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!





Monday, October 31, 2016

Main Poster

Sorry I haven't posted so much here lately since I'm currently enjoying a much needed vacation time.

I can't show you guys my finished supershort film, (I've been sending it to festivals), but I wanted to show you what I've been working on in the meantime.

I giveth thee the main poster for "Rumble in the Jungle"





Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bouncing Orvill

Here is a little something different. I never really liked Tvpaint... last time I tried it, I wanted to pull out my hair. :/ But I wanted to give it another chance, and created this little loop animation of a bouncing Orvill!:D

Ps: I still dislike Tvpaint, but will try to tame the software one day!


Jump like Orvill! from Muhundan Bala on Vimeo.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Flight - Day 20

- Orvill never tried this contraption... He remember the old crazy man and his assistant telling him to handle with care, and to stay away from water. Orvill couldn't fly, but boy didnt he give the other birds a run for their money!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wreck - Day 19

It was huge but broken... and floating  silently in the ocean, but Orvill was not scared, more excited that he'd discovered this new found treasure!



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rock - Day 18

- ROOOOCK.... AND ROOOOLL



Burned - Day 17

- Too much charcoal lighter


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Surprise - Day 16

- Indie had been on countless adventures, tombs and old ruins. This golden idol could be worth millions, but for him it would be the next key to his treasure... but little did he count on a little green owl.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Broken - Day 15




- The giant moaned and groaned, almost like a small earthquake. But Orvill wasn't afraid and just shushed him and tightened the splint. There, it's done. the giant moaned, but abruptly stopped and looked at his broken leg. The pain was better... He laughed and looked at Orvill. The owl joined in!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Squeeze Day 14


- Sometimes... you just need a hug. And sometimes, you need a BEARhug!:D

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Collector", Day 13

- Deep in the alcove of his home, Orvill put away his latest find, an old worn out jacket. Some people might look at these items and laugh, but for Orvill they were treasures he's collected on his many travels




Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sad - Day 12




"The forest was quiet. The animals came down one by one, paying their respect. They surrounded her angelic body while it was slowly lowered into the water. Although lost to them now... she would always remain their beloved queen."

Transportation - Day 11










: I know I'm a few days behind, but will hopefully catch up this weekend;)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wet - Day 10



"Aaaah... relaxing is something Orvill loved the most, but he couldn't shake the feeling of someone was watching...


Monday, October 10, 2016

"Battle" - Day 9

Wraaaaahhh! He screamed while charging! This doll of hey has met his match! BANG! SMASH! He sliced it in two with his wooden sword and stood victorious with one foot ontop of the broken dummy!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Slow - Day 8

Slow - Day 8

"The race had lasted for almost one week, but STILL the forest inhabitants cheered and yelled for the two racers, both of them JUST coming up neck an neck! Who would win? 

Well... 

we might actually never find out"



Friday, October 7, 2016

Day 6 & 7








So  I'm a little bit behind Inktober now, but I hope to catch back up this weekend. Being a little sick, plus other commitments hasn't quit helped out the situation. But I got two drawings for you, for day 6 & 7. Will post today's one a little later;)

"Lost"

























"Little"


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Day 4 & 5








I attracted the "dread" flue this weekend, so unfortunately I missed being on time with Day 4 of Inktober, so im bundling it together with day 4 & 5;). 

"Orvill had to hide... hide FAST. They came out at night, eyes glowing red like fire, and claws sharp as knives! They didn't make a sound, but hunted with purpose"


Day 4 - Scared


















- "Aaah, this was the life... all he needed was his trusted ukulele and a place to sleep. It was his favorite hobby... after eating and collecting that is".

Day 5 - Relax



Monday, October 3, 2016

Tree_Day 3

"There is nothing greater then to have an old friend who keeps you company in one of your 
JAM sessions"



Sunday, October 2, 2016

"BIG"- Day 2




Inktober day 2

"Poor Orvill, he just wanted to return the egg he found in the forest, but he didn't realize that... mommy might be home"

Saturday, October 1, 2016

"FAST" day 1

Inktober is finally here and I'm super excited:D!

After some back and forth with myself, I decided to visit an old friend from a few years back, namely my children series character, Orvill, the tenacious green owl. I'm going to use the theme LIST which Jake Parker posted last week and draw different scenarios in which Orvill will visit:D 

This is the first theme, "FAST". 




















Ukelele time!:D







A few months back I ordered a Ukelele from amazon, and I JUST got it last week!:D Whohoo!
I always wanted to learn how to play the instrument and although I'm quit musically inept... (just ask my piano teacher), I thought I would finally take the plunge.

I feel it's also important to have a hobby... so many animators/artists think drawing and animating are hobbies, but I think its equally important to have something totally detached from your main passion. Something which can take your mind off and give you that zen feeling when you're having an off day!

So, let me ask you, what is YOU'RE hobby? I think I just found mine;)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Portrait sketch 4

I wanted to make use of my charcoal pad I bought a few weeks ago, because I wanted to try charcoal again (Charcoal was my medium of choice in art uni).

Here is a portrait of Audrey Hepburn, but in the end she kinda doesn't look like her... maybe a little in the eyebrows:P Still, I had a lot of fun working on this one!

Monday, September 26, 2016

End credits





Working on the end credit of my short film, "Rumble in the Jungle"! It also gives me some time to explore some of the brushes in Kyle T Websters Megabrush pack:D. I specially love
the "charcoal brush" and "Rough Inker"

Ps: I'm still not 100% sold on the type, it's okay, but still doesn't fit the film itself, so I might design something on my own...


