Hello. As you may see from my post count, I am quite new here.
Originally, I found this site through a normal google search; and what I searched for was concept art. Conceptart.org! Awesomeness prevails! A site dedicated to one of my greatest passions.
I had the kind of images you find for productions in mind. Art where's theres a conept in mind; either characters, landscape, costumes, or any kind of idea being "picturized"(with a lack of a better word:/ ). Anything that involves a design that is visual. That is, really, how I have always regarded concept art; the idea of communicating with profound meanings, giving away political opinions, or making the viewers do intricate interpretations , is not the meaning at all here, its not important. Neither is a study of the human body or still life, or a painting that doesnt seem have a specific design in mind. That wouldnt be concept art, but... um... artsy art and study art. And thats the reason I typed those words into google; I like the visual designing aspect of it. I have never cared that much for interpretations and that stuff.
However, I have seen alot of work around here that, in my opinion, cant be classified as concept art. I have seen images that obviously has the sole purpose of being artsy with profound meanings; images where people utilize crazy techniques and brushes. For example a picture of two dancing figures, but where you really cant define the details on the figures; so theres no costume design involved. Just really really crazy brushes made in PS that together forms this shape. That would be a typical scenario ragarding the theme of this post. When things get to artsy, and you end up with an image where there's no visual designed ideas. No costume, no character, no landscape etc etc. Another one is the kind of images is where you stay 100% true about reality; a still life or the study of a human body. Where concept design in that? I dont really want to make examples from the forums, and hanging out people in my post, but personally, I have seen alot on artsy art and study art that I personally wouldnt see as concept art.
I hope you get what I am getting at here (never been good with words :/ )
Now, I am not sitting on my high throne here, and saying I am an allknower. Cause I aint, and I truly stand humble in this regard; for all I know, I may have been getting this concept art idea aaalll wrong. After all, the reason I am making this topic is because I havent seen anyone else complain or make remark about what I am saying here. I made this topic just to say my opinion; something that has been concerning me, so that I may be corrected, or maybe cause a debate.