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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

  • $77,000

    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

55.7%

Female

25.4%

Unknown

18.8%
Ethnicity

White

51.4%

Asian

18.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

8.5%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

27.3%

Spanish

27.3%

Japanese

18.2%

Chinese

18.2%

Korean

9.1%
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Game Artist Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

22.9%

Savannah College of Art and Design

10.7%

Art Institute of California - Inland

9.9%

Full Sail University

6.9%

San Jose State University

6.1%

School of Visual Arts

5.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

Art Center College of Design

3.8%

Columbia College Chicago

3.1%

University of Central Florida

3.1%

Art Institute of Seattle

3.1%

University of Oregon

3.1%

University of the Arts

3.1%

San Francisco Art Institute

2.3%

Northeastern University

2.3%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

2.3%

San Francisco State University

2.3%

Maryland Institute College of Art

2.3%

Art Institute of Phoenix

1.5%

Appalachian State University

1.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

32.2%

Animation

16.3%

Fine Arts

12.5%

Design And Visual Communication

8.3%

Computer Science

5.9%

Computer Applications

4.8%

Photography

3.8%

Entertainment Business

3.5%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.8%

Digital Media

1.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Anthropology

1.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.0%

Graphic Communications

0.7%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

0.7%

Business

0.7%

Advertising

0.7%

English

0.7%

Communication

0.7%

Electrical Engineering

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

69.0%

Masters

11.8%

Other

9.8%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

1.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$36,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
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$166,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
Troy, NY
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Game Artist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Game Artist in the United States is $77,612 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $166,000.

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 Babeltime Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 19, 2016 $85,000
Game Artist Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 19, 2011 $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 Lumos Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 24, 2014 $75,000
Game Artist Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 15, 2012 $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
Game Artist and Animator Roboto Games, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 09, 2016 $61,443
2D Game Artist Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 27, 2016 $61,443 -
$91,443
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 Bullet Media San Francisco, CA Dec 15, 2011 $60,000
Game Artist Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 15, 2011 $60,000
Game Artist Blockdot, Inc. Dallas, TX Apr 09, 2010 $51,600
Lead Game Artist 1St. Playable Productions Troy, NY May 01, 2016 $50,419
Game Artist 1St. Playable Productions, LLC Troy, NY Nov 15, 2015 $50,419
Game Artist Breaktime Studios, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $50,000
2D Game Artist Ember Entertainment, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 20, 2016 $50,000 -
$85,490
Game Artist GREE International, Inc. Burlingame, CA Aug 16, 2012 $50,000 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for A Game Artist

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Final Art Assets
  3. Adobe Photoshop
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  • Worked in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Make 2d Sprites for characters, backgrounds, weapons, and other video game assets.
  • Iterated and refined assets in conjunction with team art direction.
  • Create high and low resolution (game ready) props, vehicles, and characters for video games.
  • Create Artwork and Animation for Online Slot Machine games and Video Poker Games for both Desktop and Mobile platforms.

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  2. District of Columbia
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  7. North Carolina
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