Well, for starters, I come from an art based family, my parents met at the Fine Arts University in Cairo, nearly 30 years ago. My father always supported my artistic instinct, for that I’ll forever be grateful.
As far as I remember, I used to create stuff out of paper like colorful greeting cards with doodles on it, when I was under 8 years old, I also used to copy cartoon characters from comics and coloring books—I remember that I used to challenge myself a lot when I was young and see if I could pull it off (and that paid off a lot later on). Watching, copying and trying lots of new techniques and different directions without the fear of failure in your early years, will help you discover your true self sooner than expected, know the things that you can do and embrace it. It helped me build confidence in my work through the years. Then design just came along.
I believe by graduation I already knew what I want/want to become, or at least I had a rough idea about it. After graduation I thought I should aim for the best agency out there, and give it a try. After searching and asking around I found that FP7, JWT and Leo Burnett are the best advertising agencies in the country. However, I didn’t have a portfolio to send or even work experience at another agency to back me up, I only had my graduation project GAMRY. Luckily, there was an event (Behance portfolio reviews) and it was held by some of the best in the field at that time, two of them were creatives at FP7, Ayman Anwar/Art Director and Akram William/Sr. Graphic Designer (back then). So I went and showcased my work, they were impressed, I got one of the six of Behance Appreciation Coins that were given away that day along with a voucher from Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. One month later, I got myself an interview at FP7 and was hired.
Even without a portfolio or work experience, sometimes you need to make your own opportunities, believe in yourself and just give it a try.
Serag Mounir, is a 2D animator, a miniature artist and also one of my best friends. Serag is my example for the young passionate artist, he’ll do great stuff in the near future. Serag and I did a couple of projects together just for fun, the first one is called “My Territory” and the second is called “Paradiso Pensione”. They’re both miniature art, sculpting by Serag, light setup and Photography by me. Check’em on Behance.
Also, Fatma El Armany, she is a contemporary artist/ makeup artist/ photographer and also my lovely wife. We did together a couple of cosplay art projects where I was the model in, “Joke Is On You!” and “Winter Is Here”, check’em out too.
Some of my favorite books are “Steal like an Artist”, “It’s Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be” and “Imaginative Realism”.
Work hard, play harder.
A challenging year for design and creativity.