What hits one first about the studio Pavan shares with his film-maker & graphic designer wife Sherna, in their beautifully done up apartment in South Delhi, is how very compact, efficient and neat as a pin it be. Well, the cat's soon enough out of the bag when the artist reveals that he hasn't "touched paper for seven years!" (and the cat's actually a siamese kitten)
I don't know if this is what's sometimes referred to as Generation "X" stuff, but this here's a young couple operating together, right at the cutting edge of their individual professions, without a single full-time executive associate or employee. Instead, the foundation of this creative little Indian empire is two powerful workstations in parallel, configured so "we sometimes fly against each other!!"
Are you kidding me? Is this the guy who's work almost every single print-media purveyor in the country has seen at one time or another (at least at a publications stall) in recent years??
You bet yer sweet batooties babies ~ meet the painter sans paper whose works turn up on your paper instead!
"Drawing came naturally to me.
"I began making sequential drawings telling stories at an early age. Over the years, I developed my drawing skills and discovered sculpture and three dimensional spaces. I joined the National Institute of Design in 1986 and graduated with a diploma in communication and animation design.
"A short stint working with a multi-media company introduced
me to computers. I discovered that one could use digital media with greater ease to draw than traditional media, without losing the basic essence of a hand drawn stroke. I haven,t touched a pencil since. I work on a PC - a pentium 3, 450 mhz, with 256 megs of ram, a 16 mb agp card to give me true colour and a resolution of 1600 by 1200 on my Flatron 17" monitor. I use Fractal Painter to give me an excellent simulation of natural media tools. I do not use scanned images or drawings, but draw directly on screen using a Wacom tablet and a pressure-sensitive stylus. However, animation requires me to make drawings on paper and scan them using an hp 6350 c flat bead scanner. A cell animation software, Axa team 2D, puts my drawings into sequence and allows me to ink and paint my cells and play them on a background.
"I am currently working as a freelance illustrator and animator. My clients include multimedia companies, ad agencies, film makers, magazines and design firms."