Video game artist

A game artist is an artist who creates art for one or more types of games. In video games, game artists are responsible for all of the aspects of game development that call for visual art.[1] Game artists play a vital role and are often credited in role-playing games, collectible card games and video games.[2]

Role-playing games

Many game artists are called upon to develop graphical treatments for the environments and elements in which role-playing games take place. For example, in the Monster Manual early Dungeons & Dragons artists created visual representations of monsters players might encounter while adventuring.[3] Many such depictions may influence subsequent art and the type of campaigns or adventures that developers and players create.

Art for role-playing games can be expressed in a variety of media, from pencil drawings, to pen and ink illustrations, to oil paintings or even 3D models created with a computer. Therefore, no one skill set can be pinpointed as necessary for a role-playing game artist, beyond that of some artistic ability. Necessary skills will vary from game to game and developer to developer.

Video games

In modern video games, game artists create 2D art, such as, concept art, sprites, textures and environment backdrops; and 3D art, such as, models, animations and level layout. Video game artists can earn an annual salary anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 depending on experience and region.[4]


  1. ^ Gamespot UK - So You Want To Be An: Artist Archived 2013-04-14 at the Wayback Machine - Accessed 17/11/2012.
  2. ^ Exhibitions: The Art of Video Games - Accessed 17/11/2012.
  3. ^ Wizards of the Coast - Monster Manual Art Gallery - Accessed 17/11/2012.
  4. ^ "Top Gaming Studios, Schools & Salaries", Big Fish Games
Amora Bettany

Amora Bettany is a Brazilian video game artist based in São Paulo. Her work can be seen in Out There Somewhere, Celeste and Towerfall (2013). She prefers to work on concept and high resolution art, which is later pixelazed by her partner Pedro Medeiros or used in game as it is.

Dan Paladin

Dan Paladin (born 1979), also known as Synj, is an American video game artist and designer.

He collaborated with Newgrounds creator Tom Fulp and designed Flash-based browser games: Sack Smash 2001, Chainsaw the Children, Dad n' Me, and, most notably, Alien Hominid. In 2002, he, Fulp, John Baez, and Brandon LaCava created the video game company the Behemoth. Paladin designed the critically acclaimed remake of Alien Hominid, as well as the beat 'em up game Castle Crashers, with his 2D style becoming signature for these games. His latest work is the 4th Behemoth game, Pit People.Aside from working for the Behemoth, Paladin has also worked for Gratuitous Games and Presto Studios. He also composed the polka-style closing credits tune for the Cyanide & Happiness animated shorts.

ESA (company)

ESA Co., Ltd. (Entertainment Studio Asia, Korean: 주식회사 이에스에이), formerly Softmax Co., Ltd. (Korean: 주식회사 소프트맥스) (KRX: 052190) is a Korean public company specializing in development and publishing of game entertainment, computer and video games as well as entertainment. They are best known for their War of Genesis series, Magna Carta series, and MMORPG TalesWeaver. It is currently listed in the Korea Stock Exchange [1].

Emiko Iwasaki

Emiko Iwasaki (岩崎恵美子, Iwasaki Emiko, born October 16, 1976) is a Japanese video game artist from Yokohama employed by Arc System Works since 1999, and is known for her work with the company's Guilty Gear series. She has served as director for the fighting game Battle Fantasia, released in arcades in March 2007, and is one of the few women in the Japanese game industry to hold such a position. Iwasake has also designed the characters and storyline for Brazier Thousands.

Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird is a mobile game developed by Vietnamese video game artist and programmer Dong Nguyen (Vietnamese: Nguyễn Hà Đông), under his game development company dotGears. The game is a side-scroller where the player controls a bird, attempting to fly between columns of green pipes without hitting them. Nguyen created the game over the period of several days, using a bird protagonist that he had designed for a cancelled game in 2012.

The game was released in May 2013 but received a sudden rise in popularity in early 2014. Flappy Bird received poor reviews from some critics, who criticized its high level of difficulty, plagiarism in graphics and game mechanics, while other reviewers found it addictive. At the end of January 2014, it was the most downloaded free game in the App Store for iOS. During this period, its developer said that Flappy Bird was earning $50,000 a day from in-app advertisements as well as sales.

Flappy Bird was removed from both the App Store and Google Play by its creator on February 10, 2014, due to guilt over what he considered to be its addictive nature and overuse. The game's popularity and sudden removal caused phones with it pre-installed to be put up for sale for high prices over the Internet. Games similar to Flappy Bird became popular on the iTunes App Store in the wake of its removal, and both Apple and Google have removed games from their app stores for being too similar to the original. The game has also been distributed through unofficial channels on multiple platforms.

