Thursday, March 23, 2017

Life drawing 3






I've started doing lifedrawing again. I usually do it on paper, but I went digital this time. I found it to be a little clunky at first, but I found it got a little better after a little while.

Here are some 60 sec. sketches. More to come soon!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Going full digital




So I'm narrowing down the design of my 2nd character in my shortfilm, Obscurum (follow my production blog). I've found it really exiting to work straight digital, although I love pen on paper, I just found it so much more intuitive at times. You can erase, redraw, and see you mistakes  so much faster. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Shape study1




I was inspired by Stephen Silver again and wanted to do a study of shapes! I love how Silver manages to get so much contrast, line - and shape variation in his character studies! 

I really would recommend this exercise to anyone, and I loved doing this study!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Birdy

Tweet tweet everyone!:D

Hope everyone's having a great Wednesday!



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Character design - Obscurum

Sorry, I haven't posted so much recently, but I promise more stuff is coming. I've been quite busy working on my shortfilm, Obscurum. You can follow the production blog here, so I'd thought I would post something related to that here. 

I'm really happy that the project is moving forward, and I will be posting more exiting stuff soon enough!:D



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Meeting you're inspirations

One of the biggest highlights from the festival, was that I got the chance to meet one of my favorite artists, Michael Dudok De Wit. His short-film, "Father & Daughter" was one of the main inspiration for my graduation movie. He was there to screen his acclaimed feature film, "The Red Turtle", and also do a Masterclass. 

As you can imagine, it was like Michael Jackson was at the festival and I thought I wouldn't get to meet him. 

But as luck would have it, he wandered over to my space at a directors dinner on Friday. I tried not to geek out too much and make him uncomfortable since he doesn't like to be in the spotlight too much. Thus I kept my questions to a minimum, and in the end asked him for an autograph which he was kind enough to give me!

I don't get to meet my inspirations too often, but I'm really happy to know that Mr. Dudok De Wit is as much of a humble and kind person as I thought he would be. 

Ps: I'm totally gonna laminate this picture!!


4 Amazing days in Spain!

I am back!

So I haven't posted in a week, but that is due to me getting invited to ANIMAC 2017, the Animation Festival in Lleida Spain. It's a wonderful festival coordinated by a team of lovely volunteers, and directed by Caroline Lopez (Low left pic). 

My short-film, "Rumble in the Jungle", had it's World premiere and was screened there throughout the 4 days in the Open screen, "Short & Sweet 1" category for kids and family. And it was a LOVELY 4 days indeed. The kids came in with their mom & dads and seemed to enjoy my movie (I'm just happy nobody cried), and also the other screenings!

I myself got the chance to see some great short/feature films, met some wonderful artists and was also asked to do a couple of presentations of my film. 

I cannot recommend this festival more highly  and I'll be back there next year for sure!

Viva Animac, until 2018!













Last two pictures are taken by the Photographer, david.delvalfoto




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wendigo

"The myth says that if you ate human flesh, your punishment was to turn into a creature that constantly craved it."

No mythological creature has fascinated me more then the Wendigo. Stemming from the Native Indian mythology, it's deemed an evil spirit, but it also acts as a cautionary tale, where if you consume human flesh, the very person who commits these acts will turn into an unrecognizable monster. 

I just love the sheer unstoppable power of the creature, pretty much resembling a terminator (In nature). 

So here you are;)


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nimble - the good thief





He is Robin Hoods predecessor, in that he steals from the rich and gives to the poor! But all heroes have their Achilles heel, and Nimbles is his love of gambling. He means well but if you propose a deal to Nimble, it would be too hard to refuse. Even if it's for his own life. 

Thus, he lives his life accordingly, on the edge. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Duck hunting


Yassss! Ducks for the win!:D

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Obscurum character design





Hey guys,

I've started re-designing my characters for my short film, Obscurum. This is Kuno. The main character. I recently started a production blog on my tumblr. If you want know more, you can follow my progress there!:)

Have an awesome Thursday guys!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Obscurum - Short film








Hey guys!

I finally had the time to make a production blog on tumblr for my shortfilm, Obscurum. It's a film I've been working on now, and I wanted to share a little of that world with you guys. 

I'll be posting weekly pre-production stuff, such as storyboards, character designs and much more... 

