bio

jyots is an artist / illustrator / 2d animator based in north london. sHE IS CURRENTLY UNDERTAKING A MASTERS IN CHARACTER ANIMATION AT CENTRAL ST MARTINS. 

Drawing has, and will always be my go to. In 2017, I graduated from BA Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, it was an unsteady journey for me as I felt that I didn’t necessarily ‘fit into’ the fine art world. However, I found comfort and appreciation for animation, it lingered in my life like ‘Helga’ from ‘Hey Arnold!’ - the undercover love. Since graduating, I’ve continued to draw from life using my body image as a tool and have produced digital illustrations which channel the distance I have from my South Asian heritage. Falling down a ‘learning how to animate’ rabbit hole on YouTube, I yearned for something more constructive and a defined path to a career in animation.

The idea of ‘Character Animation’ truly fell into my lap last year, my concepts are usually written and visualised in motion, however I wanted these ideas to be given life. My ambition is to explore character animation by showcasing personality, gestures and emotions within a character’s journey and performance. This visual dialogue is intended to captivate audiences through innovative storytelling. I envisage a variety of audiences to be connective, reactive, immersive and engaged with a storyline - with only the portrayal of performance.

Publications

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education

2021 - 2023

MA CHARacter animation, central st martins

2013 - 2017

ba drawing, camberwell college of art

2012 - 2013

Foundation diploma in art and design, ual

contact

TWITTER: @jyotsnashelley

 

cv

AIMS

The idea of ‘Character Animation’ truly fell into my lap last year, my concepts are usually written and visualised in motion, however I wanted these ideas to be given life. My ambition is to explore character animation by showcasing personality, gestures and emotions within a character’s journey and performance. This visual dialogue is intended to captivate audiences through innovative storytelling. I envisage a variety of audiences to be connective, reactive, immersive and engaged with a storyline - with only the portrayal of performance.

GRADUATE PROPOSAL:

A modern relatable, ’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’ story, would be my graduate film proposal. From the perspective of the character: A weepy eyed, broken hearted girl woefully stumbles into a dreary jade green bathroom. As she buckles onto the unhinged basin, head aligned with the rusted taps, she slowly lifts her weighted arm and turns the taps on. The basin starts to glisten as it rapidly fills with lilac tinted liquid, the opacity decreases with every gush. Figures emerge, two lovers. *Changes perspective* The character is startled with a quick refrain from the basin, she staggers with bursts of splashing as she identifies herself as one of the lovers. *Close up frame* As the character gazes in awe of the two lovers, whilst their memories dance in the reflective waters, the beginnings of a vortex start to swirl and gradually engulfs the figures. Eventually, the vortex becomes robust and turns into a hourglass (symbolising time running out), trapping the lovers. The character gains the strength to lift their head from the unhinged basin and is left staring in the grime blotted mirror, thinking, ’Who pulled the plug?’ This film concept would theoretically be made in mixed media, as I love to experiment with layered textures. I am also keen to have a better understanding of colour theory and its psychological impact on the character / audience.

outreach

Outreach talk, underprivileged schools:

art futures

talking to 16 - 18 year olds about creative pathways and higher education in the arts.

Jyots is a Creative Engagement Project Manager, Creative Youth Mentor and Disability Study Support Worker based in North London. She aims to champion community voices in underprivileged areas of London by removing accessibility barriers.

testimonials

emma charlier

(18)

chelsea college of art summer school

'I'm not surrounded by people who understand the art world, and receiving advice and validation from jyotsna in my own plans for the future, really boosted my confidence. Going forward with university application is really scary but having someone to talk to, who has been there before is invaluable. jyotsna also helped to open my mind to paths further along the line that i hadn't considered pursuing.'

georgia hamberger (18)

chelsea college of art summer school

'I met jyotsna during a summer course at chelsea, whilst on a gallery trip to the wallace collection. she was extremely friendly and helpful in giving us advice on areas such as applications, portfolios and the different schools and courses available at ual. she also provided us with ways of contacting her if we wanted to get advice concerning our portfolios which I think was really useful'

ZAC (17)

EDMONTON COUNTY SCHOOL

'GAVE US ALL AN INSIGHT ON POSSIBLE PATHWAYS WE CAN FOLLOW.'

rating: amazing

jenna (17)

edmonton county school

'gives a different perspective on art at uni and in the future.'

rating: amazing

meg

(17)

edmonton county school

'very insightful. made me interested in art foundation now!'

rating: amazing

cordoy (17)

edmonton county school

'she interacts with us, me and my peeps. SHE WAS NOT TOO SERIOUS WHICH MADE ME MORE INTRIGUED. SHE ALSO HAS YOUTH IN THE WAY THAT SHE SPEAKS. LOVED HER HONESTY AND HER ART WORKS.'

RATING: REAL GOOD

hasna (17)

edmonton county school

'the visual made the presentation more enjoyable.'

rating: real good

jamelle (17)

edmonton county school

'gave me an interest in a foundation course.'

rating: real good