Thanks for stopping my by site. My name’s Benjamin Slack. I’m a freelance artist and character animator. I’ve a wide variety of interests and skills (detailed below) that I can put to work for you on your project, be it large or small. Please feel free to have a look about and contact me with information about the job you have in mind. Together, we’ll realize your vision. Thanks again for your attention.
Turning an inanimate puppet into a thinking being, the illusion of life, is accomplished by careful observation, application of core principles of motion, and nuanced emotional performance. Through planning, craft and reflection on feedback, I can help you tell your story, whatever it may be.
Rigging is an art all on its own. It's a highly technical task involving many sub-skills and a requires an analytic mind. My mathematics and programming background are invaluable in getting into the nuts and bolts and setting up puppets that work well in production. My knowledge of character animation helps me tailor those assets to your animators' needs.
Illustration and Concepting
I work with the computer as my medium, but that doesn't mean my work looks digital. I can craft your image, in the style you want and exceed your expectations. Whether your project is just a small one off avatar concept or a full blown graphic novel, I can help you to realize your vision.
Twenty years in graphics and pre-press allows me to know the production pipeline from inception to finished product. I have the technical skills to make sure your project's end result is exactly as your design proofs promised it would be. I can help you navigate the arcane byways of print and web publishing.
David BakerProgram Coordinator / Ferris State University
In a couple words, Ben ‘gets it’. He was always on time and on target with his classroom activities and helped to grow the KVCC animation program with material beyond my skills. His work exhibits creativity, craftsmanship and critical thinking. He worked well in our team and exchanged ideas freely making him sought after by his students and peers. I invite you to look at his portfolio as evidence of a talented and driven media artist.
Audrey LipseyExecutive Director / Crescendo Academy of Music
Ben was instrumental in the development of our newly launched website, designing the template and customizing it to specifications developed by the Crescendo board of directors marketing committee.