I was looking for information about the technical artist's responsibilities. At beginning I thought technical artist are like ninjas, they are able to make a videogame for their own until I found this site. I am glad to find this site and I thank you for keeping it alive and updated.
I read all I can about this professional profile and I have some doubts about the way I should choose, so any advice will be welcome.
I started to study this branch after a talk with another Technical Artist. At the beginning I was studying to be an Environment Artist but this TA took a look to my stuffs and he recommended me to study to be a Technical Artist as I had artistic and programming skills.
Thanks at that talk I started to study VFX and Shaders within Unreal Engine 4 and after two months I got my first job! I was in charge of making Shaders, VFX and Scripting by Blueprints. I really enjoyed my tasks and now I want to grow up in that way.
Currently I am learning Python because I think it is a usefull tool and it can be used by many others softwares (Maya, Houdini, 3ds Max, Substance, etc.) and I studied a little of Rigging during the summer but actually I am more happy working with effects.
Here is where I have my doubts. I started to study how to make VFX and Shaders within Unreal Engine 4. Without UE4, I have no idea how to make it.
I don't want to stagnate in an engine. I want to be usefull regardless the engine, so I would like to learn a 3D Software and make VFX or Dynamics within it. After a little of research, I would like to ask you if I should start with Houdini for VFX and Dynamic staffs. I read it is a more complex software that Maya due Houdini is more technical but it is used more and more in film and game industries. For instance, Uncharted 4: https://www.sidefx.com/stories/fx-adventures-in-uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end/.
I also wonder whether getting better in this way can open me doors to get jobs within film and game industries or maybe I am covering too much.
I thank you for all the hard work. I am learning a lot in this forum!
PS. My apologies if my English is not correct. I am still learning. Please tell me if you need some clarification.