagination and software skills that tempted youths here for the past three days with the promise of a colourful and exciting career alternative.
The gallery, with giant mysterious creatures, a crocodile chasing a frog and gods and goddesses, among other computer generated images adorning its walls, played host to a three-day digital artwork exhibition, which showcased around 70 artworks created by students of the city-based Arena Animation and concluded today.
The exhibition was organised in a bid to generate interest towards digital art and design among youths.
The varied themes of the creations gave the audience a feel of the abstract concepts that dominate the hundreds of animated movies and television programmes created around the world. And all this was made possible by the deft use of specific computer software that gave the students the liberty to visualise and create colourful images.
“There are several software in the animation industry that can help you give shape to your imagination and show these to people,” said Muckti Arora, a participant.
Muckti had created a graphics depicting a fearsome form of goddess Kali with open arms, each holding a weapon, complete with a necklace made of human skulls. “A little more work and the goddess will walk and act the way I want her to,” he said.
“If you have a skilled hand in animation, you will never sit idle. There is endless work in animation studios across the country and abroad. There are jobs in 3D animation, graphics and web designing, visual effects, gaming and many others,” said an institute official.
Nilotpal Singha, another participant, had three of his artworks on display. While one showed God’s eyes looking down at Earth from the sky, another showed a crocodile approaching a frog. “This one is a two dimensional graphic. By joining a number of such 2D frames, we can make the crocodile move as it happens in popular two-dimensional cartoon productions like Chhota Bheem,” he said.
“This is our first exhibition and we have received a very good response from the audience. We hope to organise more such events in future,” said Alka Goswami, centre academic head of the institution.