Trent Kaniuga
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What do Junior game artists get hired to do? In this video I talk about what big studios usually hire junior and associate level artists to do, how you should handle the job if you get hired as a junior artist, and what kind of things you’ll be doing as a junior artist. #gameartist #gamedev

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Intro song #1 = “Salgre” by Jimmy Fontanez
Intro song #2 = “Blue Moon” by JVNA

Games I’ve worked on –
Fortnite (Environment concept art)
Overwatch (Environment concept art + Sprays artwork)
League of Legends (Character design + Environment concept art, UI + Icons)
Diablo 3 (Character design + Environment concept art)
Hearthstone (Illustration)
Burning Crusade(Character design + Environment concept art)
Wrath of the Lich King (Character design + Environment concept art)
Indivisible (Environment concept art)
Final Fight Streetwise (Voice Acting + Character Design + World Design + Cutscene Direction + Co writer on script)
He Man GBA (Pixel Art)
Terminator 3 GBA (Art Direction + Pixel Art)
CannonBallers (Character + World design)
Ikeda: The Scrap Hunter (Programming + Art + Design)
Goblins and Gnomes (Concept Art)

Books available-
CreeD Re:Imaginary (2021) – 2 part Comic series
Twilight Monk – Return of the Ancients (2021) – Illustrated Novel
Twilight Monk Secrets of Kung Fulio (2020) – Illustrated Novel
Escape from Giants Crown (2019) – Illustrated Novella
World Of Twilight Monk Vol 1 (2019) Art Book
The Man and the Moonken (2019) – Illustrated Novella
The Beast of Tuksa (2018) – Illustrated Novella
Twilight Monk (2012) – 2 Graphic Novels
Nova Colony (2009) – 1 Graphic Novel
CreeD (1993-2007) – Comic Book Series
Ghost Rider (2000) – Comic Book Series
The Fuzz (1997) – Comic Book


  1. Honestly the junior artist job doesn't sound bad at all. Doing concept art for my own projects is mostly that. It's the most important and laborious stuff after all.

  2. This is definitely hard but I don't think it's so bad since for a beginner/junior artist you still get a various range of stuff you can get to work with, learn about and still work a job! After graduating highschool I will start my way to become a concept artist that works in the video game industry, that's what I wanna be one day, and this channel is giving me so many information and advices it's definitely helping me open my mind about the job and how it works and I'm really happy about it

  3. I want to switch into concept design. How can i get there? Making 2 Years art with clip Studio paint

  4. Sometimes I wonder if jr jobs are still a thing. I've been only seeing job offerings for mid/senior and Lead concept artists. This frustrates the hell out of me.

  5. This was really cool and informative! I always wondered what junior artists did at studios

  6. it makes me happy to see you do the thing that i do where i go, "imma make the mouth open, nah that looks like trash, maybe fangs? nah i give up, back to original mouth, move onto arms.."

  7. Just started as a Jr. Environment Artist last week!

  8. That’s an amazing work,great tutorial so much things to learn from this,it’s creative as well as entertaining 👏👏👏👏👏

  9. Could you make a video about writing comic books and finding artists to draw your story? Or maybe some comparisons to how indie comics worked back in the day versus now? Every now and then I spitball ideas for comic books but they never get very far because I'm always wondering what it will take to see the thing brought to life!

  10. Hello Trent… After watching this video I went back to one of your older videos (Concept art VS Illustration) and there you mentioned that the 3D artists would love a concept artist with easy to model designs that in the end will make them look like "rockstars". Is there any way a concept artist can be seen as "the rockstar" as well? … I feel like my boss only seems to appreciate the 3D models that are made out of my concept art. Is there something we concept artists can do to be up there with them?

  11. Thank you as always Trent!! I am working my as* off to try and get into the industry next year and I have a question, how would you approach building a culture kit? I'm not even entirely sure I know what it contists off lol thank you in advance and keep it up as always!! ♥♥♥

  12. well.. I'm working in NFT games… an there's a LOOOOT of work and money for young artist.

  13. Hey Trent, Awesome video like always. I just want to know more about capcom specially the Monster Hunter team I have been playing that game since PSP days would love to more about them. I want to make monsters and armors someday for them 🙂

  14. Such incredibly valuable information! Thank you so much for sharing this Trent.

  15. Hi Trent, there is so much value in your videos for me. I would love to see some portfolios of people that secured them their first junior concept artist job. You mentioned you just hired a couple of junior level artists, would you mind asking them if they are willing to share their portfolios with us so we can get an idea of what kind of quality is expected to reach the dream of getting these entry level jobs?

