Colour Key Artist

Background Colour Key Artist

Character Colour Key Artist

Minimum Preferably Graduation in Fine Arts

Certified training for Colour Key Artist (programme aligned to MES/Q0505 released by Media & Entertainment Skills Council)

Preferably minimum experience of 2 years in relevant field

The tasks a Colour Key Artist is expected to perform include:

Conceptualizing the colour keys for all elements within a frame as well as production on the whole

Developing colour schemes in animation

Printing and designing animation layout

Assisting technical directors in software programmes with colour keying processes

Creating all the art related to the colour styling and lighting design for the film

Generating colour style guides

Making high resolution background paintings for compositing into final shots

Knowledge of principles and application of colour theory

Skilled in drawing and sketching

Knowledge of scene lighting, mood and action

Skilled in applying colour effects such as colour tones, textures, matte, etc.

Ability to find valid sources for research and references

Knowledge of indoor and outdoor lighting techniques

Skilled in using colouring software such as Nuke, Adobe Photoshop, etc.

Knowledge of the latest technical developments in the relevant field

Will be updated

Creative bent of mind



Hardworking and persistent


Team player

Out-of-the-box thinker

Problem solving ability

It is a desk job

Need not supervise a team

Local travelling is not part of the job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are not available

Work from home is not applicable

Working hours

Working is 9 hours everyday for 6 days a week

Overtime maybe required

Shift system maybe applicable

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Yes

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 1948 (section 87)

Health risks include obesity, mental strain, stress injury, mild stiffness or pain in joints if not tended to

For freshers - INR8,000 to INR15,000 per month

For candidates with 5 years of experience - INR25,000 to INR 40,000 per month

For candidates with 10 to 12 years of experience - INR50,000 to INR60,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Animation Boom in Entertainment

According to a recent report by Nasscom, the Indian animation industry, with a market size valued at US$ 300 million, has come a long way in the last couple of years. They further add on that India should easily cross US$ 869 by 2010, pushing the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) to over 25% between 2006 and 2010. Currently the market is mainly driven by outsourced work, with about 60-70% of the revenues come from the West. However, that would not be the case for long say experts; the domestic market might soon take a bigger share in the growth.

The expanding animation industry of India promises ample job opportunities for many creative minds, hence there is a wide scope of employment for candidates opting for the job of a Colour Key Artist.

Film studios

Animation companies and studios

Print and electronic media institutes

Gaming developers

Cities across India