Mohamed Abuyhia – Winner in META Innovation Still

As an extended gratitude to all the Middle East Talents Awards winners, our team is happy to present and share the ideas from our winning artists. For Innovation still category, the award was presented to a creative and innovative artist from Egypt, Mohamed Abuyhia.

Let’s get to know more about the artist himself including his inspiration behind the winning piece entitled “King of Flow” http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/1257. Here’s our short interview with Mohamed Abuyhia

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

I always look for non-traditional ideas to make something new and unique. The beginning idea was mechanical drawing for water pumping station. By collecting the fittings I found many forms, so I decided to collect a new form of human body.

 The presence of water will make the station working normally, so without water will push these fittings to this shape.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

I will discuss some of the stages of the work. I want to make the work focusing on the contents of fittings details, with nice atmosphere and mood.

Software used:3ds Max, Photoshop and V-Ray

ReferencesHere are some of pictures that I used as references and which I found on the Internet.

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Modeling:

To look at the project; we will find that the modeling seems to be slightly more and this feel that the project is difficult but in fact it is not, The project is simple in the shape and content, all the modeling was mad by using the editable Spline and editable poly, using pipe fittings.

 

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Materials and textures:

I used the Unwrap UVW technique, The textures I used in this project included maps within 3ds Max and some textures from CGTextures.com

And all the materials I used were blend materials with V-Ray materials.

Here are some of the Textures I used in this project

 

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Lighting

For lighting this scene, I’ve used V-Ray light, Target Direct light as sun with V-ray shadows and HDRI Image.

The settings for these lights can be seen here:

 

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Rendering

For rendering, I used V-ray and the settings that I used for the render can be seen here Fig.13

Post-Production

Post-production is the most important stage of any work and the simplest. The target of this stage is to add atmosphere and mood to the scene.

I composited the image inside the Photoshop. Firstly I merged the render elements also corrected the colors and I added some simple effects by using the Photoshop brushes and the pretty plug-in “Color Efex Pro 3.0” to add atmosphere and mood to the scene below:

 

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And here is the final result image:

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3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

The Gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gift – This work inspired many of the ideas during the implementation of the carpentry workshop tools work was fun for me, as has been tradition for more than an idea of some of the people around the world.”

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

Nothing is impossible with my beginning with the digital art I create a very simple and unsatisfactory works but with a little patience and insistence on make a good artwork has been able to achieve much of what you wish for and still looking forward to more and more. Only with time and a little patience everything is possible.”

Our winning artist creates amazing interior artworks that he submitted in Middle East Talents Awards apart from his winning piece. These are: Ibn Tulus Mosque, The Gift and Breeze of the Past. See the artist portfolio here: http://metalentsawards.com/en/index/author/757.

Our team congratulations you once again for your contribution in this art. Pixelhunters and Middle East Talents Awards team will look forward to witness more of your skillful talents through your work of art. All the talents we have witnessed in META are indeed a great inspiration to the digital artist community.

Shamim Reza – Winner in META Motivational Still

Artists from different parts of the world have been given recognition to the recent Middle East Talents Awards. Our team had seen exceptional work of art from all the digital artists – artworks that illustrate brilliant talents of digital artists.

An artist from Bangladesh named Shamim Reza was given an award for his piece “Flowing Mind” under the category Motivational still. Here’s the link: http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/822. Here’s our short interview with the artist himself:

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

It was a random thought, suddenly came in my mind. Started with a quick sketch and was very excited with the entire process.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

The making was quite challenging. To achieve the expression of the figures, I decided to use a combination of sculpting and simulation both. For sculpting it was definitely Zbrush and real flow was used for liquid simulation. There were many different simulations to tackle technical difficulties as there were millions of particles and a huge amount of mesh. At the end all the meshes were resculpted, remeshed and decimated in Zbrush and was rendered with V-Ray. The huge mesh with transparency, refraction and reflection in a multiple light system was also a difficult thing, but thanks to V-Ray for the ability.”

3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

Another two pieces were my favorites. The “Caricature of Neymar” and “Great power, great responsibility” a redesign of Spiderman which you can find below.”

Neymar Render Disco

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

For young artists I just want to mention two things:

  1. Do only what really inspire you.
  2. Be updated about software even those which you never use.

And at last I really thank META for this award and opportunity.”

Shamim has presented 2 artworks in META apart from his winning piece. Here’s the link for the artist portfolio including his creations: http://metalentsawards.com/en/index/author/493.

