Concept Art

The art of transforming ideas into images

The Hunt by Leif Heanzo

Concept Art

The art of transforming ideas into images

Creating concept art is a matter of communication, efficiency and speed. 

Temple in Ping, Mandala

Temple in Ping, Mandala

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
Valley of Twighlight

Valley of Twighlight

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
Letnany Office, Day

Letnany Office, Day

The Dasslers
Letnany Office, Night

Letnany Office, Night

The Dasslers
A Spy

A Spy's Nest

Unknown Identity
Dirk

Dirk's Apartment

Die Dasslers
New York, New York

New York, New York

Die Dasslers
She is ready, Sir

She is ready, Sir

Die Dasslers
The Fall

The Fall

Girl in the Spiders Web
Entrance HQ

Entrance HQ

Girl in the Spiders Web
My Ride

My Ride

Die Dasslers
Bay Area

Bay Area

The Titans
Agartha

Agartha

Legends of Ygdrasil
Boom

Boom

The Race

Types of Concept Art

There are many types of  concept art. I am specialized on three of them: pitch concepts, production concepts and vfx concepts.

Pitch Concepts are these flashy illustrations which almost look like full-fledged illustrations – they take a lot of time, but their job is to convince an investor to back this particular project. 

Production Concepts are the most common form of concept art. Their main use is communication between departments. The produced images are a little bit rougher than their pitch counterparts, because there have to be quite a lot of them depending on the size of the project.

Vfx Concepts are quite similar to the production concepts although they get produced at a very different time. Production paintings are usually made before the first day of shooting, since they feature a lot of elements, which have to be built. Vfx concepts on the other hand are produce while and after shooting and mainly serve the purpose of combining digital and real world, so these two elements don’t drift too far away from each other, designwise.

Pied Piper of Hamelin

Pied Piper of Hamelin

Pitch Concept
Mark of the Angels

Mark of the Angels

Production Concept
Jim Button

Jim Button

Vfx Concept

Production concepts

There are three main areas of application for concept art during a film production.

Environment Concepts are the most common one, since their purpose is to put all the pieces together. Costumes, Lighting, set decoration, props and many other departments all come together here.

Character Concepts are more common in video games, but also in science fiction and fantasy movies. If a subject is too complex to get handled entirely by the costume department like for example an alien race, there has to be a character concept beforehand.

Then there are Props Concepts. This kind of concept art is usually produced because something that doesn’t exist has to be built. This can be very challenging, because these props have to actually work. They will get used by actors and will get closeup shots which makes this very delicate. Every descision has to be made beforehand so the risk of  physical  failure is minimized.

Jim Button

Jim Button

Environment Concept
Beautiful Beasts

Beautiful Beasts

Character Concept
Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

Prop Concept