About Jamal Sullivan

profpicI am passionate about art and passionate about animation. The creation of animation as art is a worthwhile and necessary endeavor, and certainly what I strive to create in my finished work.

As an artist, I am very much interested in continuing to explore animation as art as well as expand my practical knowledge of animation as craft. My personal focus is on character animation and visual storytelling. Moving forward I am creating work that incorporates many different digital and traditional medium together to create artwork that is kinetic and malleable. I am also dedicated to helping students realize their potential and become dedicated members of the animation community. I believe in providing guidance and inspiration. Access and example are important parts of my teaching philosophy. Curiosity about how to uniquely move forward becomes a necessary trait in my classrooms.

As a professor, I stress independent thinking and constant practice of craft. My students are encouraged to expand their abilities and explore innovative approaches to creating engaging and powerful animated imagery. I have worked different jobs in many different types of animation pipeline, including 3D visual effects, 3D animated feature, 2D cartoon, and 3D web-based. This wealth of different experience has made me an accomplished 3D animator and modeler and a strong digital illustrator. I am also a confident generalist with a good understanding of many different ways of problem solving.

Along with my classroom and commercial experience, I have a strong interest in community service. I periodically do workshops or example lectures with different youth organizations locally. Ultimately, I am interested in creating powerful and meaningful imagery and helping other artists achieve their goals in animated imagery.

My Curriculum Vitae is here.

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  1. George Alexander says:

    I am a fan of your artwork, i been a 3d modeler for about 7 years now and i find inspiration in other artist such as yourself. very nice portfolio. i have a Facebook with some of my artwork on there if your interested in looking at it. Again thank you for the inspiration :0)

  2. amtul Badi says:

    Wow, iam so impressed with your portfolio and the person you are, my cousin is bless to have a wonderful spirit in her life as you are with her. Peace Amtul

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Shapeways prints ordered

I recently prepared three models for printing via shapeways. http://www.shapeways.com

the Big Blue Boy Scout from Jamal Sullivan on Vimeo.

version of the joker from Jamal Sullivan on Vimeo.

punk duck full model from Jamal Sullivan on Vimeo.

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the Big Blue Boy Scout part 2

The modeling for this character is complete! You can see a turntable of the model here:

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Vail Film Festival 2012

I recently had occassion to attend the Vail Film Festival. I created the animated pre-roll of the festival logo and sponsors.
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the Big Blue Boy Scout

supes and his cape

I’m modeling a very familiar character for a 3D fan film, Superman, or as I’ve seen Batman call him “the big blue boy scout”. Here are a few images of the model in progress as well as a turntable of the current look of the model.
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Demo Reel 2012


This demo reel showcases some of the work I have been involved in. Unless otherwise indicated, I did all of the work presented. I work in 3D animation, primarily using Maya currently. I also am quite familiar with 3D Studio and to a lesser extent SoftImage XSI. I am extremely proficient in many of the Adobe Creative Suite applications.
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3d turntables on vimeo

I’ve posted some turntables of some models @ vimeo. I’ve embedded them here:

self portrait turntable from Jamal Sullivan on Vimeo. Details »

Modeling a punk duck

Here is an original character I came up with sketching for a class one day.

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