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Become A Lead Artist

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Working As A Lead 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 Lead Artist Do At Microsoft Corporation

* Work with the Art Director and Creative Director to understand the big picture goals of the project.
* Work closely with Art, Cinematic and Development teams to create industry leading lighting across our environments, characters and cinematic sequences.
* Work with the Lighting team to craft compelling visuals that supports story, art direction and experience objectives.
* Establish lighting style for the project and ensure we achieve a unified look throughout the game.
* Foster the sharing of work, ideas, techniques and culture across the Lighting team.
* Manage the Lighting team, providing mentorship, career guidance and ongoing performance feedback, ensuring that the team is operating effectively.
* Establish & represent the Lighting team’s needs & priorities in larger team discussions including technology investments, staffing needs etc.
* Manage hiring needs and recruitment efforts across Lighting team

What Does A Lead Artist Do At Jam City

* Design mock-ups/iterations using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash focused on UI and gameflow.
* Creating appealing, user friendly, innovative and crisp 2D game assets with a focus on usability and freemium best-practices in the mobile casual game styles.
* Preparing and designing of all facets of the User Interface including: mockups, wireframes, icons, animations, UI style guides, general art and documentation.
* Create clear and attractive messaging, buttons, icons, widgets, and other UI elements which work well within tight fixed aspect ratios, and with a wide variety of game themes from cheerful and casual
* Collaborate with the art lead to provide UI style guides for new titles to ensure product consistency.
* Work with engineering to ensure artwork is accurately and consistently represented in the game

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How To Become A Lead 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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Real Lead Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Flame Artist Psyop Inc. D/B/A Mass Market New York, NY Jan 28, 2011 $178,500
Lead Artist Riot Games Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 02, 2016 $175,000
Digital Environments Supervisor, Lead CG Artist The Mill Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2014 $158,080
Lead CG FX TD Artist A52, LLC Santa Monica, CA Apr 25, 2016 $156,000
Artist (Lead World Artist) Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 07, 2016 $144,600 -
$164,600
Lead Lighting Artist Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Oct 01, 2014 $141,047
Lead Lighting Artist Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Jan 10, 2014 $141,047
Lead Dynamic Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 29, 2016 $135,127
Lead Dynamic Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 07, 2016 $135,127 -
$155,127
Lead Character Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2013 $124,933
Lead Vehicle Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2013 $122,299
Lead Environment Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 01, 2010 $120,000
Lead VFX Artist Ascent Media Group, LLC New York, NY Nov 01, 2009 $120,000 -
$180,000
Lead Artist Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 08, 2012 $112,000
Lead User Interface Artist Activision Publishing Inc. Foster City, CA Nov 19, 2015 $111,000
Lead Environment Artist, Interactive Games Neversoft Entertainment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 15, 2013 $110,885 -
$111,736
Lead Character Artist Crystal Dynamics, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2010 $110,000
Lead Character Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2010 $110,000
Lead Artist Disney Online Palo Alto, CA Sep 16, 2014 $107,000
Lead Environment Artist Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 21, 2013 $106,827
CG Supervisor/Lead Artist Carbon Visual Effects LLC Santa Monica, CA Apr 28, 2014 $105,000
CG Supervisor/Lead Artist Carbon Visual Effects LLC Santa Monica, CA Apr 28, 2014 $89,648 -
$120,000
Lead Nuke Artist The Mill Group, Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2014 $87,152 -
$200,000
Lead Vehicle Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2010 $85,500
Lead FX Artist Dreamworks Animation Television, Inc. Glendale, CA Feb 11, 2016 $83,480
Lead Artist Melody Street LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2011 $83,480 -
$93,915
Lead FX Artist Dreamworks Animation Television, Inc. Glendale, CA Nov 02, 2016 $83,480
Lead Artist Melody Street LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 25, 2012 $83,480 -
$93,915

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Top Skills for A Lead Artist

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Top Lead Artist Skills

  1. Artistic Vision
  2. Concept Art
  3. Adobe Photoshop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Established the artistic vision and helped define brand identity for blockbuster videogame franchise TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER.
  • Created fun, stylized 3D environment assets using 3D Studio Max based on concept art provided to our team.
  • Establish game interface layout in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.Create character designs and final character and environmental assets in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Created a storyboard and script for a marketing video for the company website.
  • Created 3D assets for video game development Managed and critiqued artists on project teams.

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