We recently caught up with gods gifted Indian comic illustrator artist to know more about his experience, work, talent and interest who is
working all around :
Hello Obaid ! Welcome to animation today?
Thank you so much. it is my pleasure to meet you
guys. I read Animation today regularly, it's a nice
magazine for animators and illustrators to get
updated with the animation industry and new
techniques in the field. I got to know so many things
from this magazine.
You guys are doing fantastic work. It's a necessity
now because animation, film making and graphic
novel industry is taking shapes and we should be
informed with new revolutions and techniques of
work. Every day something is new, so this kind of
magazine is the only medium to make us updated.
Great! So let us know how you got inspired to this
world of sketch & illustration?
Since I had no artistic background but at the age of 3
I started scribbling on slate and walls of my home,
my father was the first inspiration for me he always
encourage me to draw he was my first fan. At the
time of primary school I found a single page of a
comic now I don't remember from which comic it
was, it was nicely done and was having so attractive
colours I took that paper sat looking at for hours. The
most interesting part was the faces, I keep wondering how they make the same faces every
time, in every panel, how it is possible!! Obviously
that time there was no Photoshop and it was done
manually. It was the only art format to me that time,
then I realize that comics are easily available on book
stalls depos etc; I started reading comic, as my father
always used to encourage me I decided to become a
comic illustrator. Soon I became fan of some comic
character I started collecting the comic book.
That time there were digital medium to make comic
but there were so many varieties in the illustration,
not like now a days where everybody shifted to
digital illustration, artists of that era used to work
with water colour poster colour etc., I started
copying cover pages of comics with water colour
and poster colour I found it was so joyful, I was very
inspired by Pratap Mulick that time. He used to work
with water colour. I can say that he was the second
main inspiration to me in the world of art, I liked his
colour selection since then I wanted to
become an illustrator.
So finally what make a good sketch Artist?
You need to practice every day, if you skip one day you will go 4 days behind, if you are sketching something, you need to observe it very carefully otherwise you won't be able to make it.
Apart from this you should carry a sketch book every
time with you wherever you go, make quick live
sketches as much as possible, in the train, at the bus
stop, in the market, for me an artist should know
everything about anatomy more than a doctor so he
can draw human figures easily, he should know the
architectures more than an architect because he will
have to draw different types of structures, buildings
etc., of different era, he should study designs and
fundamentals of machinery more than an engineer
so if he is doing some illustration he will know how
to make it.
"An artist should be a mixture
of all different fields' experts.
Because a doctor only needs to
know about anatomy, an engineer
needs to know only about
machinery but an artist need to
know about all . And most
important he should practise
Tell us about your studio?
Division 91 studios, it is located at lokhandwala, we
work for movie based comics and toryboarding for
both feature films and TV commercial. Had one lots
of projects for Yomics which is a division of Yashraj
film. We have also done some none movie graphic
Had done storyboard for various movies like Don2,
ek tha tiger, ek thi dayan, Drona, gaayab, Mumbai
meri jaan, mujhse shadi karogi, matru ki bijli ka
mandola, done layouts and storyboars for animated
movies like Arjuna, road side romeo, illustration in
the title hanuman the first animated movie in India.
Being a small studio, what is the hardship faced?
It is not a matter of small studio or big studio, it's a
creative field a small but organized team of good
artists does better and faster than a really big studio,
actually the big studio faces lots of problems and
hardship. you may know so many big studios are
getting shut time by time, because they have to
manage lots of things. I won't go in the detail but I can guaranty a small studio can give a quality work.
If we were an animation studio then we would have
required a big studio. For comic and storyboarding
studio things are different.
What next can we look forward to your
Well , apart from comics, we are working on some
in house project which we are planning to launch
soon. These very dear to us and very close to our
heart, Actually we had decided long back but till
now we were looking for some unique style which
can fit on the concept but we had lots of projects
in hand so it got pending but finally we have
formed a team for in house projects which will
look after it.
We have some really fantastic concepts on floor now.
We will announce it soon.
And you have worked for an Hollywood
Yes, have done title designing for a movie called “sick
house”. Have also done some storyboarding for TV
commercial for Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bangkok
Now tell us about your short film & production house?
Like I told you before we have a team of illustrator, colour artist and concept designer a video team who handle vfx and editing.
We always fix a team for every project so can manage 3 to 4 project at a time. Because we get various projects like concept design, storyboarding, movie posters, comic illustrations, logos design etc.
Now what is your professional role today and how you look forward to be known in this
I look for various projects like illustration, storyboarding etc.,
In India this field is still growing as this is very
different from animation (there is lots of
competition in animation field and require a huge
team) so storyboarding and comic illustration has a
bright future, only problem we are facing that there
is lack of storyboard. so there is always requirement
for some good storyboard but only problem with
storyboard is we can't get sufficient time to make it
properly everyone needs the board to done as soon
as possible, nobody wants to give you time. Actually
I think client think storyboard is very simple job this is
the reason so many artist don't want to do
storyboard and for beginners or struggler it is a
biggest thing to become a storyboard artist. I have
seen on some animation institute banners that after
some years there will be a requirement for around
lacs of animators in India, I am not sure with that but
for comic illustration and storyboarding I can say
there will be defiantly requirement in thousands.
Any advice for readers who wish to make it
big in this industry?
Yes , off course I want to say, now a days I see so
many students taking animation field for their career
because they didn't get enough marks to choose
some specific field, they have heard that after doing
a simple 1 or 2 years course you will be able to do
animation or illustration.
Animation is not an easy task, first of all you should
have an artistic sense if you are able to draw then you
can be a good animator, modeler etc., because
animation is the second step of drawing and for
storyboarding you should have both sketching and
photographic sense, commercial art or at least a
basic foundation course of art is must to understand
the composition, negative positive, warm color cool
colour application and fundamental of drawing
otherwise you will have to struggle for each and