Hi, I want to pose this question to you out there.. are artists positions too portfolio driven these days? I think a portfolio is essential and is a good measure of talent but I don't think it is everything and in my experience their are many types of artists which are essential to making up a good development team.
Let's be honest when a portfolio comes in that is standout you immediately want to hire them without judging their personality and work ethic. To me I would even put Work Ethic, Personality, and the Ability to Work well in a Team environment ABOVE sheer talent. It also depends on the type of game you are making.. If you are making a train game.. you don't need sheer artistic talent for this type of game.. in fact it can be a waste.
I want to give some examples of people I have worked with to help explain my point. Currently I work on a high profile game and we have a range of artists like always. One guy has fantastic conceptual/painting skills, as well as modelling skills.. But he is very slow, not a good work ethic and doesn't gell well with the team. When you look at what he brings to the table he is not as solid as some other artists on the team who do not have fantastic concept/painting skills but are good modellers with solid texturing skills with a fantastic work ethic and great people skills. Another aspect is also the problem solving and intelligence of the artist, this is hard to gauge in an interview situation I think.
My point is that when companies are hiring people they should look past the portfolio and judge how the person will fit in to the team.. work ethic is imperitive.. in my opinion if they are just coming 9 - 5 and taking too long to do tasks I couldn't care less how talented they are. I think an approach would be to have a couple of artists who are solid traditional guys that give inspiration to those that aren't, ideally it would be great to have someone who has everything.. but this does not exist, sadly. In my 10 years of working in the industry I have never come across an artist who has the whole package.. maybe you have.. it would be interesting to get your opinions on this topic.astroboy2007-08-06 11:58:17