Kaumudi has been in an hibernation mode (about animation) since long! She was creating illustrations these years, but was not in to animation, which is her first love (in fact, prior to me, she was already in love with it!). The books that she illustrated have been used widely in schools, and kids (and their teachers/parents) compliment her always, when they know that she is the illustrator of these books! Those who know her well, know that she would be the last one to even talk about her creations, (and I would be the first!, sometimes even before I do it!!!, but that is another blog all together!) In fact many don’t even know the books she has been illustrating all these years: these were: Computer Masti. It is a series of 8 books, written and edited by a team at IIT Bombay. Each book has 100+ illustrations. The books are FREE for download from here, and you all would be happy to know that the books are used by hundreds of schools, and have been translated in more that 6 languages!!! But I digress from the topic I started!
Recently, Kaumudi is working for a website: www.dwibhashi.org, which is a portal for learning languages. She has been creating images for this website, and they are too may..! just too many!!! because you need A image for EVERY word to be shown! So, from December 2016, the website team decided to give a fresh look to it, by adding a intro animation clip, which represents the mood of the month!! Kaumudi was commissioned for this, and she was supposed to create a small animated clip every month! Elated by this, Kaumudi picked up Santa Claus as the first theme and created a small clip. Please have a look by clicking here.
The animation is unique, because it is created using open source animation tool: Blender. Well, Blender is known to be a 3D animation tool, but not any more!! Grease Pencil is a project associated with Blender, which enables 2D animation too!!! Yes, the classical 2D animation is possible. Kaumudi has been after it for few months currently, and she could pull this off!!
The characters in the animation show a clear Kaumudi trademark!! Actually, Kaumudi is NOT very happy with the animation, however, she is committed to make the next ones better than this, but exploring the features of Grease Pencil in detail!
Join me in wishing her luck, so that we get to see more such animations!! Coming soon, an animation for the month of January!!! Keep visiting the website!!
PS: The website is excellent resource for those who want to learn/teach languages and is totally FREE. Please use it and give your feedback.