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APRIL 2009

Denis Sazhin Icons

My name is Denis Sazhin.

I was born in USSR, in Gorkiy town. Now the country is called Russia and my native town is called Nizhny Novgorod... so there is nothing left :) I went to one of the state public schools (the only schools that existed at that time). They were all  pretty much the same. They didn't have names, just numbers, and they all taught the same common stuff.

After I graduated from school at the age of seventeen, I still didn't know who I was or what I was going to do. So I entered a technical university to  study to be a systems engineer and studied there for six full years. At the same time I worked as a programmer for several software companies and eventually started to worry that I was going to be a programmer forever. Though I knew I was not a great one!

Finally, at the age of 25 (yes, after wasting 8 years of my life), I realized I could not afford to waste more time on things I didn't like to do. So I quit my postgraduate course at the university, quit my job, left my town, and moved to Moscow, the capital, to start from scratch. I found a job as a web designer and learned everything in the process. I started to act quickly and that's why I changed jobs several times in a short period—about five jobs in two or three years, and I learned about design, animation, illustration and so on. Then I finally decided I didn't want to be an employee anymore and I started to work for myself.

Now I'm thirty, I'm an illustrator and icon developer, I have my own business and that brings me up to date.

Denis Sazhin


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©2009 Gary W. Priester
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