Meet Mohammed Alturki, the eclectic
29-year-old Kuwaiti self-taught, self-made designer and creative director.
Owner and creative director of his website and blog www.numberxiv.com, Mohammed, unknown to himself and to others, started his journey into the world
of digital art in 1998. He describes this start as completely “coincidental”.
The simple task of manipulating a photograph required the use of Photoshop, and
once plunged into the infinite possibilities one could create with a simple
program, he was absolutely hooked!
Refusing to look at the digital world as
anything but an art form, Mohammed strives to show the world that digital
design is an undermined field, “People are willing to pay so much for
paintings, or any traditional art media, yet the craft of a creative digital
artist is highly under-estimated. A digital artist has the power to convey a message using a very
simplistic idea, or item. Inspiration is whimsical and coincidental.”
Being a completely self-taught designer, his
blog serves the purpose of a diary that reflects the experiments of a
fascinated soul, exploring a variety of subjects and techniques. On any given
day, Mohammed could take photographs of a variety of random objects to create a
story, and then he would create the tutorial to teach his fans how he
accomplished his desired masterpiece. On another given day, he decides to
experiment with creating a print or logo for a client. His options are
unlimited, and he won’t stop until he gets it right.
On the side note of “getting it right”, the
story behind the name ‘xiv designs’ is one of an embarrassed student at his
college graduation. When confronted with giving a speech in front of at least
two thousand people, he struggled to pronounce the Roman numerals in “Louis
XIV” as Louis the fourteenth, yet he kept trying in front of the laughing
masses until he finally succeeded. Perhaps his patience and perseverance, both
innate traits, separate this artist from others, where he believes that talent
alone is never enough and that practice makes perfect, strongly claiming that
“You have to learn how to master your work, and become your own pilot.”
Documenting his work on his blog has opened up many doors for Mohammed as he is
now a teacher and mentor. He has posted many tutorials for amateur artists who
share his wonder and fascination with the digital arts, and creates several
organized teaching lessons.
Mohammed likes to vary his works, where his
designs could easily be interpreted as personal reflections created to inspire
others to think outside of the box for he is never afraid to experiment. At the
same time, the quality of his work has attracted the eyes of many local
bloggers and companies alike looking for new designs that capture their
progressive thoughts. After his first hand experience of a realm of infinite
possibilities, he would like others to follow suit to pursue their passions.
Today he continues to creatively collaborate with a community of digital
artists in effort to create awareness and events that would bridge the gap
between the local community and fellow aspiring digital artists.
How would your mother describe you in one
How would you describe your mother in one
What is the most insane question you’ve ever
A friend asked me if I could kill a shark
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve
Jumping from a speeding boat.
What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had
Where would you like to live? / What is your dream retirement
What is the first famous quote that comes to
Quote by the Prophet Mohammed, “seek
education, even in china.”
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be
What do you miss about your childhood?
My deep attachment with my RC cars.
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Turki (same as my family name).
How would you describe your handshake in
What is the toughest part of your character?
My hatred towards commotion
Who is your favorite historical figure?
What in the world do you least desire?
What do you think is lacking in the world, which would make the
world a better place?
Why do you think most girls/guys like you?
Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing