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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Get Over It, Puppy
July 24, 2019
Some tough love, Puppy style. Tribute to Ruiner. Made with Toon Boom Harmony. I really dig the cyberpunk art and environments in this game.
200 Twitter Followers!
July 21, 2019
To thank my 200 Twitter followers, I'm introducing my new character: Blight, the dragon!
Character Design Challenge!
July 2, 2019
I decided to finally submit some art to the Character Design Challenge. This month's theme was "ninja cats!" I drew on some inspiration from Kung Fu Panda designs. "They had been expecting her. But this time, she knew she was ready..."
White & Black
November 30, 2018
Black & White
November 28, 2018
I've been wanting to do some concepts in pure black and white for a while now.
RIP, Stan Lee
November 14, 2018
When I heard Stan Lee had passed I decided to revisit an old sketch I had started of my favorite Stan Lee superhero, Silver Surfer. Like many creatives, Stan's characters were a big inspiration to me. I may continue to flesh this out until I can make a print out of it. It was hard to pick a quote because he has so many good ones.
Big Hero 6 - GoGo Animation
July 23, 2018
Now that the Big Hero 6 episode "Mr. Sparkles Loses His Sparkle" has aired, I can share this brief head turn I in-betweened for GoGo. It was fun to think about how her hair should rotate. I love the style of this show and was super excited to work on it.
Caelith Doodles
December 27, 2017
So after working on Season 1 of Big Mouth while at Titmouse, I am now employed at Walt Disney Television Animation as a Technical Director! The job has been exciting, and I get to do most of my work in my favorite program - Toon Boom Harmony. At the same time, I haven't stopped working on my personal projects. Here are some sketches of Caelith that I didn't hate too much, as I try to get more familiar with her helmet and filter tube. Her Toon Boom rig has slowed down recently while my wife and I try to wrap our heads around using Javascript for the new Toon Boom Master Controllers. I did recently finish adding 40 drawing swaps for her hands though, at different positions and angles.
Inktober: Blink-31 Day 09
October 12, 2017
Inktober: Blink-31 Day 08
October 9, 2017
Inktober: Blink-31 Day 07
October 8, 2017
Inktober: Blink-31 Day 06
October 6, 2017

Inktober: Blink-31 Day 05
October 5, 2017
Inktober: Blink-31 Day 04
October 5, 2017
Inktober: Blink-31 Day 03
October 4, 2017
Inktober: Blink-31 Day 02
October 2, 2017
Inktober: Blink-31 Day 01
October 2, 2017

Presenting "Blink-31" for Inktober. This is Day 01. Happy October!

Wishling Revisited
July 21, 2017
A new take I've been wanting to do on the Toon Boom Wishling concept. Not sure why I love exploding eyelashes so much. Wishling-2C In other news - I am still working on a rig for Caelith from the animated short (below). It's definitely turning into a potentially powerful and reusable rig. I'll admit that the original inspiration for the short was a Soundgarden song... so, the recent death of Chris Cornell took a lot of wind out of the sails for that project. But the idea has a life of its own, and I'll be posting more updates on that soon. Also, other announcements on the way.
Shaking Off the Rust
March 31, 2017
Some quick roughs I did for Caelith. Depending on how rigging goes, I might not have to do cleanup. Caelith_Test1
ARMSmasters Patreon
March 21, 2017
Hey, I want to give a shout out to an extremely talented animator friend of mine who just launched his Patreon. Michael Winn of Alpha Omega Animation Design has experience in many areas of the animation industry, including studio, freelance, and teaching, and is developing an original property called ARMSmasters. Lots of content has already been produced, from concept sketches to fully colored and produced animation, with more on the way!


Your support could be a great way to get a look at the kind of artwork that goes into animation development, not to mention getting to see more of the cast of ARMSmasters, and Winn's uniquely anatomical drawing skill. Check it out, and spread the word!
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