Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... February's AOM is ARCHITECT_SAMER. We congratulate ARCHITECT_SAMER for his outstanding work in the 3D Studio Max Gallery!





First of All, "Assalamo Alikum" to all (which is our local greeting). My name is Samer El Sayary. I am a teacher assistant in Alexandria University, Department of Architecture. I am 28 years old and have a master degree in virtual environments from Alexandria University. I work as an architect and interior designer in Alexandria beside teaching in Alexandria University and some local academies and centers dedicated to digital modeling.

Egypt is the place I lived until now. I have been experimenting and developing new ways in architectural design using the virtual environments and I test it in competitions, and thank God I got 6 prizes till now (some are local and some international).

Once upon a Morning in Casablanca

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?  

Well, I began working on 3DS Max 2.0 in 1998. As I remember I was in second grade, and it was so hard in this time to find a place or web site dedicated to 3D art. So I was self taught, and I consider my self so lucky I began this early and witnessed the enormous developments made from this time till now. But I really learned 3DS Max from 4 years ago when I decided to teach it to others. I found out that the real learning is when you teach, not when you learn.

What are you currently working on?

These days I am preparing for my PHD thesis, my personal projects and competitions, and trying to grow my new bureau (DIMENSION.LAB)...and planning for what to do in the next year as I planned for this moment 2 years ago ;-))


What software/equipment do you use and why?  

My software is mainly 3D Studio Max and Adobe Photoshop, beside the Autocad. Why? I tested a lot of software and was fascinated by 2 packages: 3D Studio Max and Maya. But I found from 8 years ago that 3DS Max was developing with a faster rhythm, so I decided to stick to 3DS Max and grow with it in time. For my hardware, it would be strange to say I work on a Pentium 4, 2.66 ghz with 256 ram and 80 gig harddisk, but proud I did these works on this small machine. As I always say, no matter what circumstances you have, faith + hard work = success.

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

Well, this is really a good question. Deep inside I think my best piece didn't come to life yet, but maybe it would be the last piece I would make in the end of my life. Maybe because I am sharpening my skills continuously, and trying to be better (this can be seen obviously in my gallery). But no, my best piece didn't come yet. I am a perfection-seeking person, so I am never satisfied with my work because whatever I do I always see there is better.

quiet slums

Who/what inspires you?  

My culture, of course, and environment which I see it is so deep and rich enough, and I am keen to show the world the beauty of our culture. It is interesting to live in a place that you know is aged for more than 7000 years, and you walk in the same streets ancients walked on. But the role of the artist is to convey his message, and my message is to make people all around the world to know about our culture.

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

Renderosity was so important to me. It was the place which helped me to share my vision with others, and to sharpen my skills. It helped me to express to others my aspirations and culture, till I decided to take it as an arena for our students to show their artwork in and compete. So Renderosity helped me in 2 ways.First, in showing to the world our culture and aspirations, and second in the other way it helped me to spread the digital art in my country.

Celebration of cities

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

Well as our teachers of traditional arts taught us to sharpen our skills...DRAW, DRAW, DRAW! I think continuous practice is a key factor in sharpening skills in everything in life, not just art. Patience is a second key factor. 

My advice to all new learners or seasoned artists: art now is different from the past where people used pencils and brushes, because it is connected now with computer software and hardware. These new tools develop in a very fast rhythm, so we have to be as quick as these developments are. I stay the whole year studying the new features in 3D Studio Max, till the next year to see the new features in the new software versions.

And finally, I would thank God for the gift, then express my gratiude to all my friends and students who supported and encouraged me. Good luck for all, and finally, as I begun my interview, I end it with our local greeting "Assalaamo Alikum wa ra7mato Allah wa barakato."

Please have a further look at ARCHITECT_SAMER's Gallery.

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Artist of the Month is highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given to this member for their collection of works for that year.

Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM 2007 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.