Umair Khatri – Winner in META 2015 Innovation Video

Umair Khatri from Pakistan is our META winner for Innovation video category. He study Bachelor in Commerce and study 2 years and 6 months Diploma from Arena Multimedia and got a 3 year job in Sharp Image, a production house in Pakistan. Umair is an expert 3D Artist and currently working as Senior 3D Animator at Dunya News. His overall experience in CG field focus on animation, motion graphics and art direction.

The challenges in making any digital art is always part of a 3D artist career. What’s more exciting to the 3D artist are their focus – to shine and give life to their creations. Our team is totally proud that Middle East Talents Awards becomes part of your career path, that’s why we are looking forward to discover more of your talents and creativity through this platform.

Take a look on our short interview with Umair Khatri as he talks about his winning video piece “Tag Heuer Formula 1”:

  1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

“I got inspiration from artists around the world.”

  1. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

“The most difficult thing is to make a good concept art and implement it. In my piece, I discover and experiment with new tools to accomplish those artworks.”

  1. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

“I created a Ramzan Ident for (Dunya Television Network, Pakistan).”  https://www.behance.net/gallery/38174913/Rooh-e-Ramzan-2016-By-Dunya-News

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  1. What is your goal?

“I want to be a VFX artist in future.”

  1. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

“Always keep hard working and be sincere with your work.”

Middle East Talents Awards and Pixelhunters team are proud to see your works in META. We strongly believe in talents of each digital artists. The fascinating art and visuals we see in games, videos and animated films are all possible because of our digital and 3D artists across the world. Congratulations again and keep creating arts!

Mrityunjay Bhardwaj – Winner in META 2015 Innovation Still

Our winner for META Innovation still  category is Mrityunjay Bhardwaj from India. He is a CG artist for 4 years and he loves what he do.

Middle East Talents Awards proves that there are so many digital artist looking and waited for an opportunity to showcase their works. Certainly, CG and digital art world is huge and we are happy that META digital artist community is growing more every year. With META, our team have witnessed different styles and creativity – from modeling, texturing, animating, rendering and more.

Take a look on the winning art piece “The Tranquility of Human Nature” by Mrityunjay Bhardwaj. Here’s our short interview with him:

  1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

My main inspiration was you guys – the Human and the Mask for the surroundings and the true composition of humanity remaining in our heart.”

“The winning piece is an innovative approach to represent the humanity into a grass ball and its relation with its surrounding. Description, I am really obsessed with society and people – how we act, how we behave and I want to express my observation through ART. I observed that sometimes people are happy and full and dense like this tree but deep inside or in their true reflection they are empty or not dense enough as u can see in the reflection of the tree over the glassball. 2nd thing that I’ve noticed is that when we closely observe ourselves like the society and people nowadays, we become greedy and more ruthless and that composition is represented by these 2 dragons sitting in yin and yang position. The 1st dragon which is covered with grass represent the true happiness, joy in ourselves and the second is a stone dragon which comprises the hardness, ruthlessness or sadness inside the human being. That’s why it occupies the 70 of the glass ball while the heart and the green one occupies only 30 in our heart.”

  1. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

“Apart from some technical difficulties, the most difficult part is to find a way to strongly express my observations through pixels which includes finding the correct form/structures and choosing the correct color pallet to convey the emotion and that feeling so that the viewer get to know the aesthetics of my observations clearly.”

  1. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

“One of my favorites are “The last selfie”. This artwork is the clear representation of the pressure of marks among the students. Here’s the link: http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/2627.

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Another one is “The morning light”, an archviz with a sublime mood (it is an experiment of my archviz skills and mood/color). Here’s the link: http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/2626.”

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  1. What is your goal?

“As an artists, we have the power to depict anything through our art and as an artist. I want to show the world what is really happening in ourselves and to our surroundings through my artworks.”

  1. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

“Don’t let your age describe about yourself. Never let yourself feel that you are too young for this and that. And in context of digital art, never stop learning. There are always new things to learn. Do experiments. Make your own style and show the world who you are. All the best for your endeavors.”

Middle East Talents Awards and Pixelhunters team are proud of your work. With your young age, we have seen your talents and we believe that you will do more great works in the future. Our team will look forward to see more inspiring works from you. Congratulations!

