It is amazing how video games have grown from nearly simple screen representations to complex 3-D worlds where the characters appear to leap off the screen in the past thirty years. Along with more intricate imagery, the job of the video game artist has resulted into some different roles, each with its separate tasks: concept artist, 2-D/3-D animator, and texture artist. You’ll need to know all of these diverse roles before choosing your expertise area and becoming a video games artist. The following are a few steps you should consider if you dream to help create characters and worlds that players will get lost in for hours.
- Learn All About Video Games and Its Character Animation: This covers studying about the very first Disney cartoons and learning how the characters and animation have evolved over the years into the video games.
- Draw Regularly: The best way to get to draw is to start practice drawing it. You can join classes at a local art school to improve your skills. Also teach yourself through reading, observation, and practice. It’s an excellent idea to study exterior settings and anatomy, to keep your basics clear before trying to animate them, as every animation begins with a sketch, which is then scanned into the computer and further developed in Photoshop before proceeding towards the animation process.
- Get Yourself Certified: Get a bachelor’s/ associate’s degree/ a certificate in the video games related field. Nowadays, many universities are offering video game courses as part of software engineering or comparative media studies.
- Learn Computer Graphics Skills: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are fundamental 2-D programs to develop game characters, while Maya and 3ds Max are some of the modern 3-D modeling programs. You can teach yourself through tutorials from various websites such as Computer Arts, or you can even take courses to learn how to use the software. You can take animation certificate programs that start from 6 months to 2 years.
- Discover Your Favorite Video Game Part: A concept artist needs to come up with original and innovative ideas for settings and characters. A 2-D animator uses the concept artist’s sketches and designs 2-dimensional animation from them. A 3-D animator adds the modeling and building to develop 3-D animations. A 2-D texture artist produces all of the distinctive textures used in a video game, from the scales on a reptilian character to the hairs on a character’s head.
- Build a Great Portfolio: Your portfolio requires a number of different creations or designs, and don’t forget to demonstrate their use in video games. You can save your files on a website, CD-ROM, or both, as long as you can present potential employers with the samples of your work.
- Apply for an Internship in an Animation Studio: This will enable you to learn the entire process of creating animations for video games, from the concept to the interface design. Most companies that develop video games are in Boston, Austin, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C, and North Carolina. You can look for both internships and jobs here. You can also look at the websites of video game companies themselves. Also, you can find about the current openings using your social network.
- Search for a Job as a Video Game Artist: After completing your internship, you should start searching for the job either at the company where you interned or any other company. Make sure your portfolio and resume reflect your work and showcase your talent and strengths by highlighting any video games you’ve worked on and including references if you have any.
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