How to hire a freelance 3D Graphics Artist?

Written by 90 Seconds
Last updated: October 4, 2023
How to hire a freelance 3D Graphics Artist?

A 3d Graphics artist produces 3d images and animations for video. 3d allows for a smoother motion and more realistic animation. As a freelance 3d graphics artist, the 3d artist is self-employed and works directly with the client to achieve a product. This means that it is your responsibility to hire well and keep them accountable. When hiring, you need to know what you are looking for and be able to communicate clearly with your 3d animator.

Know what you need

Get educated

In order to hire the right artist, you need to know what you are looking for. You need to be able to communicate effectively. This requires knowing what you’re talking about. So do a little research if you are not a 3d graphics artist yourself.

Get it on paper

Or your tablet. Lay everything out in a concise way. What 3d Animations do you really like? What is most important to you? Who do you want to reach with your message?

Get a budget squared away

Time and money both have value. Which is more important to you? Know what you are willing to spend and how long you are willing to wait.

By evaluating the above you can have a better idea of what you need in a 3D artist.

What to look for


Your artist should know what he/she is doing. They should be meticulous but fast. You want to make sure that the artist can competently work with the style that you’re looking for.


Don’t consider anyone without a portfolio. And make sure you understand what the artist’s role was in given piece since it could have been a collaboration. Has the artist demonstrated through his/her reels, that he/she can get the job done?


This one’s self explanatory. You’ll get better results when someone loves their work.

Questions to ask a potential candidate

What software(s) do you use,why, how long?

Give the artist an opportunity to explain which graphics applications are his/her favorite and why and how long. This will help you get a feel for his/her experience and versatility.

What is your philosophy about working with clients?

You want to know that this person can take criticism, communicates well, understands the importance of deadlines and other things that may be important to you. Consider their answers.

What is your favorite work by another artist?

You want to know that the artist can look beyond him/herself. Get an idea about what inspires this artist. Is the artist compatible with your project?

What work are you most proud of?

This helps you evaluate that passion exists and where it lies.

What would you change about this piece now that you have grown as an artist?

You want to know that your artist is always striving to perfect technique and explore new styles. This also helps you gauge the artist’s ability to objectively look at his/her own work, which is sooooo important. A freelancer who always goes on the defensive when you say “”it’s not quite right”” will make for an agonizing partnership for both.