Work like a pro concept artist
Donglu Yu reveals the many production challenges that a concept artist will face during the production of AAA video games
Donglu Yu on production challenges in video games.
Concept artists play an important role in the development of video games. They’re the bridge between the art director’s vision of the game and the 3D artists who produce the in-game assets. They’re responsible for making sure that the concept art tasks follow the designated production schedule; showcase the established design pillars that have been established early on; and track down relevant production information from other departments if this is missing.
As a lead concept artist, my team and I face exciting and fun challenges every day. Not only do we need to embrace the technology changes within the digital painting process and learn new software, we’re also expected to continuously grow as artists by practising traditional drawing and painting.
Here, I want to discuss in detail the role of a concept artist within a video game production, and the significant impact this role has on the game’s finished look. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to channel your efforts into breaking into the games industry, or if you’re already a busy concept artist, help you to up your game!