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    Number of employed concept artists?

    I'm being asked to do a report on my desired job for a class. But I need to state the number of employed concept artists in the United States. Can anyone help me track down this information?


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    Boy - that is the million dollar question....I doubt you'll get any reliable estimate, but...I would start with organizations and schools related to concept art - Art Center in Pasadena, Academy of Art, Society of Illustrators, etc. Are you limiting it to concept artists in entertainment media or including industrial design, vehicle, product concept art as well? Might also check ID magazine for resources. I'm sure others will have good resources as well.

    Curious to see what you dig up...
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    "Mister Owl, how many employed concept artists are there in the United States?"
    "One, two, three, CRUNCH... three."

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    See what I mean?!
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    That owl was a total asshole. He always ruined these kid's days by eating their treats they so rarely got. I always figured they'd be some poor orphan kids looking for a place to stay, having found a single rotten lollipop off the ground in their journey, and they ask the owl how long it will last (to stave off the hunger) and the ASSHOLE takes their only source of food and eats it. And taunts them to boot.

    WHAT AN ASSHOLE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadlyhazard View Post
    I always figured they'd be some poor orphan kids looking for a place to stay, having found a single rotten lollipop off the ground in their journey
    Look again, the kid is so poor that HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE ANY CLOTHES!

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    To seriously answer your question, try digging around here. You won't find "concept artist," but you may be able to make some extrapolations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwell View Post
    look again, the kid is so poor that he doesn't even have any clothes!
    That owl is SUCH A JERK! Been sayin' it for years.

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    Wow - great resource Elwell - thanks! You're so damn smart! Here's a link to a page I found in there that may help: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes271014.htm
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    Thanks a lot for the links. Yeah, I knew I'd have problems finding it, unfortunately a high school teacher doesn't accept, "WELL WHY DON'T YOU TRY TO FIND IT THEN?!" as an excuse...
    So Elwell, that CRUNCH would be… what, the owl eating every concept artist in the world passed the number three? .... Dear Lord does that mean he and that naked boy are GIANTS?!

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    There are 117 Artists here in Washington, including Illustrators, that's according to worksource.gov (the unemployment office people)

    The US Government doesn't recognize the term concept artist it appears, so you'll only get official statistics based on guesstimates.

    Even a web graphic designer is a kind of concept artist.

    ps i always liked that owl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naomi Ningishzidda View Post
    There are 117 Artists here in Washington, including Illustrators, that's according to worksource.gov (the unemployment office people)

    The US Government doesn't recognize the term concept artist it appears, so you'll only get official statistics based on guesstimates.

    Even a web graphic designer is a kind of concept artist.

    ps i always liked that owl
    Really? Only 117 on record in an entire state? Is becoming a professional artist that hard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naomi Ningishzidda View Post
    There are 117 Artists here in Washington, including Illustrators, that's according to worksource.gov (the unemployment office people)
    Could you provide a link to that information? I checked and couldn't find that number anywhere. That is an absolutely absurd number of course.
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    I mean, at Arena Net and Valve alone (just two studios) they have probably 60+ artists....there's no way that would compromise half the state. That's not even considering all the fine artists.
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