Illustrator job review

Updated on May 17, 2022

Game artists create the people, items, landscapes, and backgrounds seen in video games.

They take preliminary sketches of concept art and turn them into polished artwork for video games. They are also known as game artists. All pictures are made using modeling, 2D or 3D animation tools, and programming.

Academically, game artists often possess a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, animation, fine art, or a similar discipline. They must have shown expertise in the gaming business and the ability to perform successfully under pressure.

A variety of duties.

The vast majority of illustrators are self-employed freelancers.

The job of an illustrator is now in high demand. They are required in several sectors of our lives, and you can witness their work in advertising, publishing, merchandising, and multimedia—TV, film, computer games, websites, apps, and animation on a daily basis.

Depending on the job, video game artists often execute a variety of duties. Some frequent jobs include:

Artist for the environment

An environment artist is a 3D modeler that specializes in creating the exterior and interior settings of a game. While executing various tasks, they frequently concentrate on the game’s surroundings rather than the characters. Texturing and 3D modeling of things such as roads leading to bridges, deep woods, valleys, and big temples may be among their responsibilities.

The designer of special effects

Visual effects artists produce visual effects to match game specifications. They work alongside animators and motion graphics designers to add particles, weather, smoke, fire, and explosions. They often use software tools to generate anything that moves in the game but is not a character or an item.

Designer of concepts

A concept artist often creates imagery for characters, environments, vehicles, and other creative elements in a game using pen and paper rather than computer tools. Modelers, animators, and visual effects artists turn their concepts into finished works.Concept art is critical in developing the overall appearance of the game.

Artist level

Level artists create a segment of the game or a level. They often create the characters and their behaviors, as well as actions, events, objects, and settings based on the gameplay designer’s demands. Their job may require them to draw concepts on paper or on a computer, utilizing 2D design tools initially.

Prospects for a Career

It takes an illustrator around five or six years to create a reputation and become established in the field.

Because starting out as a freelance artist is hazardous, you may want to build up relationships and clients gradually while performing other paid work.

The majority of illustrators work as freelancers and can have a very successful career. Some will be able to successfully merge artwork and instruction.

An Illustrator can determine their career goals through the career progression to a title such as Marketing Manager in a game design company.

Illustrators must have the following abilities:

To create a network of connections, freelance artists must be skilled networkers and have solid business abilities. Communication abilities are essential; you must be able to clarify what is required with clients. It is also necessary to be able to work briefly. You must also be able to operate within agreed-upon time constraints and fulfill deadlines. Above all, illustrators are creative individuals with exceptional artistic abilities.

It is possible that knowledge of a mix of the following software will be required:

Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects are all Adobe products.



Maxwell’s 3D Studio



Substance Painter




ToonBoom Harmony


Unreal Engine


Unity 3




The Game Illustrator’s main responsibilities may include:

 * Liaising with lead designers and developers about the game’s style and feel *

* Sketching idea designs and important visual style aspects

* Building 3D models of all assets within the technical limits of the game engine 

* Applying textures to all visual elements 

* Adding lighting and shading effects to all elements, ensuring consistency in color, intensity, and lighting level Animating characters and creatures

* Adding special effects to textures, scenes, and events, such as muzzle flashes, weather effects, particle systems, sparking wires, smoke, haze, billowing dust, steam vents, explosions, and so on. 

*Creating sound effects, conducting audio mixes, and designing promotional materials, packages, posters, and websites for the game’s launch

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