What does a Technical Artist do?

Technical artists act as links between artists and programmers while working on a game and serve as a hybrid between artists and programmers. They work closely with the lead artist, creative director, and lead programmers working on the project and set up and maintain the workflow. They also investigate new techniques to implement along the way. Technical artists review completed art, which could include a character or environment background. After they are delivered, technical artists must ensure the art designs maintain standards of visual quality.

Technical artists prepare and design character systems including cloth and collaborate with environment artists and other programmers to optimize environments and establish physical barriers. Technical artists also create custom tools that are carried out using scripting languages, including modeling and animation packages. They oversee and research the implementation of rendering techniques, including standard and specular maps and pixel shaders. Technical artists must know console hardware architecture and are highly skilled in 3D graphics software with a fluency in lighting and rendering, texturing, and graphics-related programming languages.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Technical Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$71,557 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $72K
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Technical Artist Career Path

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Fortitude GamesFortitude Games
Technical Artist
Mar. 25, 2021

“There is good emphasis on personal and career development that helps elevate the talents within the studio even further.”

Technical Producer
Apr. 2, 2020

“And the billable utilization goal was pushed so much that they started tying it to the quarterly bonuses.”

Technical Artist
Feb. 22, 2021

“The projects we get to work on are fun and the people are awesome.”

Imagination TechnologiesImagination Technologies
Graduate Technical Artist
Jan. 5, 2021

“Compared to my friends starting in the games industry I was being pay a decent amount more.”

Technical Artist
May 18, 2021

“Hard work and overtime.”

Technical Producer
Apr. 26, 2021

“I've accepted that there's no such thing as a perfect company and the best characteristic of a company is its ability to listen and change.”

Ovation (TN)
Technical Producer
Aug. 13, 2020

“Direct Supervisor was not helpful”

Technical Artist
Dec. 23, 2019

“Low salary compared to other jobs in the same field”

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