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.”



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.”



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.”



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.”


Oday Saleh Abu Zaed


  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!

Reza Asaie – Winner in META 2015 3D Character Still

With over 700 amazing entries received this third edition of META, it proves that growing number of digital artists are just around the corner. After three consecutive years of success, Middle East Talents Awards is widely recognized as a platform of work that shows exceptional creative talents across the globe.

As a continuation of recognition to all the brilliant winners of META, here’s our short interview with the META – 3D Character Still winner from Iran named Reza Asaie. His expertise are 3D modeling, digital sculpt, shading and rendering that he showed on his winning piece Pink:

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

I am inspired by many things – by looking to artist photography, music videos, movies and sometimes it comes from my imagination.

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

I always enjoy sculpting my favorite artists. For this project, I have worked about 2 mount in my free times. She has cool hair which is one of the most challenging part.

  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 different 3D projects but my last work “Hawkeye” and “Pink” was very challenging.






















  1. What is your goal?

“My goal is creating cool works that makes good sense in the audience.”

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

“I think any artist need 3 important things for Success: recognizing their ability, having Academy education and practice.”

META and Pixelhunters team are overwhelmed to receive beautiful creations like your digital artwork. With all the skillful talents we witnessed, we never feel that META is a competition – moreover it became and grows as a platform of creativity and arts. That’s why we are encouraging you to keep creating digital artworks and show your talent to the world! You will surely go far. Congratulations again!


Monika Mishra – Winner in META 2015 2D Character Still

Middle East Talents Awards has continued the platform by showcasing artistic skills around the Middle East and outside countries. Every year, we are more amazed to each digital pieces we received. It is truly overwhelmed to witness different creativity styles that’s why we are proud and happy to acknowledge each of the winners. Here’s our short interview with the META – 2D Character Still winner from India named Monika Mishra and find more about her winning piece “Eternal Love“.

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

“As the name suggests, eternal love is what inspired my winning piece. Lord Krishna and his boundless love for Radha became the inspiration for this piece because I’m yet to come across any love story that’s more pure than theirs.”

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

“The one challenge I faced while starting this particular piece, and which is true for many other art piece I have made as well, is “what art to make now”? For me choosing the right subject is very important. The fact that it was a digital art was another challenge. In practice, digital art can be slightly difficult to put together. Because, digital tools don’t behave like traditional brushes. So using different colors and themes to send the right message can be tricky. However, I completed my artwork just the way I wanted.”

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

“Source of Positivity” is another piece I’m quite proud of. I think it is the closest reflection of me as an artist. I also won a state level award for that piece.”

Monika_Matte Painting

  1. What is your goal?

“As an artist my goal is to pass on this style of art through my work.”

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

“For artists who want to pursue their dreams digitally, make sure people connect to your art. You should also focus on creating a style of your own. I want to mention one more thing.Keep practicing and bring your dreams to life.”

We, at META and Pixelhunters team is happy to see your digital artwork through this competition. Never stop learning and challenge yourself as an artist. We are looking forward to see more of your digital artworks. Congratulations once again and we wish the best of luck to you!

The Power of Digital Arts – An Insight Into the Life of a Digital Artist

Digital artists these days have the most advanced applications. With the latest industry hardware and software, they can even integrate the best technology in their workflow to create brilliant masterpieces.

In the fast-paced world today, digital artist should not only focus on creating arts but moreover giving life to their creations. There is a saying from John Maeda, a famous American executive and designer: “If there were a prerequisite for the future successful digital creative, it would be the passion for discovery.”

Here are some tips that might help to elevate and give more life to digital arts creations:

  1. Observe real-life characters – Digital artist are observant. Observing people on how they move, interact and how to express themselves are helpful tools to gain more understanding not only in character animation but also in digital arts.

  1. Be social – Explore and share your creative side by socializing with digital artists community. Working and socializing with talented communities will give you more knowledge and improve your creations. Show your digital creations to different digital artist communities or join competitions like META.

