What is a Video Game Artist / Animator

Art is one of the hardest jobs in video games to get into, because you need strong artistic talent. You also have to be good with various art tools that are used to create digital content, such as Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop, and have assembled a great portfolio.

The good news is that there are many different kinds of art jobs in the video game industry, so if you’re not good at one then you can try another. Some of the jobs include:

  • Environment Artist: Create the landscapes and building architectures of the game worlds
  • Character Modeler: Create 3D models of the game’s characters and enemies
  • Character Animator: Take the models from the Character Modeler, and create the animations that bring them to life
  • Concept Artist: Envision and plan the look and feel of the game’s worlds and characters
  • User Interface (UI) Artist: Design and draw the menus, heads-up display, and other navigational components of the game

There are many sub-specializations that any artist could spend an entire career working to master. Examples of specialized areas include concept art, character modeling, character rigging, animation, environments, and visual effects. Each art career has a different skills set, as well as a different salary range.

If you’re just starting out, you might know that you love doing art but aren’t sure which job is right for you. Going to an art school is a good way to try out different areas (and earn a degree while you’re at it!), but I also know many successful artists who are self-taught. If you’re more interested in the visuals of games instead of the technical aspects, then a career as in the video game jobs industry is for you.