Here we bring one more interview for you. Kousik De one of our ex student is today a successful Digital artist. Let’s hear from him about his experience.

Interviewer: hi kousik, how have u been?

Kousik De: hi, I have been doing well and I hope same for you too.

Interviewer: thank you. We are doing well too. So Kousik, tell us about your work life.

Kousik De: well, today I am a Visualizer/Owner of Talking Canvas, a new born creative design agency.

I am a Rabindra Bharati University pass out. After which I joined Zee Bangla as an illustration artist. Then MAAC Chowringhee has changed my life to a ‘Digital’ Artist. I got too much help from MAAC Chowringhee to be a 3D Artist and Compositing Artist. I joined Prime Focus (Mumbai) after completing C3D2 course from MAAC Chowringhee.

I worked as a Graphic Designer/Visualizer in a few companies at Kolkata for 4 years. I was not satisfied with that. I wanted to do the design works in a different way. So I left job and started to think something different. I spent 3 months as unemployed and was preparing myself to be an Independent Designer. I started my new life as a Freelancer Graphic Designer. First month was too good but the 2nd month of my freelancer life was not so good. But I never felt hopeless. From 3rd month I revived my career as a freelancer. 2 years I was involved with a large number of clients. Then I started my small new organisation named Talking Canvas (a creative Graphic Design house). New born company is running well.

Interviewer: wow! Trust me that sound really amazing.  Which course did you do in MAAC Chowringhee and in which year?

Kousik De: (laughs) thank you. I did C3D2, that is 3Ds Max, Maya, After Effects, Fusion and Shake. In the year 2010.

Interviewer: Great! Would you like to share your learning experience at MAAC Chowringhee?

Kousik De: sure. It was really awesome. I got huge help from faculties in subject, concept, and software related problems. Even from home, if I contacted with them through e-mail/phone they usually tried to solve all my queries and problems. My faculty was Mr. Siddharth Jaiswal. He was very much experienced and helpful teacher. I got huge number of creative ideas and software knowledge from him (Till now I have good relationship with him. Till now he helps me for any type of technical issues and other issues. All faculties keep good relationship).

My experience at there was really good and positive. I always recommend MAAC Chowringhee to the new comer students (who are trying to enter in the creative industry) because I believe this is   No. 1 training institute at Kolkata.

For other technical issues, Job related helps were nicely done by MAAC Chowringhee official authority. MAAC Chowringhee organized huge number of competition, workshop and seminar. I attended in maximum programmes at there. MAAC Chowringhee gave me and all students the opportunity to attend in Animation Film Festival at a reputed Cinema Hall free of cost. I was really enjoyed the programme. MAAC Chowringhee also gave some more opportunity to enjoy other workshops. I and my 3 mates made a short film at there by the help of our faculty (Siddharth Jaiswal) and MAAC Chowringhee studio. Camera, technical support and other equipments were supplied by MAAC Chowringhee. I am really grateful to the faculties and MAAC Chowringhee.

Interviewer: thank you for such kind words. We are grateful that we reached your expectations and could help you in all possible ways. Well, I am keen to know that as a Designer/Visualizer, what the most important things to follow.

Kousik De: well this job requires visualisation, space distribution, look and feel, research, value the work, maintain the unique style for each work, reject personal style, thinking, study different subjects and last but not the least the observation.

Interviewer: Tell us about a project you worked on that required heavy research work and how you do that?

Kousik De: I worked on “Marrakesh strategy conference” project of TATA TSPDL. It was a strategy conference at Marrakesh (city in morocco). I did their total theme. Started from conference logo to booklet and other materials like banner, backdrop etc. There I had to research to make the theme. I studied a lot to make it.

I had no idea about Morocco or Marrakesh. I viewed many videos and documentary films to know their culture. Studied some e-books to understand the society. Viewed a lot of photography of the city to know the people, architecture and the nature. I studied many books on the city. Then I captured all in my mind. Then I created my own idea on the project. That was an awesome experience. Though I had to spend more time to realise and create the theme.

Interviewer: what’s the most interesting project that you have worked on?

Kousik De: Most interesting project was Strawberry body (USA) brand identity and business material design. I did their designs from company launching. Worked on their logo and website. Another interesting project was TATA TSPDL project. The project title was ‘Service Excellence’. I did their visuals, banners, standees, computer wallpapers for them. It was really an interesting project. The designs were based on concept.  There are many more to share.

Interviewer: What tips would you like to share with freshers?

Kousik De: Work hard. Hard working will make you successful in life. Do research on all subjects you are interested. Observation is the most important. One interesting fact: To be a professional Graphic designer you need to know the clients mind, psychology, client’s profession and the city living in. Not only good work. You have to know the client first. A good work could impact badly on another person. So good or bad depends on a client’s aspect. You should research on client before you start a Graphic Design (though project brief is most important).


Interviewer: thank you so much Kousik for your precious time and kind words. We all hope best for you. Wish you all the best. Keep shinning!

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