Concept Artist (Games)

Pre-production
Senior-level

Concept artists are responsible for the style and look of a game.

What does a concept artist do?

Concept artists are responsible for the style and look of a game. They are the first to draw the environments, enemies and player characters. Working with a brief from the producer, their sketches are used to help 3D artists, producers, programmers and publishers understand how the game will look.

The drawings of the concept artist are a vital part of the game’s development as they are the starting point of all the artwork and an important part of the marketing plans.

What’s a concept artist good at?

  • Art: be very good at drawing by hand, understand of composition, draw in a way that matches genre styles such as fantasy, sci-fi or cartoon
  • Creativity: imagine how a character will look, starting from a written brief
  • Using art software: create 2D and 3D art using a range of programmes, know the latest technologies and techniques
  • Communication: work with the other artists and in the team, share the vision with designers and games developers
  • Knowledge of games: understand gameplay, have market awareness, appreciate how art will be experienced as a player

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