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I'm Ben. I'm an illustrator + animator based in Los Angeles, currently on staff at BuzzFeed. Previously at Nickelodeon and DreamWorks. I subsist on peach-pear LaCroix, Popeyes' spicy chicken tenders, and memes about RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Born and raised near Chicago, I earned my BA at Tulane University, and graduated with my MFA from the Animation Workshop at the UCLA School of Theater, Film + Television. I’ve made illustrated and animated content that’s been shared over 28 million times on BuzzFeed’s Snapchat Discover channel and Instagram Stories. I've worked on projects for clients ranging from Subaru to Superfruit, and have had short films featured as part of the New Orleans Film Festival, the UCLA Director's Spotlight, and the BAFTA US Student Film Awards shortlist.

This, this, and this are my current favorite dog videos.

Sorry I drew so many butts. 

CONTACT: ben.j.haist@gmail.com