Today we’d like to introduce you to Ibrahim Zemheri.
Ibrahim, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in the capital city of Turkey called Ankara that is the country’s second-largest city after Istanbul. In spite of having some ups and downs, it was a nice childhood. I grew up loving all the Looney Tunes characters and watching the legendary duo Tom and Jerry all day long like many other kids at that time.
During my high school years, I realized that I was enjoying art more and I decided to study a major in cinematic arts. I got into an animation program in university with a full scholarship and started having so much fun exploring through all the fields of the industry like cell animation, stop motion and CGI. My passion for both design and animation would lead me to my career path, motion graphic design.
By the time I finished the second grade I happened to start working with the people in the industry and realized that although Turkey has a unique artistic richness in many fields, unfortunately, the animation industry itself is not developed well, so It is not a good place to grow as an animator or a motion designer. And yes, which is kind of a bummer…
Well, I have always wanted to pursue my career among the best creatives so that I could be able to get better at my craft and do the work that I could always be proud of. And thankfully upon my graduation, I got the chance to start off my career at one of the best studios in the industry called Buck Design. I packed up my things and moved to Los Angeles where I have had the pleasure to work along with my creative heroes on so many great projects.
Then I have gone freelance that allows me to grow as an independent artist and to meet lots of great folks in the game.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’d say, I have had some struggles along the way. Nothing comes easy for sure, there was no particular program in school for motion graphic design. I was always working on my own motion design projects outside of school tasks to get better at my craft. So It was kind of like self-teaching and discovering what motion design is with those countless hours of practicing and trying to ease my curves in After Effects late at nights.
Thankfully, with the support of the loved ones It all has paid off with lots and lots and I feel like It has been a good progress so far as an artist.
Tell us more about your work.
Currently, I am working as a freelance designer, animator and motion designer. I do both 2D and 3D stuff, I love trying and experimenting different techniques and styles, I have worked on so many great projects so far mostly in advertising field. I usually move things around but I love to work on design too. So It is mainly design-driven projects I focus on. I also enjoy creating silly Gifs and abstract illustrations. I have had the pleasure of working on the projects with the awesome folks for the clients like TedEd, Facebook and LinkedIn…
- Website: www.ibrahimzemheri.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zemheribrahim