How to become a 3D Computer Graphics Designer
THE MOTION MASTER
DRAWING, MODELLING, TEXTURING. HIS/HER ROLE IS TO CARRY OUT ALL THE GRAPHICS AND ANIMATIONS THAT WILL BE USED WITHIN THE GAME.
THE COMPUTER GRAPHICS DESIGNER'S MISSIONS
The label "computer graphics designer" includes several professions such as graphic designer, multimedia designer and illustrator. But the 2D-3D computer graphics designer is more involved in the world of video games and animation.
His / her role is outlined by the scenario and the story-board guidelines, drawn up by the Game Designer.
The 2D-3D computer graphics designer is involved throughout the project and intervenes in the different stages.A 2D computer graphics designer will use DTP software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro...), to create graphics and drawings, use a wide range of graphics to produce his / her original drawings, work on textures and colours...
As for the 3D computer graphics designer, he / she will follow the game designer's instructions, make preparatory sketches, bring his / her sketches to life on computer, refine and model his / her work: colour, texture, motion, plan and volume, take part in the creation of special effects.
REQUIRED QUALITIES & SKILLS
Above all, the 2D/3D computer graphics designer must master the use of computer tools and specialised software (3Ds max, Maya). He must also have a developed artistic sense.
The main assets of this video game professional are his / her great curiosity, a certain autonomy and a creative sense that enables him / her to carry out all the projects, as well as a real sense of organisation.
Open-mindedness and an extensive general culture are necessary in order to constantly reinvent him or herself and keep up with the latest technological innovations.
The other essential quality to become a computer graphics designer is his / her skills in drawing. It is thanks to his / her sure and sharp strokes that he / she can give life to all his / her creations, even the most eccentric, and then rediscover them in a video game or an animated film.
Interpersonal ease is also an essential part of the profession.
CAREER & DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
To become a 2D-3D computer graphics designer, several training courses are accessible. Thus, after high school, this occupation is accessible by completing a BTS, a DUT, an art school or even a specialised school.
In addition to video games and animated films, the 2D/3D computer graphics designer can work in many fields of activity: design, advertising, publishing, and TV. A video game graphics designer may be required to carry out different jobs during his career depending on his / her specialisation.
He / she can either remain a "generalist" graphic designer in a small studio, or become a :
- concept artist,
- character designer,
- environment designer,
- 3D modeller,
- digital sculptor,
- or even technical director
Over the years, he can aspire to evolve and become successively project manager, artistic director and graphic designer.