What does a 3D Artist do?

3D artists create three-dimensional creations, including models, animation, and visual effects, which are used in creative projects, including films, video games, and advertising campaigns. They create special effects to match specific briefs utilizing a combination of hand drawing techniques and computer software. Their creation of graphics and animation often comes through computer programs and editing software. They sometimes work with a team of animators and other artists to collaborate on movies, games, or visual effects.

3D artists research upcoming projects to help find new ways to create the animation or the designs and develop storyboards that map out how scenes will look and progress. They help conceptualize ideas and processes to come up with the best plan for the project. After receiving feedback from relevant team members including directors or animators, they revise and make adjustments to fit their criteria and specifications. They meet with clients, designers, or directors for project review and to set deadlines. 3D artists need a bachelor's degree in art or computer graphics, as well as a relevant portfolio.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

3D Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,556 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $56K
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3D Artist Career Path

Learn how to become a 3D Artist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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3D Artist Insights

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3D Designer
Feb. 24, 2020

“I love my job and I enjoyed everything :) Great work eJam and wishing for more blessings !”

Dawn Digital Private Limited
3D Visualizer
Nov. 6, 2020

“I can see that i have good career development and scope of learning is vaste.”

Gemmiti Model ArtGemmiti Model Art
Model Maker
Jan. 11, 2020

“Ms Gemmiti is great and my team when I was there was really fun to work with.”

Mattress FirmMattress Firm
Senior Sleep Expert
Sep. 24, 2021

“All I have to say is you will make good money sometimes but is that worth your entire sanity and life?”

Bohemia Interactive SimulationsBohemia Interactive Simulations
Environment Artist
Jan. 18, 2021

“Amazing and friendly people to work and hangout with”

Experienced 3D Artist
Mar. 11, 2021

“People here are nice and honest.”

Environment Artist
Apr. 7, 2021

“Schedule of work was good and well balanced.”

Tangent AnimationTangent Animation
3D Artist
Apr. 24, 2020

“People are really nice and welcoming.”

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