A Closer Look at the Video Game Character Artist
If you love video games and want to pursue a career that allows you to design your own characters, then you should get on track to becoming a video game character artist. The first thing any successful video game character artist should know is, of course, what makes a great video game, and what kind of characters best suit those games. Second, you will need advanced technical training in design and 3D modeling so that you can be prepared with the skills to see your ideas through.
Character Artist Training
There are degree programs and technical training available in video
game design at colleges, universities and vocational schools
across the country. Through these programs you can gain a thorough
education in video game design, and character design that will
prepare you for a great career in the growing field of video
game design and character design. In these programs you will
learn how to use state of the art computer hardware and software
programs that will allow you to create multiple levels of video
games from the initial storyboards to the final project. You
will also learn to read and use basic computer languages such as
C++ for writing video games, as well as Maya, 3DS MAX, or Softimage
XSI for 3D creation and animation of video game characters.
In a video game design course, you will also receive technical training in areas such as storyboarding, drawing, characterization, modeling, editing and interactive media and game design, which will provide you with further application and animation skills, and a broader foundation of video game design, and in particular character design. Does this sound exciting? Well, it should. : ) The Art Institutes offers a video game art and design degree that's worth checking out.
Character Artist Job Opportunities
With training in advanced graphic design techniques and video game design, you will receive both the technical and conceptual skills needed to bring video game concepts, and video game characters to life. Through your education in video game design you will also have the opportunity to create portfolios of your completed video game modules that will demonstrate your talents to potential employers. With these advanced skills you will be a valued asset in the creation and building of new video games, and the creation of video game characters, and you will be eligible for a number of employment opportunities in the cutting edge industry of video games.