Andrew Dous – Winner in META 2015 Motivational Video

Andrew Dous, our winner for META Motivational video category was born and raised in a family of doctors and engineers, yet he decided to pursue a career in design. His Egyptian roots have influenced his design as he combine cultural heritage with modern design. He grow up in Dubai which also helped him to develop a dynamic, versatile style that is constantly evolving.

Middle East Talents Awards team is happy to know each of the winners. Knowing their strengths, skills and specialization inspires our team as well as the digital artist community. We strongly believe that creating digital art will come out stunning especially when an artist put love and passion to the work.

Let’s get to know Andrew Dous and his winning motivational video “Adam” through our short interview with him:

  1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

“This piece was my senior project in my university. We were given the theme “Dubai Creek” and asked to create a project that would relate. I started my research and focused on that the creek served as a network that connected Dubai to the rest of the world. Later I focused on the concept of a network, knowing that a network is a group of interconnected people or things; meaning that a group of people are a network that is a small part of a larger network and so on, until the whole network of humanity is formed. But for a network to properly function, each of its elements has to be individually unique or else the network will have a glitch or malfunction. This concept applies to all types of networks including the network of humanity.

But unfortunately here in the region we are raised in a way that teaches us not to become individually unique, a way that makes us clones, living and dying in a useless loop without figuring out our worth and real meaning and message in life.

I have decided to tackle this issue with a short abstract video that takes you through a journey into one’s soul with abstract representations that would appeal to the viewer, in order to inspire the viewer to take an actual stand and figure out what his/her heartbeat is actually worth.”

  1. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

“My main challenge was to finish the design of the whole piece in a very short period of time, “around 5 weeks of design.” In addition, creating several abstract metaphors that linked the narration with the visuals was very challenging especially that this type of abstract representation isn’t very common in the region.”

  1. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

“Honestly I am satisfied with most of my works, but in specific I am very proud of my short film Doppelganger (https://youtu.be/Hk0YmQaAV4w). Creating such a film in almost a week was a very tough challenge. This job would be usually done by a team of 15, but in my case the team was only 3, an actor, a script writer who also helped me with production, and myself who did the pre-production, production with my friend, and all aspects of post-production and visual effects on my own. You can find my complete portfolio on www.andrewdous.com.”

  1. What is your goal?

“I have always believed in the importance of design. My goal is to change the world into a better place using my skillset in design. To summarize, I would say: Dream. Achieve. Change. Inspire.”

  1. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

“Everything seems hard to be done at first, but with dedication, hard work, and sleepless nights, you could easily remove the “un” from “unachievable.”

Middle East Talents Awards and Pixelhunters team are proud to see your work. Knowing your inspiration behind the beautiful video you shared with our team gives us deeper insight about your dedication in art. Keep your passion as you draw more experience in your career. We wish you all the best! Once again, congratulations.

Mohammadreza Mohseni – Winner in META 2015 Motivational Still

Middle East Talents Awards team has served as an inspiration to all digital artists not only in the Gulf region but in other countries as well. Since the first launch of META up to now, we are more amazed to receive amazing and stunning work of arts. You, digital artists are our inspiration.

Mohammadreza Mohseni, a freelance artist and Founder of Arayeh Studio from Iran won in Motivational still category. Some of his top skills are architectural design, 3D visualization, 3D rendering, 3D modeling, V-ray, Corona and more. Let’s get to know more of Mohammadreza and his winning piece “Dusk Empty Sidewalk” through this short interview:

  1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

“Dark Interior” is one of my interior designs in my architectural firm and I was aiming for an interior with dark material but full of textures. I was inspired by industrial lofts at that moment but “Dusk Empty Sidewalk” is more personal and more touching for me by far. I have done that piece by the influence of my heartbreak and my sadness of those times. I wanted to make a piece of art that anybody can understand my sadness and loneliness in a spectacular space at first sight.”

  1. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

“Every time that I started working, I’m forcing myself to do a challenge even if the work is not challenging. I usually forced myself to do materials in a way that I am not experienced before or used a new technique to make myself improve even when working for a client so I think for me the materials and shaders are the most challenging part in every artwork.”

  1. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

“They are all like my children. It is very hard to select between them but if I must choose “Frantic Perception” is my choice (besides the “Dusk Empty Sidewalk”) because of the aesthetic aspect of it.”

