VIDEO GAME ARTIST: Combining Passions For Art And Video Games To Create Rewarding Career

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Gabby talks about how much she loves being a Video Game Artist, and gives a lot of specific advice for making it into her field.

Degree: Graphic Communications
Job Title: Video Game Artist

Job Summary: Game Developer

Job Description

Game developer is an umbrella title for different roles in a development team that works together to create games. A game developer can be a game programmer, game architect, game designer, game artist, etc. They use computers to structure, design, test and publish games for different platforms.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, Patience, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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have</span> <span m='13693'>developers</span> <span m='14190'>who actually</span> <span m='14687'>program the game.</span> <span m='15184'>And then we have</span> <span m='15681'>artists like myself</span> <span m='16178'>who do the</span> <span m='16675'>art</span> <span m='17172'>and</span> <span m='17669'>the</span> <span m='18166'>user interface</span> <span m='18663'>behind the games.</span> </p><p><span m='19160'>It's a lot of fun.</span> <span m='19657'>I spend</span> <span m='20154'>days</span> <span m='20651'>just</span> <span m='21148'>drawing</span> <span m='22142'>and</span> <span m='22639'>doing what I</span> <span m='23136'>love the</span> <span m='23633'>best.</span> <span m='24627'>I like to make games.</span> <span m='25124'>We get to make</span> <span m='25621'>video</span> <span m='25703'>games</span> <span m='25786'>that</span> <span m='25952'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='26118'>to people.</span> <span m='26615'>So it's</span> <span m='27112'>a lot</span> <span m='27609'>of fun,</span> <span m='28106'>a really</span> <span m='28603'>fun job.</span> </p><p><span m='29597'>I went to</span> <span m='30094'>school for</span> <span m='30591'>graphic design,</span> <span m='31088'>but I</span> <span m='31585'>did a bunch</span> <span m='32082'>of illustration</span> <span m='32579'>on my own time,</span> <span m='33076'>which was</span> <span m='33573'>really helpful.</span> <span m='34567'>And</span> <span m='35064'>school was really</span> <span m='35561'>awesome.</span> <span m='36058'>That really</span> <span m='36555'>gave me the</span> <span m='37052'>right--</span> <span m='37549'>I did a</span> <span m='38046'>co-op</span> <span m='38294'>program</span> <span m='38543'>school,</span> <span m='39040'>which it's</span> <span m='39537'>really</span> <span m='40034'>helpful</span> <span m='40531'>if you can find</span> <span m='41028'>a</span> <span m='41193'>co-op</span> <span m='41359'>program</span> <span m='41525'>because</span> <span m='42022'>it gives you the</span> <span m='42519'>experience</span> <span m='43016'>that you need.</span> </p><p><span m='43513'>And</span> <span m='45998'>I've</span> <span m='46495'>always been</span> <span m='46992'>a big fan</span> <span m='47489'>of video games.</span> <span m='49477'>Even as a young kind, I</span> <span m='49974'>always wanted</span> <span m='50471'>to make</span> <span m='50968'>video games.</span> <span m='51465'>And so</span> <span m='51962'>I</span> <span m='52459'>just</span> <span m='52956'>wanted</span> <span m='53453'>to</span> <span m='53950'>go to school</span> <span m='54447'>for something</span> <span m='54944'>that I loved</span> <span m='55441'>and also</span> <span m='55938'>something</span> <span m='56435'>that would help me on the</span> <span m='56932'>career path</span> <span m='57429'>to</span> <span m='57926'>making</span> <span m='58423'>video games</span> <span m='58920'>for a living.</span> </p><p><span m='59914'>So what I like best about</span> <span m='60411'>my job</span> <span m='60908'>is that I get to</span> <span m='61902'>again,</span> <span m='62430'>to spend</span> <span m='63100'>my</span> <span m='63360'>whole</span> <span m='63670'>day</span> <span m='63930'>just</span> <span m='64190'>drawing and</span> <span m='64560'>painting.</span> <span m='64930'>And I'm a</span> <span m='65300'>creative</span> <span m='65776'>person, so I</span> <span m='66252'>love</span> <span m='66728'>doing that.</span> <span m='67204'>But I</span> <span m='67680'>think the most</span> <span m='68160'>rewarding</span> <span m='68520'>part is that</span> <span m='68700'>you're</span> <span m='68980'>seeing</span> <span m='69479'>somebody</span> <span m='69978'>playing your</span> <span m='70477'>game</span> <span m='70976'>is the best--</span> <span m='71974'>I love</span> <span m='72473'>making games,</span> <span m='72972'>but the absolute</span> <span m='73471'>best part</span> <span m='73970'>is seeing</span> <span m='74968'>a little</span> <span m='75470'>boy</span> <span m='75550'>or a little</span> <span m='75790'>girl</span> <span m='76180'>playing</span> <span m='76480'>this</span> <span m='76780'>game</span> <span m='77200'>and saying,</span> <span m='77685'>I love this</span> <span m='78170'>game so much.</span> <span m='78655'>That is the</span> <span m='79140'>most rewarding</span> <span m='79625'>experience.