I'm only 16 years old and about to enter year 11 and year 12. I was rushed into thinking of what my career will be in the future. Eventually I was led to the career of a concept artist, after receiving suggestions on another forum and based on my interests. Even though I discovered, getting employed is very difficult as a concept artist, I want to still aim towards it. I am living in Australia, Melbourne and I'm wondering if it is employable here as a concept artist? For example, are there companies in Australia, Melbourne that will employ concept artist.
I'm sure there's plenty of companies in australia that need concept artists. snoop around your favorite game companys' websites and see where their headquarters are located; usually there are several locations. Also keep an eye on the employment section of the forums here at conceptart.org as there are many different companies from all over the world who post jobs. And unless you're absolutely nuts about Australia and adverse to living anywhere but, there's always the possibility of moving to a career.
I wouldn't really worry about establishing a set career and where while you're only 16. Just work on building up your artist skills and a nice portfolio so when the time comes and you're really ready to find a job, more options will be available. :-)
I definitely wouldn't think so, but having some experience as a gamer (if you're looking to be a gamer concept artists over a film concept artist) wouldn't hurt. It's like you don't have to be super rich to be a good finance consultant, but if you're dirt poor you seem a little less reliable. I'm sure where you apply counts too, and will probably expect you to be a little familiar with their products. Then again if you're just an outstanding artist, it might not even matter.
I'm in a similar situation where im keen on working as a concept artist. im just out of uni, and 21.
Becoming a concept artist is difficult, especially in Australia, but you're at an advantage for being in Melbourne (im in Adelaide )
heres a site which lists game companies around the world including Aus
Like parcel says, forget about starting a career. Focus on your art and practice, practice PRACTICE!!!
- Dont rush into digital. Forget digital. Practice pencil, pen, ink, water colour, oil painting etc. I made the mistake of rushing into digital 'cheat' techniques a few years back, and it set me back in my drawing rather than developing it.
- Be open minded - while you may want to be a concept artist, is it the idea of developing art for games which motivates you, or your passion for illustration? There are other areas like childrens illustration, comic books, novel covers etc which are also fun.
- dont limit your learning - draw for fun, but also study anatomy, perspective, paint/draw still life, work from reference, work from life
You're so lucky. 16 is a great age. Make the most of your time. While your mates are wasting hours away on facebook or getting drunk, you'll feel better knowing you're doing something productive
As much as I want to become a concept artist, I am scared of the possibility of not getting employed, since getting a job as a concept artist is very hard. Therefore, I've been thinking about taking a subject that is not related to art, so I can also rely on it as well. I've been thinking about doing accounting, but I'm still not sure if I will like it or not.
I wish you the best of luck and that you succeed at becoming a concept artist.
Last edited by 4got10; August 27th, 2010 at 06:15 AM.
If you have your heart set on being a concept artist I think you should try to persue it, even if it does mean becoming an accountant while you wait for work. I had the same worry out of highschool, i couldnt find any decent art courses and had no idea how to become a full time artist so i decided to do an animation degree which involves quite alot of drawing anyways.
Thank you for everyones advice.
hey guys, I too am a young aspiring concept artist in melbourne and seeing how helpful people have been on this forum i was wondering if there are any organisations that i can sumbmit work to free of charge as to get my name foward, so if anybody knows of anybody that i might be able to get in touch with (preferably for a project that requires heavily gorey art) it would be much appreciated.
Seriously read BOOKS !! And practice traditional drawing.
That video changed my vision, some of the best advice I had so far... except that I still play games when I get a chance...
It's like saying you want to be an actor. Obviously, some people do become actors (or concept artists) not everyone makes a living at it and not everyone lasts very and you have to work a lot for little pay until you get good enough to be a star, if you make it. It depends if you are ready to do all that or you'd rather become an accountant instead.