Artists work in many industries doing thing you might not expect. Artists create advertisements, visual effects in movies and the buildings in your city just to name a few. If you like to draw, paint or sculpt, or if you just like to be around fine art, you can find a challenging and satisfying career.
Computer Graphics Artist/Designer and Animator
traditional artist may use a paintbrush, pencils, or clay, the Computer Artist uses
a computer to create art that is a personal expression. The computer allows artists, architects,
engineers and others to create two and three dimensional drawings. It can be programmed to be any one tool, or
many tools at once. It can mix different
media to create one work of art. This
allows artists to combine a love of art with the modern technology of the
Another artist who uses the computer is an animator. Do you have a favorite cartoon character on film or on TV? Behind each of those characters is an animator or most likely a team of animators.
An Animation Artist makes still pictures seem to move by creating a series of slightly different images called frames. Some artists draw these images onto a transparent acetate called a cel. However, modern computer animation has cut much of the repetition and time from this process. Computer software programs allow computer animators to draw, color, and shade on screen. Some animators begin with hand drawn illustrations and scan them into the computer. Others create the illustrations completely by using the computer program. From there the Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) animators can make the characters move, speak and act.
Computers have changed the way we think about creating art, but even this method requires talent, training and education, just like a traditional artist.
Middle School Art Courses Each Year
High School Art and Computer Graphics Courses 4 Years
Bachelor's Degree (Some companies may accept Associate Degree)
Computer Graphic Artist: $44,000-78,000
Computer Animator: $35,000-118,000