Job Overview: Video Game Artist / Animator

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Artists get to make cool things like a bee shooting a butterfly with its eyeball lasers.

Art & Animation

Related Jobs: Animator, Modeler, Concept Artist, UI Artist, Technical Artist

Art is one of the hardest game jobs to get into, because you need strong artistic talent. You also have to be good with various art tools that are used to create digital content, such as Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop, and have assembled a great portfolio.

The good news is that there are many different kinds of art jobs in the video game industry, so if you’re not good at one then you can try another. Some of the jobs include:

  • Environment Artist: Create the landscapes and building architectures of the game worlds
  • Character Modeler: Create 3D models of the game’s characters and enemies
  • Character Animator: Take the models from the Character Modeler, and create the animations that bring them to life
  • Concept Artist: Envision and plan the look and feel of the game’s worlds and characters
  • User Interface (UI) Artist: Design and draw the menus, heads-up display, and other navigational components of the game

Each art career has a different skills set, as well as a different salary range.

If you’re just starting out, you might know that you love doing art but aren’t sure which job is right for you. Going to an art school is a good way to try out different areas (and earn a degree while you’re at it!), but I also know many successful artists who are self-taught.

If you’re more interested in the visuals of games instead of the technical aspects, then a career as an artist might be a great fit. Start your career by checking out some of the top art schools in the country – just enter your zip below. The info is free, so it’s a great place to start.

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