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Sunday, October 12, 2008

An Artistic Guide to Concept Design Pt.1

The Mind Behind Your Eye is an artistic guide to concept design shown through my extensive period of work as a professional concept artist with in the entertainment industry. The follow blogs explains my approach, method and theory of what being a concept artist means.

Who is a Concept Artist?
A person who specializes in creating original visual ideas, typically for movies, video games and theme parks. Not every artist is a concept artist. The difference is you are intellectual property. It takes many years to establish credibility as an artist with a vision. Every time you’re at bat you must hit a home run to continue being thought as a visionary. Everyone has one great idea but a concept artist must be an open faucet with many ideas. Visual story telling is an important part of your profession.

After all concept artist are also:
  • Visionary
  • Artistic author
  • Shepard of a project
  • The go to guy for all artistic guidance
  • Art direction
  • The mind behind ideas
  • Industrial designer
  • Engineer

Train your mind: I often listen to classical music while exploring new ideas for style, mood and emotion. Emotion? Yes, your concept art must tell a story and project an emotion to the viewer as part of show casing your vision to others. Why classical music? In a sixty piece orchestra every musical note will represent a line with in your illustration giving your art work a new dimension that has meaning and a foundation for bring out emotion. Part of being a concept artist is identifying the who, what, when and where and training your mind will assist in your journey of exploration of new ideas.

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Animated Projects

BLAZE and the Monster Machines
Leap Frog
The Family Guy
Electric Piper
Mulan Two
My Little Pony
The Lone Ranger
Camp Chaos

Special Projects

HALO: Franchise visual exploration, Microsoft Studios
FABLE: Franchise visual exploration, Microsoft Studios
Star Wars KINECT: Early visual development, MS
Disney On-Line Studios: "unannouced project"
Universal Theme Park, Osaka, Japan
Museum of Austria, Special Exhibit
World of Life Theme Park, Wacky World Studios
The Executioner, Independent Film Project
Children Book, Footprints of Dinoville
Echo Rangers, Snap TV