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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.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
25%
2 - 4
54%
5 - 7
5%
8+
16%

Common Skill Sets

Adobe Photoshop
MEP AutoCAD
3D Modeling
BIM
Revit MEP
navisworks
Maya
CAD Software

3D Artist Seniority Levels

L2
3D Artist
$59,515/yr
L3
L4
Lead 3D Artist
$67,213/yr
Concept Artist
11% made the transition
Animator
10% made the transition
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3D Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

CA$53,201 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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CA$40k
Median: CA$53k
CA$72k
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