Multimedia Artists and Animators

Last updated January 01, 2015

In the old days, artists drew everything by hand. Some still do. But many of the animated images and special effects you see today are computer-generated. That means there’s a whole new breed of artist -- and a whole new career path to consider. With creativity and imagination, multimedia artists bring dazzling images and new sophistication to everything from cartoons to commercials.

Multimedia artists and animators create images and special effects for movies, TV shows, cartoons, computer games, and more.

“I love having to create something from nothing, whether it’s a video or a print piece.” Chris, Multimedia Artist and Producer

Are You Ready To...?

  • Come up with original ideas
  • Create a series of images
  • Use computers to create art
  • Work as part of a team
  • Work under tight deadlines

It Helps To Be...

An art lover who is also at home on the computer: hand drawings and computer-generated images are both used in this line of work. Creativity and a cool head under pressure are also important.

Make High School Count

  • Take computer classes and learn software programs related to drawing and design.
  • Get involved with your school’s theater arts department, where you can try your hand at set design and painting.
  • Sign up for art class. You'll get a chance to sharpen basic drawing skills in color, perspective, and form while developing your own style.

Did You Know?

Some multimedia artists draw the storyboards -- rough drafts that look like comic strips -- that are used as guides to placing actors and cameras on movie and TV sets.