In the gaming industry, artists are expected to do a range of diverse jobs. Each of the categories is associated with the different styles, techniques, and areas of the game development process.
Often the role of a concept artist is misunderstood. If you are willing to choose your career as a concept artist, you need to be aware of the roles and duties of a concept artist.
Concept Artist needs to create and design characters and worlds used within the game. In the initial stage, everything is created on paper as a rough concept. After its approval, it goes through a cleaning up period, which involves scanning the designs onto the computer and using art software such as Photoshop to fine line the work and add necessary details. Then, color is added into the images and passed on to the texture artist, so that he can create the correct textures for the character. If the character is animated, then it is passed on to the 3D Model Builder.
As a concept artist you are expected to:
- Ensure that the design fits with the look and feel of the game.
- Achieve maximum effect with minimum complexity. Remember complex designs eventually lead to more complex 3D models so try something that can be easily built with as few polygons as possible.
- Consider color schemes used to maintain a balance of color throughout the design. The colors should highlight the design.
What you need to do to become a good concept artist?
Being a good concept artist is all about practicing drawing as much as you possibly can and whenever you can. Remember the saying that every artist has a million naff drawings inside them; it’s just a matter of working through them, so you get to the point where you start only to produce your best.
One of the vital parts of becoming a good character illustrator is good observation skills and life drawing. Learn as much as you can about proportion, anatomy, and skeletal structures. This ensures you to put the right muscle in the proper place. Life drawing may be a little scary at times, but if you get to know about its rules of construction and poses, then you can come across in your own imaginative work.
Same as the characters, great observation and drawing from real buildings and landscapes will show you how to create realistic environments that seem believable and real. Sharpen your skills and focus on the layout and try to find the hidden structure that makes for an impressive and captivating environment, this will all go towards helping you to come up with your own ideas and creations and you will come to know how to make the unreal seem real.
So make your mind and consider all these things before choosing your career as a concept artist.
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