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Top 50 Game Artist Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Game Artist. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Game Artist resumes they appeared on. For example, 17.1% of Game Artist resumes contained Graphic Design as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Game Artist actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These Are The Most Important Skills For A Game Artist

1. Graphic Design
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2. Final Art Assets
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3. Adobe Photoshop
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Here's how Adobe Photoshop is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Worked in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

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4. Key Titles
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5. Video Game
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Here's how Video Game is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Make 2d Sprites for characters, backgrounds, weapons, and other video game assets.
  • Established a consistent visual direction for video game mood, environments and characters.
  • Collect and sell video games and equipment and save funds for college tuition.
  • Developed a video game for final project for five months at Full Sail.
  • Created artwork and UI Elements for casual social media based video games.
  • Created art and user-interface components for snowboarding and golf video games.
  • Fire Hose Games is a MIT spin off video game start up.
  • Instructed students on how to use Photoshop for character design and video game assets.
  • Produced various sound effects for video games using Audacity.
  • Designed various art assets for the independent video game "Organic Panic."

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6. Art Direction
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Here's how Art Direction is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Iterated and refined assets in conjunction with team art direction.
  • Contribute to concept and creation of overall art direction/storyline.
  • based on the project and play a key supportive role in defining the art direction of the projects.

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7. Props
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Here's how Props is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Create high and low resolution (game ready) props, vehicles, and characters for video games.
  • Produce concept art of stylized characters, props, and sets for upcoming media/social game applications.
  • Created concepts for characters, props, and promotional material for new and existing IP.
  • Conceptualized and illustrated game assets, characters, environments, props and icons.
  • Designed characters, props, backgrounds, and character animations for various mobile games.

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8. Online
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Here's how Online is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Create Artwork and Animation for Online Slot Machine games and Video Poker Games for both Desktop and Mobile platforms.
  • Created concept and production art assets for social language-learning games featured in Rosetta Stone software's online component.
  • Designed and created graphics for AboutGolf.com online tournaments from February to August of 2002.
  • Designed Vegas-style artwork and graphics for an online casino slots game, Bright Lights.
  • Illustrated various game assets for online social media and mobile devices.
  • Created character concepts and models for an unreleased online game
  • Designed and created concept and final art for online games
  • Created web graphics for the onlinegolf tournaments.

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9. Maya
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Here's how Maya is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Worked with engineers to develop process, using Maya.
  • Provided technical support in Autodesk Maya.
  • Created full screen animations for game unit's attract mode Created title screen animations for games Created game assets in 3DS/Maya/Mudbox/AE

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10. Game-Ready Assets
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Here's how Game-Ready Assets is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Lead projects with teams of outsource artists, taking concepts forward to game-ready assets.

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11. IOS
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Here's how IOS is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Conceptualized and pitched designs for vehicle selection screen, as well as the final death scenarios for all ships.
  • Delivered 15+ iOS shipped titles including 3D games: Cookie Bites Candy Drop, Super Pretzel Toss and Sunnyville Salon.
  • Created 2D pixel-art for the iPhone game "Pirate Master 3" contracted by Allied Studios.

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12. Facebook
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Here's how Facebook is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Worked within the art team to create assets (Illustrator and Flash) for the Facebook game Super Poke Pets.
  • Create 3d and 2d vector assets for facebook game
  • team of artist with the intention media by using Facebook, Twit- of creating a folding platformer.

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13. Texture
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Here's how Texture is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Model and texture in-game assets for the Center's social cognition software, which teaches social situations to patients with autism.
  • Conceived, modeled, textured, and animated 30 interchangeable hats that work for all the playable characters.
  • Created 3D content for games as well as 2D textures, storyboards and motion graphics.
  • Model, rig, and texture hero and enemy characters for an untitled project.
  • Create UV maps and unique and/or tiling textures in various styles for game assets.
  • Constructed and textured real-time models, environments and characters for in-house game engine.
  • Conceived, modeled, and textured 20 3-D assets for mobile games.
  • Produced textures for, and placed objects into, a 3-D environment.
  • Created low resolution digital character art and textures for games.
  • Create textures and sprites for all the above.
  • Create 3d models, and texture paintings.
  • Create game UI designs, icons, and textures.
  • Designed, modeled and textured 3d models for WWII:Online Battleground Europe using 3D Studio Max and Photoshop Software.
  • Modeled and textured three complete environments (levels) Participated in design and style discussions.
  • Modeled and textured low-poly 3d buildings to be implemented for games on handheld devices.
  • Created building textures in Photoshop with colorful yet realistic palettes and tones.
  • modelled, textured and animated characters, world objects, levels using Maya V1.5.
  • Model Game Ready 3D Assets and Import into Unreal 4 Engine - Texture Game Ready Assets - System/Space Owner - Room Lead
  • Shipped Games - MLB2K7, NHL2K7, MLB2K8 Texture Artist Prop modeler Designed and created screens, icons and logos for UI
  • modeled and textured environmental assets -modeled and textured vehicles -created user interface graphics