In August 2014, a revised version of Flappy Bird, called Flappy Birds Family, was released exclusively for the Amazon Fire TV. Bay Tek Games also released a licensed coin-operated Flappy Bird arcade game.

Hiroshi Minagawa

Hiroshi Minagawa (皆川 裕史, Minagawa Hiroshi, born 1970), also known by the nickname Nigoro, is a Japanese video game artist, designer and director.

Jeff Lee (video game artist)

Jeff Lee (born 1952 in Elkhart, Indiana) is the original video artist at D. Gottlieb and Company. He is best known for creating the character of Q*Bert, the popular arcade game from 1982.He also produced the video graphics for Cave Man (a video-pinball hybrid), Mad Planets, Krull, Q*Bert's Qubes, The Three Stooges, Quizimodo, M.A.C.H. 3 and Us vs Them. He also developed graphics for a number of video games that were never manufactured, such as Protector, Tylz and Wiz Warz. For independent arcade producers he created artwork for Lotto Fun and Double Cheese. During this period he also produced game graphics for the Sega Genesis system Home Alone, Premier Technology (Exterminator) and Maze Wars+ for Macromind.

In print, Lee illustrated the playing cards of the 1986 publication of OD by the Avalon Hill Game Company. Lee illustrated an article by Marc Canter, "The New Workstation", which appeared in "CD ROM: The New Papyrus" (Microsoft Press, 1986).

In 1993 Lee illustrated Bob Rumba's Standup Comix featuring Emo Philips and Judy Tenuta. His work also appeared in "A Cook's Guide To Chicago" (Lake Claremont Press, 2002) by Marilyn Pocius.

Most recently, in 2012, Lee illustrated the children's book The Train to Christmas Town, written by Peggy Ellis and published by Iowa Pacific Holdings.


Kazuma (written: 一馬, 一真, 一眞, 和馬, 和真, 和磨, 和麻, 壱馬, 千真 or カズマ in katakana) is a Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:

Kazuma Eekman, Dutch-Japanese artist

Kazuma Horie (堀江 一眞, born 1976), Japanese voice actor

Kazuma Ieiri (家入 一真, born 1978), Japanese chief executive

Kazuma Ikarino (碇野 壱馬, born 1986), Japanese footballer

Kazuma Inoue (井上 和馬, born 1990), Japanese footballer

Kazuma Irifune (入船 和真, born 1986), Japanese footballer

Kazuma Kamachi (鎌池 和馬), pseudonymous Japanese writer

Kazuma Kaneko (金子 一馬, born 1964), Japanese video game artist and game designer

Kazuma Kita (北 一真, born 1981), Japanese footballer

Kazuma Kodaka (こだか 和麻, born 1969), Japanese manga artist

Kazuma Matsushita (松下 和磨, born 1982), Japanese footballer

Kazuma Ogaeri (魚返 一真, born 1955), Japanese photographer

Kazuma Ōseto (大瀬戸 一馬, born 1994), Japanese sprinter

Kazuma Sano (佐野 和真, born 1989), Japanese actor

Kazuma Shinjō (新城 カズマ), Japanese science fiction writer

Kazuma Suzuki (鈴木 一真), Japanese actor, film director, fashion designer and model

Kazuma Takai (高井 和馬, born 1994), Japanese footballer

Kazuma Takayama (高山 和真, born 1996), Japanese footballer

Kazuma Watanabe (渡邉 千真, born 1986), Japanese footballer

Kazuma Watanabe (motorcycle racer) (渡辺 一馬, born 1990), Japanese motorcycle racer

Kazuma Kaneko

Kazuma Kaneko (金子 一馬, Kaneko Kazuma) (born September 20, 1964) is a video game artist and game designer for Atlus. While working for the same company, he has also done freelance work for Capcom and Konami, designing Dante and Vergil's Devil Trigger forms in Devil May Cry 3, along with the Inhert and Lloyd designs in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. He is best known for his work in the Megami Tensei series of video games.

Kazuyuki Hoshino

Kazuyuki Hoshino (星野 一幸, Hoshino Kazuyuki) is a video game artist who works for Sonic Team. His first role involved working with Sega on Sonic the Hedgehog CD as a character/sprite, special-stage, and visual designer. He is notable for creating Metal Sonic and Amy Rose. He was Sega Studio USA's art director and lead character designer until part of the studio was absorbed back into the Japanese parent company. At the American branch, he worked alongside Takashi Iizuka, as they both determined the best direction and style for their games.

