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ART DIRECTOR, GAMES: I Drew Creatures All My Life

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Audre, an art director at an indie game company, is responsible for making the executive decisions with all the artwork that goes into the game. She is in charge of character design, concept art, painting and creating the creatures that go into the game, and digital scopes. She may have a lot on her plate, but her tells us that all she needs for work is a laptop, reference books, and a mini-fridge with life-giving caffeine.

Degree: Game Art & Design
Job Title: Art Director
Employer: Pocket Labs

Job Summary: Art Directors

Job Description

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They create the overall design and direct others who develop artwork or layouts.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Art directors often work for 3 to 5 years in another occupation before being selected for positions as art directors. Depending upon the industry, they may work as graphic designers, illustrators, copyeditors, photographers, or in another art or design occupation, before becoming art directors.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $165,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
Recommended majors
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Visual Arts
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<span m='10620'>with</span> <span m='11140'>all</span> <span m='11410'>of</span> <span m='11520'>your</span> <span m='11760'>artwork</span> <span m='12750'>that a</span> <span m='13160'>game</span> <span m='13450'>goes--</span> <span m='14080'>So,</span> <span m='14300'>like,</span> <span m='14790'>the</span> <span m='15000'>style,</span> <span m='15800'>what</span> <span m='16190'>gets</span> <span m='16350'>approved,</span> <span m='16665'>what</span> <span m='16980'>goes</span> <span m='17250'>in</span> <span m='17330'>the</span> <span m='17410'>game.</span> <span m='18660'>Because</span> <span m='18910'>I</span> <span m='18960'>work</span> <span m='19150'>at</span> <span m='19210'>a</span> <span m='19250'>small</span> <span m='19550'>company,</span> <span m='20210'>that</span> <span m='20220'>means</span> <span m='20420'>I</span> <span m='20490'>do</span> <span m='20680'>everything.</span> <span m='23140'>I</span> <span m='23570'>do</span> <span m='24280'>character</span> <span m='24650'>design,</span> <span m='25130'>concept</span> <span m='25590'>art.</span> <span m='25870'>I</span> <span m='25950'>do</span> <span m='26470'>paintings</span> <span m='26900'>of</span> <span m='26990'>creatures</span> <span m='27490'>all</span> <span m='27620'>day</span> <span m='27730'>long</span> <span m='28260'>and</span> <span m='28530'>digital</span> <span m='28900'>scopes</span> <span m='29360'>and</span> <span m='29510'>stuff</span> <span m='29760'>like</span> <span m='29890'>that.</span> <span m='30330'>So,</span> <span m='31550'>background</span> <span m='31970'>art,</span> <span m='32630'>UI</span> <span m='33070'>art,</span> <span m='34170'>everything.</span> </p><p><span m='34980'>My</span> <span m='35110'>work</span> <span m='35370'>environment</span> <span m='35890'>is</span> <span m='36090'>me</span> <span m='36380'>with</span> <span m='36500'>a</span> <span m='36590'>laptop</span> <span m='36880'>and</span> <span m='37170'>a</span> <span m='37240'>tablet</span> <span m='37520'>and</span> <span m='37800'>surrounded</span> <span m='38210'>by</span> <span m='38300'>reference</span> <span m='38760'>books.</span> <span m='40060'>I</span> <span m='40270'>have</span> <span m='40500'>a</span> <span m='40640'>giant</span> <span m='41160'>collection</span> <span m='41600'>of</span> <span m='41700'>reference</span> <span m='42015'>books.</span> <span m='42330'>So</span> <span m='44200'>that's</span> <span m='44680'>pretty</span> <span m='44830'>much</span> <span m='45000'>it.</span> <span m='45440'>I</span> <span m='45500'>have</span> <span m='46180'>a</span> <span m='46220'>TV</span> <span m='46600'>that's</span> <span m='46790'>set</span> <span m='46950'>up</span> <span m='47200'>for</span> <span m='47600'>a</span> <span m='47690'>second</span> <span m='48010'>monitor</span> <span m='48630'>and</span> <span m='49270'>there's</span> <span m='49720'>a</span> <span m='49790'>mini</span> <span m='50030'>fridge</span> <span m='50610'>with</span> <span m='51230'>life-giving</span> <span m='51770'>caffeine.</span> <span m='55200'>I</span> <span m='56290'>pretty</span> <span m='56430'>much</span> <span m='57140'>just</span> <span m='57670'>need</span> <span m='57990'>a</span> <span m='58040'>computer and</span> <span m='58410'>books.