con­cept art mas­ter­class

Ben Mauro’s vis­ual devel­op­ment se­crets

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Over the next few pages I’ll be cov­er­ing the var­i­ous tech­niques, ap­proaches and thought pro­cesses I use to solve a range of de­sign prob­lems that I’ve en­coun­tered in my ca­reer as a con­cept designer. Many artists tend to spe­cialise in one area or tech­nique, but my mind­set and gen­eral take on life has meant that I treat things dif­fer­ently. I try to spe­cialise at ev­ery­thing, and while this in­volves more time and ef­fort, I know that I’ll en­joy the free­dom and ver­sa­til­ity that it’ll of­fer in the long term.

Each paint­ing tech­nique has its own pros and cons, and be­ing able to utilise the best parts of each will en­able you to solve many dif­fer­ent de­sign prob­lems that are sure to come your way. Over time you’ll ac­quire a good set of tools and tech­niques to help you pro­duce the best­pos­si­ble de­sign for your client.

I’ll also be cov­er­ing a few meth­ods for you to try out when you start run­ning out of ideas on a job, or feel that you’re hav­ing trou­ble com­ing up with fresh takes on a client’s brief. Right, let’s get go­ing!

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