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14. PC
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Here's how PC is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Created digital art on seven PC software game titles with a focus on 2D and 3D computer graphics.
  • Created UI heads-up display artwork for an unreleased PC game contracted by Offset Software.
  • Created avatars and character designs for PC and mobile casual games.
  • Project: Incanto (PC, 2011)

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15. Game Engine
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Here's how Game Engine is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Created effects for the different weapons along with some environmental-UDK Game Engine
  • Created the ability and powerup effects-UDK Game Engine

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16. User Interface
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Here's how User Interface is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Displayed expertise in designing artwork of user interface (UI), front end animations, and overall look of project.
  • Generated entire art aspect for 'Sheep Rescue' and 'Gem Struck' ranging from asset creation to User Interface.
  • Specialized in user interface solutions, virtual good creation, and character design.
  • Created User Interface that blends in with the look and feel of the game.
  • Designed key elements of the Piggy Spanker user interface; wrote and maintained design documentation.
  • Designed the graphic and the user interface for the game Backflow.

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17. Game Art
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Here's how Game Art is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Aided art directors with integrating new game artists on to different projects and helped manage daily tasks for new artists.
  • Processed golfer animation sprite sequences, tested game art, and trained assisting artists for game creation.
  • Modeled, textured and animated game artwork, in high-poly sprite render and low-poly 3D formats.
  • Designed game artwork and innovative concepts for social networking apps.
  • Promoted from Associate Game Artist and Game Artist 1.
  • Created game art using the agile pipeline method.
  • Worked as an Animator and Video Game Artist.
  • Created game concepts, game art, character art, and illustrations for game and digital gaphic novel projects
  • Created game art for terrain, world objects (buildings, trees, benches etc.
  • Assisted with artistic direction of characters and environments / stylization of game art on Zooballs.
  • Present Creative Sept. 06-Dec. 08 Game Artist - Online and cell phone game production.
  • Full Time Collaborate with lead artist, 3D artists and programmer, creating game art in Hidden Object Scene Game production.
  • Credited on 13computer game titles including "Ultima" and "Wing Commander" series.Game Art - http://youtu.be/Xfo82dZPEjs

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18. Android
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Here's how Android is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Designed graphics for icons, landing pages, user interfaces, environment, screenshots and animations for IOS and Android games.
  • Re-skinned Japanese games localized for the US iOS and Android markets.
  • Shipped Life is Crime and Life is Magic (iOS/Android)

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20. Company Logos
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21. Level Design
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Here's how Level Design is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Level design for additional fantasy track environments on bonus levels.
  • Work with the level designer to ensure that all assets meet the optimal guidelines for the game engine.
  • Create tilesets, sprite animation, and level designs for mobile games.

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22. Zbrush
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23. Dragon
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24. Game Titles
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Here's how Game Titles is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Work closely with the Art Director and Lead Artists to explore and create various visual systems for our game titles.
  • Created visual systems for a number of popular game titles.

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25. FX
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Here's how FX is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Designed Real-time FX such as Explosion, Laser beams and Fire for student collaborative project
  • Work included background art, character design, user-interface design and art, award art, buttons and flash FX.
  • Modeled various rocks assets, collaborated with Senior FX artist to learn and implement new photogrammetry/ photoscan asset pipeline.

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26. UV
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Here's how UV is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Layed out and optimized UV's for realtime rendering.

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27. Background Art
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28. Character Animations
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Here's how Character Animations is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Side character animations of running and jumping for main character's five sizes.
  • Character animations for iPhone game titled Extreme Sledding.

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29. QA
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Here's how QA is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Assisted with QA of code within Xcode environment.

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30. Game Environments
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Here's how Game Environments is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Created game environments for PC, Sony PlayStation I and II, platform games.
  • Created concept, mock ups and final game environments.
  • Created computer graphics for video game environments.
  • Created 3D models for game environments

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31. Nintendo
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Here's how Nintendo is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Created sprite models and animations for 10 licensed Nintendo DS, 3DS, and Gameboy Advance hand-held electronic gaming consoles.

