A key part of working as a 3D artist is creating graphics or effects. This includes working with a team of animators and other artists to work on events, games, or visual effects.
Research Upcoming Projects
3D artists research upcoming projects to help find new ways to create designs or animations. This sometimes includes developing storyboards to map out how scenes will look.
In the initial stages of a project, 3D artists help conceptualize ideas and processes to come up with the best plan of action. This is especially the case if a 3D artist specializes in a particular area of 3D effects and their expertise is crucial to the project’s success.
Edit Effects After Feedback
3D artists receive feedback from directors, clients, or others, and edit renders or effects based on these comments or suggestions. Larger projects will often go through many iterations before the final design is approved.
Meet with Clients
Part of a 3D artist’s role is meeting with clients, designers, or directors to review projects and deadlines and agree on development timelines. These meetings may involve collaborating on design ideas and coming up with new suggestions for improving a project.
Skills and Qualifications
3D artists should have an aptitude for art and creativity, be skilled in using different and emerging computer software, and be equally comfortable working independently as well as part of a larger team. Typically, employers will require a bachelor’s degree in art or computer graphics, a portfolio, and the following abilities:
- Artistic skills – 3D artists need a talent for art and a strong understanding of color, texture, and light, and how these elements work together
- Time management – when working on projects with tight deadlines, the ability to prioritize tasks is essential to a 3D artist’s job
- Computer skills – using computer software and editing programs is a key part of this role. 3D artists need strong computer skills and must ?stay on top of the latest technologies and techniques to remain an asset to employers
- Teamwork – 3D artists should have a collaborative personality and be able to work with other members of the team, such as designers or developers
- Creativity – a creative mindset is essential to being a successful 3D artist. This job requires brainstorming new ideas on a regular basis and strategizing ways to stand out from the competition
Tools of the Trade
3D artists should be familiar with the following tools:
- 3D Max
- Vector works
- (Maya & cinema 4d is an added advantage)