Technology has completely transformed the world we live in today including job opportunities. Many of the top ten in demand jobs in 2013 didn’t even exist until 2004. Many new and exciting job opportunities are available to the aspiring modern-day artist. The world of visual artistry has expanded from just sculpture, painting and drawing. Just imagine what Picasso and Monet could accomplish with today’s digital technology. Digital artists make use of technologies available to aid in the production of art.
Here is a simple overview of three careers in the digital art field. One of these forms of artistry may be just right for you.
Before computers, a cartoonist would sit down to create page after page of scenes and characters, each new picture slightly different than the one before. When these images were viewed in quick succession, it created the appearance that the character was moving and the scene changing. Today, most cartoons are computer-generated animations created by a software program.
Now, animators spend long hours in front of computers generating screen after screen to create the appearance of movement and change. To be marketable in this field, one must have computer proficiency, a creative mind and an eye for detail and color.
Within this career, you may find yourself working in television, film, or certain web development areas such as multimedia products or gaming, especially if you are specialized in 2D and 3D animation. It is vital to keep up with the latest computer animation and visual effects software and have a portfolio full of samples that market your abilities well. While jobs in film animation often pay better than jobs in web development, they may be hard to come by. Specializing in web development creates opportunity for freelance work because of the many businesses looking to create interesting websites that include animation.
A graphic design artist creates visual presentations as they work with a large variety of materials including animation, film media, sound, images, illustration, color, type and white space. In its simplest sense, a graphic designer may be in charge of creating flyers, pamphlets, catalogs, packaging designs, liveries, distinctive logos and advertisements for companies.
It is up to the graphic designer to meet with department heads and clients to capture the vision and expectations associated with each assigned project. The designer must consider the target market and take social and cultural considerations into account. To be successful in this field, one must have a keen eye and knowledge of electronic media in addition to strong interpersonal and marketing skills.
To obtain a job in this field, you must have a portfolio outlining your artistic capabilities. If you attend school to obtain a degree in graphic design, save everything you create and you will find it much easier to build your portfolio.
Visual Effects Artist
Visual effects artists make the impossible seem unquestionably real. To achieve this, one must have a strong eye for detail and the right visual effects software. From synthetically generating a crowd of people to fully creating an alternate universe, being a visual effects artist will leave you little time to feel bored, especially since workdays can often be long. Visual effects artists must often meet high pressured deadlines.
No formal education is required to enter this field, although many visual-effects programs are offered at a number of universities. With or without the degree, the vital part of your resume is an artistic eye critical to light, shadow and texture. To break into this industry, it is imperative to have a strong reel (a short video clip) created by top-notch visual effects software in order to display your abilities. Your social and networking skills within the tight-knit movie scene will also get you far.
Whatever artistic career path you choose, the opportunity of making money can vary greatly. However, your persistence, passion and ability to keep up with changes in creative software will be the key to any successful digital art career.
Article by Jared Jaureguy
Jared Jaureguy is a technology enthusiast and independent technology consultant.