What does a Concept Artist do?

Concept artists visualize and compose art for creative assets including characters, creatures, vehicles, and environments. They envision and create artwork in multiple mediums and design art in every phase of its production. They also design spec sheets, showing dimensions and calculations for other artists and animators and artists draw various types of artwork, including architecture, environments, and characters, which may include drawing of artwork that adheres to a client’s specifications, including certain style patterns or a particular brand image.

Concept artists collaborate with other art team members to share ideas and criticisms on various pieces of concept art and design presentation packages showcasing concept art to share with the rest of an art team and an art director. Concept artists need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or another artistic discipline.

What responsibilities are common for Concept Artist jobs?
  • Audit a brand's visual language against other competitors, identifying trends and providing recommendations to the internal team based on findings.
  • Lead creative projects in collaboration with project teams to tackle all aspects of the design process, bringing stories and concepts to life.
  • Create visually relevant, engaging stories through both static and motion design concepts for client brands.
  • Work with client partners, traffic manager, and senior leadership on estimating, resource planning, and project milestone development.
  • Maintain strong command of visual design across typography, color, composition and imagery.
What are the typical qualifications for Concept Artist jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
  • Hands-on experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop.
  • Skilled with ZBrush and other illustration tools and programs.
  • Experienced with programming languages like C++ and Java.
  • Requires careful attention to detail.
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Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Concept Artist make?

Confident
$68,839 /yr
Total Pay
$55,770
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$13,069
 /yr

Additional Pay

$68,839

 / yr
$26K$188K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Concept Artist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
17%
2 - 4
49%
5 - 7
21%
8+
13%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Concept Artist Insights

Read what Concept Artist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Mighty Canvas Concept Studio
Concept Artist
Feb 3, 2020

“Opportunities for career development; increasing select skills will allow you to work on projects within that field”

Deluxe EntertainmentDeluxe Entertainment
2D Compositors
Jan 19, 2022

“Good people and team to work.”

St. Jude Children's Research HospitalSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Senior Digital Designer Engineer
Nov 30, 2020

“There is so much joy in creating designs and experiences that are helping people in such a dramatic way.”

TechnicolorTechnicolor
2D Compositors
Jan 27, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Dunkin' DonutsDunkin' Donuts
Concept Artist
Feb 3, 2022

“There are always difficult consumers and the pay was not great.”

GameloftGameloft
Senior Concept Artist
May 10, 2021

“Stable and above average salary.”

AmplifyAmplify
2D Artist/Illustrator
Jan 23, 2022

“The pay was excellent and the job never felt rushed.”

Donkey Crew
Concept Artist
Jan 17, 2022

“Great freedom of work and creation of new ideas.”

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The most similar professions to Concept Artist are:
  • Animator
  • Environment Artist
  • 3D Artist
  • Character Artist

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