Yusuf's Demo Reel 2018

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Click here for the original version of this video (Blocked in the US); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRtibe1oP9Y - the editing makes a lot more sense, as it was done to the timing of the original song.
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So this took a fucking age! It's gone through at least 10 different iterations, but it's finally at a point where I can give up on making it any better than it is! (lol) I hope you guys enjoy. A lot of the stuff in this reel hasn't seen the light of day before now, and I'm kinda proud of most of it!

I know this is only a demo reel. But I can't tell you how good it feels to finally be uploading something here again, after almost FIVE f**king years. I love all of you guys here on NG so much. I hope to be uploading something new here very soon. Newgrounds Forever!

So stay tuned for new things coming soon! (Finally) (Hopefully) (Probably not)

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A lot of filler, but I like filler stuff sometimes you get to see some honesty from the contents context. Its sweet you seem cool AND a retro gamer I hear :3

Reviewing this bc you told me to on twitter and now I feel obligated!

You've got a lot of good stuff here but I feel like there's also a lot of filler, like at 0:17, 1:56, 2:03 and that part where it's just a blue ass stick figure walking. In the other responses you said you were trying to show off some of the unreleased stuff you did too so I guess you're aware of this already. But I concur - if you're showing this to studios you're gonna want to make sure it's all killer all the way through!

A lot of the clips use a very similar stylization where the dudes are just one color w/ no clothes. That stuff is fine but you want to make sure people don't think you're just doing that as a crutch. I know ur probably not doing it as a cheat but employers won't know that, so get some more guys with clothes in there!

^ that's all to do with the presentation though, and I'm assuming you wanted me to review the content. Well idk it all looks decent to me. I think your animation ability is stronger than your art ability, so if you really want to focus your efforts toward getting a job I'd say work on that. That was actually a pretty big problem with me for a while, but then I started doing more pencil and paper stuff and it rekindled my interest in that side of things. Find some comic artists you like and try to steal their style. As long as no one's done it in motion it's fair game! Also, if you can pull off really detail-heavy stuff in motion it looks really impressive for some reason.

Hope that helps. Keep it up!

Yusuf responds:

I'm definitely gonna be making a 1 minute studio reel when the time comes, cutting out all that practice stuff.

Yeah, the one color guy thing is a problem at this point (that I realized long before editing this reel), just because on that day I can't be bothered to put in detail and just want to focus on the animation - and then I end up animating entire sequences like that. I have no problem with drawing clothes and stuff, it's just the way a lot of my animating has gone.

My animation is absolutely my strong suit, and I know I have to put in some serious time to develop my art ability and general style. I just need to draw more, I've really fallen out of it in recent years - I guess I have the same problem you once had. Pencil and paper is a great suggestion because I find myself putting in a lot more effort and care when I have to use a physical medium, especially when doing life drawing, which has helped train me somewhat in drawing faster with more confidence and energy - I just need to get more used to it and start doing it all the time.

I always hated having to do the detailed stuff at school, cos something that would take someone else a couple hours would take me 10. It would come out looking good, but I'd end up hating my life and everything about it! Hopefully animating detailed stuff will be different, what with all the digital crutches.

Thanks a lot for your time man! I'll be keeping all your words in mind.


So this was actually notbad at all, I like that you have "DIFFERENT" stuff on here like this one, and all the random stuff so its a good demo reel, you should make more demo reels like this or some colab types, nayways nice history of work, hope to see much more from you.

you should make more demo reels like this or some colab types


Lotsa expressions! :) Pretty smooth showcase here with good audio to back it up, fading away professionally sometimes to make way for that background audio... not a bad mix. Would've been cool if there was more variation with style and scenery, but it is what you make that you make it after all! Not bad.


Yusuf responds:

Hopefully once I started getting pushed into animating for other people's projects, I'll have more variety in style to show off. I can adapt pretty easily, I just don't have a reason to change my style right now, haha. Thanks man.

That's a lot of pretty nice work, you've definitely done more experimenting than me at your age. Pretty nice for such an early showreel! Something I would advise you to do though is cutting it shorter; you only want your absolute best work in there! For most showreels it's best to only last around 1 minute, which would make your work shine even more. I really liked the bginning and there were some nice chunks in the middle. But shouldn't put unfinished pieces or exercises (unless they rock!) & get rid of anything with VO if it's not to showcase your lipsync.
Like I said, your work is pretty great, you can easily showcase you skill with half of the material! Be brave and cut it down, I guarantee you it'll make you drown in cash and chicks and stuff
Hope that helps ☺

Yusuf responds:

Thank you! Yeah this was mostly just to showcase absolutely everything that was even slightly worth showing. I’m going to be editing it down later as a version I can send to studios - this was only so long because I wanted to post it on my channels and a lot of it is previously unseen stuff. I’ll be taking your feedback into full consideration!

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3.33 / 5.00

Nov 4, 2018
12:34 PM EST
Music Video
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