How To Become a 3D Artist

How To Become A 3D Artist

What is a 3D Artist?
A 3D Artist is responsible for creating three-dimensional models, animations, and visual effects that will be used in various ways within a TV, film or games production. It is their job to create special effects to match specific briefs.

What is the job?
The job of a 3D Artist involves using a combination of hand-drawing techniques and computer software to create three dimensional animations and graphics. On top of this, a 3D Artist is also responsible for researching upcoming projects in order to help find new ways to create designs or animations.

At the start of a project, they may also help conceptualise ideas and processes to come up with the best plan of action. Then, towards the end of the project, they will receive feedback from directors, clients, or other animators and they will make several alterations before the final design is approved. This aspect of a 3D Artist’s role with involve meeting with clients, designers and directors to review projects and deadlines and agree on a timeline for the project.

Key Skills

  • An aptitude for art and creativity
  • Good communication
  • Good time management
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to work in a team and individually
  • An understanding of how to use software such as Adobe Photoshop and 3D Max

Salary & Working Hours
The average salary of a 3D Artist in the United Kingdom is £25,500. However, salaries can range from around £19,000 right up to £40,000 depending on your experience, and the scale of the project you are working on.

The position of 3D Artist is often a full time role with regular hours, but when deadlines are fast approaching, it may be required that you work late or work at weekends. Sometimes there is the opportunity for 3D Artists to work from home, but this depends on how flexible the company is.

How To Become a 3D Artist
To become a 3D Artist, a degree in a related subject such as Fine Art is recommended, but is not required. It is possible to find positions without formal education, but most companies now require a certificate, degree or some form of training. Internships, work experience and voluntary work can all help you build a portfolio which can show potential employees that you have the skills required for the role. Take a look at this video to get some top tips on how to become a 3D Artist!

Where Can It Take You?
When starting out as a 3D Artist, you will most likely be working at entry level or junior level. This leaves room for promotion and advancement, as you may be able to work towards becoming a Senior 3D Artist, which will of course give you more responsibility and authority. As with most careers in the film and animation industry, it’s all about showing what you can do and building up your network of contacts!

Latest 3D Artist Jobs

Become a 3D Artist
If you are ready for the next step in your career, why not take a look at the latest 3D Artist vacancies on our jobs board? You can view our latest vacancies here.