What does a Game Artist do?

Game artists create art for one or more types of games and help create a game’s visual elements including character, vehicle, surface textures, and clothing. They create compelling and emotionally impactful artwork that fits and enhances the game theme’s established style and branding and push creative projects from the concept through development and into final execution. They collaborate with a team to execute large and small projects with the same enthusiasm and maintain existing products while providing assets for marketing purposes.

Game artists use computer software programs to create the animation, characters, environments, and user interfaces that make up the game. They combine classical art training with computer and graphic design using robust design and drawing principles to create characters and backgrounds related to the game’s subject. They must handle texture, animation, modeling, and rendering to create on-screen world and populations and use their artistic training to create visually appealing backgrounds and graphics. Game developers need a minimum two-year degree in video game art and fluency in design software.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Game Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$50K
Median: $50K
$56K
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Game Artist Career Path

Learn how to become a Game Artist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Game Artist
$50,000/yr
L3
Game Artist Ii
No Salary Reports
L4
Game Artist Senior
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Game Artist Insights

Read what Game Artist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
GameStopGameStop
Senior Game Advisor
12 Sep 2019

“Decent discounts and good as a second job”

GameStopGameStop
Senior Game Advisor
19 Oct 2021

“I got to work with amazing people who were passionate about games and really connected well with our loyal clientele.”

Jam CityJam City
Marketing Artist
14 Jul 2021

“long tern career path is not so clear!”

UmlautUmlaut
Technical Illustrator
1 Feb 2021

“good team work and managent”

VoodooVoodoo
Game Artist
12 Sep 2019

“Very good work and life balance”

WhiteBud StudiosWhiteBud Studios
Game Artist
16 Aug 2021

“One of the best place to work for both fresher's as well as seasoned professionals.”

All American Axe Throwing
Game Operator and Axe Throwing Instructor
15 Jan 2022

“No hassle schedule and it is an all around fun place to work.”

GameStopGameStop
Game Advisor
2 Apr 2021

“My team was very fun and still got the Job done.”

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Game Artist Interviews

Related Careers

Concept Artist
$56,000
No skills overlap
Technical Artist
$88,500
13% skills overlap
3D Artist
$60,000
No skills overlap
Character Artist
$50,000
13% skills overlap

Game Artist jobs

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a game artist

When working as a game artist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Drawing, Technical Illustration, Views, Isodraw and Adobe Creative Suite.

The most similar professions to game artist are:
  • Concept Artist
  • Technical Artist
  • 3D Artist
  • Character Artist

The most common qualifications to become a game artist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.