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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Concept Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£28,906 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £29K
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Concept Artist Career Path

Learn how to become a Concept Artist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Concept Artist Insights

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Mighty Canvas Concept Studio
Concept Artist
3 Feb 2020

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

Fox3D Entertainment
Concept Artist
24 Oct 2019

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

Edison InternationalEdison International
2D Compositors
19 Jan 2022

“Good people and team to work.”

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

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

2D Compositors
27 Jan 2021

“Good good good good good”

Senior Concept Artist
10 May 2021

“Stable and above average salary.”

Donkey Crew
Concept Artist
17 Jan 2022

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

Folks VFXFolks VFX
2D Artist
19 Oct 2020

“Great atmosphere to work and creative ambiance.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a concept artist

When working as a concept artist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Asp.net MVC, .NET CORE, Oracle AND SQL, Agile Scrum and MS SQL Server.

The most similar professions to concept artist are:
  • Animator
  • Character Artist
  • 3D Artist
  • Technical Artist

The most common qualifications to become a concept artist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.