  1. Keep creating – People are born to be creative and so are the digital artists. Being creative does not stop from studying – it is a continuous process as we go in life. Remember artists: you are the generator of ideas.

  1. Tell a Story – It is visually interesting to see a digital art that is wonderful in details. Always try to create a character that have a story behind. Digital arts that has depth are more engaging as it entails a story.

  1. Never stop learning – Digital artists love to learn more about their craft and most of the time they are not satisfied with the work they create. Do not be afraid to learn more innovative ideas and always try to discover new things. There are many resources everywhere – so keep learning.

  1. Always believe in your talent – If you believe in yourself, it will naturally come within. The passion in digital arts is one of the main factors that drives your talent to become successful in the industry.

Being a digital artist is not an easy. It takes a lot of hard work, patience and determination. That’s why our team feels gratitude to all the digital artists who participated last Middle East Talents Awards. We believe that every skill and talent that we witness has a great contribution – so keep showing your talent to the world!

Fresh from the short awarding ceremony last 18th of August, Pixelhunters and META team are happy to share with you a photo with some of the winners of META 2015. The whole team had a wonderful experience to see and talk with the winners. We look forward to see more of your skills and talents as we have more surprises and we are getting more industry partners to support us.

Congratulations once again to all the META winners. For the winners who are not present on the awarding ceremony, we wish to see you next time around. :)

Announcement of Winners for the 3rd Edition of Middle East Talents Awards

META 2015 is wrapped! The 3rd annual Middle East Talents Awards founded and sponsored by Pixelhunters, supported by V-Ray Chaos Group, 3D Artist, CG Record, Cg Record, Magmart, Colored CG and Road Safety UAE are happy to announce the winners.

As the first digital arts competition in the Middle East, we are overwhelmed to receive a total submissions of 762 entries in 8 different categories for this year. META is a proof that increasing number of digital artists are just around us. That’s why we are proud to celebrate the winning and all the digital artists who entertained, inspired and take this challenge to share their master art for this competition.

We are also happy to share that META platform is growing and attracting more digital artists not only in the Middle East region but the entire world. In Middle East Talents Awards, professional and junior artists are all welcome to send their profile and portfolio.

For the third year in a row, META is another success and that’s because of the large audience we have throughout this edition. A big THANK YOU to all the participants of META and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! May this awarded selection be a jump towards your dream and continue to show your talent to the world. Vive the art!


Category: Most Rated Artwork from the Web Visitors

Artist: Neslihan Dara, Turkey.

