Rob Sassi

Stop Motion Animator, Illustrator, Painter, and Musician based in LA.

If you want work done, such as commissions, or you just wanna chat, feel free to shoot me an email at or stay updated on new work with twitter @StopRobSassi.

DISCLAIMER (Copyright): None of the art on my blog can be used or reproduced without permission from me.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#Inktober 2017

This year for #Inktober, I decided to try to compile a comic panel each day with a loosely scripted story. I was really excited with how the concept developed as I was trying to find a medium between feeling comfortable stylistically while telling an interesting story with a twist of dark humor.
I plan to try this again with another isolated story in December.

I eventually would like to create a print version of this story, but you can check out the whole thing on my Instagram feed or search #PoliticallyIndirect.

Here are samples of the first four panels!
Vijay: "ugh..."
Vijay: "What in the hell was that...!"
Vijay: “Is that person running, on fire?!!”
Vijay: “What just happened to this place…!!! It’s all rubble!"

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Behind the Scenes (#StopMotionSeptember)

I had some creative ideas that I tried to execute during #StopMotionSeptember. While I was using Modibots figures for most of them, I did end up building a few fun puppets in the process. Regardless of the outcome, they all brought a learning experience.
Above is a simple paper puppet I made for the day theme "Float." I wasn't entirely satisfied with how the animation ended up turning out. Maybe one day I will re-shoot it.

One of the days theme was "Fly" and I really enjoyed the crow puppets I built years back when I did the "Byrd VS Gravity" short film. This little guy was inspired from that part of my brain. ;)
Above are a few different angles of the initial armature I built. I simply used coiled aluminum wire and epoxy for the main skeleton. Following that, I built out a lot of the hollow areas with aluminum foil, so it could be light and easier for me to add a coat of Sculpey.
Above is right before I baked the lil' guy.

I actually live-streamed myself painting it after the bake on Instagram Live.
But I do have a periscope broadcast of me gluing the feathers on.
Some shots of the finished bird on its rig before shooting.
I am glad I built this guy! He is super cool. :)

Check out my previous post to see the clips of him in the compilation!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Stop Motion September

So I caught the tail-end of a monthly animation challenge that happened last month called #StopMotionSeptember and I wanted to share a compilation of the tests I did for the month.
The idea behind it was that you had a day to complete an animation that included the theme of the day. An example of a theme would be the action to swing, walk, or lift .

I had fun and plan to connect back to stop animation in the near future.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Some Character Designs

I've been experimenting a lot with character design and realized I haven't really been updating my website with drawings I've been doing. I am going to try to change that.
Here are some I did earlier this year that kind of have a consistent theme going on!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Love Yourself

If you ever lose love, 
Don’t go looking for it.
Reach inside and try to recreate what you think you lost.
You are love.
You can’t lose you.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Observational Drawings

Woah! Time flies when you're trapped in a routine at a mundane job!
I assure you that I have been still working on art, but it's been hectic these past few months.
Today I would like to update this blog by sharing a few observational drawings I did in my sketchbook.

I've been really into working looser and trying to put less emphasis on everything being perfect.

If you would like to see more regular updates, I post a lot of Instagram! @stoprobsassi

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sketchbook Dump (Brush pen)

Hey there viewer! I finished up a sketchbook recently so I scanned in a few pages and then made a compilation of the ones I liked! I was trying to sketch with a brush pen and stop stressing on making everything perfect. Commit. Generally, just trying to loosen up a bit.
I drew most of these on my bus commute... ha!