Emily Chew

Emily Chew

Graduate Illustrator
Emily studied Masters of Interactive and Digital Media at Sydney College of the Arts

What's your job about?

Aristocrat is Australia’s largest manufactuerer and games developer for slot machines. My role involves the development and delivery of 2D assets which include but are not limited to illustrations, concepts, graphics, logos, helpscreens and so forth. As an illustrator you are assigned various tasks on multiple projects ranging from small quick fixes or moving around preexisting assets to developing original polished work over an extended period of time.

What's your background?

I was born in California but have lived in Sydney since Year 7. I’ve studied at the National Art School, Sydney College of the Arts and Design Enmore Tafe to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Masters of Interactive and Digital Media and a Diploma of Interactive and Digital Media (Concept Art) respectively. It was after I finished my diploma that I started hunting for an illustration job. Of the jobs I searched online Aristocrat was the one that most closely aligned to my skillset and I was fortunate enough to land my position about two weeks after I left school. I’ve since been at the company for a little over a year.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

A solid foundation in drawing and proficiency in Adobe photoshop are the only requirements you need to have. In terms of tertiary degrees there’s no specific one you’re required to have so as long as you have a good portfolio. A basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator doesn’t hurt either.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

Getting to see your work implemented in a game. Unlike traditional video games slot games retain a lot of 2D assets in their final product so you get to see much of your own work in it’s purest form.

What are the limitations of your job?

Like most art jobs there’s a lot of work that’s boring but necessary. Creating message lines, resaving files and proof reading are some of the less creative jobs you will come across.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • It’s okay to not know where your first job is coming from after uni.
  • Your portfolio doesn’t have to be a perfect reflection of your potential employer’s style.
  • Keep doing what you’re passionate about in your spare time.