"I strived for improving myself without knowing
interview by Bahar BOSEL
My main goal is to work as an animator or a modeller
at the Pixar Animation Studios and then establish my
own animation company. I really want this and I believe
I will do it. I have great projects and scenarios in
my mind. I don't expect anybody to believe this. I am
only 27 now, and I know it's not late. I don't know
if you would find it strange, but I already began to
choose the people I would like to work with in my animation
company in the future. We will see what happens.
When and how did you start drawing?
- I was three years old when I started drawing. I used
to draw things everywhere—on the walls, paper,
tables, everywhere you can think of. I don’t remember
how I started at all, in fact nobody does. Nobody in
my family has ever seen me during the process of drawing.
They only saw what has been drawn. Actually, when I
think of it now, it’s strange that I draw without
showing it to anybody while I’m in the process.
If somebody wants to see it, I show it to him/her after
I finish it; I never say “come and see what I
drew” to people. I think it’s a habit from
What did you first draw?
- Right, I don’t think I have mentioned that.
I’ve been told that I had first drawn a rabbit
and the island of Cyprus. My mom had kept them for a
long time. But they too got lost in time. It’s
different now; I keep everything I draw. They are crammed
in boxes here and there at home. From time to time,
when I get bored, I take them out and look at them.
Did anybody encourage you to draw?
Frankly speaking, no one told me “Look Alkım, you’re very talented; spend some time on it.”
People knew that I drew well, but nobody made any comments
on it since drawing was not one of the recognized professions
of the time. Upon my family’s will, I enrolled
to study literature, but I did not continue since I
did not like it. I used to go and draw at the cultural
centers instead of attending the classes. I strived
for improving myself without knowing why.
Turkey, it is considered that an artist cannot earn
a living. I think, you cannot earn a living neither
in Turkey nor in the world if you only stay limited
to what you have studied at school and do not channel
yourself to other areas. Art is a very ungrateful occupation;
if you take some time out of it, you harm yourself,
your drawing regresses, and the ones around you who
make use of your talent suddenly forget what you have
done in the past and start looking for other things.
What do you feel when you’re drawing and what
do you do to improve your drawing?
I always draw with love and passion; I never said "I am bored of it," not even once. On the paper, you
can see everything that I felt while I was drawing.
I exercised in many ways to improve my drawing and I
still do. Because there is no end to it. At first, I
would not want to get out of my drawing teachers' room;
it would feel like drawing just to talk with them. It
made me very happy to hear new things about something
that I loved. Even now, it gives me a great joy to hear
a comment on art, to read an article about art, or to
visit an art exhibition.
took a few courses on drawing. There, they retold things
from the academics' point of view which I have already
discovered years ago. However, I cannot say that I did
not make use of them. And there is a place I have been
attending for a long time where I learned so many things.
Think of a place where everybody in the family is an
artist— it’s that kind of a place. It is
the School of Caricature in Istanbul which functions
since 1996 and is supported by the municipality. This
is a place where the participants are either new beginners
of drawing or others who are very experienced. And of
course there is a teacher: Ahmet Kesgin, a cartoonist
who helps us in every way for a long time. He is one
of the artists who could survive despite the concept
of art in Turkey. I thank him here in the name of all
of my friends.
How did you start 3D animation?
started 3D animation because of a friend of mine. It
was something I had in my mind for a long time, but
I did not know how to concentrate on it. It’s
been more than three years now and I have come quite
a long way. I learn new things every day. 3D animation
is a very different concept; there is no other joy like
it: to see the things you draw on paper running around,
saying things to you or even smiling at you. And if
you’re the one who animated it; there’s
nothing like it!
Do you have a specific goal for the future in 3D animation?
- I have a few goals in the near future. First, I would
like to get an education abroad, it doesn’t matter
if it’s short or long term. Unfortunately there
is not such an opportunity in Turkey. Either having
a scholarship or not, I would like to do this in accordance
with my goals. I need such an education process to achieve
my main goal.
main goal is to work as an animator or a modeller at
the Pixar Animation Studios and then establish my own
animation company. I really want this and I believe
I will do it. I have great projects and scenarios in
my mind. I don’t expect anybody to believe this.
I am only 27 now, and I know it’s not late. I
don’t know if you would find it strange, but I
already began to choose the people I would like to work
with in my animation company in the future. We will
see what happens.
Since you are doing the both, do you consider yourself
as an animator or an illustrator?
too, ask myself this question from time to time, but
my profession will be animation in a few years.
Finally, what do you suggest to people talented for
drawing or interested in animation?
would say, concentrate on it if you really like to draw.
Maybe you don't have the talent, but art is such a wide
concept; you will definitely find something that fits
you. Ask for the support of your family at every opportunity.
Even if you don't get an academic education, don’t
give up; continue to draw and search for it.
on the other hand, is a very different concept. I think,
you cannot do 3D animation or modelling if you don't
have the talent for drawing. Additionally, it requires
great effort and work. You have to free yourself from
the concept of time. At the moment, because of my job,
I draw during the day and work on animation at nights.
My eyes are always red and I see blurry. It will change
into doing animation day and night. I think it is sufficient
only to aim for it!
Thank you Alkim.
thank the Light Millennium for giving me this opportunity
and I wish for their continuing success which they have
gained in a short period of time.