Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kyle Balda Walk Demo

A lot of people (at least in the animation community, I can't imagine CNN putting this up) have been posting this walk demo from Kyle Balda. Kyle was an animator at Pixar for quite a while. I'm not entirely sure what he's doing now though. My knowledge base is from IMDB by the way, haha.

Anyway he does a great job in explaining why he does what he does, and at opening my eyes to a workflow thats quite common. The layering method. I mean I've heard of it before of course, yet I've never tried it. I like the comfort and safety of blocking in stepped mode.
To me, using splines immediately seems so risky and unpredictable, as opposed to the rock solid blue print you get with stepped keys.

Really I'm just ranting for the sake of actually having posts on my blog. Fear not! Soon I'll actually have some animation up.

And on another note, I just finished workshop 4 at iAnimate! I had the fantastic David Hubert as my instructor, and he taught me so much. The workshop is focused on full body acting with dialogue. It was really tough, haha. My first shot I think turned out quite well - I'll post it soon. The second shot - not so much. I have so much work to do on it.
Basically I've been trying to get way too many conflicting ideas into one shot, and then the added physicality of animating a drunk just made it a nightmare. Hopefully I'll get it right and show my devote followers!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Flipbook Straight Ahead Animation

Just a quick straight ahead in flipbook I did. I really do want to do another hand drawn test soon, although this little test in flipbook reminded me of how tough drawn animation is.

After watching that, here's something that actually can entertain you:

Rune Bennicke straight ahead animation - incredible.

Friday, August 5, 2011

5th Place!!

Now obviously 5th place isn't as good as getting the coveted top 3, however I'm still really happy!

The first time I entered I barely could move a character, let alone make one that someone could enjoy watching.

Anyway, here's my entry!!


From 112th, to 5th :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another Tease!

I say the word tease lightly, you have to be interested to be teased.

Anyway, here's a render of the shot I just finished! It's not good - but it's better than the last one. I'll post the shot itself once I find out how I placed in the 11SecondClub.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Something I'm working on!

It may or may not be a shot at redeeming myself after my last, poorly done 11 Second Club entry...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

11 Second Club June 2011

Here's my final (poorly) lit entry:

And for those interested, here's a progression video:

Overall I'm not pleased. I don't think that there are many hitches in the movements or anything looking too weird, but this piece made me realize I need to spend way more time planning. The acting is atrocious! It's so boring and bland and not nearly pushed enough.

I'm pretty sure I'll be entering this months contest though, and if I do I'm going to definitely try and push the performance.

Also, wound up in 52nd place.

So now my standings are:
112/160 ~ 3.31 stars
83/188 ~ 4.97 stars
52/191 ~ 5.26 stars

So at least I'm improving!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Law Class Caricature

So when I'm not listening to my awesome law teacher explain the inner workings of the Canadian legal system, I put my head down and draw myself.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bigger Update!

First off! Here's some actual animation!
This is kinda my demo reel coming off iAnimate, minus one shot which I need to fix up due to a render mishap.

iA Reel from omar elhindi on Vimeo.

It's not terrible! I'm happy with it for the most part at least.

So actual update-wise, I was unfortunately rejected by Sheridan. Sucks.
Oh well, there's still a chance for me to get offered their art fundamentals program, and if I don't then I'm off to St Clair college, and maybe re enroll in iAnimate! I miss it there, it was a ton of fun and I learned a lot in a really short time.

Anyway, that's it for now! Hopefully my posts will be a bit more frequent :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Wow, I haven't posted in ages!
Here's some life drawings I did recently for my portfolio for Sheridan. Drop a comment and let me know which ones you guys think are best, I haven't decided which to put in yet.