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Podcast EP 183: How Yassmine Kairouch Became a Concept Artist in Morocco

The architecture student/concept artist discusses her challenges in pursuing an artistic career in Morocco.

Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are and what they learned along the way. Now home to 183 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design.

Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

Episode 183: How Yassmine Kairouch Became a Concept Artist in Morocco

This episode features Moroccan concept artist Yassmine Kairouch. In this chat, Kairouch shares her struggles in pursuing an artistic career in Morocco and how she began picking up clients for her concept art while studying architecture full-time.

Tune in to Ibele and Kairouch to hear:

  • How Kairouch, as an unknown artist, picked up her first clients
  • Kairouch’s plan to focus on concept art full-time after completing her degree
  • The surprising benefits an architecture degree offers to concept art

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Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design, and animation.

In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.