Sargis Khotikyan

Sargis Khotikyan, is one of the top Armenia-based animator & designer in the world. Sargis is best known for his bright, iconic anime style. At a very young age, Sargis discovered his passion and purpose as an animator. This year his focus is starting his own animation studio and first Anime feature film.

We caught up with Sargis to discuss his path, finding joy while striving for greatness, and how creativity plays into his legacy.

Sargis, what was your aha moment when you realize you wanted to be an artist?

Since my childhood, I was always inspired by cartoons and animation. But my biggest aha moment was when I first saw Japanese cartoon animation. I was twelve years old, and if my memory serves me correct that cartoon was “Naruto”.


What is the most meaningful work you have made in your career and why is it so significant to you?

The most meaningful work for me was the animated comedy sketch “Truck Hudson”, it was a great experience for me, I had a lot of fun doing it, and it also gave me a chance to appear in IMDB.


Looking back at how far you have come to get to where you are today. What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow your footsteps?

When I look back I realize that nobody really believed in me, I was alone but with a great desire to move forward and achieve my goals. If anyone wants to follow my footsteps, I can advise one thing: Listen to no one except your heart, and put a goal for you in the highest point so you can achieve at least half of it.


Where do you find your peace and inspiration?

Mainly going for a walk. I get many of my creative and great ideas when I go to get some fresh air and especially when I walk in green areas.


What does living in your uniqueness mean to you?

Living for me is creating art, especially something that can change the world in a good and positive way. For me, one cannot exist without the other.


Can you tell me about one special moment or story in your life where it had a lasting impact on you?

There have been a lot of interesting and epic stories in my life, both exciting and depressing, but I would rather show it in my own way, with my art and animation, and not with words.