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25 Feb 2016

When Ambition Meets Architecture: An Interview With Şemsa Bilge

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Having 14 years of experience in 3D modeling is something. I shudder to think about the kind of computers they had to use back then. But Şemsa Bilge perseveres and endures. That why we couldn’t help but have her for an interview. And here she is, pouring the wisdom of the years for us all to hear.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in 1979 in Ankara, Turkey. In 2002, I graduated from Ankara Hacettepe University as an Interior Designer. I had an interest in 3D modeling industries since 2002. In my first job, I modeled furnitureand furniture accessories. I have been working on Interior and Architectural Design, Project and 3D Modeling for 13 years now. Over time, 3D modeling became my hobby, too. In my spare time, I dabble in 3D modeling and concept design. I concern myself with not only small objects, but with large projects, too. My goal is to improve my skills in all these areas.

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How did you break into the industry? What helped you get your first job/sale?

I worked as an interior designer in the private sector for 4 years, after which I continued my career as a freelance interior architect from 2006. I started selling my designs and 3Dd models in 2012. CGTrader helps me get ahead in my field 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 a 3D designer should follow an agenda and have a great deal of imagination. There are no limits in this industry. Designers must constantly improve their skills if they are truly interested in this field and aim to achieve the best.

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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 sketch drawing is generally a good start for a project. But this is not always necessary. I mostly start my work by thinking about all the factors in 3D, and then I make the technical drawing.

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, electronic music and, of course, Autocad, 3ds Max, Vray, Photoshop and Zbrush.

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What would you recommend a beginner to start with and what to avoid? What would you have told yourself when you were starting out?

Beginners must think in many directions and always improve themselves as not to fall into repetition. I also use all these aspects as my guidance.

How do you take a break from work? What are your hobbies?

I love watching documentaries and reading books. I am also interested in electronic music - I am experimenting with being an amateur DJ!

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Are there any future projects you can tell us about?

My Future aim is to be a more successful interior architect and a master 3D modeler. I work intensively in Turkey, but I would also like to take part in international projects. My biggest goal is making better and bigger 3D Models.

If I become famous in design industry, I will have achieved my greatest aim.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am sure that I will make most of my dreams come true within 5 years. I can never do with less, I always want more. Of course I sometimes find my skills inadequate in some areas, but that’s why I’m always trying to improve myself. I know that my works have improved in comparison to previous years.

My next step will be to start my own business in architectural industry. By gathering my own team, I aim to be more successful both in architectural works and 3D modeling projects.