As a graphic design student at WLCI, I travel an insightful and informative road. We are nurtured and taught by highly experienced professionals and as a result, we are introduced to workshops that not only help us grow in skills but also motivate us to create unique and compelling works of art and design.
My eyes lit up with joy after hearing what our faculty had planned for our upcoming workshop; we had to design a flipbook. A flip book or flick book is a book with series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change.
The first flip book appeared in September, 1868, and it was patented by John Barnes Linnett under the name kineograph or the ‘moving picture’. Our Design faculty Mr. Bhavnesh took us through the fundamentals of flip book design with the aid of visual case studies and live demonstration.
The assignment seemed exciting and challenging because we were restricted to creating a visual story using geometric shapes only. After long hours of brainstorming and never-ending cups of coffee, the Eureka moment came and it spelt low polygon art. This technique involved making a detailed triangular mesh along the shapes and contours of an object and filling it in with solid colours.
I had never tried this technique before and for a rookie like me, it seemed daunting. I practiced and practiced, till I was confident enough to illustrate it. The picture mentioned below is an example of this technique.
Following a green signal from my professor, I used low polygon art to narrate a simple story of karma. My idea of karma was set in beautiful blue waters of the marine world. I depicted a simple food chain to communicate my theme – ‘what goes around comes around’. Considering the modern trends, a flip book is best represented as a toy or a novelty for children; I chose a cartoony/comical theme to deliver my communication.
Seven days and 66 pages later, I finished my assignment with a smile and proud. Apart from getting my flip book printed, I used the same pictures to create an animated GIF too. I am grateful to WLCI for designing fun and challenging assignments that make work seem like play!
Mihika Sharma – https://www.facebook.com/candid.mihika
PG visual communication student
WLCI School of Advertising & Graphic Design