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Working As A Concept Artist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Concept Artist Do

Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models, animation, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Duties

Multimedia artists and animators typically do the following:

  • Use computer programs and illustrations to create graphics and animation
  • Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
  • Research upcoming projects to help create realistic designs or animations
  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in animations
  • Edit animations and effects on the basis of feedback from directors, other animators, game designers, or clients
  • Meet with clients, other animators, games designers, directors, and other staff (which may include actors) to review deadlines and development time lines

Multimedia artists and animators often work in a specific medium. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games. Others create visual effects for movies and television shows. Creating computer-generated images (known as CGI) may include taking images of an actor’s movements and then animating them into three-dimensional characters. Other animators design scenery or backgrounds for locations.

Artists and animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or in scenery and background design. Video game artists may focus on level design: creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.

Animators work in teams to develop a movie, a visual effect, or an electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, and then the pieces are put together to create one cohesive animation.

Some multimedia artists and animators create their work primarily by using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Many animation companies have their own computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Video game designers also work in a wide variety of platforms, including mobile gaming and online social networks.

Other artists and animators prefer to work by drawing and painting by hand and then translating the resulting images into computer programs. Some multimedia artists use storyboards or “animatics,” which look like a comic strip, to help visualize the final product during the design process.

Many multimedia artists and animators put their creative work on the Internet. If the images become popular, these artists can gain more recognition, which can lead to future employment or freelance work.

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How To Become A Concept Artist

Most multimedia artists and animators need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field to develop both an impressive portfolio of work and the strong technical skills that many employers prefer.

Education

Employers typically require a bachelor’s degree, and they look for workers who have a good portfolio of work and strong technical skills. Multimedia artists and animators typically have a bachelor’s degree in fine art, computer graphics, animation, or a related field. Programs in computer graphics often include courses in computer science in addition to art courses.

Bachelor’s degree programs in art include courses in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Degrees in animation often require classes in drawing, animation, and film. Many schools have specialized degrees in topics such as interactive media or game design.

Training

Some animation studios have their own software and computer applications that they use to create films, and they often provide on-the-job training so that workers can use the specific software and computer applications.

Important Qualities

Artistic talent. Animators and artists should have artistic ability and a good understanding of color, texture, and light. However, they may be able to compensate for artistic shortcomings with better technical skills.

Communication skills. Multimedia artists and animators need to work as part of a complex team and respond well to criticism and feedback.

Computer skills. Many multimedia artists and animators use computer programs or write programming code to do most of their work.

Creativity. Artists and animators must be able to think creatively to develop original ideas and make them come to life.

Time-management skills. The hours required by most studio and game design companies can be long, particularly when there are tight deadlines. Artists and animators need to be able to manage their time effectively when a deadline approaches.

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Average Length of Employment
Senior Artist 4.2 years
Lead Artist 2.9 years
Visual Artist 2.9 years
Animation Artist 2.7 years
Artist 2.6 years
3D Artist 2.0 years
Game Artist 2.0 years
Concept Artist 2.0 years
Storyboard Artist 1.8 years
Texture Artist 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Concept Artist
Artist 16.5%
Internship 8.4%
Designer 5.4%
Animator 5.2%
3D Artist 3.4%
Painter 3.0%
Instructor 2.9%
Top Careers After Concept Artist
Artist 11.9%
3D Artist 6.2%
Designer 4.7%
Animator 4.7%
Instructor 3.2%
Internship 2.9%

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Concept Artist Demographics

Gender

Male

62.0%

Female

22.7%

Unknown

15.3%
Ethnicity

White

53.0%

Hispanic or Latino

19.5%

Asian

15.1%

Black or African American

8.6%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.2%

Japanese

11.8%

Chinese

8.8%

French

8.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Korean

5.9%

Turkish

2.9%

German

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Thai

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Concept Artist Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

