Seksenbayev learned of his win from close friends. When he received the e-mail from the space research centre, he placed it in the trash thinking it was a spam.
“I did [the sketch] as I would have if I were in the place of these scientists. But as I said earlier, I believe that this is a coincidence of circumstances; I was really lucky,” he added.
The results of the contest were announced Dec. 26. NASA picked three winners among the nearly 100 entries, which also included Chinese game animation developer Lee Hong You and English supervisor Hugh Turner.
Seksenbayev, who lives and works in the capital, provides services to Kazakh and Russian pop stars and cinema. He designs furniture and has developed his own design, known as geometric style.