Book Review: The Ultimate Concept Art Career Guide

Mar 06, 2018 at 02:02 pm by nickcharles

The Ultimate Concept Art Career Guide is an expert-led handbook to help you launch, sustain, and evolve a career as an artist in the entertainment industry. With helpful insights and encouragement from experienced freelance artists and leading industry professionals, learn how to create a winning portfolio, develop your online presence, and handle the ups and downs of an art career. Incorporating education and training suggestions, interview tips, and best practice advice, this guide is ideal preparation for anyone wanting to develop a career as a professional concept artist, and artists hoping to explore new career options or considering freelance work.


Product details
200 pages
Dimensions:180mm x 230mm
Paper quality: Full-color premium paper pages
ISBN: 978-1-909414-51-8

If you're looking to get into the entertainment industry with your art, you may want to check out the latest book from 3dtotal - The Ultimate Concept Art Career Guide. Now, I don't know if 3dtotal plans on other books of this type for other art careers, but I do believe the info in this book relates to other creative areas as well. It's certainly a great read...and truly practical. But, don't be misled into thinking this will teach you concept art, as it will not.

Picking up this book, it is assumed you are an artist looking for a career option. It does everything to provide a window into the real world of the concept artist, showing you how you can prepare yourself for this exciting career path and reach your full potential, whether in the studio or breaking out on your own.

The book is divided into four main sections:

1) An Introduction to Concept Art - detailed info on what it is, the process, the tools and software, and the key industries you would look to get into.

2) Getting Into Concept Art - education/training, skills to strive for, how to find and develop your style, applying to studios, creating a portfolio and promoting yourself.

3) Working in the Industry - good work habits, managing workload, ethics/copyright, adapting style.

4) Future Options - Freelancing, selling.

Bringing even more value to this book are the added career profiles in each section that give you a better insight into real-world work. The profiled artists provide additional info and advice, while also sharing what a typical workday is like. I found these extras especially fascinating.

Like other 3dtotal books that I have looked at, the physical quality of this book is excellent. Layout and design is also well thought out. And, as it is a guidebook, it is in a smaller format and easy to carry about. All-in-all, I think the book covers the subject matter very well, with valuable info you may not find elsewhere, and all in one place.

3dtotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Since then, the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering inspirational and educational resources for digital artists of all levels. Now also a publisher of over 40 successful art books and other invaluable art products, we are proud to have expanded into the traditional art sector as well with popular sketching titles and tools, aiming to make art accessible to anyone who wants to give it a try.


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