19.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

15.3%

Art Center College of Design

10.5%

San Jose State University

6.1%

Art Institute of California - Inland

5.4%

Ringling College of Art and Design

4.6%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

4.4%

School of Visual Arts

3.9%

Full Sail University

3.4%

Brigham Young University

2.9%

Art Institute of Seattle

2.9%

International Academy of Design and Technology

2.7%

Laguna College of Art and Design

2.4%

DigiPen Institute of Technology

2.4%

California State University - Fullerton

2.4%

College for Creative Studies

2.4%

Art Institute of Phoenix

2.2%

Otis College of Art and Design

2.2%

Columbus College of Art and Design

2.2%

Columbia College Chicago

1.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

35.6%

Animation

22.9%

Fine Arts

14.1%

Design And Visual Communication

5.3%

Photography

3.5%

Computer Science

3.4%

Entertainment Business

3.0%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.3%

Digital Media

2.1%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Architecture

1.1%

Drafting And Design

0.8%

English

0.7%

Psychology

0.6%

Biology

0.6%

Education

0.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.4%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

0.4%

Graphic Communications

0.4%

Elementary Education

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

65.4%

Other

13.6%

Masters

12.3%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$36,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
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$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
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$78,000
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Median 50%
$167,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Albany, NY
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Concept Artist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Concept Artist in the United States is $78,180 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $167,000.

Real Concept Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Concept Artist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 08, 2015 $120,500
SR. Staff Concept Artist SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Bend, OR Apr 04, 2016 $120,000
Senior Concept Artist Riot Games, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 10, 2015 $114,171 -
$125,000
Senior Concept Artist Disney Online Palo Alto, CA Jul 08, 2016 $113,300
Senior Concept Artist Riot Games, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 09, 2014 $111,030 -
$125,000
Senior Concept Artist Riot Games, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Feb 08, 2013 $110,885 -
$220,000
Senior Concept Artist Playdom, Inc., Part of The Walt Disney Company Family of Companies Palo Alto, CA Nov 21, 2014 $110,000
Concept Artist Epic Games, Inc. Cary, NC Jan 26, 2015 $106,000 -
$125,427
Senior Concept Artist Kixeye Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 04, 2014 $105,000
Concept Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Feb 09, 2016 $102,000 -
$120,000
Senior Concept Artist Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2016 $101,691 -
$155,000
Senior Concept Artist Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 31, 2016 $101,691 -
$130,000
Senior Concept Artist SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 15, 2014 $100,000
Concept Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Mar 10, 2014 $98,000 -
$115,000
Concept Artist Arenanet LLC Bellevue, WA Nov 08, 2016 $78,000
Concept Artist Ready at Dawn Studios LLC Irvine, CA Sep 05, 2014 $78,000 -
$110,000
Concept Artist Ready at Dawn Studios LLC Irvine, CA Feb 07, 2014 $78,000 -
$110,000
Senior Concept Artist Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 01, 2014 $77,954
Concept Artist Certain Affinity, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 19, 2016 $75,000
Senior Concept Artist Electronic Arts, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 03, 2014 $75,000
Concept Artist Electronic Arts, Inc. Austin, TX Dec 05, 2016 $75,000
Concept Artist Excelsior College Albany, NY Jan 07, 2016 $67,000
Concept Artist Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 09, 2015 $65,219
Concept Artist Turbine Inc. Needham, MA Sep 07, 2014 $65,000
Concept Artist Firaxis Games, Inc. MD Sep 05, 2015 $65,000 -
$87,550
Associate Concept Artist Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 27, 2016 $64,834 -
$83,262
SR. Concept Artist Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 08, 2016 $64,834 -
$83,262
Concept Artist Edison & Clarke Design Group LLC San Diego, CA Aug 23, 2014 $62,610 -
$104,350

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Top Skills for A Concept Artist

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Environmental Assets
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided a variety creative solutions as a Graphic Designer and Experience Designer developing branded projects.
  • Develop visual concepts of characters and environments and detailed digital paintings for Party of Sin in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Developed the art style and modeled environmental assets.
  • Created characters, environments, creatures, props and vehicles for use in pipeline.
  • Develop concept art and in-game assets for independently developed games.

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