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Artist Journey: designer Ulfat Ktaifan

Ulfat Ktaifan

Arch-viz artist

“The biggest turning point to me was the camera! I think the composition is 50% of the render!” Arch-viz artist Ulfat Ktaifan shares her artist journey so far…

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Thank you for sharing your journey so far with our readers. Let’s begin: please introduce yourself and let us know how long ago your journey started? What drew you to art? Any early influences?

Ulfat

Since childhood, I've been attracted to the world of arts and color. At first, I started drawing as a hobby until it became my haven to escape from my fearfulness due to the war that hits my country in 2002. Consequently, it started to grow up in me and I became more eager to improve my skills. Making the most of what was available back then with few resources as references like watching cartoons ­– whenever electricity was available – and pictures from newspapers and magazines and even drawings printed on plates and teacups... etc. Thus in 2007, I enrolled at a university specializing in architectural engineering since it correlates highly with arts. Throughout my university journey studying architecture, I found my anchorage in 2010 and became enamored of 3ds Max and visualization.

3dtotal

What training or learning did you do in those beginning stages? Could you see your progression?

Ulfat

From 2010 until today I keep learning from online courses, but they are not enough, theories and lessons must be put into action to be fully fruitful. So it's better to try different types of projects and styles and use many varieties of render engines. Certainly, experience is priceless in our field as well as feedback, whether from clients or discussions through social media, or friends among talented artists. All give an eye-opening to things I usually miss especially after spending a long time staring at my work.

3dtotal

Were you always happy with what you produced, or was there a turning point where you thought; “This is it, I’ve made it!”?

Ulfat

At first, I was always pleased and very happy to see my work, but lately, the more effort and time I invest in my artwork, unpleasantly, the more my interest diminishes. For self-evaluation is quite sophisticated, it gets a bit more vivid and palpable after publishing my work and getting feedback from people and other artists. Admittedly, I always review my old work, to see what I can modify to improve them and republish them.

In my last project “Him” I had many turning points. First when the floor map (wooden floor) was fixed and I finally found  the best color and feeling (rough feeling); the other turning point was fixing all other materials like shinier leather, and fixing the wall materials (after feedback from friends) and the biggest turning point to me was the camera! I think the composition is 50 % of the render!

3dtotal

Which piece are you most proud of, and why?

Ulfat

In my last project, I am proud that I reached a moody lighting which is perfect with the dark color palette, and also I like the cameras – it took a lot of time and effort to set it up right. I think my new hobby is taking close-up shots!

3dtotal

What advice would you give to any of our readers who are just beginning their journey now?

Ulfat

My advice is don't rush, be patient. Progress takes time and lots of trial and error; in other words experience generates progress. There are no courses or shortcuts nor magic recipes to be perfect at rendering. Always compare your now-self to your past-self and try to give a bit of extra improvement and add something new to every work you produce. Be flexible and ready to try different ways and new techniques. Welcome all constructive criticism.

Thereupon, start working on how to have your own mark and trade in arch visualization by giving meaning and depth to your work using story concepts to describe your work rather than just a picture. Never lose hope, keep on improving but be malleable. My beginnings were never easy and I wasn't that good – add to that the criticism of others and big artists frustrated me, especially after giving my all to every work I do. But I never gave up and so neither should you. Step by step you'll eventually reach your goal.

3dtotal

What can we expect to see from you next?

Ulfat

I'm intending to create artworks and architectural spaces that reflect and relate to human characters. So I'm aiming to analyze more characters and translate it into space through design, lights, colors, and materials. I find visual storytelling by arch-viz artists really interesting, and to able to tell someone's story by looking at the design's space and relate it to his/her character style and interests. I want for Arabian Palestinian women to be acknowledged in the archival field and prove that we can challenge all difficulties and make changes. Finally, many thanks to the 3dtotal team for giving me such a great opportunity!

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