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  1. What is your goal?

“I want to reach higher level every year in my work and I want to work at one of the most respected studios in the world.”

  1. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

“The most important sentence that came to my mind everyday “BE ALWAYS CREATIVE. THINK ALWAYS BEFORE ACT.”

Mohammadreza Mohseni also won in first edition of META last 2013. Your designs are exceptional – that’s why there’s no doubt you will surely go far with your talents and skills. Middle East Talents Awards and Pixelhunters team are proud of you. We will look forward to see more of your digital artworks. Keep the creativity within yourself and share to people around you. :)

Richard Clark – Winner in META 2015 Cars Video

Richard Clark, our META 2015 winner for the category Cars – Video is a character animator from Cape Town Area of South Africa. He has a great love in character animation and modeling. Apart from being an enthusiastic and talented 3D generalist – he is also an adventurer, runner and competitive athlete who is always up for new challenge. For Richard, outdoors is the perfect place to get to know the real world as he also find it as a wonderful place to watch and interact with nature as well as to hone his skills as an animator.

The winning cars video titled “Tag” has been an exercise to produce a complete 3D animated project – from concept to final composite. Let’s get to know more of our winner, Richard Clark and his META winning piece through our short interview below:

  1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

I have an appreciation for classic cars and I feel they have so much character in their designs. When I completed the model of the stylized Isetta, I wanted to make a short chase scene. While developing the story I came to a point where I asked myself was, “If this car was a robot, what it would look like?” That idea helped form the final concept for the story.”

  1. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

Coming up with a scenario and working out the design of the robot car were about the most challenging, but fun at the same time. It was a little project I set myself where I could touched on most aspects of producing a 3D piece – story boarding/previz, modelling, texturing, animating, editing, lighting, rendering, compositing and adding sound Fx.”

  1. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

Creating a stylized model of the BMW Isetta is the work I’m most proud of. This is the first time I’ve tried to characterize or create a caricature of a vehicle, which I had a lot of fun doing. As a result, the character (car) I created inspired the story and the robot transformation.”

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  1. What is your goal?

My goal is to work for people or companies that are producing exciting work – to be part of a team that motivates me to be the best I can be as an animator. I also want to inspire artist and help them achieve their goals.”

  1. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

Being a digital artist can be extremely rewarding. Follow those dreams, be creative, experiment and explore. Find a mentor or school – someone who can help you develop your skills, and never stop learning!”

Middle East Talents Awards and Pixelhunters are proud to see your outstanding work in META 2015. It is a pleasure to conduct a short interview and get to know your inspiration and thoughts especially for the young artists. With your appreciation to arts – your ideas was brought to life. Keep being creative and innovative! Congratulations. :)

Khaled Alkayed – Winner in META 2015 Cars Still

As we are currently living in the world with progressive technology, 3D are always in demand. It might be also the reason why digital artists increases across the world.

Khaled Alkayed is our META winner in Cars Still. He works as a 3D Artist in Jordan specialized in advertising, 3D Printing and gaming. Top skills of Khaled are the following: Basic Animation, Compositing, Lighting, Rendering, Rigging, Texturing and UV Mapping. In addition, he is also a winner in previous edition of Middle East Talents Awards. Certainly, it shows that his talent are breathtaking and captivating to the audience. Take a look on our interview with Khaled as he talks about his winning piece Rolls Royce:

  1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

“The idea came to me when I was watching movies like Death Race and Mad Max. This inspired me to start creating a similar concept, so I started with Maybach Exelero then Ferrari Enzo and finished here with the Rolls Royce model.”

  1. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

“I think the big challenge is bringing it to life. I always try to find any issues in the image or try to change anything that will make the image better. It sounds like a technical challenge but it’s more of a creative and perfectionist dilemma as I have to maintain the same energy and enthusiasm over the course of the process.”

  1. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

“Everything that I’ve worked on is a source of pride and has a story behind it that I relate to. Some of the artwork didn’t get official recognition in terms of awards but people loved it and felt the message behind it. I believe that sharing all my work has had a huge impact in terms of learning and progressing; I absorb all the feedback coming from amazing people everywhere and I build on it. What I’m really proud of is this learning process and personal growth.”

