Concept Artist

By: Jodie Streeper


Hello my name is Jodie Streeper and the career I have chosen to present is known as a concept artist. In this presentation I am going to tell you one famous Concept artist! After That I will continue on the presentation by showing you my "poster" and talking about being a concept artist if you have any questions at the end of the presentation i will do my best to answer them for you.

Best Concept artist in the world, Ralph McQuarrie!

So let me begin. The person I would like to talk to you about before i talk about my career is named Ralph McQuarrie he is known as the most famous concept artist in the world. He was born on June 13, 1929 in Gary, Indiana and died March 3, 2012 at age 82 which was four years ago. He was an illustrator and designer. His career as an Concept Artist included work on the original Star Wars Trilogy, the original Battlestar TV series, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and cocoon, for which he won an Academy Award.
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More About Ralph McQuarrie:

"I just did my best to depict what I thought the film should look like, I really liked the idea. I didn't think the film would ever get made. My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated. But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know." -McQuarrie on Star Wars

Impressed with his work, director George Lucas met with him to discuss his plans for a space-fantasy film. Can anyone guess what that space-fantasy film was? STARWARS! Here are a few of his masterpieces in the original Star Wars films.

Ralph McQuarrie believed that if someday his creations were famous "Future cities will rise, and someone somewhere will say hey that looks like something Ralph MCQuarrie painted."

Hopefully someday someone will for fill his belief but so far that has not happened.

George had described Darth Vader as having black robes in the script Vader had to jump from one ship to the other. McQuarrie thought in order To survive the vacuum of space, He felt he needed some sort of breathing mask. George replied ok and suggested adding a samurai helmet And Darth Vader was born! Simple as that. Ralph McQuarrie was the one who created Darth Vader and other characters in the Star Wars films.

If you would like to know more about McQuarrie you can search The link Below:
Press To see More Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art.

Once You get to this site you can look at the images. Enjoy!

Sum Up Of what Concept art Is:

Now let's move on,

Concept Artists, just to sum it up, they design things such as Characters, Environments, creatures, and vehicles. They also work on Movies, Video games, and tv shows and anything visual in entertainment media.The reason why they do this is There needs to be someone something visual. Every movie and video game company employs concept artists.


Degrees are not required but recommend. So here are a few,

Animation, Industrial design, Illustration, sequential art, game art/design, and entertainment design.

In good art schools you work with pros in the industry and get valuable contacts to find work.

As a concept artist you will need these skills,

Drawing, Painting, digital painting software (kinda like photoshop),

Character, environmental,and/or industrial Design.

Storyboarding (Sequential art like comic books)

Maybe even 3d modeling.

At collage/art schools. Art books and the internet are all great resources to learn these skills, Pros sometimes publis

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages in my opinion are that being an concept artist involves art, money, and sometimes technology disadvantage in my opinion is that being a concept artist involves Work, effort, and time.

Educational background needed a Bachelor's Degree is usually needed for this career.

How to be the best at this job:

To do this role, you will need to,

have up-to-date knowledge of computer illustration software packages,

be skilled in film imagery,

understand what Directors, Directors of Photography and Editors require from a scene,

have excellent illustration skills,

be a strong communicator,

visualise perspective and 3D space,

have a keen interest in design, architecture and film,

Be able to visually interpret other people's ideas,

be flexible and adapt to changes when asked,

work as part of a team,

And know about relevant health and safety legislation and procedures.

That's all I have to show and tell, I hope you enjoyed my presentation