Types of Jobs in Animation and Related Fields

Expert articles on the types of jobs in animation and related fields
Graphis Designer

What does a Graphic Designer do? Where does a Graphic Designer work? ACR takes a look:

About Graphic Designers

Graphic designers use art and technology to create catchy graphics for websites, logos, and illustrations in everything from advertising to aerospace. Thanks to the wide variety of exciting industries graphic designers serve, graphic design is number 18 on the list of Top 20 Best Jobs for People Interested in Arts and Communications and number eight on the list of Best Jobs for People with an Artistic Personality Type by JIST Publishing. Most graphic designers will agree that there is never a dull moment in this dynamic career field. 

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Animation Director

What does a Animation Director do? Where does a Animation Director  work? ACR takes a look:

About Animation Directors

Animation directors recruit and coordinate animation teams. They lead each team from the beginning to the end of any given animated production. Animation directors have a tremendous amount of experience in the art and animation industry. Because of they have advanced skills and years of experience in the field, animation directors are among the most sought after professionals in the animation industry. 

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Flash Animator

What does a Flash Animator do? Where does a Flash Animator work? ACR takes a look:

About Flash Animators

Flash animators create animation for web sites, videos, advertising and marketing, games, education materials, and more. Flash animators coordinate with creative directors to ensure that the animation compliments the design and works in harmony with the technology used to drive the finished product. 

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Art Director

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About Art Directors

Art directors develop design concepts and review material that will appear in digital media, newspapers, advertisements, books, magazines, and more. They control the overall visual direction of a project in industries from advertising and public relations to web design. Art direction requires years of experience, advanced technical skills, and advanced knowledge in the areas of art and management. As such, art director is considered a high level position that offers many financial rewards. Professionals in this specialized field are among the highest paid artists in the art and design world.

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Animator - Career Profile January 2, 2015

Animator

What does an Animator do? Where does an Animator work? ACR takes a look:

 

About Animators

Animators create animation and visual effects for films, video games, television, mobile devices, and other forms of media using illustrations and software programs. Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Autodesk3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya are just a few leading software programs for animators. Animators also create graphics and develop storyboards, drawings and illustrations. They create, plan, and script animated narrative sequences, and assist with background design and production coordination.

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Character Animator

What does a Character Animator do? Where does a Character Animator work? ACR takes a look:

About Character Animators

Character animators create and design characters using animation software, 3D modeling, 2D animations, and even puppetry. These creative professionals develop characters that use movement to tell a story, whether its for film, television, video games or mobile applications.   

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Concept Artist

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About Concept Artists

Concept artists or "conceptual artists" create visual images of ideas for use in areas such as animation, comic book illustration, gaming, advertising, print, and many others. Concept artists work with other art departments to ensure that the right visual style is reflected in each part of the project.

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3D Modeler - Career Profile January 2, 2015

3D Modeler

What does a 3D modeler do? Where does a 3D modeler work? ACR takes a look:

About 3D Modelers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Quarterly, 3D modelers build 3D characters and environments that are based on the concept art. To create the models’ surfaces or skins, they paint and wrap 2D textures on a digital frame. Modelers also create character skeletons, which animators then control. Modeling is performed using a variety of programs such as Maya, 3DS Max, Pixar's RenderMan, POV-Ray, and many others.

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Cartoonist - Career Profile January 2, 2015

Cartoonist

What does a Cartoonist do? Where does a Cartoonist work? ACR takes a look:

About Cartoonists

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, cartoonists draw advertising, political, social, and sports cartoons. Some cartoonists work with artists who create the idea or story and write captions, and sometimes the cartoonist will write captions themselves. Most cartoonists have critical, comic, or dramatic talents in addition to drawing skills. While many cartoonists work for newspapers, magazines, and other print publications, some also work in the television and film industry. TV and film cartoonist may draw animated cartoons, prepare model drawings and sketches of characters, and draw special effects for animation projects. 

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2K Sports

I interviewed Jerson Sapida a producer at 2K Sports who has been working on the NBA 2K series since its early years on Xbox and PS2. I asked him his thoughts on making it as a producer for a sports development studio and his career experiences.

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