November 30th, 2015
Jack of all architectural trades: an interview with Semsa Bilge
Recently, we had a number of designer who focused on a very organic and flexible approach to 3D modeling and design. Today, however, we are taking a look at the other side of the spectrum - the hard earned fundamentals and precision of Semsa Bilge.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello, my name is Semsa Bilge, I was born in 1979 in Ankara Turkey. In 2002, I graduated from Ankara Hacettepe University as an Interior Designer. Since 2002 I have been interested in the 3D modeling industry. For my first job, I started modeling furniture and furniture accessories. Later on, I worked on Interior and Architectural Design, Project and 3D Modeling for 13 years. Over time, 3D modeling also became a hobby for me.
How did you break into the industry? What helped you get your first job/sale?
Right after working in private sector as an Interior Designer for 4 years, I continued my career as a Freelance Interior Architect since 2006. I started selling my designs and 3D models in 2012 and CGTrader helped me go further in my profession and I prefer to use CGTrader because it is multi directional.
What do you think are the most important skills for a designer to have?
I think 3D designers should follow an agenda while working and must have a great imagination. There is no limit in this industry and I think it is essential to constantly improve your abilities as a designer if you are interested in this process and aim to achieve the best you can.
What kind of research do you do before you start a project? Do you go with the flow or have a very good idea how everything goes?
Beginning with a sketch drawing generally is a good start for a project, but this is not always necessary. Mostly, I start a project thinking about all the factors from a three dimensional perspective, afterwards making the technical drawing. So, I‘d say I have a good idea of where I‘m headed with a project.
How would you best describe your projects in three words?
Symmetrical, kinetic and creative.
What tool would you consider indispensable for your work?
Coffee or Beer and Electronic Music.
What would you recommend a beginner to start with and what to avoid? What would you have told yourself when you were starting out?
My belief is that beginners must think multi-directionaly and always improve themselves without falling into repetition. I also use these aspects as guidance to keep improving myself.
ow do you take a break from work? What are your hobbies?
I love watching documentaries, reading books. I‘m also interested in electronic music - I like experimenting with it and currently am an amateur DJ. In my spare time, I also like dealing with 3D modeling and Concept Design. I explore not only small objects, but also wide-ranging ones. My future goal is improving myself in all these areas.
Are there any future projects you can tell us about?
My Future aim is to be a more successful Interior Architect and 3D Modelling Expert. I work intensively on local projects, but would like to be a part of International Projects. My biggest goal is making better and bigger 3D Models. If I become famous in the design Industry through great design and modeling, my biggest aim will be fulfilled.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I am sure that I will make most part of my dreams come true within 5 years. I never do with less, I always want more. Of course, sometimes I find myself inadequate in some areas but I always try to improve myself. I know that I have achieved better works comparing to previous years. My next step will be starting my own business in Architectural Industry. By gathering my own team, I want to be more successful both in Architectural Work and 3D Modeling Projects.
Tell us what you think!