</span> </p><p><span m='80595'>The best advice</span> <span m='81080'>I can give to you</span> <span m='81565'>if you want</span> <span m='82050'>to get into</span> <span m='82535'>video games</span> <span m='83020'>is just</span> <span m='83505'>always</span> <span m='83990'>keep</span> <span m='84475'>practicing</span> <span m='84960'>what you're doing.</span> <span m='85445'>So if you</span> <span m='85930'>want to get</span> <span m='86415'>into art,</span> <span m='86900'>just make sure</span> <span m='87385'>that you're doing it</span> <span m='87870'>every</span> <span m='88180'>day.</span> <span m='88535'>It's the only</span> <span m='88890'>way that you're</span> <span m='89387'>going to get better</span> <span m='89884'>at anything</span> <span m='90381'>is to practice</span> <span m='90878'>a lot.</span> </p><p><span m='92369'>Programming,</span> <span m='92866'>if you're a</span> <span m='93363'>programmer,</span> <span m='93860'>you know, make games</span> <span m='94357'>on your own</span> <span m='94854'>free time,</span> <span m='95351'>even if they're</span> <span m='95848'>just</span> <span m='96345'>little, simple</span> <span m='96842'>ones.</span> <span m='97339'>It's going to help</span> <span m='97836'>you get better.</span> <span m='98333'>And if you're an</span> <span m='98830'>artist, make sure you</span> <span m='99327'>draw and paint</span> <span m='99824'>every day.</span> <span m='100321'>It's going</span> <span m='100818'>to help you</span> <span m='101315'>get better.</span> <span m='101812'>And</span> <span m='102309'>make sure</span> <span m='102806'>that you're</span> <span m='103303'>also</span> <span m='103800'>out there</span> <span m='104297'>talking</span> <span m='104794'>to people</span> <span m='105291'>and getting to know</span> <span m='105788'>people.</span> <span m='106285'>That also really</span> <span m='106782'>helps as well.</span> </p><p><span m='107279'>The biggest</span> <span m='107776'>challenge</span> <span m='108273'>about working in the</span> <span m='108770'>gaming industry</span> <span m='109267'>is that</span> <span m='109764'>it's</span> <span m='110261'>really hard to</span> <span m='110800'>get into.</span> <span m='111215'>It's</span> <span m='111630'>very, very--</span> <span m='113230'>like a lot of</span> <span m='113290'>people</span> <span m='113670'>want to</span> <span m='113870'>get into it,</span> <span m='114352'>so there's</span> <span m='114834'>a lot of competition.</span> <span m='115798'>So</span> <span m='116280'>the best</span> <span m='116762'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='117244'>advice I can give</span> <span m='117726'>is</span> <span m='118690'>just</span> <span m='119172'>network.</span> <span m='120136'>Meet people</span> <span m='120618'>in the industry</span> <span m='121100'>and just</span> <span m='121582'>reach out</span> <span m='122064'>and email</span> <span m='122546'>people in</span> <span m='123028'>the industry.</span> </p><p><span m='123510'>Just ask</span> <span m='123992'>questions</span> <span m='124474'>and be</span> <span m='124956'>polite.</span> <span m='126270'>Make sure that</span> <span m='126630'>your</span> <span m='126980'>portfolio,</span> <span m='127330'>if you want to</span> <span m='127730'>get into art,</span> <span m='128009'>make sure that</span> <span m='128494'>your</span> <span m='128979'>portfolio</span> <span m='129464'>is</span> <span m='129949'>specifically</span> <span m='130919'>game</span> <span m='131404'>art,</span> <span m='131889'>things that</span> <span m='132374'>show off the</span> <span m='132859'>things you can do</span> <span m='133344'>for games, the</span> <span m='133829'>things that you</span> <span m='134314'>can make for</span> <span m='134799'>games.</span> <span m='135284'>That's really</span> <span m='135769'>helpful.</span> </p><p><span m='136254'>You think</span> <span m='136739'>you're the best.</span> <span m='137224'>You think</span> <span m='137709'>that you</span> <span m='138194'>have the</span> <span m='138679'>best art</span> <span m='139164'>but</span> <span m='139233'>there's</span> <span m='139302'>always</span> <span m='139371'>going</span> <span m='139441'>to</span> <span m='139510'>be</span> <span m='139579'>somebody</span> <span m='139649'>better than you.</span> <span m='140134'>The best</span> <span m='140630'>thing</span> <span m='140960'>you can do</span> <span m='141290'>is just</span> <span m='141600'>be</span> <span m='141780'>proud of</span> <span m='142216'>what you do</span> <span m='142652'>and always</span> <span m='143090'>try</span> <span m='143390'>be better.</span> <span m='143855'>And</span> <span m='144320'>always work</span> <span m='144778'>to be the</span> <span m='145236'>best that you</span> <span m='145694'>can be.</span> <span m='147530'>Work hard</span> <span m='147880'>with your</span> <span m='148230'>developers</span> <span m='148510'>as well</span> <span m='148810'>and</span> <span m='149110'>learn a</span> <span m='149410'>bit of coding</span> <span m='150310'>even if you--</span> <span m='150610'>if you think it's</span> <span m='150910'>going to help</span> <span m='151810'>because</span> <span m='152110'>it makes it</span> <span m='152410'>easier for them,</span> <span m='152710'>it makes</span> <span m='153010'>it easier</span> <span m='153310'>for you</span> <span m='154210'>if you can</span> <span m='154510'>work together</span> <span m='154810'>as a team.</span> 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