Well then... hi! As you may know, my name is Tughan
Arslan, and that's all. Thanks folks, that's it, see you next time...
...that would be easy wouldn't it? I guess I have
to do something I don't like to do; tell about myself. :) Well
actually I found a fine solution for this situtation. I'll ask
questions to myself, and I answer them. How about that? :) Okay then,
Q: Are you that desperate
enough to ask yourself questions?
A: Well... yeah. :) Next question?
Q: Would you like
to tell us and our visitors a little bit of yourself?
A: Thats a tricky question, but I'll try to answer
that anyway... Well... I'm a CG Artist living in Turkey. I was born
in Istanbul Turkey on a rainy day, October 30, 1982. So I should
be 22 today... and... uh... here I am now. Still living. :) Oh
about that 20 year in the middle, nothing much happened really.
I was just kidnapped by Aliens on the day I was born. They educated
me, teach me some weird stuff (3D Studio Max etc. :)) and sent me back
to my planet. I remember nothing more. :)
Q: How did you get
into the Computer Graphics?
A: My interest to drawing unbearable stick figures started when I first
got hold of a pen & paper while I was a kid. (it always start like that) I can't tell
why. Do you ever draw stickman figures on every corner
of a notebook paper and try to animate that? Well... I wasted a quite
few notebooks while doing it. In fact, some of them was my dad's
important books. :) Anyway. My interest to the Animation goes
back these years.
Years passed, passed, I grow little, (and -don't
mean to boast but- I learned how to read by the way ;)) then I've
met a friend, a computer! (Commodore 64 to be precise) I quickly
threw my paintbrush & paper with saying "forget the arts,
let's play the games!" and done that pretty good. Then my
second computer Amiga 500 came along. I was still playing games
of course. But one day, one normal day, just like today (oh c'mon...)
I found a little floppy disk. It was not a game! No. So Why didn't
I throw it away? Anyway it was a 2D Paint Application called Deluxepaint.
Suddenly my artistic senses rise again. I felt like "whoa!
Computers was really can do more than playing games." So
I started drawing again, but this time with computer. I was addicted
to that little 2D paint tool. I didn't even know how to save my
paints. I just draw, look at the monitor with a stupid smile after
a few hours of work, show it my mom & dad and then turn off
the computer. Thats about it.
After I got my first PC, well... my Gaming frenzy
back again. I was more interested to gaming side than artistic
side of the PC for a while. I always watched Computer Gaming world
very closely. (which I still am) So I become a PC game reviewer
at a Computer Gaming Magazine for 2 years. I wrote dozens of game
reviews and guides. After that, me and some of my gaming friends
created an Online Gaming Web Site called PC Therapy. I was making
Web Design and graphics of the web site, and also writing games
time to time. Around 1.5 years later some of the site members
had to leave because of their school or work etc. That include
my site partner. (we all didn't have any money profit for doing
it. It was all Just for fun) So I decided to shut down the site. It was a
good experience for me. After that, with a pretty good Web Mastering
knowledge, I created some web sites for my friends and a few companies.
They both didn't paid. :)
By the way, being inside of Games and 3D Graphic
Technology makes me wonder "how did they create this?"
And that led me to the one possible way, 3D Applications. My Artistic
side resurrected again from it's sleep! This time it's serious
and I'm not gonna let it sleep again!
This is me. I meant to be a graphic artist. Because
I realized that I don't like to do anything more than drawing
pictures, designing, modelling 3d, animating characters etc...
(maybe because I sucks at other things :)) That's the way I like
it. And thats what I'm going to do. Not for just to proud me and
my parents, not for money, (it would be cool though :)) just to
be remembered one of the best CG Artist in the world! Mwahahahahahaaaa!
Q: Where did you go
to school? If any?
A: I don't have to answer that question...
Q: Yes you have! Now
tell us where did you go to school?
A: Well... actually I didn't. :) No university,
no high school, no junior high school, no primary, or even a nursery
school. I learned how to read & write at age of 5 and that
was more than enough for me. Then Pofff! Off we go... Hang on
world, here I'm coming... :)
Do I look like joking? Well, you have to belive
my "kidnapped by aliens and educated at the Solaris Alien
University" story, or this "no school" story. Pick
the one you find more interesting. But only one of it is true.
Q: What kind of CG
Works do you like to do?
A: I personally like working on character animations.
That is my main focus. Also I love to create 3D craracters. Model
them from scratch, then rig them different ways, watch it move
way I like, and animating it. That's the most thing in CG that
makes me really happy. Mainly character related stuff you see.
Also I love real physics dynamic simulations. Like
falling boxes, pouring water, cloth etc. Like to create those.
Q: What kind of CG
Works do you NOT like to do?
A: Actually I like everything about graphics.
Nothing much I don't like to do. But if we have to pick something
then I should say I don't like compositing work. You know like pick
a Mushroom picture, then pick a forest picture, erase mushroom's
background, cut it and paste it into the forest picture. Something
like that. I also don't like draw or model too flat things. Make
it a character or architectual design. Because I more like deformed,
Q: What other things
do you like to do?
A: What other things? Oh... well, I love to watch
movies. More like Science-Fiction, Thriller, and John Woo (or
John Woo style) Action movies. Like The Killer, Hard Boiled etc.
Some of my favorite movies are; The Usual Suspects, Memento, Fight
Club, Snatch, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Fifth Element,
The Matrix 1, Bravehearth, Pirates of The Carribean, Oldboy... And of
course All the Animated films by Pixar. :)
I also like to watch Cartoons. SpongeBob Squarepants is my favorite. And of course don't forget the South Park and The Simpsons. :)
For TV series, I really like to watch Lost. Also I'm a big fan of 24, Angel, and of course The X-Files.
And for Comedy stuff, Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm really cracks me up. It's definately the best since Seinfeld. I also love The Friends very much. Especially early seasons...
Q: Is that all?
A: No... :)