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Working As A Senior 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

  • $104,801

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Artist Demographics

Gender

Male

69.8%

Female

27.0%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Asian

10.1%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

French

15.4%

Irish

7.7%

Bengali

7.7%

Cantonese

7.7%

Russian

7.7%
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Senior Artist Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

14.3%

Savannah College of Art and Design

13.3%

Art Center College of Design

9.5%

Art Institute of California - Inland

6.7%

School of Visual Arts

5.7%

San Jose State University

4.8%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

4.8%

Art Institute of Seattle

4.8%

University of California - San Diego

3.8%

California State University - Fullerton

3.8%

Art Institute of Phoenix

2.9%

Columbia College Chicago

2.9%

Ringling College of Art and Design

2.9%

American Academy of Art

2.9%

New York University

2.9%

University of West Florida

2.9%

Art Institute of Atlanta

2.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.9%

Columbus College of Art and Design

2.9%

Fashion Institute of Technology

2.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

35.0%

Fine Arts

13.9%

Animation

11.4%

Computer Science

5.7%

Design And Visual Communication

4.6%

Photography

3.9%

Computer Applications

3.6%

Digital Media

3.2%

Business

2.5%

Marketing

2.1%

Communication

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Architecture

1.8%

Graphic Communications

1.4%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%

Psychology

1.1%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.1%

Interior Design

1.1%

Elementary Education

1.1%

Information Technology

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Other

23.2%

Masters

12.3%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Senior Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2012 $138,500
Senior Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2013 $127,172
Senior Artist's Agent Supervision Ny LLC New York, NY Feb 01, 2014 $125,000
Senior Artist (Senior Concept Artist) Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 30, 2016 $124,700 -
$144,700
Senior Artist Activision Publishing, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Oct 01, 2012 $123,000
Senior Artist Activision Publishing, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Sep 29, 2012 $123,000
Senior Artist II Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 29, 2015 $121,482
SR. Artist II Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 12, 2012 $121,300
Senior Artist II Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 02, 2014 $119,100
Senior Artist II Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 01, 2009 $114,500
Senior Staff Artist SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Jul 21, 2014 $114,314
Senior Artist Activision Publishing, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 09, 2009 $112,500
Senior Artist Riot Games, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 09, 2014 $111,030 -
$140,000
Senior Staff Artist SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC. Santa Monica, CA Aug 01, 2012 $110,000
Senior Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2010 $104,000
Senior Artist SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Jul 21, 2014 $102,500
Senior Artist II Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 30, 2015 $102,119
Senior Artist Namco Bandai Games America, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 26, 2010 $100,000 -
$120,000
Senior Artist/Producer Rockstar Games, Inc. New York, NY Feb 27, 2015 $100,000
Senior Artist/Producer Rockstar Games, Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2015 $100,000
Senior Artist, UI WB Games Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 15, 2014 $100,000
Senior Artist Artillery Games Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 30, 2013 $99,996
Senior Artist Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2011 $90,002
Senior Artist SGN Games, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 29, 2013 $90,000
Senior Artist Insomniac Games, Inc. Burbank, CA Apr 22, 2013 $90,000
Senior Artist Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 01, 2016 $90,000
Senior Artist I Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 20, 2012 $89,526
Senior Artist I Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2012 $89,526
Senior Artist Crystal Dynamics, Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 28, 2014 $89,000
Senior Artist Crystal Dynamics, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 20, 2010 $86,768

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Top Skills for A Senior Artist

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  1. Concept Art
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Environment Art
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  • Created many treasures, props, and collectibles for multiple levels with little or no concept art to work from.
  • Help define visual quality and art style of in-game environment art during pre-production.
  • Designed the interface and produced the interface artwork, 3D in-game shapes/textures for the Nintendo Wii game Circus Games.
  • Worked on Destroy All Humans 3 for Xbox 360.
  • Designed a user interface for Sony PSP Museum Interactive software Designed user interface for a proposal to Sony entertainment.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Artists

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  2. District of Columbia
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  4. California
  5. New York
  6. West Virginia
  7. Connecticut
  8. North Carolina
  9. New Jersey
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