Working in a professional environment however left him with overly little time to pursue his true strength `Illustration'. In order to get more time and be able to focus on his Strength, Gaundalkar gave up a lucrative career and started working independently. He had worked as an independent illustrator and storyboard artist for various TV commercials and films with Golden ticket Films Pvt. Ltd., Sangeeth Sivan production and Red chills production pvt ltd for the movie "OM SHANTI OM".
He was also associated with education institutes like:
Rachana sansand collage of applied art and craft - Mumbai as visiting lecturer for Visualization and computer graphic. MAAC- Maya academy of advance cinematographic, Arena Multimedia, Frame Boxx- animation / special effects, The Workstation Comp Edu. as visiting faculty for Animation and graphic design.
Gaundalkar has to his credit several awards for his work as a Communication Designer: Four time winner of Annual State Art Given by Kala Academy (Govt. of Goa) for year 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2010. Meritious Award for Outstanding Performance in 4th & 5th Year Applied Art, 1997-98 & 1998-99.