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Aashay Mehta

3D Animator • Communications Designer • Technical Artist

Other

Miscellaneous works

Here is a mix of my art and interests: sketching, painting, digital art etc.

About

About me

Hello! My name is Aashay Mehta, and welcome to my portfolio. In my early adolescent years, I spent more time fiddling with software instead of playing computer games. With the help of a manual in 3Ds Max I was able to understand the basic concepts of sub-division modeling early on. On the merit of files I created, I was enrolled into a post secondary software course for 3Ds Max. Being the youngest student at the center, I got my formal training and introduction into the digital world at Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics. Then, after higher secondary school I pursued a bachelor's degree in arts, focusing in animation and visual effects.

Post graduation, I have mainly worked with architects and sculptors, for whom I was responsible for making visualizations and drafting technical drawings for production of a wide range of things, while also managing a few projects in the digital medium for different business clients.

Tools

AutoCAD, 3Ds Max, Maya, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Zbrush, Rhino, HTML, CSS.

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The Sacred Grove 1/3

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VIDEO COMMUNICATION

A concept proposal for the installation of an Augmented Reality game to improve the waiting area experience of a corporate building.

The general idea of gameplay was to compliment the tree-like columns of the room and visualize its immediate surroundings into a forest reserve, with the aim of preserving the last living trees in the world.

JULY 2018

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The Sacred Grove 2/3

The tree

To fit into the concept the tree needed to be old and dense. Finding the right asset that fit the description was not so hard, but the next challenge was to make it look alive.

There was no actual wind or force wrap used here, to simulate the rustling of leaves, I separated the trunk from the leaves in 3Ds max and added a noise modifier on the leaves. While keeping the leaves and trunk grouped, I added a bend modifier ontop and animated it to simulate the effect of swaying.

the bird

Similarly I had to first find a fully textured and rigged bird, and fortunately I did. The interesting thing about the bird here is that it actually isn't moving in 3D space at all.

I animated the bird in Maya and exported out an image sequence, then I imported the image sequence in After Effects to animate the path and scale. This gives you more flexibility and control over the path of the bird. I would not advice to do this if the camera was not steady and the environment was 3D.

the Fruits

These forms were supposed to be installed physically on the columns which then disappear when viewed through the Augmented Reality game application.

Vyom gave me sketches and clay models to start with, after which I made the meshes in Zbrush and then refined them. Once we selected the final forms, I imported them in 3Ds max for final renders. The meshes are only box mapped, there was no time or need to unwrap them as they were not going to be up-close to the camera.

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Sharin 1/5

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COMMUNICATION DESIGN

A live interactive invitation ceremony for a wedding, to simulate a tradition of relative families writing the kankotri invite card through a digital medium.

Starting with an animated short video of concept story-line, followed by a set of 50 personalized videos for guests, all playing in a seamless manner.

NOVEMBER 2017

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Sharin 2/5

Initial Idea

Trees represent growth, and endurance.

The concept at play here is that the tree symbolizes the beginning of a new relationship. Reddish hue in the leaves indicates the essence of life, as it turns to become precious and eternal, depicted here by the color gold.

I decided for a hand drawn storybook style for the overall look, using some ornamental and flourishing elements to compliment the occasion.

The flourish

There is an upward panning motion in this shot, which slowly reveals the elements in this scene. Additionally, there is an overlay of welcoming text with similar style animation.

The hierarchy of assets is complex, but mainly there are 3 aspects, the background, the tree, and the overlay. The background reveals itself with the use of an Alpha Matte, while the other two are using a Stroke Effect to achieve this. The tree itself has multiple layers that use the same technique with a delay.

The journey

A Hummingbird carries the news to spread it across the world from a freshly bloomed flower on the tree.

The bird is a rig system, composed of 3D layers, made in After Effects itself. The wings are operating on a wiggle expression after defining the origin of each layer. The main body is a puppet mesh with pins that also operate on a wiggle expression. Once created, the rig system was animated as needed. The cards then fall out of the bags. The story is continued in the following section.

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The fall

Cards are displayed on the screen with details of the upcoming events, the left side is for the groom's guests and the right side is for the bride's guests. For common schedules, a single card is shown. This was done using a plug-in for 3D in After Effects.

The last frame of this video there is a close-up of the logo, this serves as a transition for the next video in queue when the first family is called on stage. Please note the video is sped up by 4x for display purpose.

Groom

Once the first family is called on stage, the next video is triggered by them. Following the story, the card falls onto a table where the invitee's name is magically written, after an auspiscious tradition is performed.

