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If you are interested in becoming a multimedia artist or an animator, you can start quite simply by drawing characters and landscapes. You can try copying images from games that you know or create your own characters and settings. Remember, you don't have to be high-tech right away. It's also important to familiarize yourself with the industry, so read publications such as Game Developer (http://www.gamasutra.com/topic/game-developer) and Animation World Magazine (http://www.awn.com/magazines/animation-world-magazine). You also might want to read the online publication Breaking In: Preparing for Your Career in Games, which is available at the International Game Developers Association's Web site, http://www.igda.org/. The publication offers an overview of visual arts careers, profiles of workers in the field, and other resources. The association also offers student membership. If you have friends who are interested in gaming, try creating your own game or add to a game that exists already. Local museums often offer summer art classes, and community colleges often have computer courses—check these out.

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