Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Summer At Disney

Hello, faithful readers! I've been guilty of neglecting my blog this summer, and that was largely due to the impossible circumstances I found myself in over the past two months. I was selected to be an intern at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

I have recently returned to lovely Ontario (totally not being sarcastic at all) after my summer in California, and it seemed about time to write a blog post about my experiences.

The feeling of being told that I'll be spending my summer at Disney was indescribable. I was laying in my bed at the time, certain that if I didn't get a call that day it wouldn't be coming at all. Thankfully, the call came. It was a release of every sort of emotion, the words coming through the phone became a jumble and I couldn't think straight. All I knew was that somehow, my dream had come true.

Once I arrived at the studio, a second flood of emotion washed over me. I was standing in front of the animation building. Not the hat building, but the old animation building on the studio lot. The one that produced the hand drawn classics I grew up on. Walking inside was mesmerising. I didn't care that there weren't any of the old animation desks or a 2D feature being made inside or any of that. I was standing in the old animation building, and that was all that mattered. Also, there is a giant damned building with the seven dwarfs sculpted on it. How cool is that?

Next was the hat building, or the Roy E Disney Animation building. This had a different kind of magic to it, as it was where Disney was currently producing the films I dreamed to be a part of, housing it's army of talent. Filled with the names of people who I would slavishly search the credits for, whose names I would scour the internet for. And all of these names were now accessible to me as an intern. I could walk down to the animation wing and bother any of the incredible animators at work on Big Hero 6 (coming to theatres near you, November 7th!). Or walk upstairs and marvel at the art on the third floor, and those making it. I made sure to meet every one of my art inspirations during my time at the studio, and not once was I met with anything but kindness. People love interns I guess.

Looking back at the whole summer, I find myself smiling uncontrollably. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, and it felt that much sweeter knowing how hard I worked to achieve it.

Hopefully I'll be back soon.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sheridan Sketch Dump

Here's a self caricature, a few character design assignments, and two painting assignments. None of these are really shining examples of artistry, but in each of them I tried something new, whether that be through the use of line, color, or shape.








Monday, March 3, 2014

Demo Reel Summer 2014

May as well post the new reel.

Getting new shots this year was a challenge. My summer was spent at Sony in Vancouver, and sadly I was unable to keep any of the test shots for my reel. In addition, second year at Sheridan throws you a significantly larger work load than last year, so it was tough to find time for my own work.

I'll probably be updating it within a month though as I'd like to get one or two more new shots in there.

But anyway, here she is.


Demo Reel Summer 2014 from Omar Elhindi on Vimeo.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Girls





























Here are some drawings I did with reference from a fashion tumblr, I wanted to try out different rendering styles.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

People Sketches

It seems I only wind up posting the work I do in character design class, but at least it's something. Here are a few pages of drawings. The assignment was basically just to draw from life.


























The observant viewer may notice a self caricature in there somewhere.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Character Design Assignment 1

Here's my latest character design assignment for school. We had to design a character which would then be animated performing a weight lift and toss. Try to ignore how terribly off model she is between the rotation and the pose sheet. Although I suppose now that I've mentioned it, you can't ignore it. Well... ignore it anyways.