Ep.39: Ahmed Aldoori on talent and discipline

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Ahmed is aa senior concept artist from Los Angeles, US. He graduated in Entertainment Design from Art Center College, Pasadena and worked on a range of projects from movies, theme parks, and video games. Recently he spent a year and a half at ArenaNet Studio working as a concept artist on Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns.  Now he is enjoying teaching art at the Art Center College and also at CG Master Academy running online classes on character design. He has a very popular YouTube channel where he posts videos about his drawing process inspiring almost 150’000 fans!

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Key Takeaways

“Don’t think failure is bad … do it even on purpose … it’s part of the process and you will find your way!”

  • Biggest turning point with a profound impact for Ahmed was moving from Ohio to California to attend Arts Center. It was bit different in 2009, but it opened many opportunities and connections because it shifted everything to art for him
  • Best advice Ahmed ever got was “Don’t depend on talents”. He got used to his talents, but problem was that he didn’t learn discipline. You have to work anyway, you can’t expect things come to you so easily
  • Ahmed doesn’t keep himself motivated or inspired. The thing he learned is that sometimes you imagine a carrot on the stick and sometimes it works, but the thing is that motivation and inspiration are not reliable. To be effective is to just do stuff anyways. Have discipline, show up, have routine and do it. Once you start working and you are in the zone, the inspiration comes

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Special thanks to Ahmed for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Ahmed Aldoori, used with permission

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