When viewing open artist positions there are multiple titles - illustration artist, concept artist, environment artist, character artist, creature artist, 3D artist, 2D artist - and so on.
For an artist who specializes in only one of those catagories how important is it to incorporate multiple facets of art into one image?
Some artists know their strengths and their weaknesses but in order to provide an all-inclusive portfolio they feel necessary to incorporate different areas of art concentration. Now this may or may not hinder the outcome of a painting ... but
So my question is this ... how important is it to have an "environment" or a "background" when painting characters or even creatures? Is the finished character or creature enough for a completed painting? Remember that it is the potential employer that is viewing the painting!!