Jason Keyser

Senior VFX Artist, Founder of VFX Apprentice

The visionary and chief pixel pusher of VFX Apprentice, Jason Keyser is a renowned FX artist, as well as a devoted VFX educator and student advocate. Jason has worked in entertainment as both a 2D FX and 3D VFX artist since 2007, animating for the Powerpuff Girls, Arlo the Alligator Boy, and amassing over 21 million views for his short film Alight. He has worked on multiple titles for Riot Games - including League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and several R&D projects.

While working full-time at Riot, Jason created over 60 FX and VFX education videos on his YouTube channel, designed and taught courses for artists internally at Riot, mentored prospective FX artists, facilitated the VFX Bootcamp at GDC, and spoke at conferences to students and pros alike.

Jason ultimately left Riot to commit full-time to VFX Apprentice, training and lifting up FX artists across the world.

Instructor Portfolio


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Beginner Bootcamp

This introductory bootcamp dives deep into FX foundations, drawing, painting, particle systems and more! Then implement these new skills in popular real-time game engines.

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Portfolio Bootcamp

This intermediate bootcamp is designed for VFX artists looking to hone their skills and prepare their portfolio for a career in the VFX industry. Create a VFX art test and get a professional critique.

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VFX Apprentice All Access

On-demand instant access VFX training for stylized 2D, 3D, and realtime VFX.

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Free VFX Training

Want to dive into the world of animated and game FX? It's free to start with 10+ hours of VFX training.

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Applied Foundations - FX Animations

2D FX: Level One
Learn how to animate 2DFX like fireballs, lightning, sparkles, and negative blips. Apply the principles of animation to create next-level effects.

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VFX Foundations & Artistic Principles

3D VFX: Level One
A high-level introduction to the world of VFX for games. Learn how VFX are used to inform gameplay with their use of shape, color, value, and timing. Each a powerful tool for VFX artists to create stylized FX. 

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Booms & Blasts

3D VFX: Level Two
The definitive course for real-time stylized FX for Unreal Engine and Unity. Create four of the most frequently used elemental game effects with explosions, wisps, lightning, and splats.

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Intro to Photoshop for VFX

2D FX: Level One
Get up to speed on the Photoshop tools, layers, adjustments, and pro tips FX artists use in the free VFX course. 

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Intro to Adobe Animate

2D FX: Level One
Learn to create FX flipbooks with Adobe Animate (formerly Adobe Flash) with this free course on making an animated swipe effect.

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FX Portfolio and Job Applications

Apprentice: Level Three
A series offering insight into creating portfolios that will impress professional artists and companies, and how to apply for VFX jobs.

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