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:
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.