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I've been thinking about how a lot of video games art seems be done digitally these days. I'm curious to know do video games artists do all there work digitally these days or do you still see sketches being scanned into Photoshop and such?
Depends on what the client wants and how they want it delivered. There are some looks that are easier to get with a pencil than spending more time trying to fake it digitally and the reverse is also true. What ever is faster and more efficient for the job at hand.
Well wouldn't it also depend on if you're doing some group meeting and coming up with ideas?
Yeah that would be one instance but I was referring to the finished look of the art. Sometimes they want a marker look, sometimes a pencil, sometimes painted, photographic, 3d,etc. That is why its important to be flexible with your mediums and have some versatility, you have more opportunities.
I get more work by getting hired to do one thing and then one day talking to the AD and they mention they need some matte paintings or pencil roughs and I shoot them my samples for those things and get more work. Not every time, but more often than not its an easy yes for an AD because I'm a known quantity for them.
It's going to be both...depending on all the usual factors. For concept stuff I usually sketch in pencil...sometimes I take that to final digital or 3D model or other times someone else does. Ultimately anything for a video game will be digital...always has been.
So yes and no...just depends.