Visual Effects Artist (VFX)


VFX artists add the wham, bam, crash and wallop to games.

What does visual effects (VFX) artist do?

VFX artists add the wham, bam, crash and wallop to games. They create anything that moves that isn’t a character or an object. They create dust, water, explosions and superpowers. VFX artists use digital art software, alongside tradition art insights to create realistic effects that are stunning, like a tornado, or subtle, like slow moving clouds.

What’s a VFX artist good at?

  • Art: understand composition, colour, texture, and light, and know how these elements work together
  • Physics and advanced maths: understand how elements like water, light and dust behave in different conditions
  • Using software and games engines: create artwork using a range of programmes and physics software packages, know the technical capability of the game engine and the latest technologies and techniques
  • Collaboration: work with the other artists, share the vision with designers and games developers
  • Time management: work on projects to tight deadlines, prioritise tasks. VFX is often expensive so it’s necessary to know how to work within budget

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