Scott works as a Technical Artist at Mediatonic Games, one of the largest independent studios in the UK, with multiple locations worldwide. MediaTonic builds large scale games for digital platforms such as smartphones, PC and Xbox.
What does a typical day at your job involve and what are your main responsibilities?
My typical day involves implementing art done by artists into the game. Problem solving to make sure that the art is up to our standards, fixing any graphical issues and doing art as well if needed, whether it be 3D modelling or painting in Photoshop.
What do you enjoy most about your job as a Technical Artist?
I enjoy the problem solving the most, I support both artists and engineers in my role. And when I get everyone smiling with a solution that suits both sides, it's the best feeling.
Would you say your degree helped prepare you for your role?
My degree did prepare me quite well, the structure of the course implemented a job-like experience that made the transition into the industry really smooth for me. All the art skills and knowledge I learned are indispensable in my day to day activities. I wouldn't be able to do this job without it.
What was the highlight of your degree?
The highlight of my degree was working with the other disciplines to actually make games. It was stressful, but it was really fun too.
What advice would you give to a student joining the BA (Hons) Video Game Digital Art course?
My advice would be to draw every day, it's the only way to improve. Do as much drawing, painting, modelling as you can outside of university, a degree buys you time to improve and your portfolio matters the most.
What advice would you give to a student looking to get into the video games industry?
For looking to get into the industry, make a portfolio that's quality over quantity. Show the boring parts - it's nice to see a sculpted model, but showing you can UV and texture it puts you above everyone else who doesn't show that. Connect with industry people and get them to review your portfolio, they will be happy to take a look and give you constructive feedback.