You work tirelessly for 3 years or more to be able to make high quality digital art.
You graduate with some art in your portfolio that at least impresses you.
You muster the courage to put yourself and your artwork out there and submit it to the top game studios in town.
Days and weeks later…
Not a single call back.
Not even an e-mail to let you know your good and you should keep trying.
It can be incredibly discouraging to work so hard for years to become a professional digital artist, only to graduate and find that no one is calling you back and you are getting no interviews.
This image of the two miners digging tunnels towards a stash of diamonds is one that I feel really speaks volumes to could-be games artists. I would say in my experience speaking to graduates, most are the guy on the bottom.
Like this miner, many artist-grads actually have no idea how close they are to reaching their goal of industry employment.
Most give up before they really even started. Is this you?
You have the talent.
you’ve learned all your base skills in college.
Now you need to take all of that and focus on creating what I call “the flagship portfolio piece.”
This is essentially your best foot forward, I call it the “flagship” because this is the one that leads all your other “supporting pieces” and proves to game studios that you can make great art for them.
Don’t believe me?
Don’t think one more piece could do it for you?
In the video I posted on this page, I do a review of a few students work and compare it to the work they did before and after graduating college.
You can see some examples of before and after work below…
Before Graduating on Left and after Graduating on Right.
Do you see what a huge difference just completing one more portfolio piece can accomplish?
It’s not as easy as it sounds though, especially if you are trying to do it alone…As I’m sure you are well aware.
The students in the video all had one thing in common, they had professional guidance and were a part of a community; in short, they weren’t doing it by themselves.
I talk to many graduates on Linkedin weekly and I noticed a disturbing pattern with some of them. There seems to be an air of “ I already paid X amount of dollars for college, I’m good. I can do this on my own.”
There is what I see as an overconfidence in oneself and the work they did in college. This, in some cases can be a real detriment to your success.
I will get more into this in a future blog post. The point is, it really requires a humility to say: “I’ve tried, I’ve gotten no results with what I’ve been doing so far, and I need help.”
So which miner are you going to be? The guy on the bottom who was almost there and quit?
Or the guy on the top, who will let nothing and nobody stop him/her from getting their diamonds.
If you don’t go for your treasure of gaining employement in a career you love, someone else will want it more than you do and they get your diamonds.
What are you waiting for?