January 11, 2018 Comments (3) Views: 3266 Animation, Design, Graphic

Drawing on experience

More than 18 years in the animation industry have equipped Phani Tetali with the skills to be an accomplished academic.

He joined academics so he could, in his own humble way, contribute towards creating animators who could take the industry forward. Since 2009, Phani has been a faculty member at IDC, IIT Bombay, where he teaches animation design, game design, drawing, character design and sequential story telling (comic books and graphic novels).

“As a teacher, the best recognition one could expect is from one’s students”, he says. “I was recently given the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award by IIT Bombay and it is such a humbling feeling. These recognitions help motivate me to work harder.”

‘Wednesday afternoon. 3pm. Bombay VT (Mumbai CST)’

‘Inside a Mumbai local’

‘Traffic jam for no reason!’

In his opinion, to bridge the gap between industry and design education design schools have to encourage and incubate new entrepreneurship ideas:

“They have to hire faculty with substantial industry experience and/or have visiting faculty from the industry regularly conduct case studies and workshops. The industry should actively collaborate with academic research institutions on projects that are impactful innovations.”

“The biggest challenge for teachers these days, – Phani believes, – is that the best of information from the best in the field is already available for students on the internet. So the teacher is really not there to give that information to the students. The teacher should be more of a facilitator and a means to help learning happen.

I foresee design education shifting from a teacher-student transaction to a mentor-mentee transaction. Teaching might happen in classrooms, but it is not necessary that learning will also happen in classrooms. I believe that much of the learning happens through interactions with people. I feel that the teaching component should reduce in design schools, and more time should be made available to the students for exploration, discourses, discussion, research and projects.”

‘Dusshera at the Ramlila grounds in Delhi’

“For a cartoonist especially, the ability to write your ideas in a brief, crisp and humorous way is very important”, he advises everyone pursuing career in animation. “Good drafting skills add to the story, so keep practicing. Maintain a sketchbook and carry it with you at all times. Jot down/sketch any idea that occurs to you. The best ideas strike at the oddest of times!”

Read this story in POOL 89.

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3 Responses to Drawing on experience

  1. Abhishek Soni says:

    Phani sir is the most humble and hardworking artist and he inculcates the same attitude in his students, we’re very much inspired with the contributions he has been giving in the field of art and animation

  2. Saylee says:

    I recently found him on Instagram!!
    His work is just mind blowing!! Later on I found out that he is a professor at IIT and after reading this article I must say luck are those kids to have a mentor like him!

  3. jamshed nassin kv says:

    It is good to see Phani Sir’s work got featured here. He and his works always inspire us a lot. All the best SIR

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