Critical to the overall video game experience, video game texture artists work on graphics and backgrounds making them look as real as possible and giving the game a visual edge. You may find video game texture artists staring at the floor, but they’re in fact doing their job. Making a dirt floor look distinctly different from a cement floor in the game seems trivial, but is in fact complicated, time-consuming, and necessary. Video game texture artists need to be very observant of their surroundings, in order to gain more insight into the work they’re doing on the job. For example, many people would not notice the dirt accumulation patterns on a sidewalk while walking down a busy street, but a texture artist would!
It’s common for texture artists to gather their inspiration and research this way. Since the goal is to create highly realistic work, it makes sense that they mimic real-world objects. On the flip side, however, modern texture artists are breaking boundaries by creating exotic, unfamiliar textures and surfaces that keep their games fresh and exciting. As long as texture artists work within the technical capabilities of the game console or system (specifically memory), they can be as creative with their textures as they like.
The textural elements of video games are highly important to the overall game play. By constantly honing their skills, texture artists can improve the quality of the games they work with by making them more realistic and playable. Virtually every visual aspect of a video game has a texture, whether it’s smooth text, bumpy dirt roads, a scaly lizard or stormy sky. Video game texture artists should have experience in graphic design, as well as proficiency with Autodesk Maya. Once video game texture artists gain ample experience, they often move on to 3D modeling and animation.
Video Game Texture Artist Salary*
Just entering the field, a video game texture artist can expect to earn $33,000 on average per year. As they gain experience, salaries increase to $69,000 or more annually.
*According to Indeed.com
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