The Heroine’s Journey of Sotüde Yari

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

“The unity in any painter’s work arises from the fact that a person, brought to a desperate situation, will behave in a certain way… “. – Frank Auerbach.

I strongly agree with this statement, and that creativity in art is heavily influenced by the state of mind of the artist. 

Given the chance of studying Digital Animation, working with different people from around the world, plus gaining experience using various form of Art and illustration; it gave me the pleasure of developing my ideas of creating Artworks that tries to build bridges,while practically pursuing my strongest passion for the subject. My natural abilities and enthusiasm for art and expression through media have always been strong and I have an unquestionable commitment to continue creating Arts that will have a positive impact on people’s lives on Earth.

What is my idea of happiness?

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from inside. Maybe the joy of achievement or the thrill of creative effort or just simply quite and Peace.

What is my greatest fear?

That at the time of death I have not used my potential and talents. Also haven’t seen the wonders and beauties of the world when I am still alive.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

No having a proper work life balance. I am working hard towards reaching that.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Lotte Reiniger. Among the great figures in animated films, she stands alone. No one else has taken a specific animation technique and made it so utterly her own. To date she has no rivals, and for all practical purposes the history of silhouette animation begins and ends with Reiniger. Taking the ancient art of shadow-plays, as perfected above all in China and Indonesia, she adapted it superbly for the cinema.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I am not able to say no to chocolate! And of course coffee!!!😁

On what occasion would I lie?

I can’t lie. My face immediately shows when my cheeks get red. Plus I try to live an honorable and honest life. I don’t believe lying gets us anywhere. And yes I get in trouble for it too.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I believe in the world that we live in, with the constant change of technology, social media etc…we need to learn more everyday and improve our skills.

I think I need to work a lot more on my skills and get updated with the everyday technology that is changing our Art, Design and the way we think and live.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Once in California state ,I had a gallery of some Artworks and this very elegant rich American woman bought one of my Artworks. When I went to deliver the Artwork to her house, she called her son down to hand in the artwork. A young 19 yrs old boy who had cancer and shaved all of his hair. His mother said out loud: ” I bought your Artwork, because I found “hope” in it and I want him to hang this in his room to look at it when he wakes up to fight his cancer and live!” 

That moment was the happiest moment in my life and made me believe that “One Artwork can save a life!”. And I am grateful

If I could, what would I change about myself?

To be more patience; both with work and people. Be more understanding towards others before judging. I am working on it.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Award Winning Animation in Greece.

Public Speaker at “London Parliament” on behalf of “Aiksaath” in UK.

“Talented Youngsters in Line for Business Awards”Honorary mention in multiple British Newspapers.

Public Speaker at University of California America.   

Nomination and screen of “Blossom of Hope” short Animation in Brazil, Chicago, London, Los Angeles etc..

Where would I most like to live?

I have lived in 3 continents. I travel to alot of countries too.

There is surely beauty in every country.

It is just waiting for us to discover it somewhere and be appreciative of all this beauty in the world.

So to answer I would say wherever curiosity and creativity takes me!

What is my most treasured possession?

My mind and heart.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Never stop trying.

If I believe in what I’m doing, then what other people say becomes irrelevant.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Nature is very inspiring.

Anywhere that one can connect to nature is inspirational. Especially in our modern cities with fast lives..we need to connect to nature more than before.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I’m a family person. Wherever I am with them I’m happy.

What books influenced my life and how?

“Think like a genius ” by Todd Silver.

It taught me that one doesn’t have to be a genius to “think” like a genius 

For my work:

“The Animation Book” by Kit Laybourne.

One of the earliest and best books I read when I was in London that shaped my thinking towards being an Animator in this field. The sweet process of Animation is truly beautiful.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Every music is beautiful on its own.

Depends on the mood really.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Daenerys Targaryen in the series of epic fantasy novels” A Song of Ice and Fire”.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Sophie Germain who was a French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher. Despite initial opposition from her parents and difficulties presented by society, she managed to change the world with her intelligence and hard work.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Life of PI.

What role play stories in my life and work?


What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

No one can live our lived or do our things for us. 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Of course my family.

All of them.

Which people or companies would I like to work with? 

Children’s book publishers and writers.

What project am I looking forward to work on?

Before I used to work on different International Projects which were Media related mostly. But recently I am focusing on children’s book and designing products specifically for children.

I believe shaping the mind and characters of the next generation is inspiring.

Where can you see me or my work?

On my LinkedIn account:

Instagram for Artwork:



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What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

When you love doing something, you never get tired.

How can you contact me?

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