Pixelhunters and META team were really happy to see your talent and brilliant artworks through this platform and looking forward for more.

Saif Alatrash – Winner in META Motivational Video

The success of Middle East Talents Awards is dedicated to all the winning artists who shared their talents and the young artists who are searching and waiting for a bigger break in the industry.

As recognition to each winner, Saif Alatrash of Jordan was announced as META Motivational Video winner. Here is the link for the artist’ winning piece entitled “Apollo Road”: http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/927. Let’s get to know more about the artist through our short interview with our winner, Saif Alatrash:

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

I would say the passion and the way you want to express yourself without boundaries as we know there’s no limitation for Imagination.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

Well, it really starts with a small idea while I was listening to piece of music, after that I start with a small sketches then the idea become getting to life.”

3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

Well I did many piece of art Work but I will choose Apollo Road, you can also check my online gallery here:” www.saifdesigner.tk/

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

The most important thing is passion, just do what you like to do, don’t listen to other people opinion whatever they said to you, stay away from negative people even If you had to be alone, close the door open your imagination stay focused and you will get there.”

Aside from his short film Apollo Road, Saif created a Stadium concept that he also submitted in META.

 

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Pixelhunters and META team were happy to witness your talents and creativity through this platform. May you continue to shine in your passion and create more inspiring artworks.

 

Sandesh Shrivastava – Winner in META Cars Video

Middle East Talents Awards acknowledged all the digital artists who contributed their amazing and impressive talents for this competition.

As we continue to give recognition to the all the META winners, here is Sandesh Shrivastava, from India who won the Cars Video category for his work 3D Car in Real Environment http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/861. Here’s our interview with the winning artist:

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

“I always watch VFX breakdown videos so I want to make the same video. I believe always start with small projects before big projects. I first model a car “Mini Cooper “and I was planning to merge my car in a footage but according to my project a single image “Back plate” was enough. I always watch VFX breakdown and others work it’s my biggest inspiration.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

“Before I was just trying to merge my car in background but then I thought I can move this car as well. I know a little bit rigging but I am not a hardcore rigger so I just prepare a basic rig for my car and I animate my car.”

3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

“For me my best works are my transformer which was my first animation work and my 3D tortoise. I have done better works where I work but unfortunately I can’t share it. I have made a show reel link:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyun_hNnF6E

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

“Don’t think before start. Just start what you want to make.”

Apart from his winning piece, Sandesh shared another 3D showreel in Middle East Talents Awards. This is the link for the video: http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/860.

On behalf of Pixelhunters and META team, we are glad to see your skills through this competition. May this platform will set as a beginning to see more of your amazing talents. Indeed, the passion to digital arts is an encouraging factor especially to the young artists.

Khaled Alkayed – Winner in META Cars Still

The second edition of Middle East Talents Awards got stunning and remarkable artworks that express world-class talents of digital artists across the world.

For Cars still category, the winning piece has been awarded to Khaled Alkayed of Jordan for his unique piece of Ferrari Enzo (http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/885). His inspiration and tips will be shared to everyone through an interview here:

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

“Ferrari Enzo is a personal project. I had worked on it before 6 months and received some awards. The idea came when I was watching movies like Death Race and Mad Max. They gave me the urge to do something similar so I started with Maybach Exelero then Ferrari Enzo. In the beginning my goal was to work in a unique way that distinguished my work from others, which led me to spend quite a bit of time thinking and trying to come up with stranger and better ideas than anything that I’ve ever seen.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

Before I began modeling, I collected lots of images and references for the car; I found blueprints from Blue Print Box and The Blue Prints. To build the main shape accurately, I started in Maya and used Polygon Primitives to model a simple shape (lowpoly) then continued to the details of the car. For a more detailed guide to making a car have a look at this video in which I explain how I made the body for Ferrari Enzo. I used the same principle to make the body for this piece.”

Video Tutorial:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_zUvUSscUk

3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

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

Some general tips:

• If you want creativity and uniqueness in you works, pick an idea that’s beyond your abilities because you will always evaluate yourself in a negative and in a less realistic way. You will never learn or push your abilities further unless your go through a hard experience.

• One of the worse starting points after picking an idea is working without gathering enough references, leading to unrealistic or vague work, and you might reach dead ends because the idea in your imagination is incomplete. So that’s why you should put some effort into searching for references, pictures, other artists work, movies, and games that share a lot of your idea before working on your project. This will help you build a stronger, visualized idea, as well as making your goal clear during the process.

