Concept artists develop plans and visual concepts for games and movies. These professionals typically work in computer gaming or movie studio environments, creating characters and scenery.
Most organizations will require certification or a degree in fine art, graphic design, computer art, illustration, animation or a related discipline.
Along with creativity, qualifications include experience with concept art, and a strong understanding of color theory and color palette creation. Technical qualifications include use of computer animation tools such as Maya, SketchUp, Painter or Photoshop.
Using principles of art and graphic design, responsibilities include creation and design of environments, backgrounds, characters and color schemes of gaming or video production from concept to completion based on ideas presented by art directors and development teams.
A concept artist's function involves using his creative and technical abilities to design visual effects that will attract users or viewers of the finished product resulting in profitability for an organization. Most positions require a passion for visual production of gaming, video or film.
In October 2009, SimplyHired.com reported an average salary of $42,000 per year.