There is no such thing as an all-in-one solution and specialization just makes for more solid platforms for the artist. The first software that propelled Khalid really into 3D was LightWave. Then he got into sculpting in ZBrush and later found modo, about a year back, and it has increased his output to a new level that he’d never imagined. “The mix of the software and the support we get from the developers is vital,” says Khalid. “These are important factors when you develop a long-term relationship with a product, as you need to be happy with the support and the direction the team is taking. I guess since I still need and use all of them, it means that they are all my favorites. Each one has its own features that make me continue to use it and these are the tools that would make artists like me able to create new and exciting pieces.”
“Before I was an artist myself, I was my father's son and have lived in his color field since I was six or seven. This helped me create my own style and I have been painting and coloring for many years of my life with water colors, gouaches and airbrush, but there is no evidence of that as most of my paintings have been sold. Today my palette has evolved from canvas and paper to the RGB colors in my Cintiq screen.”
“I believe that the lights and shadows are my strength, especially coming from a background in painting, it is something that I do with passion. Some people focus only on modeling and texturing, and yes, you need to do that well for a 3D illustration, but you can have a finished looking image just by lighting it properly and designing where the shadows go.”
|I am a workaholic and love my work, especially being part of its development both in the artistic side and on the technical side. I can't get enough of it so my wife made me promise that I would do something to get me away from the Studio, so I train at least one hour a day with my private instructor who is a Master of the Martial Arts. |
Khalid and Rashad would like to get on with the movie project they’ve been working on. “Also a few months ago, we were excited that His Highness, the Crown Prince of Bahrain has shown his interest in the SOM Bahrain project, so it is a without a doubt a cherished mission to complete this dream,” says Khalid.
“We are also trying to divide our time between development, architectural and creative efforts so I hope that we have the energy to keep the momentum going, as it can be overwhelming and times and requires a great deal of effort.”
“My personal journey in 3D is not even five years old, so I am still learning as I go along. When I established Muharraqi Studios with my business partner, it was to make a fresh start for myself as an artist in a new field. I have now established myself in the global community and become recognized as a CG artist and have managed to turn my hobby into my profession.
Every day we learn something new and everyday we try to improve ourselves a bit. Hopefully, this is only the beginning of the road and there will be much more to come from us soon!”
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