Masahiro Ito

Masahiro Ito (伊藤 暢達, Itō Masahiro) is a Japanese video game artist best known for his work with Team Silent in the Silent Hill franchise.

Masato Kato

Masato Kato (加藤 正人, Katō Masato, born March 28, 1963) is a Japanese video game artist, scenario writer and director. In the early days of his career, he was credited under the pseudonyms of "Runmaru" and "Runmal". He then joined Square, and was most famous for penning the script of Chrono Trigger (based on a story draft by Yuji Horii), as well as Radical Dreamers, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy XI and parts of Final Fantasy VII.

Nightdive Studios

Nightdive Studios, LLC (formerly Night Dive Studios, LLC) is an American video game company based in Vancouver, Washington. The company was founded in 2012 by video game artist Stephen Kick, formerly of Sony Online Entertainment. The company is best known for obtaining rights to classic video games that are no longer available, updating them for compatibility with modern platforms, and re-releasing them into digital distribution. Their first release was an updated version of System Shock 2, a first-person shooter from 1999 that influenced many later video games.

Noizi Ito

Noizi Ito (いとうのいぢ, Itō Noiji, born August 9, 1977) is a Japanese light novel and video game artist. She is employed by the H-game maker UNiSONSHIFT and is a part of the circle Fujitsubo-Machine. Unlike most romanized Japanese words and names, Noizi Ito's name uses the Kunrei-shiki romanization form.

Ito is well known for her work as the character designer and artist for the Shakugan no Shana novel series which spawned a manga and anime series. She has also worked on the Haruhi Suzumiya novel series along with its author Nagaru Tanigawa. Their work has also led to an anime television series titled after the first book in the series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She is also the character designer for the 2012 anime series Another.

Rieko Kodama

Rieko Kodama (Japanese: 小玉 理恵子, Hepburn: Kodama Rieko, born May 25, 1963) is a Japanese video game artist, director, and producer employed by Sega. She is one of the first notable female artists in the industry, joining Sega as a graphic designer in 1984. Kodama is primarily known for her work on role-playing games (RPGs) including the original Phantasy Star series, the 7th Dragon series, and Skies of Arcadia (2000). She is also known for her artistic contributions to Master System and Mega Drive games, including Altered Beast (1988) and Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). Although she started as a graphic designer, she eventually rose to the rank of director and then to the rank of producer, a role which she maintains today.

Kodama is often recognized as one of the first successful female video game developers, including by Nintendo Power which dubbed her the "First Lady of RPGs." In this regard, she is often asked for her thoughts on the relationship between women and video games. Kodama believes that more women are gradually taking an interest in gaming culture because they are growing up around them more as young girls. While she does not design games strictly for female audiences, she designs characters that are appealing to both men and women and avoids including elements that treat women unfairly.

Takehito Harada

Takehito Harada (原田 たけひと, Harada Takehito) is a chief executive officer of Studio ToOefuf and video game artist employed by Nippon Ichi whose art has been featured in video games such as Disgaea, Phantom Brave, and Makai Kingdom. His art style has been described as "crazy and bizarre" and features everything from cute preteen demons, to freaky pigs in royal clothing. His signature character, Pleinair, has appeared in Disgaea and Phantom Brave.Along with his work for Nippon Ichi, Harada has published several Dōjinshi under the name of Haradaya. These include his kipple series and a Pleinair Handbook, which consist of short stories interspersed with various illustrations and fanart.

Tetsuya Nomura

Tetsuya Nomura (野村 哲也, Nomura Tetsuya, born October 8, 1970) is a Japanese video game artist, designer and director working for Square Enix (formerly Square). He designed characters for the Final Fantasy series, debuting with Final Fantasy VI and continuing with various later installments. Additionally, Nomura has helmed the development of the Kingdom Hearts series since its debut in 2002 and was also the director for the CGI film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Tony Taka

Tony Taka (田中 貴之, Tanaka Takayuki, born 1971 in Miyagi Prefecture), also referred to as just Tony (トニー, Tonī), is a Japanese manga artist, video game artist and character designer.

Yasuyuki Honne

Yasuyuki Honne (本根 康之, Honne Yasuyuki, born March 5, 1971) is a video game artist, director and producer. He was employed by Square from 1993 to 1999 and is now working at Monolith Soft. He is known for his work on the Chrono series, Xeno games and Baten Kaitos series.

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