Tips to Become a Successful Animator


dskic08Did you know that the Video Gaming industry is bigger than Hollywood? It is estimated that by the end of 2016, the industry will have crossed the $ 100 billion mark.

There is absolutely no reason to doubt this achievement thanks to the immersive virtual worlds that can make you a hero, a king, a warrior or an adventurer with just a click of a button.

Just like film-making, the development of a game is a culmination of various art forms. Games are no longer brought down to button-mashing or hack & slash arcades. There is a story based narrative, a magnificent artistic appeal, dialogues, voice acting, motion capture, animation and much more.

It is safe to say that companies like Rockstar Games, Ubisoft, Naughty Dog, Valve, Bioware, Nintendo etc. are the Warner Brothers of the gaming industry!

Although consoles and computers remain the top market in the gaming industry, the rise in the number of games available on smartphones is staggering!

And not to forget, gamification is an important marketing strategy being implemented by all the big companies.

So if you are a passionate gamer who wants to apply your artistic or coding skills in an industry that probably has the most dynamic and interactive output, dive into the world of gaming.

Here’s what companies are looking for

A Video Game Designer is the visionary and works closely with game artists and game developers to bring his vision to life. Game Designers come up with the game concept and story, they visualize the characters, environment and game play. They set the rules, structures, props, vehicles and interface design. They should not only be familiar but also have a deep knowledge about different gaming platforms like P.C, Console, Mobile Device etc. Game Designers are also well versed with software technologies and techniques used in each gaming platform.

Video Game artists and art directors experienced with designing tools are extremely important in the conceptualization phase of the game as they create the world, characters etc.(Check out Skyrim or Witcher)

Nowadays, a story or narrative is the centerpiece of a game and for that, game companies need experienced Script Writers.

Animation is also a crucial part of a game. Animators proficient with 3D animation software like Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3DS MAX, Blender are crucial in the narrative aspect of a game.

Apart from this, the video game world also comprises of Game Developers & Game testers.

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Tips to Become a Successful Animator

Tips to Become a Successful Animator


Animation is not just about learning software – It is a creative expression. Animation is for those who have creativity and love to create magic. If you are one of them, a career in animation is your cup of tea! Read on to know how to become a successful animator.

Master the art of drawing

As an animator, you will need to have strong skills in drawing. Whether you’re born with a natural talent to draw or not, practice can help fine tune your drawing skills. Practise drawing human forms, plants, animals, cars, landscapes, etc.

Dream and observe the world around you

Practise a daydreaming routine where numerous fantasy images are born. Go outdoors, observe people and other objects — gestures of people in various public places, their expressions, imagine what they are thinking or talking, children playing, dogs running, plants, animals, vegetables in market, malls, etc. Take an outdoor sketching tour and improve your sketching skills.
Look at other fine animators’ works
There are many seasoned and great animators in the animation industry for many years now. Follow their work and accomplishments closely to study from their best practices and then create your own style.

Education and Training

While you need not have a college degree to become an animator, most employers prefer to hire job candidates who have completed professional courses in Animation, Computer Graphics or a related discipline from a reputed institute. If you want to create animation for video games, you need certification in video game design or interactive media. The industry looks for candidates who have a strong foundation in drawing, visual arts and communication design, and who’ve had hands-on experience in all the software and tools popular in the industry. Industry interface during training with masterclasses, live projects and jury evaluation will be an added advantage.

There are also numerous tutorials and forums on animation available on the internet for free, but one will miss out on the exposure to industry practices and industry relations which is crucial while training.

You can choose to specialize and work in any segment of the industry. Some of them include:

  • 3D Animation – The creation of moving pictures in a 3-dimensional digital environment.
  • 2D Animation – The creation of moving pictures in a 2-dimensional environment.
  • VFX – Blending real film shooting with virtual animated images.
  • Gaming – Designing games for PC, Internet, Touchpads, Mobile & Consoles (such as Playstation or Xbox).

Make a demo reel or showcase of your work

Your demo reel is the most vital thing that will be reviewed by an employer. So it’s important that you create it carefully.

While creating a demo reel, include only your best work, start and end with your strongest pieces, tailor it to your dream job, focus on your strengths, keep it short and simple and try to make it impressive.

There are various online sites where you can find how to make a good demo reel. Individual institutes also guide and help in the preparation of this important portfolio.

Join an animation industry association

Join and take membership into an industry association. This can give you a platform to share your work with other animators and to attend workshops to further develop your animation skills. Many of these associations have job listings that are only available to members.

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Tips to Become a Successful Animator