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Journal Entry: Fri Apr 6, 2007, 11:47 PM
I gots me a job.

It's for a wonderful game company in Santa Monica called Naughty Dog. They hired me on as an environmental texture artist starting next week for the game: Uncharted: Drakes Fortune.  

     If you are looking for work as an artist, the video game  industry is growing exponentially but companies are also having more and more requirements to get your foot in the door. Besides having a nice demo reel or website, you have to take a test that requires a week of doing artwork for free before you even get an interview.

I was lucky and only did two test before I got an interview but I heard of people doing 7 before getting to see an actual person.That is 7 weeks of working for free living off noodles.If you do get an interview it is usually 2-3 hours long with 4-5 people asking you technical goo and possibly preform a task in front of them. Talk about performance anxiety ---- Yowsa!


Still it is all worth it if you love making art for a living. Painting a 3-d environment that you can walk around virtually is quite a trip.

Have a great art filled weekend:> Here is a trailer of Drake's Fortune if your interested:www.naughtydog.com/comingsoon/…
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: KCRW again!
  • Reading: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Watching: Lots of South Park lately
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smartmonkeee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on the new job!!!! i knew you could do it... lucky you!! you get to work in Santa Monica... i love it down by the pier!! watch out for the intersection at Colorado and Montana. its a bitch when the sun is behind you... lol
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come and visit me at storm!!! :blowkiss:
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artqueen23 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
thanks- I still want to see your work in the real world someday too. Let me know when you have another show!
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smartmonkeee Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
oh i would love to have you at one of them, that would be fabulous!! taking a break now for a month and then back at it in june... will make sure you know when and where!
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artqueen23 Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
hooray:boogie:
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smartmonkeee Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
how you been? how's the new job going? you liking it?

hey you can email me at: smartmonkeee@yahoo.com if you feel like it,lol
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artqueen23 Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
hee hee I just emailed ya
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smartmonkeee Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
and i emailed you back too! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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blackzer0 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
Congrats. Your work is topnotch so of course they'd take you on right away. Good luck with the new job!
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artqueen23 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
thank you:blush:
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TypoCity Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats.

tests huh? I've been on a games art course at uni for almost 2 years now and noones ever mentioned tests. I wonder if its just an american thing.

I'm still not sure which direction i want to go in vis a vis the industry personally. I'm growing to really enjoy texturing, but i also kinda want to do stuff with conceptualising too D:
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