What makes a design, good or bad in concept art? There's designs for robots, characters, environments, vehicals, but what exactly makes something cool and interesting versus terrible and lame? Obviously how well you draw/paint the concept so that it makes sense to the viewer is relevant. And obviously the research you do and coming up with shapes you enjoy plays a part as well. But its seems that there's more to it than this.
My thoughts on it is, it seems like it depends on the viewer and the times. For example, lets say someone creates the first fork. 'Oh wow, it's a FORK! I've never seen that before. What a great idea, what a great looking design for this object.' Now lets say that all millions of forks looked like the original. After a long while, the fork design becomes mediocre. Lets say someone designs a completely unique look for the fork. Now that new fork becomes the attraction and everyone says how wonderful the design looks, and buys that new fork set. Now lets say, all forks now look like that new fork. After a while, that fork becomes lame to those who constantly experiences it. But finally, lets say that a new person who's never experienced forks before sees the old fork and the new one for the first time. That person then says, "I like both of these forks, wow, so cool." And someone who has experienced all these forks, for some reason, grows to enjoy and apprieciate the very first fork design.
I think concept art design is much like the fork idea. You can draw a robot, and it may be cool to you. It may be unique to you. And lets say you did research robot designs from other artists, but your robot to you honestly looks as cool as most of the ones you've researched. Is it 'really' cool? Or is it mediocre? How do you know?
Lets also say this; 5 other good artists love your robot design, but 5 other good, equally experienced artists say it's mediocre. Who's right? who's wrong? Should you change your design for the other 5 artists? Or should you stick with what you have because you like it? Or, if you stick with what you have, does that make you arrogant and non-cooperative for not changing your design like the other 5 artists suggested? Or, are you going to be precieved as arrogant or none cooperative to one group or the other no matter what decision you make? And in the end, most importantly, did you really make a good design?
What do you all think?