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How can I prepare for a character design career in the era of AI?

Hello! I'm currently an undergraduate passionate about pursuing a career in character design. I have some experience with digital art and animation, but I'm eager to learn more about how AI is shaping the industry. I'm particularly interested in understanding how I can adapt my skills and portfolio to thrive in this technologically advanced landscape. Additionally, I'm curious about the best strategies for securing internships in character design. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Rafael’s Answer

Hi Pearl! If you're passionate about character design and want to excel in the era of AI, here are some tips for you. Try to stay updated on the latest AI advancements in the creative industry to understand their impact on character design. Embrace AI as a valuable tool and explore AI-powered software to enhance your workflow. Consider expanding your skill set to include areas like machine learning or interactive design, which can complement your character design expertise. I recommend showcase your ability to work with AI technologies in your portfolio to demonstrate your adaptability and forward-thinking mindset. Don't forget to network with professionals, seek out internships in character design, and continue learning and adapting to stay ahead in this exciting field. Best of luck!
Thank you comment icon Hi Rafael, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your insightful advice! Your tips on navigating the intersection of character design and AI are incredibly valuable to me. I'm excited to implement them into my journey and continue learning and growing in this dynamic field. Your support means a lot to me. Thanks again!😃 Pearl
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Linda’s Answer

Pearl, what a beautiful name, someone loves you dearly to gift you with such a special name. On to the challenge at hand your question. I am one of the more senior advisors who's privilege it is to help guide this generation of young professionals to be and Al is a incredible tool I have little experience with so not much help there but, fortunately creativity is my identity. As an artist and interior designer for many years I have learned the world is forever evolving and producing exciting new avenues for the artist to exercise there creative energy. Your creativity is unique to you and only you can assemble that energy to your asteadic, which the world has yet to experience. So if you choose a competitive career, no one can predict the impact you as an artist will have on society. Great example, a Campbell's soup can, all the rage. So stay curious and true to yourself. Work hard and be present a well spent happy life is the goal. I wish that for you, the girl with the beautiful name, Pearl!
Thank you comment icon Hi Linda, Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Your insights into creativity and the evolving nature of the artistic world are truly inspiring. I appreciate your compliment on my name as well—it means a lot🥰. Your guidance is invaluable, and I'm grateful for your support as I pursue my passion. Pearl
Thank you comment icon Pearl, Thank you for your response, I love hearing from you guys. Knowing our efforts help move some of the obstacles possible in your path as you navigate one of your most important life obligations is sustaining and rewarding to me. Thank you for your inclusions! I know you will do well, you are one of the few students to respond to our advice efforts which speaks well of you Pearl, TGWTBN Linda Mire
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Sylvie’s Answer

Remember that AI can only do so much: you as an artist have the capability of breaking past the walls of AI and pushing the envelope. This is something that has become increasingly relevant in the past few years, but I believe that it is possible to have a successful career in art and design despite the obvious challenges that have arisen due to the amount of art that is created artificially. Even though AI is amazing and it can be incredible how much it helps us think creatively, you could use it to your advantage; you could use AI to peruse through different ideas or come up with a mood board or vision board. AI can only do so much: it can never replicate or replace a true artist.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. Pearl
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Arian’s Answer

Hello Pearl, very good evening, ha ha ha look, to prepare for a career in character design in the age of AI, it is important that you continue developing your artistic skills and your knowledge of technology. You can explore AI-assisted design programs and learn how to integrate them into your creative process. Additionally, it is crucial to stay up to date on trends and advancements in the field of character design. To tailor your portfolio, consider including projects that showcase your ability to work with AI tools, as well as your creativity and traditional artistic skills. This will demonstrate your versatility and adaptability in a technologically advanced environment. As for landing character design internships, I recommend staying in touch with industry professionals, attending related events and conferences, and looking for opportunities at animation studios, video game companies, and design agencies. Don't be afraid to show your passion and dedication, that is always valued in the creative industry! Good luck on your path to a successful career in character design!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Arian, for the valuable advice. Networking is something that seems really hard for me, but as you advised, it is important. I will now try to connect with industry professionals.☺ Pearl
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Lydiesther’s Answer

Hello Pearl! If you're looking forward to have a job as a character designer I just wanted to warn you that those kinds of careers are very competitive, a lot of people want to work in character design or character animation. I don't want to discourage you, just to help you be prepared for when you start applying to jobs. One thing you can do, like Rafael said, is expand your skill set, careers are a curious thing, you could start doing one thing and in a couple years do something entirely different. Don't lose your focus on character design of that's what you love, but try developing skills for other opportunities that may be linked to that focus if you can, like rigging or modeling, nowadays there's a lot of employers asking for 3D related skills, especially in the gaming and animation industries.

And about AI, I know there's a lot of people in the art community that hate AI, the main belief is that its taking their jobs and stealing their styles. However I dont believe AI is a bad thing, I've seen people on Linkedin use it in their work process and not in the the stereotypical 'type some words and the software will immediately generate your work", they used different softwares in the process to eventually put all the pieces together for their work.

In conclusion, learn about these new softwares that artists in your field are using and always consider other options for work as it will give you more opportunities to break in the industry.
Thank you comment icon Hi Lydiesther, thank you for the valuable insight. Nothing discouraging, just the truth that this field is competitive. As you advised, I will expand my skill set because it's necessary and fun too. Your advice is valuable, so again thank you.😃 Pearl
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Sobnom’s Answer

Getting ready for a career in character design? Start by nurturing a passion for drawing and design. As a creative individual, understanding what makes your craft enjoyable helps you find inspiration, especially when you're up against hurdles or changes.

To enhance your artistic skills, concentrate on mastering the basics of drawing and design. You can achieve this through traditional education, online learning platforms, or other effective methods that suit your style.

Remember, it's crucial to create a variety of characters and weave stories around them. These characters can be gathered into a portfolio that displays your distinct textures, emotions, and narratives.

Don't shy away from learning from AI. As designers, we can team up with it confidently. Whether you choose to work independently or set up a studio with a human-only team, the sky's the limit!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Mimi, for answering my question. I will apply this advice on my creative journey. The information you provided is valuable to me, so again, thank you. Pearl
Thank you comment icon Good luck, Pearl. Sobnom Mimi
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