Types of Jobs in Animation and Related Fields

Programs to consider:

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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Forensic Animator

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

About Forensic Animators

Forensic animation is one of the most unique specializations in the animation industry. Instead of creating animation for video games, films, and cartoons, professional forensic animators recreate crime scenes or accidents to help investigators produce evidence and solve crimes. In addition to a background in animation, many forensic animators have a legal or criminal justice background. 

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Animator - Career Profile

January 2, 2015

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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Concept Artist

What does a Concept Artist do? Where does a Concept Artist work? ACR takes a look:

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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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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Cartoonist - Career Profile

January 2, 2015

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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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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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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Mocap Suit

Sports games have been a staple of the video game industry since the birth of the home console. From Tecmo Bowl to Madden, the scale of sports games has undergone a massive change and requires very large teams to develop each iteration year after year. Gamers have come to expect their favorite sports stars and teams to look and behave exactly like their real life counterparts thanks to the power of the current generation consoles. This level of detail takes tons of resources and time, but one thing that never changes is the year time frame the game needs to be completed in. By the start of each sports season, developers need to wrap up their changes and get the game on store shelves to meet important deadlines and cash in on the excitement. Because of the unique timeframe constraints, sports game studios usually run a bit differently when compared with your average console developers that get 2 to 3 years to finish a game.

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The art and culture scene is a major attraction in hip cities such as Seattle, but Washington’s smaller towns and villages have also proven that they can hold their own in the creative arena. Travel to Bellingham—the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border¹, and you’ll find a variety of art venues and organizations such as  The Arts Commission, The Downtown Art Walk, and the Whatcom Museum. Head to Redmond where the active Redmond Arts Commission provides theatrical productions in the park, concerts at City Hall, and more than 100 public art displays by local and regional artists.

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