“When I was 13 years old, I decided to pursue my higher education in fine arts and I stood by it. I completed my bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Stella Maris and did my 2D Animation programme from University of the Arts London,” says Adithi Ajit, an artist and animator. She finds herself very fortunate because she was able to purse her passion and take it up as a profession. “My parents were able to identify my interest at a very early age and I was provided with the right environment to hone my skills,” she adds. Adithi has done a postgraduate diploma in 2D Animation from Image College of Arts, Animation and Technology (ICAT), Chennai. She has also completed a one-year course in London College of Communication, U.K. “During my final year in London, my short animation movie, ‘Bewitching Graffiti’ was selected and screened on the occasion of ‘Round About,’ a summer show. Another 2D stop motion animation film, ‘Magazine Love’ was qualified as a runner up in the Gateway Awards, India.”
Immediately after her education, she was employed as an assistant curator in Forum Art Gallery. There she had the opportunity to design website for the gallery, design invites, brochures and posters.
Later, she worked at Jupiter Animation Studios on an outsourced project, a 3D animation feature film. She had the experience of modelling characters and properties for the film. The film is still in the process of making.
“Besides working in these firms, I have organised art shows at Vinnyasa Art Gallery which received a good response. Almost all my works got sold to people from the U.S., Dubai and Nigeria,” she says.
At present, Adithi has received an order from a star hotel in the city for 400 paintings. “I need to work on abstract paintings of sizes such as 4x2 feet, 5x4 feet, and 3x2 feet. I need to deliver the project by this January.”
Her signature works are abstract paintings with acrylic medium on canvas. She has derived inspiration from the characters of the comic ‘Peanuts.’ Adithi has created a character, which is yet to be named, — a tiny boy with purple-coloured hair. “When I evolve a character, I always focus on its hair,” says Adithi.
“Understanding the nuances of an object’s movement, perceptions, colours, sizes and shapes is the key to become a good animator. My dream is to get into the renowned animation industries — either Disney or Dreamworks,” she adds.
Be it painting or animation, the artist-cum-animator Adithi has been successful in her career.