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Having been a freelance illustrator and concept artist for more than 10 years now, I'm asked often by people interested in the industry how I got into concept art and illustration, Where I studied and what’s it like as a job.
I'd like to fire a question back.
If you had the undivided attention of an experienced person who could teach you anything about the concept art industry, what would be the things you would want to learn about and what would be the top of the list?
eg. Concept processes, Drawing skills, Rendering skills… etc.
feed back would be VERY welcome.
I'd rather have the person teach me about the concept process, for the simple reason that I could fairly easily find someone to teach more technical skills.
Last edited by Meloncov; November 2nd, 2008 at 11:31 PM.
I would like to learn how to maintain a flow of work, getting up early in the morning, start working non-stop... how does a freelance professional artist fight the "Resistance"? It is easier when you have office hours... but what happens when you're on your own?
Great question. In my experiance, I think it helps if previously you've worked in a regular job with a set schedule, 8am - 5pm or what ever, as long as you've gotten used to getting to work on time and doing a solid day. The fact that most of us work from home at our own pace is great, but we still need to be productive and work efficiently. If you can, I'd suggest you have a separate room for work and only go in there when its work time. Try and start every day at the same hour and Break your day up into short blocks of a couple of hours with a 15 - 20 min pause in between. You need to get used to maintaining your focus for an extended period of time, but don't try and do it without time out, trust me, you'll burn out. Book time in your day for the beach or what ever you want to do out of work time, but make sure you factor into that SAME day, making up the time away from the coal face. Its a hard road, but it gets easier the longer your on it.
How to translate what someone is saying into an image that comes close to what they've just said.
I want to learn how to draw what my mind's eye can see the way I want it to look. I guess I should start at the basic art level, with a few drawing classes this spring semester. I know exactly what I want to draw, I have a visual image of it with color and depth but when I begin to draw it, it does not look like what I visualized and this causes confusion and then I lose the mental image of what I had originally intended for it to look like.
All I want is to be able to communicate to the masses my thoughts in the form light converted by mental processing into an image they can relate to in some way and become inspired by.
To make it work well, it takes a lot of back and forth between the artists and directors A bonus is definitely having good communication skills I think.