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A collection of animation and illustrations created for clients both commercial and private, from my most recent works to as far back as 2003 and beyond. For more information on the clients or process behind each composition, check out the Artist's Comments section, and please feel free to leave comments or questions of your own.

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A collection of my favourite works, created by other members of the DeviantArt Community who draw better than me.
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Ben McSweeney
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
A production artist specializing in the development of animation, sequential art, concept art, narrative and character illustration since 1995.

Currently serving as a Storyboard Artist at Floyd County Productions. Previously a Storyboard Artist and Key Animator at Bento Box Atlanta, helping to build the third season of their hit series The Awesomes, streaming now on Hulu. Most recently published as an illustrator in Shadows of Self, fifth in the Mistborn series of novels by Brandon Sanderson.
Look, it's a new animation reel!

Examples of animated content produced from 2005-2014. Mostly new footage, but there's a few old bits I just can't give up. :D

In all of the traditionally-animated sequences collected here I served as Key Animator, if not full Animator. Often that's included the choreography and layout of the action as well a drawing the frames. Scenes for The Awesomes were produced in Toonboom Harmony, all other sequences animated with Photoshop and composed in AfterEffects (sequences prior to 2007 produced with finely-ground minerals pressed into pulped and pressed wood shavings).

For Darksiders II I acted as the Cinematics Director, coordinating and guiding the production of animated story sequences. Sequences were animated by teams both internal as well as outsourced, domestic and international. Animation for these sequences were produced either by the dedicated crew at Plastic Wax Australia or the talented team at Vigil Games (circa 2012, now scattered).

Sequences were animated by keys (no mocap) in 3DS Max and imported to the engine, actively integrating live assets within the game to allow for custom appearances and seamless transitions from cinematic to gameplay. It's tricky stuff, man, buy me a drink sometime and I'll tell you all about it.

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Life continues to be interesting, and eventful. 2015 marks the start of many new adventures.



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xKaseix Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I love the work you've done for Mr. Sanderson, how cool to be a part of something that will be enjoyed for generations! It sounds like you get to work on a lot of fun projects based on your info, can't wait to see more. And thanks for sharing it with us here! :D
8one6 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Just want to say that I love the work you did for Fantasy Craft. I recently picked up the book and the illustrations are awesome!
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

That job was a milestone for me, and I still work with Crafty Games seven years later. They've been great. :D
Fepuno Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
your work is amazing! I stumbled upon your gallery due to a recent search of the mistborn titles (amazing books i'm currently reading) and i must say you have a great style! Inspiring stuff for a rookie like me! Cheers
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Delighted to have stumbled upon your work here. I shall greatly look forward to seeing further additions to your gallery.
Jasperinity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Happy birthday! :D
Wreck-ItRalph Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
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c4rlos87 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2015
Really want to buy some artwork from the way of kings, any suggestions where?
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hello! I'm terribly sorry about the delay in response!

I'm afraid there aren't a lot of options for original artwork from this books so far, all of Shallan's work is produced digitally with the exception of preliminary drafts and sketches that are often very different (and much rougher) than the final art. And most of those are buried in the pages of sketchbooks. :D

Any official prints and merchandise can be found at Brandon's store online, at

We do put out all sorts of new and obscure stuff throughout the year, so check and see what they have. If there's something you want that they're not selling, let them know!
wahay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Going through my old dA friends to see what's up. Seems you've been busy creating amazing work, as always! :D
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