What does a Character Artist do?

Character artists develop concepts for characters and then bring those characters to life, either drawing them by hand or using digital design tools. They render sketches and use illustration software programs to produce artistic projects. They collaborate with designers, art directors, and other creative professionals to establish and refine the vision for the characters, setting, and other elements.

Character artists may have a college degree or a diploma from a technical training program – often in an art or design field – but experience and demonstration of talent and ability is generally more important to employers, who will ideally want to see a portfolio of past work. These artists must have an understanding of anatomy, lighting, color theory, texture, and other artistic concepts. Some roles may require specialized skills in areas such as animation or 3D modeling.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Character Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹42,528 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹33T
Median: ₹43T
₹52T
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Character Artist Career Path

Learn how to become a Character Artist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L3
Character Artist
₹6,30,636/yr
L4
L5
Character Artist Lead
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Character Artist Insights

Read what Character Artist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Kung Fu FactoryKung Fu Factory
Senior 3D Character Artist
3 Apr 2021

“Work and life balance are good.”

Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts
Character Artist
9 Feb 2021

“Good benefits overall I would say”

RebellionRebellion
Junior Character Artist
26 Sep 2020

“Good work/ life balance”

Dorney ParkDorney Park
Character Performer
30 Nov 2020

“some what good pay”

Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts
Associate Character Artist
3 Dec 2019

“Little career guidance”

Rockstar GamesRockstar Games
Senior Character Artist
20 Sep 2021

“Not good if you starting your career.”

Knott's Berry FarmKnott's Berry Farm
Character Performer
5 Jan 2021

“It’s fun interactive performance job with a great group of people to work with.”

Kicks (Sweden)
Character Artist
17 Oct 2020

“I worked in a store with an amazing boss who did everything she could to make my time at the store as good as possible.”

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Character Artist Interviews

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Character Artist jobs

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a character artist

When working as a character artist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Zbrush, Maya, 3ds Max, Shaders and Photoshop.

The most similar professions to character artist are:
  • Concept Artist
  • Animator
  • 3D Artist
  • Technical Artist