Submission: Extreme Room





Category: 2D Characters

Subcategory: 2D Still

Artist: Monika, India

Submission: Eternal Love



Category: 2D Characters

Subcategory: 2D Videos

Artist: Ahmed Ali Basher. Libya

Submission: Heavy Crown




Category: 3D Characters

Subcategory: 3D Characters Stills

Artist: Reza, Iran

Submission: Pnk







Category: 3D Characters

Subcategory: 3D Characters Video

Artist: Alaa Aldeen Afifah, United Arab Emirates

Submission: Bad Horse




Category: Interiors

Subcategory: Interiors Stills 

Artist: Oday Saleh Abu Zaed, Egypt

Submission: Old Chair







Category: Interiors

Subcategory: Interiors Video

Artist: Elie Abou Chaaya, Lebanon

Submission: UE4 – Small Apartment Realistic Rendering Showreel




Category: Exteriors 

Subcategory: Exteriors Still 

Artist: Saeed Amiri, Iran

Submission: Marooned






Category: Exteriors 

Subcategory: Exteriors Videos 

Artist: Ahmad, Jordan

Submission: Containers






Category: Cars

Subcategory: Cars Stills 

Artist: Khaled Alkayed, Jordan

Submission: Rolls Royce





Category: Cars

Subcategory: Cars Videos

Artist: Richard, South Africa

Submission: Tag




Category: Motivational

Subcategory: Motivational Still

Artist: Mohammadreza Mohseni, Iran

Submission: Dusk Empty Sidewalk





Category: Motivational

Subcategory: Motivational Videos

Artist: Andrew Dous, United Arab Emirates

Submission: Adam



Category: Innovation

Subcategory: Innovation Stills

Artist: Mrityunjay Bhardwaj, India

Submission: The tranquility of human nature 




Category: Innovation

Subcategory: Innovation Videos

Artist: Umairkhatri, Pakistan

Submission: Tag Heuer Formula 1




Category: Vision Dubai 2020

Subcategory: Dubai 2020 Stills

Artist: Raorohith, United Arab Emirates

Submission: Dubai 2020






Artist: Alireza, Iran

Submissions: Uncle Junkey











Artist: Mohammadreza Mohseni, Iran

Submissions: Dark Interior











Artist: Amin Yavari Moghadam, Iran

Submissions: Jeff Bridges














Artist: Raorohith, United Arab Emirates

Submissions: Granny














Artist: Anantdip Kaur, India

Submissions: The Pottery Workshop










Artist: Humammunir, Iraq

Submissions: Zombie Hunter










Artist: Khaled Alkayed, Jordan

Submissions: Rolls Royce










Artist: Arash, Iran

Submissions: Beryka Towers











Artist: Ahmedteeka, Egypt

Submissions: Chimp










Please send us an email at jhoana@pixelhunters.com with your latest address and contact number.

Thank you for joining us and we look forward to see more on the next edition.

V-Ray Middle East Roadshow 2016


V-Ray Middle East Roadshow


Dates: May 10 – 16, 2016


This May, Chaos Group will head on a full-scale roadshow in the Middle East, with three day-long events dedicated to architectural visualization, product design and visual effects.

We kick off our V-Ray Middle East Roadshow in Dubai, where we’ll introduce Chaos Group’s exciting new product lineup. Our roadshow will then head to Abu Dhabi, then our roadshow will conclude in Doha.

In the morning we’ll look at how V-Ray can help the architecture and design industries. CG specialist Kalina Panteleeva will deliver an exclusive demonstration of V-Ray for Revit, followed by the Middle Eastern debut of a masterclass in rendering immersive VR projects with V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max.

For the afternoon session, Kalina will cover visualization and animation, with another exclusive presentation on V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp, and V-Ray 3.3 for Maya.


Check the event details below:


V-Ray Middle East Roadshow – Dubai 

Date: May 10, 2016

Location: Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai | Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 191055 UAE

Register here (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZWJPMYN)


V-Ray Middle East Roadshow – Abu Dhabi

Date: May 12, 2016

Location: Hotel Intercontinental | King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Al Saud Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Register here. (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZSGFJGV)


V-Ray Middle East Roadshow – Doha

Date: May 16, 2016

Location: La Cigalle Hotel | Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Al Sadd Area, Doha, Quatar

Register here (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZTGG96K)


If you have any questions, requests or would like to invite our team for an additional meeting, do not hesitate to write to sales@chaosgroup.com!


Here’s the full schedule for the events, and below you’ll find more information on the presentations and speakers.


Morning Session: AEC, Design and Visualization

10:00 – 10:30 am – reception, registration

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Introducing V-Ray for Revit

11:30 am – 11:45 am – Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00 – Masterclass: Rendering VR projects with V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max


Break – 13:00 – 14:00


Afternoon session: Visualization and Animation

14:00 – 15:15 – Introducing V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp

15:15 – 15:30 – Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30 – Introducing V-Ray 3.3 for Maya


Introducing V-Ray for Revit

Kalina Panteleeva will talk you through the highlights of V-Ray for Revit, Chaos Group’s powerful new foray into the architecture, engineering and construction industries. She will go through the concepts behind the product, and demonstrate the features that contribute to the remarkable power of this design-focused platform. You’ll gain a sense of the simplicity and ease of use of the product, as well as learning new workflows which will save you time and effort.


