Ahmed Mohamed Nady, born in Cairo on the 31st December 1981. He was graduated in 2003 from the Helwan University of fine Arts, EL Zamalek. He is majored in Painting. He is married and has 2 kids, a boy called Hamza and a girl called Khadija. His work title is a Senior Visualizer. Ahmeds’ main job is character design and development. He works in comics and creates characters including their different poses, drawing, coloring, and facial expressions. He proved himself in this job, as his work is unique. He is not known to have a certain style in his work or art as he doesn’t like to stick to a certain technique or style. He deals with each project/character according to what he wants to express therefore he uses different methods in his art which could show a great contrast between different pieces of his work.
Born in an artistic family, his dad was an artist and his mum is the sculptural Iman Ezzat. Art is a precious thing in his family, which made him like art and made his family support him further in this path. He gained a lot of knowledge from both of his parents as they took him while visiting any art event such as exhibitions or Cairo Gallery to see the artistic pieces of work whether photography, graphics, paintings or sculptures. “My dad raised me on freedom of expressing my opinions. Honestly I was raised in a golden period of Egyptian Caricature” says Ahmed. At that time his dad was working in a Caricature magazine as a portrait Artist. He used to go and visit his dad at work to watch him while working and learn from him. His dad worked with a crew, which included people who were enhanced richly with art knowledge; Mustafa Hussein, Hassan Hakeem and Hassan EL Fedawy who had a great impact on him. Hassan El Fedawy taught him how to be brave and that the wealth of an artist is practicing a lot and broadening ones horizon. He also taught him that Reading about several topics related to the field and watching a lot of work from different places and for different artist is a great value for an artist personal development.
He graduated from Bahgat High School. He was not interested in any of the subjects except the Art class. His grades were average just to get a pass but he always got the full mark in Art. He joined a lot of art activities and exhibitions in school. His main time was spent in the drawing room with his art teachers to learn, as he would watch them drawing and later try practicing on what they do. He started his career life before going to the university as he was studying sculpturing in Mahmoud Mokhtars’ Museum, which lead him to work in an industry that creates pharaohnic statues. The owner of the industry was his teacher in school Mr. Assem who suggested that he could fulfill this job as he recognized his talent and knew that he is already studying sculpture. This was the first work experience for him and it was a great experience in his life. Ahmed had a good communication between him and his teachers and he was a hard worker only in what satisfied his interests.
Ahmed started his university education period by applying in Luxor University of fine arts and he got accepted. He moved away from Cairo and his family to Luxor where he learned how to be independent. He stayed in Luxor for one year and then transferred his studies to Helwan University of Fine Arts because he was not comfortable with the life style there. One of the main things, which influenced his educational life positively, was competition. There was a strong sense of competition between him and his colleagues in university as everyday they would surprise each other with new work or new information. They would learn from each other’s work and take it as a support to work harder and improve. In his first year in Helwan University he got a work offer from his Interior Design doctor Ahmed Nabeeh. His job was to draw a storyboard for the series “ Semsems’ World” as it was still a new project in process. Doctor Nabeeh believed in Ahmed’s talent, he also knew that Ahmed had experience in the working field before university and brief information about his artistic family. Actually Ahmed at that time didn’t know anything about how to draw or create a storyboard and honestly confessed this to his mentor. Dr. Nabeeh decided to help him therefore he sent him to one of the director Tarek Rashad as he believed he could do the job and this was his real start as he liked the field and started to learn more about it and go deeply in it. Ahmed majored in painting which helped him a lot in the comics field and character development as he learned about colors in specific details, facial expressions and studying the human body in proportions. People knew about him when he started drawing storyboards as the templates he drew on were printed with his name and numbers. What made him unique at that time is that he got paid a little amount of money and he finished his tasks on time. His work was nicely done because he was interested and like what he is doing. Ahmed was not aiming for money at that point but for the experience at work.
After graduation (Official Work):
After graduation, he worked with a group of people in a production company. The team included him, Ahmed Abdul Wares and Mohamed Tawfeek. He was the team leader, as he would tell them about the project, character description, biography and features of characters to be assessed. “We think about it really well and have an image in mind and then each person in the group draws some sketches and trials for the character design on their own”. After two hours they would gather again with their sketches and would combine the best results. Ahmed would take the perfect design, idea and choose the perfect sketches for specific parts in the body such as the arm. Further on, he would finalize the character to give it to another person who does the character sheet (someone more professional in the 3d sketch and could draw the character from different perspectives). His job was to manage the project and direct each part of the team to his work. It is very important for the artist to like his work and belong to it.
Later on the company closed and he worked as a free lancer. He did some work for Maged, Noona and Basem Magazines. His job was designing characters for certain stories in the Magazines. Those are all Egyptian magazines for kids and teens.
Nowadays he works in Tarek Nour’s advertising agency. He has been working there for 2 years.
Ahmed is still not satisfied with his work and learns more everyday aiming to achieve the better, as he believes that an artist should always keep learning till death.