Technology has created a surge in several artistic careers that were once dead end paths. To say that artists are starving these days is to ignore the enormous level of success that several artist have enjoyed at the hands of technology. The internet eternally beckons for content, photos, and graphics of all types. The internet is a hungry beast that must be fed daily with tons of material. Moving images might seem antiquated, but the hungry to integrate them into emails, text messages, and in social media, is making the creation of such images a very lucrative career.
Getting into the industry will not be exactly easy. There is a lot of technology and programming behind the creation of moving images, varying greatly depending on how and where they are being used. Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, entail learning complex software that can take several hours to master. Technology advancements are so rapid that the software programs, used in the craft, are always changing and evolving. Adding to these advancements is the fact that there are different programs to create different types of images such as 3D, 2D, or static. There are also programs and software specific for the platform or form of media that is utilizing the computer-generated images.
While there is a lot of demand, there is a lot of existing supply. Just as in all competitive fields, it is important to stand out. Originality and creativity are really important for reaching a level of success in the field. With so much content already out there it can seem overwhelming when trying to stand out. However, creativity is the fuel behind an artist and this challenge should add fire to your creative drive. When you do reach viral status, the accolades feel euphoric and all previous struggles melt away.
It is important to remember that computer-generated imagery is its own medium. Just like watercolors, pastels, or oils, it takes a second to understand and a bit longer to master. Give yourself proper time to understand the software, techniques, and finesse required to create each type of image, from 2D to moving images.
Just as always, artistic careers are not easy careers to learn and master. However, thanks to the digital revolution, it is a lucrative field once you find your way. There is plenty of work for many graphic styles and genres. The evolving nature of the technology ensures that staying creative is vital for success.