Kolkata based Virtualinfocom (VIC) has launched online tutorial called ‘Pencil2Pixels‘ to help aspiring students understand and learn the basic skill sets of animation. A 20 page version of it is available online free of cost to give an idea on how animations are done and how you can create characters, shadow balance etc.
The original tutorial is a book of 135 pages which would be made available online topic wise in the due course of time. The book would be available at a cost of arount INR 350 in a month‘s time. Virtualinfocom has it cartoon character ‘Chankey‘ who trains the users on how to create animations and how to draw.Speaking to AnimationXpress.comVirtualinfocom CEO Arijit Bhattacharyya said "Pencil2Pixels is created for the people who want to draw and want to be a part of Animations and Gaming Industry. This online tutorial will help a new comer or a professional to create good animations and make good comics with proper knowledge. It is basically created to encourage people to come into animation and gaming field as there is a dearth of really talented people in this field."
Virtualinfocom is also coming up with game developments tutorial for online medium and are now creating mobile based animations and mobile based games for different clients as well coming up with mobile based comics.Various topic are covered in the tutorial such as creating diagrams, basic drawing, drawing shapes, drawing human faces, trick stuff, solid with round and rectangle, the divided ball and plane method, comic heads, methods of checking, drawing a female body, figure in action, animated figures, digital drawing, bit-map images, vector images, three-dimensional images, Indian style animations, color composition, animate the characters, the perspective view for any animation, case study for a story board, lights - camera - animate, the basic film making setup, how to choose between formats and many more.