What does a Character Artist do?

Character artists develop concepts for characters and then bring those characters to life, either drawing them by hand or using digital design tools. They render sketches and use illustration software programs to produce artistic projects. They collaborate with designers, art directors, and other creative professionals to establish and refine the vision for the characters, setting, and other elements.

Character artists may have a college degree or a diploma from a technical training program – often in an art or design field – but experience and demonstration of talent and ability is generally more important to employers, who will ideally want to see a portfolio of past work. These artists must have an understanding of anatomy, lighting, color theory, texture, and other artistic concepts. Some roles may require specialized skills in areas such as animation or 3D modeling.

Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Character Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$61,094 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $61K
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Character Artist Career Path

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Character Artist Insights

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netguru (CA)netguru (CA)
Senior 3D Character Artist
Sep. 19, 2020

“Good work culture and balance in work and family life.”

Kung Fu FactoryKung Fu Factory
Senior 3D Character Artist
Apr. 3, 2021

“Work and life balance are good.”

Junior Character Artist
Sep. 26, 2020

“Good work/ life balance”

Dorney ParkDorney Park
Character Performer
Nov. 30, 2020

“some what good pay”

Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts
Associate Character Artist
Dec. 3, 2019

“Little career guidance”

Rockstar GamesRockstar Games
Senior Character Artist
Sep. 20, 2021

“Not good if you starting your career.”

Knott's Berry FarmKnott's Berry Farm
Character Performer
Jan. 5, 2021

“It’s fun interactive performance job with a great group of people to work with.”

3D Character Artist
May 11, 2020

“3. Salary is late always.”

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