Fueled by Passion and driven by hard work, Ahsan Ali was introduced to computer graphics at a very young age and since then has risen to new heights in his career as a CG artist and Interior Designer.
He is from Lahore, Pakistan and graduated from the Beaconhouse School System, Lahore and is well-versed with software such as 3ds Max, Aftereffect, Autocad, Photoshop, Revit, Rhino, Sketchup
We came across his work on Facebook and Behance and were quite impressed so our team went ahead and put forward a few questions about his inspirations and journey in the field. Here’s what he has to say.
Enter Ahsan Ali…..
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
I started making painting/drawings at a very early age, I wasn’t inspired by anyone at that time, it was just something which came from inside of me, I was still lost as I was young at that time, my uncle introduced me to computer graphics.
I was at once attracted towards it because I could see the infinite design possibilities it had.
Can you remember your first design project? Describe it a bit, whether it is a gizmo you worked at as a little kid or something that was sold at a large scale.
When I first started learning 3DS Max, my first design project was a modern house. It was a 5000-Square feet covered area house in a straight line inspired by the modern architecture of 1920’s.
What field of design are you most interested in? Do your works have anything to do with it? (We are asking this because not many designers do what they actually want)
I love making images which tell a story.
Whenever I design interiors or exteriors, the environments I create and the materials I use are the two main things in my design which depict a movement and speak to the viewer.
Chronologically describe what you are going through (feeling and thoughts) on your way to work.
When I design, I’m not sitting on my chair, my body is there but in my mind, I’m am standing in my design & feel the environment with all my senses.
I’m excited about every new project because as I can see new possibilities with each project.
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
Book: Photography and Rendering by V-Ray, By. Ciro Sannino
What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
The most frustrating part is that you cannot convince people all the time.
The most rewarding part is when my client informs me that the design makes him happy and satisfied. You can change people’s mood with your design.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
It is an Art, of course.
Tell us something unusual that happened in your career.
Never thought people would be so interested in my work! I was just fulfilling my own design urges but now here I am talking about my work which will be published and seen by the whole world. This is what I see as the most unusual thing. Once in my early career, I worked under Israa Azzam, she was our Team Leader Architect learned a lot of key points from her.
Let’s say you entered a contest. You have to come up with a design for the first house on the Moon built for extra-terrestrial living. How would your project look like?
What I believe is that the moon belongs to every creature living /or non-living of this universe. I won’t ruin it by covering it with structures which maybe we on earth like, but the Martians hate.
I’ll make tunnels in the moon, so most of my design would be just the interiors.
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
As an Interior designer and CG artist, I would love to create animations such as films and I would love to put the whole world in my designs by creating a utopia.
Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas.
Passion is everything in our lives, whether it is for our hobbies or actual work we are dealing with. If we don’t have any passion inside of us we are dead.
Unfortunately, the whole world is filled with zombies, that’s why we are always one step behind from creating a utopia of which everyone dreams about but doesn’t have the passion to make an effort for.
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
I would like to advise young designers and architects, that age is not the limiting factor; in fact, on the contrary, it is our strength because we have a lot of energy and fresh mind to make wonders in our design.
We can explore different methods and techniques in our design process so that we can present our ideas in more intuitive ways.
(Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with Excellence: Unknown)
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