</span> </p><p><span m='59140'>I</span> <span m='59550'>went</span> <span m='59910'>to</span> <span m='60470'>DigiPen</span> <span m='61550'>Institute</span> <span m='61860'>of</span> <span m='61920'>Technology.</span> <span m='62900'>It's</span> <span m='63130'>a</span> <span m='63350'>game</span> <span m='63660'>design</span> <span m='64000'>school</span> <span m='64450'>in</span> <span m='65060'>Washington</span> <span m='65760'>state,</span> <span m='66070'>in</span> <span m='66330'>Redmond.</span> <span m='67510'>It</span> <span m='68010'>is</span> <span m='68140'>specifically</span> <span m='68720'>meant</span> <span m='69050'>for</span> <span m='69260'>people</span> <span m='69480'>who</span> <span m='69530'>want</span> <span m='69820'>to</span> <span m='69920'>do</span> <span m='70340'>animation,</span> <span m='71260'>game</span> <span m='71490'>design,</span> <span m='71960'>game</span> <span m='72250'>art,</span> <span m='72710'>game</span> <span m='72970'>programming,</span> <span m='74340'>and</span> <span m='74510'>we</span> <span m='74630'>even</span> <span m='74890'>have</span> <span m='75010'>a</span> <span m='75030'>robotics</span> <span m='75610'>course.</span> <span m='78350'>So</span> <span m='78970'>it was</span> <span m='79080'>pretty</span> <span m='79210'>much--</span> <span m='79620'>I</span> <span m='80170'>drew</span> <span m='80330'>creatures</span> <span m='80750'>all of</span> <span m='80950'>my</span> <span m='81100'>life</span> <span m='81490'>and</span> <span m='82000'>I</span> <span m='82150'>pretty</span> <span m='82480'>much figured</span> <span m='82720'>the</span> <span m='82820'>only</span> <span m='82990'>way</span> <span m='83180'>I could</span> <span m='83610'>do</span> <span m='83760'>anything</span> <span m='84100'>with</span> <span m='84210'>that</span> <span m='84440'>is</span> <span m='84880'>to</span> <span m='84980'>put</span> <span m='85170'>them</span> <span m='85290'>in</span> <span m='85330'>a</span> <span m='85400'>game.</span> <span m='86250'>And</span> <span m='86390'>that's</span> <span m='86600'>why I</span> <span m='86830'>ended up</span> <span m='86950'>going</span> <span m='87250'>there.</span> <span m='88020'>I</span> <span m='88180'>did</span> <span m='88290'>their</span> <span m='89350'>game</span> <span m='89580'>art and</span> <span m='89890'>design,</span> <span m='91910'>their</span> <span m='92000'>game</span> <span m='92240'>art</span> <span m='92880'>course.</span> <span m='93510'>It's</span> <span m='93780'>four</span> <span m='93960'>years</span> <span m='94160'>long</span> <span m='94520'>and</span> <span m='94680'>it's</span> <span m='94780'>a</span> <span m='94870'>lot</span> <span m='95240'>of</span> <span m='95350'>credits.</span> <span m='95680'>It's</span> <span m='95995'>a</span> <span m='96310'>very</span> <span m='96550'>hard</span> <span m='96850'>course</span> <span m='97180'>load.</span> <span m='99030'>But,</span> <span m='99330'>it's</span> <span m='99590'>actually neat,</span> <span m='99960'>they</span> <span m='100060'>have</span> <span m='101390'>a</span> <span m='101410'>high</span> <span m='101630'>school</span> <span m='101950'>course.</span> <span m='102620'>They</span> <span m='103110'>do</span> <span m='103350'>teach</span> <span m='104130'>grade</span> <span m='104360'>school to</span> <span m='104600'>high</span> <span m='104740'>school</span> <span m='105010'>students</span> <span m='105440'>every</span> <span m='105670'>summer</span> <span m='106100'>in</span> <span m='106840'>ProjectFUN.</span> <span m='107410'>I</span> <span m='107490'>taught</span> <span m='107780'>that</span> <span m='108010'>for</span> <span m='108380'>several</span> <span m='108700'>years.</span> <span m='109020'>I</span> <span m='109080'>taught</span> <span m='109450'>character</span> <span m='109790'>design</span> <span m='110120'>classes</span> <span m='110580'>and</span> <span m='110790'>sculpting</span> <span m='111190'>classes.</span> </p><p><span m='116230'>You</span> <span m='116360'>don't</span> <span m='116660'>necessarily</span> <span m='117260'>need</span> <span m='117570'>a</span> <span m='117610'>college</span> <span m='117990'>degree,</span> <span m='118290'>though,</span> <span m='118340'>to</span> <span m='118430'>have</span> <span m='118600'>this</span> <span m='118790'>job.</span> <span m='119750'>You</span> <span m='120230'>pretty</span> <span m='120370'>much</span> <span m='120630'>just</span> <span m='120830'>need</span> <span m='120970'>to</span> <span m='121520'>work</span> <span m='122010'>on</span> <span m='122600'>perfecting</span> <span m='123280'>your</span> <span m='123400'>skills</span> <span m='124210'>as</span> <span m='124540'>an</span> <span m='124640'>artist,</span> <span m='126110'>perfect</span> <span m='126240'>a</span> <span m='126310'>style.