7 tips for getting into the game art industry

Practice making UI designs. I have found many artists on LinkedIn who I have ended up hiring. Don’t assume that you are going to start out making cool character art in your first game art job. Don’t expect to get an interview if you are applying to make art for a super-realistic FPS and only have cartoony stuff in your portfolio. We artists are an odd breed. Art Directors can’t afford to assume that you can do a job if you don’t have specific samples of it in your portfolio. I may not have done it all, but I’ve certainly done a lot. 01. Rick worked on Massively Multiplayer Online game Everquest during his time at Sony.With 20 years as a creative in the games industry, Rick Schmitz has worked on all types of games – from Genesis, flip phone, PC to iOS and Android games – over titles as broad as Everquest and Plants vs. Everything I have learned about being an art director has been on the job. Get linked
If you aren’t already on LinkedIn, get on it. As well as traditional games, Rick has worked on the Fate Steam trading card game.06. The whole team has a vested interest in how the game looks, so you are going to get critiques from all corners of the team. Today, I’m the art director at WildTangent Studios, and though it’s impossible to achieve total mastery of art direction, I’ve learned a few tips along the way. Here he reveals some lessons he’s learnt from his career in the industry – a top 20 to do list worth checking out… 03. If there isn’t one, then start one yourself. Take crits in your stride
If you get a job, be prepared to take criticism, particularly from non-artists. Listen to them. Zombies was a massive hit for Rick and his team.02. Honestly assess your work and compare it to the pros; if a piece isn’t that good, then don’t put it in your portfolio. If you don’t have a lot of game jobs under your belt, be sure to list your non-game jobs, particularly if you are working as part of a team. Rick’s work at WildTangent varies from the family friendly Polar Bowler to puzzle games like Swipe 3 and Poker PLAY!04. Words: Rick Schmitz I’ve worn a lot of different hats, from animator to character designer to texture artist to background artist. Perfect your portfolio
Only put really good stuff in your portfolio. Here they are! Know what’s appropriate
Is the work in your portfolio appropriate for the job you are applying to? The mobile version of Plants vs. Join the club
Look for game art groups/sketch clubs in your area, as this is a good way to make connections.

Updated: 07.12.2014 — 01:43