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EPISODE 23

Dallas Doan // Electronic Arts

MANAGING TEAMS AS AN ENVIRONMENT ARTIST

TOP TAKEAWAYS
  • The difference between environment art and character art's teamwork.
  • How to make a game's world interesting with its environment.
  • How to double up as an artist and a team manager.
  • Learning to take on challenging tasks to break the boredom of doing the same thing for long.
  • How to manage external teams as part of the overall team for better productivity.
  • The importance of sharpening your art skills and receiving feedback from other professionals.
Art Heroes Podcast ep.23:
Dallas Doan // Electronic Arts
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Who is it
Meet Dallas Doan, an Environment Artist at EA. He has been in the games industry for over a decade and has been part of multiple AAA shipped titles such as Plants Vs Zombie Garden Warfare 2, Battle for Neighborville, FIFA, and some canceled projects.

Why should you listen
Listen in to learn what it takes to manage external teams working for your studio for better results.
Summary
Meet Dallas Doan, an Environment Artist at EA. He has been in the games industry for over a decade and has been part of multiple AAA shipped titles such as Plants Vs Zombie Garden Warfare 2, Battle for Neighborville, FIFA, and some canceled projects.

In this episode of Art Heroes Podcast, Dallas shares how his childhood passion for video games led him to become an environment artist for the same. He explains in detail what it's like to do the work he does and the processes involved in making a game complete.

Listen in to learn what it takes to manage external teams working for your studio for better results.
KEY MOMENTS OF THE EPISODE

  • [0:53] How did Dallas become an environment artist?
  • [2:33] He explains how different environment art is from character art and what it takes for the team involved.
  • [4:54] How do environment artists build the environment of a game.
  • [10:04] The process of making an exciting game.
  • [11:41] He explains how he started and how he has doubled up in a management position.
  • [14:51] The importance of trying challenging tasks or moving to a different company to keep things interesting for you as an artist.
  • [16:56] How to start as a new artist.
  • [19:00] The difference between a great artist and a mediocre one.
  • [22:29] What is the difference between managing internal teams and external teams.
  • [26:34] How to manage expectations when it comes to external partners and understanding their circumstances.
  • [30:02] How different is his art from the traditional way of creating art.
  • [32:38] He describes some of his personal projects and how he approaches them.
  • [34:52] How he sharpens his skills by watching tutorials from people with industry experience.
  • [38:30] The importance of getting feedback by posting your work in the industry- filled communities.
  • [40:56] Dallas recommendations on environmental artists' communities.
  • [43:00] What advice does he have for upcoming artists.
"To make things more fun, you have to change up the environment, you have to set the pacing for the players, you can't tell stories in every single spot in your world."
"I don't care how good your memory is, you're going to forget those little details and it's those little details that I want to make sure I write down and don't forget."
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