PORTFOLIO RESOURCES

These sites and invaluable assets to get your work in front of as many people in the industry as possible. Easy to use tools for building your portfolio and social platforms to get your work critiqued by future peers will help your growth as a game developer and get you noticed for that coveted job your looking for.

ArtStation

ArtStation is the showcase platform for games, film, media & entertainment artists. It enables artist to showcase their portfolios in a slick way, discover & stay inspired to connect with new oppurtunities.

CG Society

At The CG Society, we inspire, empower, and engage artists everywhere. Whether helping you become a better artist, informing you of the latest happenings in the global art community, or empowering you with the knowledge and tools you will need to land your next job, The CG Society is here to inspire, inform, educate, and recruit.

Carbonmade

Carbonmade is an online portfolio website where you can create and manage your creative works.

ZBrush Central

ZBrush Central is a community whereyou can interact with a world-wide network of artists, driven by the pursuit of art. Share your artwork and techniques as well as learn from or be inspired by others

Behance

Behance is a network of sites and services specializing in self-promotion, including consulting and online portfolio sites. It is owned by Adobe.

ConceptArt.org

ConceptArt.org is a place to learn from other artist and industry professionals and participate in online workshops to better your skills. Get feedback from your work before your piece makes it into your portfolio.

Sketchfab

Sketchfab  is a platform to publish, share and discover 3D, VR and AR content. It provides a viewer based on the WEBGL and WEBVR technologies that allows to display 3D models on the web, to be viewed on any mobile browser, desktop browser or Virtual Reality headset.

Polycount

Polycount is not necessarilty a portfolio site but can be a useful asset. Post your work and get feedback from professionals, compete in site challenges to test your skills and improve yourself, check out pertenant news for your trade and so much more.

Social Media

Getting a job in the industry requires you getting to know people and people getting to know you and know where to find you. Social media sites increase your visibility as a developer. It gets your work out there and shows what you can do to as many people possible.

Facebook

Facebook is a social networking website and service where users can post comments, share photographs and links to news or other interesting content on the Web, play games, chat live, and stream live video. This platform is great finding people to collaborate with and join local groups of game developers in your area to create and share work together.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a very important. Its a social media platform for professionals. Its a place to find new possiblities and connect with other professionals. Its essentially a facebook for your résumé.

Instagram

Use Instagram to grow your fanbase and promote your Indie projects. This platform requires a little more finesse then the others. Posting requires timing, great use of specific hashtags, and of course excellent photos, it is Instagram afterall. Your visibility as a developer is dependent on your quality of content and consistency of posting.

Twitter

Twitter is a hugely popular social network and it can be a very useful tool for creating a following for your up-coming game. It provides an easy way to communicate and engage with people to get your work in front of as many eyes as possible. Want to work for a certain studio? Well follow them on twitter an tag them when you post work. It could be as simple as that to get a conversation going and getting you into a studio.

Video and Streaming Platforms

Video and streaming services are great, free places to post your reels and stream your projects. You never know whos watching and increasing your visibility increases your chances of getting work and getting your games published.

Twitch

Streaming is an excellent way to show your community and a huge Twitch userbase your development process. Talk straight to people through the chat while you stream your latest project to get feedback or just give your community one on one dialogue.

Vimeo

Vimeo is a great place to put your portfolio reels. Modeling turntables, animation/rigging reels, level design walkthroughs, you name it, Vimeo is a great place to put them, albeit it'll mostly be you Animators/Riggers populating this space.

Youtube

The most popular user generated video site Youtube is a great tool to post your portfolio reels and project content. This platform has great analytic and communicative tools to see what your audience on the platform likes. Youtube does stream as well but has not caught on like Twitch at this time.

Forums

Forums are excellent places to go to for those really specific questions you just can't find the answer to by a simple google search. Chances are if you a Maya, Blender, or any Game Engine related question someone on the corresponding forums knows the answer.

Unity Forum

Head you Unity Engine forum here.

Blender Forum

Head to the Blender Artist forum here.

Epic Forum

Head to the Unreal Engine forum here.

Games Media

Some games media sites are not simply "just news". The sites below are great networking tools relative to the industry from many different avenues. Join their forums, read their articles, and watch their videos. These sites are brimming with information you absolutely need to know and people you need to connect with.

Gamasutra

While it does post news found on typical video game websites, Gamasutra is known for providing online resources to aspiring and professional game developers on the disciplines of games, including design, audio, public relations, and art. Gamasutra encourages professionals to publish blogs in order to share their expertise with other developers.

GDC

GDC attracts over 26,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games and virtual reality gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. GDC is produced by the UBM Game Network.

gamesindustry.biz

gamesindustry.biz has users spanning every part of the industry from design, development, publishing, marketing, distribution and retail. The site boasts one of the largest recruitment databases for video game-related roles, and a comprehensive guide to events that span the games business.

Portfolio Examples

Check out these portfolios to see what got these recent hires into the industry and landed them their job. Use these examples as a bar to set for yourself and find out where you need to be outshine the competition and land a job.

JOSEPH HOBBS / JUNIOR PROP ARTIST

Hired at Ubisoft Annecy.

Check out there Artstation.

GARY DO / ENVIRONMENT ARTIST

Hired at Capcom Vancouver.

Check out there Artstation.

DIEGO ROSS / HARD SURFACE ARTIST

Hired at Ryzen Art.

Check out there Artstation.

MIKHAIL AKIMENKO / 3D CHARACTER ARTIST

Hired freelance (undisclosed studio).

Check out there Artstation.

Demo Reel Examples

SCOTT SENGBUSH / PRODUCER & ANIMATOR

Hired at Game Circus.

YAN VERDE / TECHNICAL ARTIST (VFX)

Hired at Behaviour Interactive.

MATEUSZ POPLAWSKI / RIGGER

Hired at CD PROJEKT RED.

CHRISTOPHER COX / ANIMATOR

Hired at Crystal Dynamics.