Meet the Masters: Chaitanya Krishnan

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The Sketchfab Masters are a group of super passionate and active community members. They are helping us run community activities, write tutorials and help out community members with support and feedback.

Today, meet Chaitanya Krishnan from India, who has been part of our community almost since the launch of Sketchfab.

Can you introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Chaitanya Krishnan, an animator and CG generalist from India, and full-time 3D faculty at Srishti Manipal Institute of Art Design and Technology.

Prior to this, I was the co-founder of a studio called Falana Films where we worked with a few brands, but mostly with NGOs, to create content dealing with the environment, activism, and gender issues.


I work in both 2D and 3D. My 3D work is typically with Blender or Sculptris, unless I go analog, in which case I usually work with paper, cardboard, or plastic bottles. 🙂 These can be found over on my Instructables page.

What is your expertise?

I was always good at making things with my hands, and this eventually led me to the arts. So I studied communication design at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, where the course I was doing was focused on graphic design, web, and illustration. Throughout the course, I kept dabbling with 2D animation (especially with Flash). It was only during my final project that I experimented with 3D using 3ds Max. The results were promising, but I decided to stay with the 2D style I had developed for the project: a children’s pop-up book about robots.

Once I started working as a graphic designer, I used 3D mainly as part of illustrations or abstract 3D compositions. My second job was at a gaming company where I was essentially paid to learn 3D. 🙂 The dream had come true.

After this, I moved to a design studio where I got a lot more freedom to experiment and started working with AR and other technologies. This is also where I made the switch to Blender and discovered Sketchfab in its early days.

My professional portfolio can be viewed here.

How do you use Sketchfab?

I use it as a repository of all my 3D work. I am very bad at curating, which is why you will find my account full of all kinds of random models.

In fact, I actually use it for work a lot. Typically these models are in private mode until the client tells me they’re OK to share.

Here are some examples:

What will you be working on for the Sketchfab Masters?

I will be helping with the WIP section of the Forum and in other threads. I try to create quick models with themes that relate to current events in order to showcase how easy it is to create something great with Blender and Sketchfab. I will be doing more of that.

I am also in the habit of making tutorials for random things. I will start doing more of those with Sketchfab users in mind.


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Chaitanya Krishnan

Animator and CG generalist from India

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