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Become A Storyboard Artist

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Working As A Storyboard 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

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Storyboard 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 Storyboard 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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Storyboard Artist Demographics

Gender

Male

56.1%

Female

25.8%

Unknown

18.1%
Ethnicity

White

53.3%

Hispanic or Latino

20.4%

Asian

12.4%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.3%

Chinese

16.1%

Japanese

16.1%

French

12.9%

Mandarin

9.7%

Korean

9.7%

Tagalog

3.2%
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Storyboard Artist Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

17.4%

Academy of Art University

13.8%

School of Visual Arts

12.2%

Columbia College Chicago

5.5%

Art Center College of Design

5.5%

Art Institute of California - Inland

5.1%

Ringling College of Art and Design

4.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

California Institute of the Arts

3.9%

Art Institute of Seattle

3.2%

San Jose State University

2.9%

New York University

2.9%

Full Sail University

2.9%

Rhode Island School of Design

2.9%

College for Creative Studies

2.9%

Art Institute of Phoenix

2.6%

University of the Arts

2.3%

California State University - Long Beach

1.9%

Fashion Institute of Technology

1.9%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

1.9%
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Majors

Animation

30.8%

Graphic Design

24.8%

Fine Arts

13.2%

Photography

9.5%

Design And Visual Communication

4.3%

Computer Science

4.0%

Entertainment Business

2.1%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

1.5%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.5%

Digital Media

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

0.8%

English

0.8%

Drafting And Design

0.6%

Writing

0.6%

Theatre

0.5%

Journalism

0.5%

Business

0.5%

Management

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

66.8%

Other

14.5%

Masters

10.0%

Associate

6.7%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$78,000
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$36,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$169,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
DreamWorks Animation
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Storyboard Artist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Storyboard Artist in the United States is $78,906 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $169,000.

Real Storyboard Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Storyboard Artist Blue Sky Studios, Inc. Greenwich, CT Sep 19, 2011 $135,000
Storyboard Artist MTV Networks, A Division of Viacom International Burbank, CA Sep 18, 2013 $119,600
Storyboard Artist Viacom International Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 18, 2013 $119,600
Storyboard Artist Viacom International, Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 18, 2013 $119,600
Storyboard Artist Viacom International Inc./Nickelodeon Animation St. Burbank, CA Oct 01, 2014 $110,334
Storyboard Artist Viacom International Inc./Nickelodeon Animation Studios Burbank, CA Oct 01, 2014 $110,334
Storyboard Artist Woodridge Productions LLC Burbank, CA Dec 10, 2016 $110,027
Storyboard Artist Woodridge Productions LLC Burbank, CA Oct 14, 2016 $110,027
Storyboard Artist Woodridge Productions LLC Burbank, CA Apr 18, 2016 $106,813
Lead Storyboard Artist Activision Publishing, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Sep 29, 2012 $106,425
Lead Storyboard Artist Activision Publishing, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Oct 01, 2012 $106,425
Storyboard Artist Bazmark INQ. LLC New York, NY Jun 15, 2012 $104,350
Storyboard Artist Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 02, 2015 $104,000
Storyboard Artist Woodridge Productions LLC Burbank, CA Apr 04, 2016 $102,993
Lead Storyboard Artist High Moon Studios, LLC Carlsbad, CA Oct 02, 2009 $98,500
Storyboard Artist Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc. Burbank, CA Aug 21, 2013 $89,856 -
$102,336
Storyboard Artist Viacom International Inc. Burbank, CA Aug 21, 2013 $89,856 -
$102,336
Storyboard Artist Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc. Burbank, CA Feb 16, 2015 $86,640

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Top Skills for A Storyboard Artist

  1. Freelance Storyboard
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Feature Film
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Freelance storyboard artist for toy advertisement.
  • Created visual effects to be used in final film sequence in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Created and revised promotional storyboards for upcoming feature film for independent film company.
  • Revised storyboards and created storyboards for "He-Man: Masters of the Universe" as seen on Cartoon Network.
  • Coordinated materials and designs for "Rocksteady" film Supervised the pre-production graphic design on film

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Top 10 Best States for Storyboard Artists

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