  1. What is your goal?

“From the beginning, my goal was to create a distinguished model that would extend creatively into a realm of unconventional ideas, which led me to spend quite a bit of time thinking and trying to come up with such extreme and enhanced concepts, more than anything that I’ve ever seen.”

  1. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

“Learning and succeeding come with both wins and failures. You might feel down sometimes but hope and determination are the keys to success. At the beginning of any project you create, make sure that the primary goal is to work in a unique way that distinguishes your work from others and defines your identity as an artist, so your main train of thought most of the time is spent on coming up with better and more edgy ideas. If you want to be creative and unique, pick an idea that’s beyond your abilities. You will never learn or push your abilities further unless you leave comfort zone. Maintain an open mindset and stay humble.”

It’s a pleasure from META and Pixelhunters team to witness your digital artworks. We are proud of your talent and still looking forward to see more of your cool and creative designs. We believe that you will get more recognitions and awards as your talent is unique. Congratulations and all the best in your career!

Ahmad Turki – Winner in META 2015 Exterior Video

Digital artists discover their interest from making designs, illustrations and arts. In the CGI world, everyone can be an artist as people are naturally creative in different ways.

In Middle East Talents Awards, digital artists across the world are welcome to join and be part of the growing community – whether you are a student, a junior artist or a professional one. Let’s get to know some inspiring words from Ahmad Turki who created the winning video Containers. He is the winner in META Exterior video category and a 3D Artist from Jordan but currently living in UAE. Here’s our short interview:

1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

“I love doing exteriors and always making new ideas. Using Containers was a nice idea after going through some contraction books and galleries.”

2. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

“After coming up with the idea of using Containers as a house model, the challenge I faced was the design, and how to arrange the containers in artistic way without looking like a mess.”

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3.  Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

“My favorite peace of art I made is called (Island). I got published in 5 different magazines such as 3D Artist, 3D World Magazine, 3D Creative, Advanced Photoshop Magazine, Alone with some features from CG Society.”

4. What is your goal?

“My goal is get people inspired by the art I make. Hearing feedback from people is always good. It always help to get a fresh eye to look over and review your art. I’d like to keep getting published in magazines and get awarded as it’s a good feeling. All artists should be passionate about their art. Nothing better than getting recognized for your art.”

5. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

“I would say that keep doing your best and keep practicing. I believe if I can do it, others can do as well. It is just about keep practicing and learning and the important thing is the idea. You can have the most realistic render but without an idea it will be just another random render. If you make a simple render with a nice idea around it that’s what people will notice at the end of the day. I wish all the best for the new artists and hopefully others will have the same feeling I have.”

Ahmad Turki also won in previous editions of Middle East Talents Awards. It proves that he is always consistent on his love and passion in arts. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your brilliant masterpiece in META and with Pixelhunters team. Keep creating stunning artworks!

Saeed Amiri – Winner in META 2015 Exterior Still

Saeed Amiri is a graduate in architecture from Tehran, Iran. He’s been working in architecture and architectural visualization for 7 years where he worked with famous architects. With his total experience and passion in arts, there is no doubt that his digital artworks will come out as totally stunning. He is expert on Autodesk 3DsMax, V-Ray, Pixologic Zbrush, Adobe Photoshop and he can also work with Plugins such as Marvelous Designer, Speedtree and more.

Middle East Talents Awards team appreciates different creativity and styles of all the participants of META. Indeed, all masterpiece we received are all impressive in different unique ways. Saeed Amiri is our winner in Exterior still with his piece “Marooned. Read our short interview with him:

1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

The idea of this artwork had been formed in my mind when I was looking at Julien Coquentin photo set of Black Seasons.”

2. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

I have always been looking to find a new way and best for doing any projects, on this project creating a photo-real mossy stuff was a big challenge for me.”

3. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

Autumn’s Rays is one of my favorite projects which I spent a lot of time on it for creating detail and photo-real images as well.”

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saeed-amiri-44. What is your goal?

I want to work for a big company as well as big projects.”

5. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

Never give up on your dreams and always have positive thoughts.”

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We, at META and Pixelhunters team are overwhelmed to see your creativity through Middle East Talents Awards. We believe in your love and passion in arts. With those traits, it can lead you to reach your dreams and goals in life. Keep your passion and creativity as we want to see more of your masterpiece. Congratulations to you!