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32. Unreal Engine
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Here's how Unreal Engine is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Work: Developing game assets for several projects in Unreal Engine 4.
  • Manipulated Unreal Engine 4 cascade editor and utilized custom shaders to produce real-time particle effects.

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33. Game Content
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Here's how Game Content is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Contributed feedback on game content and implementation.
  • Set up shots for game content for GTA V online trailers.
  • Collaborated with editors to translate in-game content into multiple languages.
  • created skyboxes, game content.

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34. Pipeline
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Here's how Pipeline is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Modeled and textured asset using high poly/low poly pipeline and PBR materials.
  • Reviewed assets for bug checking and assure quick movement through the pipeline.
  • Led a numerous training sessions for newly employed artists and interns on Photoshop, Illustrator, and production pipeline.

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35. Game Project
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Here's how Game Project is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Developed engaging, memorable designs, from initial concept to fully rendered illustrations for mini game projects.
  • Created art style, concept art and other design work for turn-based strategy game project.

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36. Environment Art
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Here's how Environment Art is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Lead Environment Artist Sony PlayStation I, Tiger Woods 2000 game.

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37. VFX
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38. Xbox
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39. JAN
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40. Visual Style
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Here's how Visual Style is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Developed the visual style of the game world that the player interacts with.

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41. Commander
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42. Different Levels
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Here's how Different Levels is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Conceptualized the look of different levels and stages for PC games.

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43. GUI
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Here's how GUI is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Created eye-dazzling user-interfaces and intriguing animated advertising to attract and hold internet audiences.
  • Developed style and training guides while establishing a resource database to streamline training.
  • File management / archiving adhering to the proper naming convention guidelines.
  • Established production pipeline practices and wrote internal training guides.
  • Created digital "How to" guides to help new users learn our game.

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44. Technical Support
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45. Matte Painting
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Here's how Matte Painting is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Create detailed digital matte paintings/animations.

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46. Final Product
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Here's how Final Product is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Compiled full written documentation for company developed tools and performed software debugging for final product release.
  • Key partner in software quality assurance for shipping a highly polished final product.

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47. Record Label
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48. Software Development
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49. Multiple Games
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Here's how Multiple Games is used in Game Artist jobs:
  • Worked on the art, landing pages, interface, even game play and story line of multiple games.

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50. Recent Projects
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20 Most Common Skills For A Game Artist

Graphic Design

20.7%

Final Art Assets

20.1%

Adobe Photoshop

6.9%

Key Titles

6.3%

Video Game

4.5%

Art Direction

4.4%

Props

3.6%

Online

3.5%

Maya

3.2%

Game-Ready Assets

3.2%

IOS

2.9%

Facebook

2.8%

Texture

2.8%

PC

2.8%

Game Engine

2.2%

User Interface

2.2%

Game Art

2.1%

Android

2.0%

Company Website

2.0%

Company Logos

1.9%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Game Artist

Rank Skill
1 Graphic Design 17.1%
2 Final Art Assets 16.7%
3 Adobe Photoshop 5.7%
4 Key Titles 5.2%
5 Video Game 3.7%
6 Art Direction 3.6%
7 Props 3.0%
8 Online 2.9%
9 Maya 2.7%
10 Game-Ready Assets 2.7%
11 IOS 2.4%
12 Facebook 2.3%
13 Texture 2.3%
14 PC 2.3%
15 Game Engine 1.8%
16 User Interface 1.8%
17 Game Art 1.7%
18 Android 1.6%
19 Company Website 1.6%
20 Company Logos 1.5%
21 Level Design 1.2%
22 Zbrush 1.1%
23 Dragon 1.1%
24 Game Titles 1.1%
25 FX 1.0%
26 UV 0.9%
27 Background Art 0.9%
28 Character Animations 0.8%
29 QA 0.8%
30 Game Environments 0.7%
31 Nintendo 0.7%
32 Unreal Engine 0.6%
33 Game Content 0.5%
34 Pipeline 0.5%
35 Game Project 0.5%
36 Environment Art 0.5%
37 VFX 0.5%
38 Xbox 0.5%
39 JAN 0.5%
40 Visual Style 0.4%
41 Commander 0.4%
42 Different Levels 0.3%
43 GUI 0.3%
44 Technical Support 0.3%
45 Matte Painting 0.3%
46 Final Product 0.3%
47 Record Label 0.3%
48 Software Development 0.3%
49 Multiple Games 0.3%
50 Recent Projects 0.3%
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