Gauraang currrnetly works as Concept Designer at BYJU’s, an Edtech Startup.
Just to introduce yourself, if you aren’t freelancing, where are you working and what’s your current job title?
My name is Gauraang Pant. I am from Delhi. I am pursuing a Post Graduation in Animation Design from Maeer Institute Of Design Pune and currently I am doing a college internship as a concept artist in Firefly Creative Studio (of Bahubali fame) in Hyderabad.
Tell us about your journey from discovering your craft to acquiring the skill you have now. How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and exciting career?
I wanted to be an engineer when I was in school and did my graduation in Multimedia Science from the prestigious Birla Institute Of Technology. During my graduation years, I got hooked to anime and animated movies and there is a TV series called Avatar: The Last Airbender that had a really huge impact on me. The story, artwork and animation of that series was so amazing and inspiring that I started taking animation and concept art very seriously. After graduation, I got a job as graphic designer in a small startup and there, I learned a lot about drawing and developed designing sense with the help of senior artists.
After dealing with various demands from clients and/or bosses, what’s that one experience that you learned the most from?
One important thing that I want to share is that when you are working on any project for a client, do your best. Do it even when you know that the client is not paying you much for the piece you are developing for him. I am not saying that one should work for free, it’s very important to put a price on your work but one should consider every project as a million dollar project where every pixel counts and always try to add things to it that make it different and stand out more. By following this method, you will develop a habit of creating good artwork and you become more consistent with it. Because if I am doing crappy artwork for a client who is not paying me much, it’s ultimately my loss because I am the one who is creating it and it won’t do me any good.
Which project of yours are you particularly proud of? Could you tell us a little about it?
I have not done a project up till now where I can say, ‘I am really proud of this.’ But yes, this short animated movie “Friend for a life time” I did as final year project for my college was very satisfactory to me as I worked really hard on it . The main objective of the movie is to bring awareness to kids about the importance of books and that they should be little more sensitive while handling them as they can give knowledge as well as great memories.
Can we have a piece of your advice that helps you with your own workflow?
Always be clear with the ideas that you want to convey but don’t be rigid with it. Always start small and then build upon it; that way, you will have more control over your work and you will be amazed how your artwork will evolve from it.
So, what are you working on now?
These days I am really busy with my college internship and I have been working on a variety of different projects which I can’t disclose. As far as my personal work goes, I am trying to revisit the basics and foundation of drawing and design because it is always good to revise what you have learned so far .
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Frankly, I am not thinking too far ahead of myself. What I know is that I am still learning and trying to develop my art skills and have a long way to go. But what I really want to do is to work on different kinds of projects and contribute to them in a big way.
If you had to start afresh in the industry today, would you choose a different path and if so, what would it be?
Actually, I am still pretty young and relatively new in the ‘industry’ but if I have to answer, I would say that I won’t change anything because whatever I do in terms of art came from the varied experiences I had and the people I met. If you take these things out then I don’t know where I would end up .