</span> <span m='126960'>And</span> <span m='127400'>there's</span> <span m='127640'>tons</span> <span m='128030'>of</span> <span m='128139'>online</span> <span m='128460'>tutorials</span> <span m='129440'>and</span> <span m='129560'>everything</span> <span m='129940'>that</span> <span m='130050'>you</span> <span m='130139'>can</span> <span m='130320'>follow</span> <span m='130660'>through</span> <span m='130940'>with.</span> <span m='131630'>So</span> <span m='131900'>if</span> <span m='131960'>you</span> <span m='132410'>have</span> <span m='132810'>the</span> <span m='132930'>ability</span> <span m='133400'>to</span> <span m='134450'>focus</span> <span m='134820'>yourself,</span> <span m='135310'>you</span> <span m='135420'>can</span> <span m='135570'>actually</span> <span m='136490'>do</span> <span m='136620'>it</span> <span m='136700'>on</span> <span m='136830'>your</span> <span m='137010'>own,</span> <span m='137310'>if</span> <span m='137600'>you</span> <span m='137690'>don't</span> <span m='137830'>have</span> <span m='137950'>the</span> <span m='138180'>money</span> <span m='138430'>to</span> <span m='138520'>afford</span> <span m='139140'>such an</span> <span m='139410'>expensive</span> <span m='139870'>place</span> <span m='140130'>like</span> <span m='140330'>DigiPen.</span> <span m='142040'>DigiPen</span> <span m='142440'>is</span> <span m='142580'>a</span> <span m='142640'>very</span> <span m='142990'>good</span> <span m='143330'>school,</span> <span m='143750'>it's</span> <span m='143880'>just</span> <span m='144100'>a</span> <span m='144140'>very</span> <span m='144420'>hard</span> <span m='144770'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='145980'>If I</span> <span m='146070'>could</span> <span m='146220'>go</span> <span m='146300'>back</span> <span m='146550'>and</span> <span m='146630'>tell</span> <span m='146970'>my</span> <span m='147480'>high</span> <span m='147660'>school</span> <span m='147890'>self</span> <span m='148140'>one</span> <span m='148300'>thing,</span> <span m='148450'>that</span> <span m='148570'>would</span> <span m='148760'>be</span> <span m='149220'>the</span> <span m='149450'>quote</span> <span m='149740'>that</span> <span m='149920'>not</span> <span m='150220'>all</span> <span m='150400'>who</span> <span m='150460'>wander are</span> <span m='150920'>lost,</span> <span m='152350'>by</span> <span m='152480'>Tolkien.</span> <span m='153560'>It</span> <span m='153870'>applies</span> <span m='154450'>to</span> <span m='154550'>me</span> <span m='154800'>because</span> <span m='155840'>I</span> <span m='156470'>wasn't</span> <span m='156870'>really</span> <span m='158240'>the</span> <span m='158600'>person</span> <span m='158880'>that</span> <span m='159040'>conformed</span> <span m='159690'>to</span> <span m='159810'>all</span> <span m='159950'>the</span> <span m='160030'>rules.</span> <span m='160560'>I</span> <span m='160740'>had</span> <span m='161030'>my</span> <span m='161160'>own</span> <span m='161420'>style,</span> <span m='161860'>my</span> <span m='162010'>own</span> <span m='162170'>ideas,</span> <span m='162750'>but</span> <span m='162960'>everyone</span> <span m='163370'>wanted</span> <span m='163800'>me</span> <span m='163920'>to.</span> <span m='164170'>So</span> <span m='165070'>in</span> <span m='165370'>order</span> <span m='165460'>to</span> <span m='165890'>be</span> <span m='166150'>accepted and</span> <span m='166610'>belong,</span> <span m='167030'>I</span> <span m='167730'>put</span> <span m='168230'>myself</span> <span m='168550'>in</span> <span m='168620'>a</span> <span m='168670'>box.</span> <span m='169290'>And</span> <span m='170420'>if</span> <span m='170620'>I had</span> <span m='170820'>just</span> <span m='171090'>let</span> <span m='171350'>myself</span> <span m='171760'>go,</span> <span m='172030'>I</span> <span m='172100'>would</span> <span m='172290'>be</span> <span m='172920'>so</span> <span m='173270'>much</span> <span m='173520'>more</span> <span m='173710'>advanced</span> <span m='174040'>than</span> <span m='174140'>I</span> <span m='174170'>am</span> <span m='174370'>right</span> <span m='174560'>now.</span> <span m='175410'>And</span> <span m='176160'>so</span> <span m='177110'>don't</span> <span m='177530'>be</span> <span m='177670'>afraid</span> <span m='177910'>to be</span> <span m='177990'>yourself.</span> </p>","file":{"id":377048,"video_id":"3364396941001","name":"2308-Audre-ArtDirector1","duration":179421,"thumbnail_url":null}});