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What does a Character Artist do?

Character artists develop concepts for characters and then bring those characters to life, either drawing them by hand or using digital design tools. They render sketches and use illustration software programs to produce artistic projects. They collaborate with designers, art directors, and other creative professionals to establish and refine the vision for the characters, setting, and other elements.

Character artists may have a college degree or a diploma from a technical training program – often in an art or design field – but experience and demonstration of talent and ability is generally more important to employers, who will ideally want to see a portfolio of past work. These artists must have an understanding of anatomy, lighting, color theory, texture, and other artistic concepts. Some roles may require specialized skills in areas such as animation or 3D modeling.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
95%
5 - 7
0%
8+
0%

Common Skill Sets

Zbrush
Maya
3ds Max
Shaders
Photoshop
Pipeline
Mudbox
Rendering

Character Artist Seniority Levels

Concept Artist
4% made the transition
Animator
14% made the transition
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Character Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,313 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $62K
$79K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

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