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  02 February 2013
CG job for self trainer

I am very much interested in CG artworks. I like to do 3d animation and now training myself by going through course provided by Digital tutors, Gnomon etc etc. I think they are better source enough. But it is very bad luck that there is no art school in our country that provides education for computer graphics or animation. My educational background isn't art rather engineering. Can I dream about getting job in a animation studio. I work very hard for this but I don't even know is it really possible. What do u think guys, can I pass through their criteria.

Last edited by Zhbdcafe : 02 February 2013 at 03:54 AM.
  02 February 2013
Most people doing 3d are self taught, you dont need a classroom, just keep watching tutorials and practising.
Matthew O'Neill
  02 February 2013
I'm curious how many positions are still available for animators, as many studios use mocap.
You can go with animationmentor, it's not cheap but if you want a proper animation education, it's very good.
  02 February 2013
I would focus on companies that are engineering based. Your engineering background will give you an advantage. I work with engineers and often my lack of engineering background requires that I have "translators" that can straddle both worlds. I often train at least one mechanical engineer to work in our studio. They typically make great modelers, riggers and particle effects or simulation experts. Biomechanic engineers usually assist with our character animation to ensure our work is realistic and accurate. Especially when creating chaotic motion like slips and falls and the resulting aftermath. They also provide valuable input with shootings and body mechanics in car crashes and ejections.

Figure out how to sell your engineering background as an asset. I've already told my kids art school would be a waste of money over getting an engineering degree and learning traditional art and technical programs with extended continued education (self, online, and auditing courses)

I've learned basic engineering principles over the past 16 years working with some of the best. I find many artists are lacking true understanding of how the world actually works (biomechanics, physics, etc) and as a result, I see issues with animation, lighting and modeling that just make things look strange or unreal. Especially when it comes to camera motion and vehicles.

Last edited by XLNT-3d : 02 February 2013 at 02:14 PM.
  02 February 2013
Many of us are self-trained in 3D. (There was a time, 10 years ago, when almost everybody had to self-train).

Yes you can get a job at an animation studio.

Focus on making your demoreel as high quality as possible.

The fact that you are an engineer can help you get certain types of role in CG studions.

If you have CAD modeling skills, that's a plus for creating hard-surface models.

If you have experience with CFD or FEA simulations, again, it may help you get simulation jobs in a CG studio.

Focus on what you like the most in CG, and you should be OK.

Good luck!
  02 February 2013
Thank u very much guys. I was looking for this kind of answers over the days. Sometimes I became very hopeless when I always found everybody talking and focusing about choosing art school to be a cg artist. But now I think it will be better for me to not go through those articles that weakens me.

Another thing is I posted something wrong just writing "3D Animation". I love everything that produces an animated movie - modelling, texturing, rigging, simulation. And yet got intermidiate knowledge in every step. Your advice and appreciation gave me decent strength and hope at least to struggle for my dream.
  02 February 2013
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