ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: THE LEADER OF CREATION
THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VISUAL COHERENCE OF A WEBSITE IN TERMS OF IMAGE AND ERGONOMICS. HE / SHE CREATES THE GRAPHIC WORLD AROUND WHICH A GAME IS GOING TO BE ARTICULATED.
To this end, he / she sets up a graphic charter defined and validated by the client and has it applied by his team. The Artistic Director is involved in the various stages of design, negotiation and implementation of the projects to be conducted.
THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'S MISSIONS & PROFESSION
"Artistic Director". Here is a title which covers a beautiful profession, operating in various media (audiovisual, publishing, advertising, press, communication, performing arts).
For his part, the Video Game Artistic Director ensures the project's consistency, visual logic and harmony. He / she is a true expert who organizes the work of his / her team, specializing in the field of three-dimensional visual creation.
He / she leads the team to ensure the technical follow-up of graphic designers, illustrators, roughmen, sound designers, storyboarders etc. This way, he/ she makes sure the project meets the initial objectives, from the first sketches to the final rendering of the characters, objects, scenery...
His / her mission is to supervise the graphic conception and execution of a project for which he / she assumes artistic responsibility. He / she manages the budgets allotted to his / her projects
REQUIRED QUALITIES & SKILLS
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR IS AN IMPORTANT POSITION!
The professional who aspires to hold this position must know the other occupations in the production pipeline of a video game: he / she does not necessarily have to know how to program, but it is imperative to understand how the game engine actually works, to have a good knowledge of the motion picture industry, as well as a perfect mastery of 2D (Photoshop...) and 3D software (3ds Max, Maya, Vray, Keyshot...).
He / she is an innovative leader! It is essential that he / she knows how to get a message across, and how to communicate easily. First of all, the Artistic Director must propose a convincing project to the client, and then manage his / her teams for its realization. He / she is the interface between the creative team and the client's requirements.
Finally, as a seasoned and experienced professional, he / she must demonstrate creativity, reactivity, passion for the gaming world and have an excellent general knowledge. Like any manager, he / she must have a highly developed sense of organization. Of course, the Artistic Director defends his / her choices in front of the client or his / her direction.
CAREERS & DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Experience is considered crucial for this position! A well-rounded CV, particularly in the field of video games, will be highly appreciated for those seeking to become Artistic Directors.
In short, the paths leading to this position are quite varied: intern, assistant, graphic designer, webdesigner or game designer are often necessary steps before being able to apply for this position.
A junior Artistic Director (2 to 3 years of experience) is entitled to be paid 25K€ gross per year. A senior Artistic Director can be offered 60K€. The Artistic Director earns an average of 54,000€ per year in France, in gross salary.
He / she can move on to larger projects for more prestigious productions and clients.