Train2Game news: Dead Space 2 artist offers advice on getting into the industry

Train2Game Art & Animation students who want to build in-game environments will be interested in this one, as EA Environment Artist Philip Simmons has offered advice on getting into that particular area.

Simmons can certainly be classed as an Environment Art expert, as he designed the environments for Dead Space 2. He told EA’s Breaking into the Industry that the best way to become an environment artist is to build your own worlds.

“The easiest way to become an Environment Artist is to be a World Builder. If you’re going through school, lots of schools will try to get you to be a Prop Artist, because props are the easiest things to turn around and make nice-looking.” said Simmons.

“The problem with that is that most prop work gets outsourced. Companies need people who can make entire spaces. And to get those jobs, you have to show that you can realize an environment in its entirety, concept it, build it, and handle it – all by yourself.” he added.

The full interview sees Simmons discuss other subjects including creating environments, how he got into the industry and his typical day at the office. It’s an interesting read for Train2Game students and you can find it on

EA previously published an interview Dead Space 2 game designer Brian Bartram in which he offered advice to game designers. Train2Game students can read that here.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Simmons advice? Are there any Train2Game Art & Animation students out there who want to be environment artists?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: EA]

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