• In the modeling stage, try to use as little vertices as possible for many reasons, like modifying the model when needed. Creating characters with a low number of vertices means an easier skinning process. Having a big memory (ram) will put your mind at ease about the number of vertices, so it will effect the performance of the program during work.

• Do not waste your time and your enthusiasm on details that will not appear in the final result, therefore you should prioritize the things that need more details than the things that will not appear as much in front of the camera – therefore will not need that level of detailing.

• It’s really hard to get a nice distinguished picture without using Photoshop, tweaking and adding some final touches – this was a really hard part for me because I’m not a professional user of Photoshop, which is why I use Magic Bullet Looks for these kind of things by using templates that include a lot of features in the composite and post-production process, as shown in the example.

Our winning artist, Khaled shared beautiful artworks aside from his Ferrari Enzo piece. The artist creations can be seen here: http://metalentsawards.com/en/index/author/366.

Our team wants to extend our appreciation for sharing your talented skills and artful pieces you have shared not only to our team but to the digital artist community. This is a great inspiration to everyone especially to the young artist who wants to pursue the same career.

We, the Pixelhunters and META team wish you a warm congratulation. May your talent will continue to inspire more people as you shine brighter in this career.

 

Ahmad Turki – Winner in META Exterior Video

The second edition of Middle East Talents Awards is successful not only because of the creative digital arts but moreover from the brilliant and world-class talents of digital artists who joined the competition.

As we continue our appreciation to all the winning artists of Middle East Talents Awards, we are glad to share our interview with Ahmad Turki, the winning artist from Jordan for the Exterior Video category. Here is the link for the winning piece “Old Street Video”: http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/811  

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

“I like recreating old places, for me it’s more fun than doing an modern architecture renders, I like to spend time googling old places photos and have some really nice references.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

“I was mainly focusing on the atmosphere of the scene, I wanted to keep the scene busy by adding props such as (Trees, Bushes, People , Birds , Leaves ) , So I had to add all these props and then move on with the texturing process, I was using Photoshop and PixPlant for my old walls and dirt textures, XFrog and Ivy Generator were used for the tree’s and climbing bushes and a physical sky with some area lighting filling for the lighting.”

3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

“I was a part of the feature movie Postman Pat that was out in theaters in May 2014, It was a fun project to work with, A 3D cartoonish style movie based from the old Stop Motion TV series.”

Here’s the movie trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Sb2X2g9Dw

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

“I recommend everyone who’s working in 3D Animation field to make sure to have your own style of art. I think if you keep doing what other artists do, people won’t notice you. It’s a good thing to have your own style of work and renders and always have a variety of renders in your Portfolio.”

Apart from his winning piece, here are some creations from Ahmad Turki which he submitted in Middle East Talents Awards:

 

 

Toilet V II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See this link for more of his artworks: http://metalentsawards.com/en/index/author/284

Thank you for sharing your talent. Pixelhunters (http://www.pixelhunters.com) and Middle East Talents Awards team will look forward to witness more of your amazing artworks. Good wishes and congratulation!

 

 

 

Mohsen Hashemi – Winner in META Interior Still

 Interiors play a crucial role in the construction of an identity – this is where the planning of building, office or house decoration happens.

As an extended recognition for Middle East Talents Awards winners, our team is happy to present and share the ideas from our winning artists. For Interiors still category, the award was presented to a creative artist of Iran named Mohsen Hashemi. Here is the link for the winning piece: http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/1080. Read our short interview with the winner here:

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

“One of them was for a client and I designed the whole villa based on minimal style and the other one was a non-commissioned work and I just done it in my free time. But in both of them there was one common point and that was the combination of lights and materials in my own style.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

“Actually the most important part in this work was the composition of color and lighting with creating a warm and pleasant space for client, so I started to take photos from different times on there and select best one with exaggerated color and start to make that like as my ambient.”

3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

“Actually I have many of these works but I have artworks which are my first experience with corona render engine and I like it very much. Please check the artworks below:”

 

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

“It is very important to know that everything is possible and most important thing is to have big dreams.”

Aside from the winning piece, Mohsen creates beautiful interior artworks that he submitted in Middle East Talents Awards. These are: Artist Room, Classsic Exterior, Corner, Snowy Cottage, Multipurpose Skyscrapper, My Simple Interior, Curve Villa and Cozy Kitchen. See the artworks in through the artist portfolio here: http://metalentsawards.com/en/index/author/520.

