Interview with Jasmin Habezai-Fekri

Jasmin Habezai-Fekri is a 3D Environment Artist from Cologne, Germany with 2 years of industry experience.
She likes to work Blender and Zbrush

What led you into the CGI/3D? Tell us your story.

Games like Animal Crossing or animated movies by Pixar really influenced my creativity and interest for colorful and bright worlds. Whenever I played games, I always wondered how amazing it would be to be able to create something similar myself. Only later after finishing high school, I started to follow this long standing interest and took the step to learn Blender. I immediately got hooked and realised that 3D is where I feel the most comfortable to express myself.

Where do you go to get inspired? What/Who inspires you?

I spend a lot of time on Artstation browsing through stylized artwork, both 3D and 2D. Hand-painted textures are a big passion of mine, so I enjoy seeing artwork that relies on painting skills a lot. I also get inspired by little everyday things that surround me such as the food I make, the forests nearby our home or traveling to new places.

How does a typical working day look like?

If I don’t have university classes, I usually get up at 9 AM and work until 8 PM. In between I take breaks to cook up something nice for dinner. It’s important to me to take the time and cook something fresh. Cooking is probably my other passion besides 3D, since it helps me a lot to get back to work recharged. I also have designated time during the day where I do stretches/small workouts to keep my mind and body fit!

What does your workplace look like?

Nothing too special. I just recently upgraded my workstation from a laptop to a desktop PC, which was a great improvement. Other than that, I use two screens and have a teapot with green tea always in reach.

How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?

Sometimes it can be difficult recognizing your own progression in terms of skills. However seeing your own improvement by comparing your work throughout the months and seeing how far you’ve come really helps to put things into perspective and motivates me personally a lot. Seeing the outcome of all the hours put into an artwork is the most rewarding aspect of 3D to me.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

I really enjoy doing Yoga, taking long walks around the city or in nature and traveling! Whenever I visit a different country, I feel like my brain gets recharged with new ideas, inspiration and motivation! Getting out of your room is the best way to come back with more energy to your work.

How do you keep your portfolio up to date? Any tips?

Try to finish projects! Whenever I decide on a concept or environment I want to create, I do my best to stay dedicated and focused on it. If I feel like I’m losing motivation or interest, I make little 1-2 day long projects that I can use to refresh my mind and creativity. However it is important to not turn those side projects into major dedications, since that usually ends up in a pile of unfinished work. With every piece I create, I try to push myself doing new things, learning and optimising my workflow.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Blender / Photoshop / Sketchfab / Zbrush and sometimes Substance Painter.

What Software do you want to learn in future? And why?

I want to get more comfortable and advanced with Zbrush and Substance. I already incorporate them into my stylized workflows but there is still a lot to learn and discover!

Which books would you recommend to read?

Any book by Haruki Murakami but my favourite one is Kafka by the Shore. The dreamy atmosphere of his books is a great way to escape to different worlds.

What music do you listen to while working?

My playlist is a colorful mix of City Pop, Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Game and Film Soundtracks or Lo-fi Streams on Youtube!

Any advice for new Artists?

It’s not about the tools or brushes, but consistent practise and dedication to learning new things and pushing yourself! Try to create things that you are passionate about, people will see this passion in your artwork!