I hope you guys will join me in this journey!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bird studies



I missed doing studies again, so here are some exotic birds for ya!:D

Friday, February 10, 2017

Storyboard panels






I've been helping out a good friend of mine on his tv-series, "Chigalum og Jakten på Den Gyldne Sugerøret", which would translate, "Chigalum, and the Hunt for the Golden Straw". It's a crazy, but funny TV-series concept my friend has been working on for almost 10 years! 

It details the misadventures of a couple of ragtag pirate skeletons and their "trusted" parrot, Hans.

Here are a couple of storyboard panels I've been working on for the last week

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Pet






Dear Santa, 

Please send me a prehistoric dinosaur for Christmas. I promise I'll play with it, feed it, and take good care of it!:D

Yours,
Mui

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Run like the wind

Who loves to run?!

Not me... but I drew a runner!:D Next best thing if you ask me...


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Colored BB

Here is the finished Beatboard. In the end, I had to churn this out quit quickly for the MIFA deadline, so it's not perfect... But I will eventually rework this soon, then Storyboard!





Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beatboard and Mifa






So I've been working extensively lately on  my shortfilm, Obscurum. It's one of my goals for this year, to get it at least production ready (even if I have to do everything myself!:D). I'm going to attend Annecy 2017... hopefully... and I'm superhappy to tell you guys that I've decided to register my shortfilm into MIFA this year. The pitch convention for shortfilm, tv-series and transmedia projects. 

The deadline is tomorrow, so I've been working hard these last days to get everything ready. Here is a little sneak peek at what I'm doing right now:)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Peruvian musician

Since this is a gift for a friend, I didn't want to post it on my blog, but I doubt she's watching 😆 

I give you a peruvian musician. I wanted to keep the line-art but still had to clean it up a bit. :) I love Peruvian clothes as well, they are so colorful and beautifully handcrafted. The patterns especially are amazing. 

Hope everyone's having a great Sunday!



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Logo design

I've been meaning to work on a logo for my company, MuiMotion, but because I'm swamped with other work I've never had the time to sit down and start the process. Luckily one of my good friends, Tom Petter Hansen, a designer in Oslo volunteered (having enough browning points from doing some free work for him in the past) and made this awesome design last night!

This isn't the final design (I think I want another color on the typo.), but I'm pretty much happy with it, from the "playful" green owl (inspired by one of my own characters), to the "professional" type. 

I will in the new future, start designing my card and perhaps even some postcards!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Portrait 7

It's been a little while since I did a portrait. I came over this portrait of a Sikh (at least  think he is a Sick) which I found fascinating. I specially love the colors of the photograph. 

Looking at it now, I could've added a bit more contrast, both in color and shape. But I'll leave it for now, and remember it for next time! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Travelling Mouse



I wish someone would pay me to travel! 😃

Hope everyone's having a great Sunday!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Little Robot



Gotta catch them all!:)

A little Saturday doodle for you guys! Hope everyone's having a great weekend.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Have a dumpling!

Mmmmmm Dumplings!

Since I bought the Kyle T Webster Megapack brushes, I never got the chance to fully explore them (I think it would take me a full day to try all of the brushes out XD). 

So since one of my resolutions this year is to do more color drawings, I thought it would be a great opportunity to finally try some of the brushes out:D

I went for a simple color scheme, hope you guys like it!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Vlad the toothless!

A little short animation for your guys. I love doing these rough little skits, as they are quick (reasonably), and you can focus more on the technical aspects of the craft instead of everything else such as lighting, background etc...

I hope everyone is having a great Friday, and those in Germany, have a great Three King's Day

Thursday, January 5, 2017

To 2017 and beyond!

I am BACK people! Woop woop!

So, after a much needed Christmas holiday, I'm superhappy to be back. Did you guys miss me? Cuz I missed you! :)

2016 is gone and dusted, and 2017 is upon us. Personally speaking, 2016 was cloudy though sprinkled with sunshine. 

Sunshine: 
1. I finished my little film, "Rumble in the Jungle", 
2. Re-opened the blog (and managed to keep it open)
3. Improved as an artist (although this is a lifelong project)
4.  Enrolled into the Oatley Academy

Clouds:
1. Not much progression on my short film, "Obscurum"
2. Could push improving in art & animation
3. Be more active at Oatley Academy

So, it looks like more sunshine then clouds, but my biggest disappointment was Obscurum. I thought I would make great progression on it, but I failed to do so. 

