We had the good fortune of connecting with Umaimah Damakka and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Umaimah, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I currently just started my career as an animation artist. I recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s in Animation. I want to be an Art Director; that is the end goal for me. Right now, I am a color designer for Disney TV Animation, and it is a perfect path to being an art director. In most cases, they start as color artists or as background artists; of course, this isn’t a set-in-stone rule; art directors can come from any side of Animation.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe what stands out in my art is what inspires the work that I’m doing now as a color designer. One thing that I’ve always loved in art is the colors. I love bright, loud colors; I love muted pastels; I love dull, grayish tones. I love how much of a story we can pull from the color of a scene on screen. And I try to push that in my work. At first, I was only focusing on designing characters. But, I recently discovered a love of painting backgrounds, which drives me to play around with lighting, moods, values, and much more. It’s like I’m discovering this whole new world of art and falling in love with it all over again.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think the first place I’ll take them to is Midtown. Midtown is so inspiring in the sense that as an artist and as someone that’s into designing characters, you see all types of people there. And just from looking at them, you’re able to create storylines for these people based on their expressions or body language. I will take them to my favorite places in Midtown, like Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe; I love getting their white Frappuccino. (with extra whipped cream, of course). And I love going to Blicks to buy art materials that I will probably never use. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?