What does a Game Artist do?

Game artists create art for one or more types of games and help create a game’s visual elements including character, vehicle, surface textures, and clothing. They create compelling and emotionally impactful artwork that fits and enhances the game theme’s established style and branding and push creative projects from the concept through development and into final execution. They collaborate with a team to execute large and small projects with the same enthusiasm and maintain existing products while providing assets for marketing purposes.

Game artists use computer software programs to create the animation, characters, environments, and user interfaces that make up the game. They combine classical art training with computer and graphic design using robust design and drawing principles to create characters and backgrounds related to the game’s subject. They must handle texture, animation, modeling, and rendering to create on-screen world and populations and use their artistic training to create visually appealing backgrounds and graphics. Game developers need a minimum two-year degree in video game art and fluency in design software.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Game Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$59,505 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$44K
Median: $60K
$80K
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Game Artist Career Path

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GameStopGameStop
Senior Game Advisor
Sep. 12, 2019

“Decent discounts and good as a second job”

GameStopGameStop
Senior Game Advisor
Oct. 19, 2021

“I got to work with amazing people who were passionate about games and really connected well with our loyal clientele.”

Jam CityJam City
Marketing Artist
Jul. 14, 2021

“long tern career path is not so clear!”

UmlautUmlaut
Technical Illustrator
Feb. 1, 2021

“good team work and managent”

VoodooVoodoo
Game Artist
Sep. 12, 2019

“Very good work and life balance”

WhiteBud StudiosWhiteBud Studios
Game Artist
Aug. 16, 2021

“One of the best place to work for both fresher's as well as seasoned professionals.”

GameStopGameStop
Game Advisor
Apr. 2, 2021

“My team was very fun and still got the Job done.”

GameStopGameStop
Senior Game Advisor
Jul. 3, 2021

“I liked my coworkers and the discount was decent.”

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