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Working As A Game Artist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $63,970

    Average Salary

What Does A Game Artist Do

Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models, animation, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Duties

Multimedia artists and animators typically do the following:

  • Use computer programs and illustrations to create graphics and animation
  • Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
  • Research upcoming projects to help create realistic designs or animations
  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in animations
  • Edit animations and effects on the basis of feedback from directors, other animators, game designers, or clients
  • Meet with clients, other animators, games designers, directors, and other staff (which may include actors) to review deadlines and development time lines

Multimedia artists and animators often work in a specific medium. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games. Others create visual effects for movies and television shows. Creating computer-generated images (known as CGI) may include taking images of an actor’s movements and then animating them into three-dimensional characters. Other animators design scenery or backgrounds for locations.

Artists and animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or in scenery and background design. Video game artists may focus on level design: creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.

Animators work in teams to develop a movie, a visual effect, or an electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, and then the pieces are put together to create one cohesive animation.

Some multimedia artists and animators create their work primarily by using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Many animation companies have their own computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Video game designers also work in a wide variety of platforms, including mobile gaming and online social networks.

Other artists and animators prefer to work by drawing and painting by hand and then translating the resulting images into computer programs. Some multimedia artists use storyboards or “animatics,” which look like a comic strip, to help visualize the final product during the design process.

Many multimedia artists and animators put their creative work on the Internet. If the images become popular, these artists can gain more recognition, which can lead to future employment or freelance work.

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How To Become A Game Artist

Most multimedia artists and animators need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field to develop both an impressive portfolio of work and the strong technical skills that many employers prefer.

Education

Employers typically require a bachelor’s degree, and they look for workers who have a good portfolio of work and strong technical skills. Multimedia artists and animators typically have a bachelor’s degree in fine art, computer graphics, animation, or a related field. Programs in computer graphics often include courses in computer science in addition to art courses.

Bachelor’s degree programs in art include courses in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Degrees in animation often require classes in drawing, animation, and film. Many schools have specialized degrees in topics such as interactive media or game design.

Training

Some animation studios have their own software and computer applications that they use to create films, and they often provide on-the-job training so that workers can use the specific software and computer applications.

Important Qualities

Artistic talent. Animators and artists should have artistic ability and a good understanding of color, texture, and light. However, they may be able to compensate for artistic shortcomings with better technical skills.

Communication skills. Multimedia artists and animators need to work as part of a complex team and respond well to criticism and feedback.

Computer skills. Many multimedia artists and animators use computer programs or write programming code to do most of their work.

Creativity. Artists and animators must be able to think creatively to develop original ideas and make them come to life.

Time-management skills. The hours required by most studio and game design companies can be long, particularly when there are tight deadlines. Artists and animators need to be able to manage their time effectively when a deadline approaches.

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Game Artist Demographics

Gender

Male

66.5%

Female

25.3%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

69.5%

Asian

17.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Japanese

33.3%

Mandarin

22.2%

Chinese

22.2%

Spanish

22.2%
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Game Artist Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

16.7%

Academy of Art University

10.6%

Full Sail University

9.1%

Art Institute of California - Inland

7.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.1%

Columbia College Chicago

4.5%

Art Center College of Design

4.5%

School of Visual Arts

4.5%

Appalachian State University

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

University of Washington

3.0%

American River College

3.0%

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

3.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.0%

University of Central Florida

3.0%

San Francisco Art Institute

3.0%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.0%

California Institute of the Arts

3.0%
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Majors

Graphic Design

31.8%

Animation

13.2%

Fine Arts

11.9%

Design And Visual Communication

7.9%

Computer Science

6.0%

Computer Applications

6.0%

Photography

4.0%

Digital Media

3.3%

Entertainment Business

2.6%

Anthropology

2.0%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%

Graphic Communications

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Communication

1.3%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

0.7%

Writing

0.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.7%

Human Computer Interaction

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

67.3%

Other

11.9%

Masters

10.7%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Game Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Game Artist III A2Z Development Center Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2014 $150,103
Game Artist III A2Z Development Center Inc. Irvine, CA Jul 30, 2016 $112,900
Game Artist III A2Z Development Center Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 06, 2014 $111,000
Senior Game Artist Tinyco, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2016 $97,323
Senior Game Artist (ART Lead) Electronic Arts Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 10, 2011 $95,000
Senior 2D Game Artist Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 14, 2014 $85,821
Senior 2D Game Artist Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 14, 2014 $85,000
Game Artist Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 19, 2011 $85,000
Game Artist Babeltime Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 19, 2016 $85,000
Senior Game Development Artist Redbana U.S. Corp. San Mateo, CA Jan 04, 2010 $85,000
Game Artist II A2Z Development Center Inc. Irvine, CA Mar 28, 2016 $82,300
Game Artist Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 15, 2012 $75,000
Game Artist Lumos Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 24, 2014 $75,000
Game Artist III A2Z Development Center, Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 17, 2016 $63,960 -
$155,400
3D Game Environment Artist CCP North America, Inc. Decatur, GA Oct 01, 2013 $62,192 -
$80,000
2D Game Artist Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 27, 2016 $61,443 -
$91,443
Game Artist and Animator Roboto Games, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 09, 2016 $61,443
Game Artist Bullet Media San Francisco, CA Dec 15, 2011 $60,000
Game Artist Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 15, 2011 $60,000
Game Artist Babeltime Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 15, 2015 $60,000
Game Artist Bullet Media San Francisco, CA Sep 03, 2012 $60,000
Game Artist Blockdot, Inc. Dallas, TX Apr 09, 2010 $51,600
Game Artist 1St. Playable Productions, LLC Troy, NY Nov 15, 2015 $50,419
Lead Game Artist 1St. Playable Productions Troy, NY May 01, 2016 $50,419
2D Game Artist Ember Entertainment, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 20, 2016 $50,000 -
$85,490
Game Artist Breaktime Studios, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $50,000
2D Game Artist Kabam, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 10, 2011 $50,000
Game Artist GREE International, Inc. Burlingame, CA Aug 16, 2012 $50,000 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for A Game Artist

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  1. Party Developer
  2. 3D Assets
  3. User Interface Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Help establish and unify baking procedures for 3D assets.
  • Developed engaging, memorable designs, from initial concept to fully rendered illustrations for mini game projects.
  • Side character animations of running and jumping for main character's five sizes.
  • Communicated with programmers and other testers about existing bugs and areas of focus Select Titles: Super Goblin Cannon Deluxe
  • Created concept art and sprite sheets for the main character, enemies, projectiles.

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