Elie Abou Chaaya – Winner in META 2015 Interior Video

Middle East Talents Awards team is truly honored and grateful to all the digital artists who participated in META. It shows that META is not only a competition but also a platform that shows different skills by designing different high-end digital artworks.

When it comes to architectural entries we received – both modern and traditional artworks has a great impact. Here’s the winner of Interior Video category, Elie Abou Chaaya from Lebanon where he works as a 3D Artist, Architectural Visualizer and a Graphic Instructor. His winning piece for META is the video UE4- Small Apartment Realistic Rendering Showreel. Read our short interview here:

  1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

“My inspiration came from my previous job, as a 3D Visualizer in Erga. I had the privilege to work with one of the Inspirational Concept Architects (My Teacher and a very dear friend of mine, Mr. Maram Atallah), he taught me the language of art to an extreme, and gave me a window to test, create, and try new things, some did fail, and needed tuning, and some were a success as a final result. My years of experience that I spent in his team are never to be forgotten. Inspiration to me, is a beautiful blend between knowing what you’re doing, knowing where you’re going, and most definitely, knowing what you want. Once you got those three things set, the rest will become easy.”

  1. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

“Learning something new is definitely challenging, then again learning a new software, and grasp the very base of it, and assimilate a project management of time, files and hierarchy and create your very own workflow, that brings a quality to your project. I definitely learned many things in creating this project, and used everything I knew, in order to finalize it. It was a great challenge to me, and I enjoyed every moment working on it.”

  1. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

“Apart from the winning piece in META, I am proud of all the work I created up to this moment especially my very first projects in university. If you take a look at your own very first projects, and compare them to your projects now, you’ll know that in between them, you learned many things, and those first projects were the early steps you make, that either make you quit, or add more determination into you to become better.”

  1. What is your goal?

“A picture is worth ten thousand words, or so they say. Being able to write a story in a still-image or animation, and pass a feeling through it, that’s what I love about me being a digital artist… that’s the reason I work for, and that’s the goal i tend to reach in every project.”

  1. Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

“Stay up to date with all the magazines, with all the innovations, with all the designs, paint something every day on a small piece of paper, and save it in your drawer, try to express yourself, and sharpen your mind, and always practice new things, eventually, you’ll get better and better.”

 

For Elie Abou Chaaya, he was hesitant at first to submit his entry for this year’s META. Yet the result was great! Middle East Talents Awards and Pixelhunters feels overwhelmed for your participation and we look forward to see more of your awesome art piece. Congratulations!

Oday Saleh Abu Zaed – Winner in META 2015 Interior Still

Middle East Talents Awards 2015 was a busy edition as our team works with beautiful and terrific entries this year. One of the toughest category to judge for this year’s META is the Interior as majority of digital artworks sent are all awesome. Creating 3D interior renderings – making 3D models, CG environments and architectural visualization is not that easy but with the great skills of digital artists photorealistic CGI is possible!

Let’s get to know Oday Saleh Abu Zaed, a 3D Artist from Egypt and our winner in META Interior still category. Here’s our short interview about his winning piece Old Chair:

  1. What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?

“What inspired me was a young artist named Mazon Menzies. From his piece, I decided to recreate it with my own style.”

  1. What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?

“I faced a lot of challenges during the making of the artwork. The first one was how to make such a light that makes you feel warm and old, the second one was Teddy and its hair system how to make it look really old and forgotten.”

  1. Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?

“That would be the Harry Potter fan art I did 6 months ago, and why?! That’s easy because I am a big fan of Harry Potter books series and one the most exhausting scenes I have ever made.”

 

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  1. What is your goal?

“My lifetime goal is to open own animation studio and be among the few Arabs whom will receive The Oscars and also spread the concept of sharing and open source.”

Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.

“For everyone who wants to be an artist, learn on your own and trust yourself no matter what anybody says it’s not good, trust in every depression or creativity block it will lead you to a great success. I almost drop Image here and also ask a lot. The more you ask, the more you get better as all great artist was once armature.”

 

We, at META and Pixelhunters team are thankful for sharing your thoughts about your winning piece. Keep dreaming and reach for your goals. Your talent and skillful hand will bring you far! Congratulations to you again!