It is so strange, I find, that every time you change your workplace, move to a better position or finish your contract with a company, you realize that you end up with the same people that you started with! I was working as a color stylist and a painter for animation and children’s books in my home country, Iraq. We started in Baghdad as a small group working in a tiny animation office. After that, whenever we found a chance, we got a better project or to tried an better place. We found that we always ended up together again! Even when we left Iraq because of the war, we were in Turkey working together in a cinema animation.


So, here I want to talk about a special artist who worked with me from the first year I started working in the animation field, 1998. We worked together at more than 6 place, in Baghdad, then in Turkey and now both of us in the United States, but in different states. Maybe we will work together again because it looks like destiny... The name of this artist is Yasir Salman. He is an animator and a character designer and if anyone interested in his work you can see it here.

Yasir’s drawing

We were thinking while we were in Turkey that we would be so lucky to be in the US, because it would be one of the most excellent places to have a chance at working in animation and graphics. We still believe in this and are running for the opportunity to work in American animation....