Concept Artists are artists and visual arts illustrators, working in an analog or digital environment; they focus on developing and designing an idea (i.e. concept) for film, TV, video games, animation, automotive, comics, Live Entertainment, advertising and other media to shape the final product.
The work of a Concept Artist is based on iteration: several solutions to the same question are developed through sketches, project drawings and illustrations, in both analog and digital form, going through several steps before reaching the final design.
This process is functional to develop the project’s executive assets and to share work in progress phases with all the figures involved, from directors to clients.
The term originated in the early 1930s in the first Disney Studios.
Concept Artists are a crucial profile in all the main Entertainment and Live Entertainment creative studios. A specialised course offering training in the basic principles of 3D modelling, VFX, Games, Screenplay, Storyboard, Concept Art, Illustration and Entertainment culture can help in entering a team, starting with internship collaborations, and then moving on to employment as a Junior Concept Artist with the prospect of future growth within the company as Senior Concept Artist and then Art Director, supervising the team of illustrators.