DCDC award ceremony and characterdesign workshop @ EMK
Originality is an always looked for aspect in human life. In the realm of comics and graphic arts, no doubt it is a huge factor here too. From the pages of Marvel and DC, there have been many such original characters that have been created for the fun and delight of pop culture fans. However, at present in Bangladeshi context there hasn't been any such original character designing, up until the recent one and a half years.
Cartoon People is a community of eccentric art enthusiasts who have taken it to the next level to bring the glory of pop culture amongst the mindful and creative artists of Bangladesh. And, with the dream of searching for originality and original characters, they have started Deshi Character Design Challenge (DCDC).
Recently, the DCDC 8 was organised and over 140 character designs were submitted according to the theme of this session which was visualising the pirates in the Sunderbans area. Out of those, only four were ranked at the top of the list by the judge of DCDC8, renowned cartoonist Ahsan Habib.
DCDC8 award ceremony along with a workshop on character designing was held at EMK Centre, Dhanmondi on September 15, titled DCDC Award Ceremony and Character Design Workshop. The chief guest at the award ceremony was renowned cartoonist Ahsan Habib, where the workshops were conducted by the cartoonists Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and Anik Khan.
The first position was claimed by Angona Ahsana who drew 'Dosshu Rani Fuly' (Medium: Water Colour), the 2nd Place was taken by Arham Habib who drew 'Pirate Kakababu and his loyal pet Kakoli' (Medium: Colour Pencil). And, the 3rd and 4th positions were won by Rakib Razzaq who drew 'Mustafa the pirate' (Medium: Digital) and Junaid Iqbal Ishmam who drew 'Khora Khorshed' (Medium: Digital) respectively.
This award giving ceremony had brought cartoon enthusiasts and members of Cartoon People in one platform. Chronologically the awards along with certificates were handed over to the winner, first, second and third runner ups by Ahsan Habib. Apart from the certificates, Multimedia Kingdom had sponsored graphic tablets which were simultaneously handed over to the victors.
Ahsan Habib said, "The decision of choosing the winner was very tough. Everyone draws very well. However, based on the drawing style, environment and backgrounds in which the character was designed, the judgment was done."
On the basis of the characters he added, "We need to go for comics based on these characters. At present there are many artists who can achieve this. As this is a digital age, the graphic tablet has slowly made its way into the art industry. However, we cannot forget the hands on approach of drawing on paper. It is essential that people practice both digital and analog art."
He further added, "As there have been so many successful character designs, the young people should go into creating comic books and slowly go into the future that is being firmly grasped by animations."
Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, the founder of Cartoon People said, "Character designing is a process in comic and animation that combines the skills of drawing, knowledge of culture, fashion, and language. In the past there were Looney Tunes, Chacha Chowdhury or Tom and Jerry; during teenage years, there were Justice League, Samurai Jack, Naruto or Unmad. What we are trying to do with DCDC is to get that originality back in the young artists of Bangladesh."
Following the award ceremony, a workshop on character designing was held by Syed Rahsad Imam Tanmoy and Anik Khan. But before that, all the members of the executive committee of Cartoon People were introduced to the participants. Morshed Mishu, the head of the executive committee, said, "Regardless of drawing on paper or on graphic tablets, the important aspect is practice."
During the workshop, the main focus was given on gesture doodling and structure of the characters. Afterwards, directions were given by Tanmoy on how to use ink followed by colours and detailing.
Anik Khan's session was more based on the 'ideas' of character designing. He said, "Sufficient research should be done on the idea before any character is visualised, as with comics, visuals tell the greater part of the story. The research on the idea is crucial before going into the drawing phase."
With new knowledge of character designing and hearts full of love towards cartoon and caricature, the evening of the DCDC Award Ceremony and Character Design Workshop ended.
Photo: Alex Romario