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Skills for the Creative Industry

Katie Fiddaman

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The creative industries refers to a range of activities that occur within the creative economy; this can be anything from activities that relate to the likes of graphic design, photography, games, website coding, animation or compositing for VFX. At Escape Studios, we focus on VFX, Games, Animation and Motion Graphics courses, which are all designed, developed and delivered by industry, ensuring our students leave equipped with the skills required to succeed in their chosen field.

So what jobs are available within the creative industries?

Here’s a small selection of the roles, to give you an idea:

Animation - Animator

Animators create visual effects and animations for a range of media forms, such as: film, television and video games using programmes like Maya and Houdini. Animators are also responsible for the generating storyboards and planning animated narrative sequences and also aid with product coordination. Successful animators must be good technicians, to understand all the digital tools available, but they must also be creative, inventive artists who make characters interesting and fun to watch.

VFX (2D) - Compositor

Compositing is the action of layering all the various elements in a shot: live action, mattes, multiple CG passes, 3D lighting, animation and particle effects. Therefore, they work at the end of the process to blend them all seamlessly to create the photo–realistic final shot.

VFX (3D) - Artist

The term ‘3D artist’ is a generic title that usually applies to people who can model and texture, and perhaps have experience of rigging and lighting. A 3D artist may be called upon to build anything from set extensions to complex spaceships, to detailed character sculpts that need to be painted and rigged ready for animation.

Game Art - Concept Artist

The concept artist works alongside the internal development team across all projects. They are responsible for creating outstanding character, environment and prop concepts, that help guide the tone. Responsible for the production of concept illustration, marketing assets, development support and pitch materials, they are able to effectively express ideas quickly to the right level of finish for the brief.

And what are the main skills required?

The first main skill, and perhaps an obvious one, is creativity. It seems straightforward but creativity is a skill that can come in many forms, not just being an artist. The main element of creativity is having the curiosity to discover something new and having the drive and confidence to continue until you bring it to life.

If you are struggling to access your inner creative self, here’s a few tips to inspire creativity:

  • Turn to nature - see if anything natural catches your eye and let your imagination do the rest.
  • Research - look at websites, blogs, social media or factual information around your topic.
  • Work in a team - isolating yourself is only going to isolate the potential of expansion for your ideas, so communication is a key element of creativity.

However, as important as creativity is, it won’t aid survival in the competitive nature of the creative industries. So how do we combat this? Here’s a few essential business skills that will help you too:

  • Entrepreneurship - often in this industry, the work is freelance so the importance of becoming your own brand is huge. For example, when setting up your own studio or when applying to work on projects. Therefore, realising and taking advantage of opportunities is vital to success.

  • Communication and teamwork - these two skills go hand-in-hand and are crucial for larger team projects such as working on television commercials or on a film. A number of artists will inevitably working on each project - so communication and teamwork become paramount.

  • Resilience - you need to be resilient for two reasons:

    • The creative industries are very competitive, so it’s crucial to persevere if you miss out on a project.
    • Being resilient in your own work - if something isn’t working the way you want it to, keep trying until it is to the standard that you desire, it’ll ensure that your final piece of work is of a higher standard too.
  • Initiative - due to the constantly evolving nature of the creative industries, it is not only vital to be resourceful and notice a problem so that it can be resolved efficiently, but it is also imperative to show initiative when it comes to coming up with new ideas and methodologies for future projects.

  • Networking - it is essential to generate relationships with a range of people in the industry for two reasons:

    • They will know your skills and may contact you in future to work on a project.
    • You may need them and the skills they possess to help you with your own work.

Therefore, networking with other artists develops the foundations for professional relationships and increases the opportunity to accomplish future tasks.

Undoubtedly, the most important quality to possess is passion. Being passionate about your own work and the projects that you are a part of is integral for achieving a desired result.

Interested in a job in the creative industry? Look at our courses at Escape Studios.

Skills for the Creative Industry
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