Masterclass: Rendering VR projects with V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max

V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max added an exciting new feature: support for virtual reality. Chaos Group’s CG Specialist Kalina Panteleeva will take you through the entire process of setting up a scene for VR, making use of the latest features and improvements. She will reveal how to deal with the challenges in lighting, creating realistic materials, and management of heavy geometry. You will see variance-based adaptive sampling, the added ray-traced rounded corners, the new sky model and aerial perspective, and stochastic flakes.


Introducing V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp

In this exclusive demonstration, Kalina will introduce V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp. She’ll show how you can create professional grade imagery with this popular and easy-to-use 3D modelling software.


Introducing V-Ray 3.3 for Maya

Kalina Panteleeva will walk you through the latest V-Ray 3.3 for Maya. The free update of V-Ray 3.0 for Maya is the equivalent of two service packs, boosting speed with 20-50% in most scenes. You will see final frame production rendering in action on the GPU with the updated V-Ray RT, as well as the variance-based adaptive sampler for better noise detection and cleaner images. You’ll also be guided through the latest feature additions, including ray-traced rounded corners, stochastic flakes and tri-planar mapping, the new sky model and aerial perspective and the impressive, greatly upgraded V-Ray clipper. Finally, Kalina will talk you through the user interface and default render settings.


Kalina Panteleeva – CG Specialist, Chaos Group

Kalina joined the Chaos Group CG team in 2012 and since then she’s been actively working with V-Ray for Maya and V-Ray for 3ds Max. Kalina has more than eight years’ experience in graphic design, photography, and visual arts. Before joining Chaos Group, she worked in the advertising industry.


The Career Path to Become an Animator – A Demanding Trend in Digital and Media Industry

Animation industry is one of the fastest growing industries today – not only in Middle East and United States but across the globe. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/multimedia-artists-and-animators.htm), there were about 64,400 multimedia artists and animators in the US in 2014 with employment expected to 68,300 by 2024. There is no wonder that job opportunities is growing for animation industry.

A degree in animation is not something that’s usually, like any profession or career, achieved in short span of time. The footstep towards this career takes a great deal of love, hard work, passion and dedication to the art form – and once the person continuously love the profession, then it’s going to be completely worth it.

How to know that being an animator is the right career for one person? Aside from the artistic skills and talents, having the passion in arts and seeing it come to life is an important ingredient. An animator, be it a beginner or professional should always have the strongest weapon – and that’s creativity and imagination. Being an animator is not also all about being creative and imaginative at all times, moreover it is the willingness to discover and eager to learn new things. Truly, animation is endless and infinite as there are always new innovative things to discover. So, animators should always feed and hungry to learn something new.

There are many animators in the industry who have taken different artistic paths. It only proves that being an animator does not stop at one place. Indeed, having a career path in animation industry can lead to a wide range of job areas – from films, cartoons, education, advertising, internet, television, gaming, medical, virtual reality, engineering, e-learning, architectural and many more.

Being an animator could also be a stepping stone to become a lead animator, animation directors or perhaps an animation special effects lead. Remember the saying from Pixar “Computers don’t animate. People do”.

Pixelhunters is collaborating with different universities and colleges across the UAE from the last couple of years for different educational activities. As we always advised to the students taking up animation degree, deciding a career field is both challenging and exciting. That’s why, it is an advantage that before making a commitment, students should know that they are pursuing a profession that suits their personality and characteristics. We never know maybe you can be the next Pixar or Disney lead animator.

For all the students and professional artists in UAE as well as the other countries who possess strong interest in digital arts or aspiring to become a professional animator someday, showcase your digital artwork by joining Middle East Talents Awards – an online competition for digital arts. Pixelhunters supports the digital arts industry and META competition hopes to strengthen the industry by developing the talents of new upcoming artists.