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Almost at the finishing line










Woop woop!:D 

I finally (officially) finished the animation for my little animated sketch, which I've been working on for a good year. Usually one wouldn't spend so much time on a 1 minute sequence, but considering I lost 50% of the work halfway through, I'm very happy and proud of the results! 

I never thought that a small idea of an Elephant walking would turn into a 1 minute sketch between a Mouse and an Elephant, but I've learned SO much during this process. Everything from pushing the 12 principles of animation, to staging/choreography, to some minor compositing effects. 

The next plan is to put it through comp, then add music and sound! After that... 

FESTIVALS baby!:D





Monday, September 19, 2016

Caricature 1

" Do you believe in Jesus... Well you're going to meet him" 
                     - Bronson

Caricature was never really my strong suit, or at least not something I usually draw, but I 
wanted to delve in and see what I can come up with!:) In the end, I like the drawing but know that I can push the lines so much more... 

But again, it was really refreshing to draw like this, it teaches you to pay attention to the strokes you make, and also to study human faces:) Will do much more of these in the near future!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bigfoot hunters




They say illustrations which connects most with us has a story to them. This is what I'm trying to delve more into, pushing my drawing skills, composition and the story in my pictures. I don't think its a new concept, but I quit like the comedy and dramatic elements in the drawing.

 I will definitely try to color this later.:)

Monday, September 12, 2016



Skål! Prost & Cheers!:D Another drawing for ya, touched up in Photopop. It's not quit Friday yet, but oh well, never too late for one beer:P

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Past vs Present

So I re-started this blog almost a half a year ago, when I started to draw more and more in my sketchbooks. I am a huge fan of Jake Parker, and follow his YouTube channel religiously, and in one of this videos he talks about artist growth, and how every artist should "draw every day" to see improvements. 

I wanted to try this, and although I fell off multiple times, I've still tried to keep a steady pace of blog updates an managing my social life with my friends!

So I decided to see how much I've improved (and where I've stepped back:P), with comparing past vs present! Woop Woop! I chose the first drawing I posted here when I re-started the blog:



                  Jan, 2016


                            August, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Hippie Girl




I'm slowly moving into Digital painting again and its quite a wonderful feeling!:D
I'm more then a bit rusty with the brush and color in Photoshop, but practice makes
perfect ey;)

More to come soon!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

People sketching 1







Some more people sketching at my local cafe. I'm super happy that I've managed to make this a regular event, it really frees your mind artistically, and its kinda therapeutic in a way too. You learn a lot about where you are technically as an artist, the improvements and what you need to work on.

Personally I feel I've gotten more confident in my lines and strokes, but I still feel I look at the people too much. Its better to look ones or twice and memories the rest. :)

Plus, next time I'll try to draw more people from different angles :P

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Here be monsters! RAWR!!








I think everyone one of us believed in Monsters when we were young, animators/artists just keep believing it even 'til we're 100. :D

I have the privilege to work with a talented artist such as Tim Dowling, everyone go and check out his art page on facebook here! (you can also buy the book on Amazon) He's SUPER talented, and has made this awesome children's book "The Truth about Monsters".

If you ever wondered how monsters REALLY are , then you should totally get this book, the art is amazing, and the story is super cute and original.

I'll definitely be passing this onto my little niece... after I've read it of course!;P

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A good day!











Oooh yeah!!! "I have EXCERSIIIISED the DEMONS!!! Happy day! WOOP WOOP!

Woo... ehm, sorry. But it IS a happy day, because ladies and gentlemen, my kickstarter award for
"Master of Anatomy book 2&3" campaign is finally here, and it looks AMAZING! A lot of controversy has gone into this campaign after the creators hit a snag with the e-books awards (which I also initially applied for), but all in all, this is the next best thing.

I haven't had the time to look through the books extensively, but from what I've seen it looks really good, from all the different artists participation, to the character designs themselves. One of the con's was the thickness of the paper, some said it was quit thin, so you saw the drawings through the pages, although this is true, but personally, it doesn't really bother me so much.

In the end, I'm superhappy that I got to contribute to this campaign, with an awesome payback! If you want to check out the kickstarter, you can see it HERE.

No if you'll excuse me, I need some private time with my books!:P

Monday, August 29, 2016

Chris Oatley and the awesome academy!












So I joined the Oatley Academy a couple of weeks ago, and I'm SUPER excited! Woop Woop!

If some of you aren't familiar with it, its an online school for artists who wants to pursue Concept Art, Comics, Illustration and other branches within Digital Arts developed by the awesome Chris Oatley. I found out about the school, from my friend Kenneth (you can check his blog here ) last year, but I wanted to wait a little before trying it out. 

I've only been part of the school for two weeks, but already feel the warmth and support of the community, both from the other artists and the admins and teachers!

I'm doing the "Self taught course", this way I can still work on my other projects and also do the course at my own pace. 

I always wanted to delve more into the world of concept art and painting in Photoshop, and can't WAIT  for you guys to join me in this exiting new journey!

Here is a small still life which I worked on, in a "Lets Draw Together" session over skype!

More to come soon!




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beatboard panel, Obscurum






So for a while now, I've been working on my shortfilm (right now, as much as I can), Obscurum.

A film about overcoming fears and friendship.

I recently started working on the beat board for the film, I just wanted to show you guys a WIP. The progress is slow, but I'm SUPER HAPPY that its moving forward.

Hope you like it!:)


Monday, August 22, 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider

"I HATE tombs"
- Lara Croft

I feel I'm getting more comfortable with the brush pen and also less sloppy. There are some places where I could tighten the drawing up a bit more (anatomically and technically) but all in all, I'm happy with the sketch. 

:) 





"I love the smell of burned fuel in the morning"
- Trip, Steampunk Mechanic