Congratulations again and thank you for your contribution in this art. Pixelhunters (http://www.pixelhunters.com/) and Middle East Talents Awards team will look forward to see more of your beautiful artworks.

Alaa Aldeen Afifah – Winner in META 3D Character Video

Middle East Talents Awards received great and fascinated artworks for still and videos. As a continuation of recognition for all META winners, we are happy to share the short interview conducted with the winning artists and their master piece.

An artist from United Arab Emirates has been announced as winner for 3D Character Video subcategory. Check out our short interview with Alaa Aldeen Afifah about his winning piece “The Elf” http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/929 by watching the video of “The Elf Shot Progression” here: https://vimeo.com/100832442.

 

Alaa Aldeen Afifah submitted short videos in META which he created aside from his winning piece. The artist creations are: “I Feel Good” (http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/1040), ‘I Can’t Cry for Her” (http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/943) and “Character Animation Demo Reel” (http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/458).

On behalf of Pixelhunters http://www.pixelhunters.com/, Middle East Talents Awards, the judges and sponsors – we thank you for your contribution in this art. Your creativity in art will be a great inspiration to the artist community.

Rishi Raj – Winner in META 3D Character Still

For the Middle East Talents Awards 3D Character Still category, an artist from United Arab Emirates named Rishi Raj received this award. The artist’ winning piece is “GI Joe” inspired from GI Joe movie itself. Here is the link for the winning piece: http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/1244.

Read here and find our short interview with Rishi Raj:

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

My inspirations are always from the movies. I love watching movies and Television shows. Dwayne Johnson was very challenging to model .I was watching GI JOE retaliation and I was very impressed and compelled to make a model.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

It was great experience and fun. I wanted to bring most of the likeness in the model only. So I spent most of the time in modeling. I basically started all the base mesh in Maya and then used Zbrush for details. Mari is an amazing tool for texturing. I generally do not like to texture, but Mari is very interactive tool. For rendering, I used V-Ray. It’s another great software for rendering.”

3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

I like my Orc model a lot. It’s a good piece of art. I spent a lot of time to get the exaggerated anatomy as well as the fantasy parts just right. I enjoyed doing the rendering part too.”

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

I always tell everyone that you need to be passionate enough to survive in this industry. Things will be hard in the beginning but trust me if you work hard, things will fall in place. You just need to have little patience. Sooner or later everyone learns the technical side of this field, but it’s the passion which keeps you going. For any upcoming Character modeler/artist, I would like to suggest focusing more on anatomy rather than the details in the beginning.”

Our team wants to extend our appreciation to the artworks you have shared in Middle East Talents Awards and digital arts community. All the artworks received are indeed an inspiration especially to the aspiring and young artists. Rishi Raj shared creative artworks apart from the winning piece. These are the “Witch”, “He Man” and “Monster Sculpt” which are shown below:

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Congratulations to you. Pixelhunters (http://www.pixelhunters.com/) and Middle East Talents Awards (http://metalentsawards.com/) team is happy for your contribution in this art. Our team will look forward to see more of your beautiful artworks.

Mohammad Talebi – Winner in META 2D Character Video

Our team likes to express our deep gratitude to each artist who participated in the second edition of Middle East Talents Awards.

As a continuation of Middle East Talents Awards 2014, Mohammad Talebi was announced as the winner for 2D Character Video subcategory for his work “1765” http://metalentsawards.com/en/contest/view/960. Here are the details about our short interview with the winner:

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

“I like history. My idea is about oldest visual document of one ancient sport in Iran. I animate it. “1765″ is time journey of Carsten Niebuhr to Iran and make painting of Zurkhaneh in Shiraz-Iran.”

2. Share some experiences during the making of your artwork.

“The product of my idea was possible by 2D style animation but for composition I used 3D style. And I think 3D is dissolve in my 2D film.”

“Maybe it is attractive, my primary idea would be one documentary film, but you see one hybrid film now: one documentary – animation film.”

3. What is the best digital art that you have done apart from the winning artwork in META that you want to share to the digital artist community?

“I think some of my posters have a good idea.”

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

“The world of digital arts is so widespread but it couldn’t make one artist. Moreover, I think artist should have good ideas, new things and beautiful expression.”

Pixelhunters (http://www.pixelhunters.com) team is happy and appreciates your work and participation in Middle East Talents Awards and we want to see more of your talents and aspiring artworks in the future. One again, congratulations to you.