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Hi, I’m Tony Elias (Grizzly). I am an Art Director based in the New Forest, Hampshire, with over 20 years of experience in directing, illustrating, motion graphics, animation, print and digital publishing, photography, videography, and digital art.

During my long and successful career, I’ve lived and worked all over the Arabian Gulf including Dubai and Qatar. My portfolio features work for international clients like Etihad Airways, Starbucks, UCL, and Qatar Foundation.

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I'm passionate about making a difference.

I always had a pencil in my hand as a child, having learned how to paint in a Greek Monastery at an early age. That ingrained passion for drawing later drew my attention to graphic design and web programming, where I was able to develop and hone my skills.

 

I previously worked as the Art Director for Switch, one of the top publishing companies in the Middle East, producing magazines, newspapers, and other high-quality designs for publications including Qatar Foundation, an internationally renowned organisation that promotes educational excellence and scientific discovery.

 

Most recently, I was the Creative Director for Alef Magazine. Alef is a bilingual (English and Arabic) bimonthly independent publication in Doha, Qatar, which focuses on indigenous cultural topics in the Gulf region with an international outreach.

 

I am currently the Global Creative Designer for an IT company based in Southampton, where I am constantly developing new styles and techniques to keep up with the ever-changing industry.

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"When I'm involved in a project at work, I look to achieve success. I apply the same mindset to my personal life."