Toonz Academy

Syama Das

Here is a testimonial from Syama Das Toonz Academy Student

I feel proud to say that I am an alumna of the prestigious Toonz Academy based at Technopark, Trivandrum. I had enrolled for the 12-month Animation Film Making Course course. I completed the course in 2010 and gained expertise in digital illustration, concept art & development, 2D animation ,storyboarding, & BG modeling. I always had a special interest towards sketching, painting, illustration and character designing.

I must mention here that it was the faculty at Toonz Academy that made the course more interesting for me, as they were always there to encourage and help me excel in my strong points. We had hands-on live training sessions along with all the theory and practical classes. The best part is that we were always encouraged to follow our passions. I learned a lot there, even as I gained the confidence to overcome the setbacks in life. The wonderful faculty at Toonz Academy not only taught me the course, but also helped me to grow and acknowledge challenges, appreciate opportunities and embrace innovation. All these lessons are still ingrained in me today and I turn to them in times of need.

Looking back, even in those days, I had a keen interest in sketching, but I overlooked it in favor of other skills. Though sketching was a basic part of the curriculum, I had a special interest in it. It took me some time to realize it was my true passion in life – thank God life gives some people second opportunities! After my marriage, I decided to try out my hand at sketching again and I am so glad I did – as I haven’t stopped drawing since then! I was especially honored to be given a chance to illustrate the children’s book ‘Hoo’s Driving the Bus?’ by Nikki Estridge. This is a cleverly written picture book that makes a wildly entertaining read-aloud book for children. The book is trending on social media platforms right now and I am so glad I am a part of this journey. For those not in the know, Nikki Estridge is an award-winning actress, writer and director too!

Syama Das is the proud illustrator of the trending children’s book ‘Hoo’s Driving the Bus?’.