Hello, my name is Sapir Badihi, 26, and I currently work at Snowball Studio, Tel Aviv, Israel.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a special interest in art and movement. I danced ballet as a child and practiced photography and painting, but I was never able to combine movement and art; until you find the animation.
The first time I thought of animation as an opportunity to practice both of my favorite interests, it was pure luck. I was walking around and I happened upon a small animation college called IAC so I decided to go in and have a look.
The first person I met inside (who happens to be my future modeling teacher) offered me an interview to see if I was fit to study there. Long story short, those 3 years of study were a really difficult and exciting experience that made me realize that everything I've done so far has been preparing me for this kind of career.
When I was in my senior year, my animation teacher (who strongly believed in me and helped me a lot) convinced me to send my showreel to a well-known studio in Israel, Snowball. I didn't believe I would be accepted, I didn't think I was good enough, but I did, and since I started working it's been the most exciting experience I've ever had. I've been working there for over a year and I've had the chance to participate in a beautiful Disney production, and I've already started to get involved in some amazing new projects.
Since I started my career as an animator, my life feels like a roller coaster (but I like roller coasters), I had to fulfill my dream and mix my favorite things – art and movement. Every day, I continue to grow and learn more in this huge field, and I'm never surprised at how much there is to learn and evolve.
I'm happy to share with you my first work on ZBrush. I had so much fun creating this character - Dee dee from Dexter Labs, while watching shows from my childhood and diving into nostalgia, with one of my most memorable characters from the 90's TV screen. This work symbolizes for me more a step, on the path of development in the amazing world of animation.
3D Animator - Currently working at Snowball Studio - Tel Aviv, Israel