The bird here is a different rig, created the same way as the other. For the feather I set the origin to it's end, and added a wiggle expression in its orientation, then drew a path to simulate the writing. The video pauses at a frame where the bird appears at rest to serve for the next transition.

Bride

Upon announced, the second family approaches the stage to trigger the next video. Only this time, there are a few tweaks and additions to keep the seamlessness intact.

Then a second variation for Groom's card, without the card falling and the bird's entry, is then played for the next family. Finally, this brings us back to bride's video. Now a complete loop is formed. Production concludes by changing the text and tweaking feather path for each guest.

Sharin 4/5

EVENT DISPLAY

This is the map of the final execution of this event. The presentation clicker glows when the button is pressed by a family member, triggering next video. There were two audio inputs used, one from the video itself as sound effects and another being an ambient soundtrack playing separately with it. As a result, audio never breaks the ambience even if the video itself is paused on the last frame each time. Full video below.

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WEB, VIDEO, AND GRAPHICS

Achuk Environmental Solutions is an emerging company with an innovative and eco-friendly solution to fight fires.

For this company I have worked on a series of visual promos; i.e. Videos, Infographics, HTML Presentation, and an Interactive Document.

JULY 2018

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Achuk 2/4

INFOGRAPHICS

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INTERACTIVE DOCUMENT

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Achuk 3/4

FIRE TYPE FOOTAGES • ACHUK • HTML VIDEO LIBRARY

EARLY STAGE
EXPERIMENTAL
FOOTAGES

Achuk 4/4

DISPERSION FOOTAGES • ACHUK • HTML VIDEO LIBRARY

TRIAL WITH
WET COMPOSITION

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ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION

An architectural video walkthrough for the promotion of a new gym in the city.

production of a realisitc video tour for client visualization and social media circulation to create awareness and allow viewers to experience the layout, showing the various dedicated areas of exercise.

NOVEMBER 2015

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Workflow

Rendering a video with proper quality checks can prevent unwanted result and a waste of time and resource. Due to this project, I learned to keep following things in mind before rendering: enabling motion blur, thoroughly checking a low quality preview render for issues like flickering and checking high quality preview render with periodic frame jumps to ensure quality in final output.

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CAD PACKAGE DESIGN

This is a smart and visually appealing solution for package design that folds and assembles straight out of the machine.

Using only corrugated cardboard to house lampshades for shipment, this design features a single joint on the outer box and an assembly of slotted interior forms to cushion the lamp shades and strengthen the structure of the box.

JUNE 2019

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concept

The design and aesthetic of the box was inspired from origami. The box was to have a decagon base, with interlocking top and bottom flaps.

product

At first the lampshades were measured precisely from their molds, referencing their images into Rhino to get their shape and dimensions.

design

The boxes were classified into two catagories based on the dimensions of the lamp shades. A few changes were made in design i.e. smaller top flaps and a heptagon base to account for better stability, while also keeping the form.

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Interior forms

Once the box was ready, Interior forms were designed which served as a protection case for the lampshades. The horizontal disks prevent the box from bending or deforming and keep the product in place, while the vertical ribs hold the structure together.

Assembly of the box and interior forms with respect to a lampshade.

box drawings

After the design was resolved, making the working drawings for cutting was the next step. Unwrapping the box gave us the result above, which was then modified to fit into the available material sheet.

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interior forms drawings

To complete the assembly of the interior forms structure, there are 7 identical vertical pieces and 4 horizontal disks that follow the shape of the product.

further breakdown

The design of the interior forms above produced a lot of wastage, to counter this another option was designed, breaking the horizontal disks further into equal parts that locked onto two vertical ribs individually, This allowed for a lot less material waste but increased the cutting cost as well as labour.

Although this option was not used in the final production, the idea was worth mentioning and may be viable in other cases of mass production.

Archive 1/2

Visualization

| Organic forms

LBSNAA - Sculpture concepts for a Memorial

Breathing Sculpture - Wall art concept for a hotel

Milan Residence - Wall art concept

Adani - Sculpture concept for a corporate house

Miscellaneous

Visualization

| Architectural

Raju Shah Residence

Delhi Jain Temple - Swadhyay Hall

Jain Kirti Stambh

Kalpesh Suthar Residence

Miscellaneous

Archive 2/2

CAD / CAM

| Works in design and manufacture

Homelabs - CNC milling on MDF

Miscellaneous

Graphics

| Vector, motion and animation

Farm sense logo

Miscellaneous