Animación 2D / 3DAnimation

The specialisations of the animation world: Concept Art

By 7 June 2021June 14th, 2021No Comments

Did you know that Animation is a method of creating a motion effect through the sequence of still images in which there may be real objects, models or puppets? The techniques to generate this effect of movement have evolved over the last decades:

Early cartoons used the technique of traditional animation, which consisted of drawing the images on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed.
Today, most animated films are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Animation is a discipline that combines technology and creativity. There are several specialities: 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Generalist 3D and Concept Art. In this post we will focus on the latter.

Concept Art

A concept artist visualises characters, environments, props and other elements through storytelling. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” should be the mantra of every concept artist. In their work they inject their personal style while remaining true to the commission and the end goals.

Most concept artists draw digitally by hand in Photoshop. And some may work with some 3D software such as ZBrush. This step is likely to involve more in-depth research and preparation, especially when designing more complex things like characters or architecture.

What are the functions of a concept artist?

Some of the functions of the Concept Artist are:

  • Character design
  • Props design or element/creature design
  • Background design

At what stage of production is the concept artist involved?

Concept Art work starts at the beginning of the project and in pre-production, often at the same time as the development of the script and storyboards. In many cases, concept art is also used to help the director clarify and define the story they want to tell. Once the concepts are approved, they are handed over to the 3D artists and visual effects artists for implementation into the final product. Most of the time, the work of a concept artist ends when the project goes into production. That is, when all the issues related to the look, tone and feel of the project have been decided. But he or she may also remain a member of the team for the remainder of the project.



Background Design module
2nd year Art students (2020-2021)


Character design
4th year Animation students (2020-2021)

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