  16. Starting my first Junior environment art position on Monday, nervous and excited too! I know it's not concept art but I just wanna say I appreciated all the videos you've put out, discovered you last year in summer and quit my call centre job to do this and now it's paid off big time at last!

  17. Hey Trent, great video as always, love your advice super practical and it really feels like it comes from your own experiences. I wanted to know if you have ever talked about managing your expectations, basically talking about how to have a good mindset and to not get annoyed when you are not getting results as fast as you might want to. It has been something I’m struggling with this couple of months and I am having a destructive mindset, so I wanted to know your advice/ opinion of the subject.

  18. Hey Trent, I am about to make a pack of icons or anything game-related in 2D to sell on the marketplace. What type of icons or 2D assets are in demand? If you have any suggestions for that it would be great.

  19. hey, you think colorblindness is a problem for getting a job as a 3d artist in any company? i want to start studying it but this disability keeps holding me back

  20. Theres also that guy who has an opinion about anyone elses tasks, except his own. The worse version being: he actually tries to tell people higher up how to do their job better.

  21. Yo, Trent, question. So I'm a junior artist myself at a relatively new game company. I don't see myself working here for the rest of my life. When (in your opinion) is the best time to consider looking at other companies?

  22. I'm currently a Junior concept artist on an indie videogame company… But I'm so scared of losing my job if the projects don't work, cause I don't know where to go next. I love the studio work and I want to keep in the industry, but I don't know how to escalate. I'm from Latinoamerica and the industry is so small that maybe I should just move to the USA… But my art isn't at that level yet haha, I'm gonna work my ass out.

    Thank you for the video! I would love to see your take on how to work on your portfolio when you are already in the industry.

  23. It's a pleasure to watch you paint while discussing a topic.

  24. Good morning art teacher 🖐☺️💚

  25. Thank you for the info, Trent 👍 And awesome art as always 🔥

  26. Oh, I don't want to be in your newcomer's shoes right now or ever, though… very valuable instructions.

  27. thank you much for all your knowledge! I love your videos and advices!!

  28. Thank you for the great advice
    But what is the name of this brush you're using for sketching?? .. And is there any equivalent for clip studio paint? Please please answer 🙏🙏

  29. Ive been studying digital art for 5 years now. Truth is, the companies now want just the pros or they want someone who does know about game engines or zbrush or maya altogether with photoshop. So, im guessing this is more of a dream than anything else. Entering this line of work seems the hardest thing in the world.

  30. Great video Trent very valuable info!! I have a question. If a junior character concept artist does turnarounds and more production type stuff . What a senior does? Because I had a sense that a senior did all the concept sheets for the characters (the main ones at least).

  31. Great advice for the games industry and for life.

  32. All due respect, I appreciate the heads up and advice but most of these sound like basics regardless of job (atleast in my country).

  33. TRENT KANIUGA: Hey! Quick RELEVANT question: Can you see A.I. and machine learning being applied in the future to procedurally generate models, textures, or other assets that junior/associate artists are currently being hired for?

    I love your videos, in no small part because of your personality. Thanks for the great work and

  34. Reminds me of art school when I would see all the game art guys just chilling in the lounge playing games until the teacher had to wrangle them up because no one was in the class learning/creating.

  35. What is the difference between environment concept artist and environment artist

  36. If anyone here is currently attending an art school (or any other degree program), APPLY TO INTERNSHIPS! This is one of the best ways of getting a good entry level position and how I got one. I don't even go to school for art. Just make sure you have a serious-looking portfolio and have good drawing skills.

  37. your an apprentice in that role, so its pretty much shut up, listen, ask questions when you have them and they are important, and do the jobs you are required and asked to do. it can suck but thats how you get started in many art related jobs

  38. Hey Trent,

    You always hit the nail on the head with these topics. I'm an artist applying for my first job, so knowing this before I go in has really opened my eyes.

    I'm applying for an artist position in a small dev team within a large mobile game company, it's an internship sorta thing – do you have any advice when it comes to applying for these jobs? What to put on your CV, what to include in your portfolio?


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