Ben Halstead

E-mail: halsteadart@gmail.com

Hello, and thanks for visiting my site! I am a professional character animator currently based in the LA area. I am familiar with some of the leading 2D and 3D animation software, although I specialize in Toon Boom Harmony, and I am practiced in web design and other forms of art as well. I earned my BFA in Character Animation from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit in 2011, and have been living in the San Fernando Valley with my wife since then.

Copyright 2014 Ben Halstead


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Kung Fu Panda Fan Art
February 6, 2016
KungFu_Liang_SM We went to see Kung Fu Panda 3 recently and I got inspired to do some fan art. Nico Marlet's character designs are incredible! So I thought I'd try my hand at a blind clouded leopard character in his style. If you'd like to take a shot at this character design challenge, you can download the high-resolution template here: http://halsteadart.com/uploads/img/KungFu_Character_LG.png
Check out Switchboard Infinity!
December 12, 2015
Switchboard_Infinity I wanted to do a shout-out for an awesome audio show that's going on right now. It's called "Switchboard Infinity," and it's a fun and funny (that is to say, hilarious) sci-fi about a guy named Malcolm who escapes from the Jupiter system and tries to get back to Earth. It's made with a mix of theatrical improv, excellent acting performances, and extensive professional sound design, and is frankly a joy to listen to. Check it out now for free on Soundcloud! https://soundcloud.com/switchboardinfinity
2D Rig Animation Test
December 7, 2015
For a while now, I've been developing my 2D rigging skills in Toon Boom Harmony Premium. Here's my latest test for my most advanced rig. Some features it includes: 180 degrees of full body rotation (mostly keyframeable, with many hand swaps available - could be modified to 360 degrees if necessary), volumetric lighting / shading, deformation controls for the spine and limbs, a kind of cheat I came up with that allows IK on the feet, and a fully poseable mouth rig for lip syncs. With the help of action templates, animating this full-body lip sync test took me roughly one hour per second. The next step for me is to start building new male and female rigs based on this model, which I hope to use for commissions, contract work, and my own pilot episode! P.S. If the video player isn't showing, try clicking this link: 2D rig animation test
Toon Boom Webinar!
November 25, 2015
My wife Christina will be doing a webinar about using Toon Boom Harmony and Storyboard Pro, on December 3rd. Check it out! http://blog.toonboom.com/news-and-opinion/webinar-working-with-storyboard-pro-and-harmony-in-a-unified-pipeline
Day...18? Horror
September 27, 2015
Day_18 So, I've definitely missed a lot of Daily Drawing days recently. My excuse is that my wife and I have been super busy with an animation project. Still, I plan to do all the missing drawings. In the meantime, here's a hideous monstrosity.
Day 17 - Comic
September 19, 2015
Day 16 - Shizzle
September 18, 2015
Day_16 I don't even know
Day 15 - Bath Time
September 17, 2015
Day_15 He pretends to hate it.
Day 14 - Candy Harbinger
September 16, 2015
Day_14 Just playing with Sketchbook's paintbrushes.
Day 13 - Her Specter
September 15, 2015
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