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.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Concept Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,428 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$45K
Median: $62K
$86K
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Concept Artist Career Path

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Concept Artist Insights

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2D Artist
Jun. 18, 2019

“Everyone is friendly and pitches in to make the studio a fun place to work and interact.”

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”

Fox3D Entertainment
Concept Artist
Oct. 24, 2019

“Good chance to work for clients that I wouldn't be able otherwise as individual freelancer.”

Hive Studio (Ukraine)
Concept Designer
Sep. 16, 2020

“nice place to work with people are nice”

GameloftGameloft
Senior Concept Artist
May 10, 2021

“Stable and above average salary.”

Folks VFXFolks VFX
2D Artist
Oct. 19, 2020

“Great atmosphere to work and creative ambiance.”

HearstHearst
Senior Digital Designer
Jan. 12, 2021

“Great work and editorial opportunities within my job.”

Riot GamesRiot Games
Senior Concept Artist
Nov. 21, 2019

“Creative freedom is really nice”

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