So I made myself an internal promise after New Years, to really improve on this fact. I will be focusing more on my film these coming months, and will create a production blog either on tumblr or facebook. So stay tuned for that! I'm really exited and positive that great stuff is gonna happen, and I hope you all will join me on this new journey!:D



Monday, December 19, 2016

Portrait study 6




Here is another portrait study... I tried to draw Emma Stone, but I don't feel like it looks like her in the end XD

But I feel the improvements for every drawing I make! Onto the next!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Kiwi's are awesome!

A fluffy little singing Kiwi!

Why?

Because you guys deserve it;)


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Michaelangelo





"Oh, and I want no anchovies. And I mean, NO anchovies. You put anchovies on this thing and you're in big trouble, okay?"

Oh Michaelangelo... you're so adorable!:D






Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Leonardo




And here we have our fearless (and maybe a little boring?) leader Leonardo! 

I know the other drawings were more dynamic, but I wanted to go another route with this one and do a perspective drawing. 


    Next one is Michelangelo!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Raphael

 "What's a guy gotta do.... to get some food around here?!"

Since I started with Donatello, I plan to draw all the Turtles (and maybe also Splinter)
Here is our hot tempered, but lovable Raphael!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Cowabungggaaaa!!!:D

Another doodle of Donnie (the best turtle of them all), this time more dynamic and in action!






Sunday, December 4, 2016



Hulk...SMAAASH!:D

A little Sunday doodle for your guys, before the weekend ends;)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Showreel 2016

Along with other projects, I finally finished putting my showreel together for 2016/17

I hope you guys like it!




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Constant the Roman warrior







Here is the final piece I recently finished!

His name is Constant, and is a born leader and a great renowned warrior of many wars.

In this piece I wanted to create a character with a strong silhouette and pose. These factors are just two of the important elements to create a good character design. Also I tried to put more thought into how I can lead the eye with detail and color.

Hope you guys like it!:D


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fu-Manchu



I wanted to experiment a little with size and line accuracy in this drawing. Getting clean lines are very hard but I'm trying to use some of Jake Parker's advice and draw on a steady surface, and to use wrist/lower/upper arm movements or different strokes!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Getting back into designing characters




Here is a little WIP shot of the next piece I'm working on:) I'm super happy to be back doing some more character design!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Boxer 2

The boxer is back! I've started to get more into Tvpaint, and I'm starting to "tame" the software to my liking! Doing quick animations such as these lets me play and explore animation from a more technical point without thinking about proper cleanup and color.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Rumble in the Jungle preview

So here it is, FINALLY! A preview of my film, "Rumble in the Jungle". It's a short which I've been working on now for roughly a year, and I'm superhappy to have finished it end of last month. I've been sending it to festivals, so I cannot post the full movie online yet.

It's been a lot of tears and joy (specially when I lost 50% of the work) but the payoff I've gotten from working on it is something irreplaceable! I hope you enjoy!


Rumble in the Jungle Preview from Muhundan Bala on Vimeo.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Boxer

I'm getting more and more into Tvpaint, and I will say that the software is starting to grow on me! Yes I still feel it's a little clunky and not so intuitive at times, but it has some great features which other softwares don't have (just importing and manipulating jpgs and bitmaps is really easy)!

Anyway, here is a small rough animation I did for some practice!

Boxer from Muhundan Bala on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Portrait sketch 5





It's been a while since I posted here mostly after doing Inktober, I needed to take a break from drawing to focus on animation. This also included finishing and  distributing my super-short film, "Rumble in the Jungle" to festivals:D

But now, I'm back, and hopefully I'll start consistently update my blog with new drawings!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

And so... it ends...

So Inktober finished 2 days ago, and unfortunately I never managed to complete the month:/ I came VERY close though, and did 24 drawings, which beats my halfhearted attempt last year! On one hand, I'm a little disappointed, but mostly I'm really happy with the effort I made in the end!

I learned so much and grew as an artist, both technically and mentally. It was hard at times and it was easy at times... but mostly... it was hard haha! I think the most important lesson I learned is an old one and known to most people. To improve, YOU. NEED. TO. PUT. IN. THE. WORK. It's as simple as that... There is no easy solutions or tutorials that can teach you that. If you do this, you'll be surprised at how fast you'll see improvements;)

And now, the drawing continues!:D Until next Inktober, seeya!