Expert articles on the education and training requirements in animation and related fields

Where did the nominees go to school? 

Career success in animation is a function of many things including talent, perseverance, training, experience, skill, and good old-fashioned being in the right place at the right time. With the 2013 Academy Awards behind us, we thought it would be interesting to see where the Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Film went to college.   

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The casual games market is booming! Jobs, particularly for 2D artists, are on the rise as the social and mobile game markets expand. While studios may seem to have a laundry list of requirements for potential art candidates, it isn’t too difficult to make an excellent impression on a prospective employer with these basic guidelines. Some of my points may seem simple or obvious, but having them covered will definitely give you a leg up on the competition.

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Do you have aspirations to become a game designer on a game like God of War, Mortal Combat, or Devil May Cry? Well then you’re really looking at becoming what is called a combat designer in most studios these days. Combat designers should know the inner workings of great fighting games like Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Mortal Kombat. The combat systems in these games are very complex and have stood the test of time for good reason. Although games like God of War are not straight up "fighting" games, they borrow from these systems to make the player controls feel tight and fun. Having passion for fighting games is a big plus. If you've been involved with the popular EVO tournaments then combat design is probably your type of gig.

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How to become an illustrator in Jackson, Mississippi

Quite a few talented visual artists residing in the city of Jackson, Mississippi maintain careers in the creative, high tech field of illustration design.  Commercial companies in Jackson maintain a fast-evolving demand for local graphic artists, especially talented illustrators.  Illustrators draw everything from corporate logos to complex technical diagrams to wallpaper patterns and more.

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How to become an illustrator in Mississippi

Companies in the ever-so-much-fun-to-spell state of Mississippi have lately shown a noticeable increase in local employment opportunities for commercial graphic artists, especially talented illustrators.  Mississippi businesses hire illustration professionals to design promotional ads, political campaign posters, educational texts, mobile apps and countless other commercial visual arts creations.

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How to become an illustrator in Saint Louis, Missouri

The city of Saint Louis, Missouri features well over 300,000 residents and a thriving local arts culture.  Saint Louis business corporations experience an ever-increasing demand for graphic designers, especially in the highly specialized field of illustration design.  Illustrators design original reference charts, nature scenes, comic book art, textiles and stationery supplies, among many other things.

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How to become an illustrator in Kansas City, Missouri

The city of Kansas City, Missouri is home to the headquarters of many major corporations like Sprint-Nextel, H&R Block, Russel Stover Candies and (most famously) Hallmark Cards.  Kansas City businesses maintain an ongoing demand for talented local graphic artists (especially illustrators) to create corporate logos, characterizations, textile patterns, high tech diagrams and other innovative designs.

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How to become an illustrator in Missouri

The state of Missouri features many fine artists among its more than six million local residents. Missouri's thriving economy supports many thousand commercial businesses that hire illustrators to design everything from traditional books to video games to technical drawings to reference charts and countless other visual creations.  Missouri maintains an increasing demand for talented local illustrators.

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How to become an illustrator in Louisville, Kentucky

The city of Louisville, Kentucky is loaded with local graphic artists landing lucrative gigs at the city's many commercial businesses.  Louisville corporations and private enterprises regularly hire talented illustrators to create cartoon characters, company logos, brand designs, reference charts, book covers and more.  Much more.

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How to become an illustrator in Lexington, Kentucky

The city of Lexington, Kentucky is home to numerous talented visual artists who consistently land local jobs as professional illustrators.  Lexington corporations and private businesses maintain a vigorous, ongoing commercial demand for graphic artists, especially in the field of illustration.

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