Today I read an article about a piece of Amber that has been discovered with a piece of feathered dinosaur tail persevered inside.
Link to article : http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/feathered-dinosaur-tail-amber-theropod-myanmar-burma-cretaceous/
I am a big fan of dinosaurs... I definitely must include them more in my work.
This drawing lead me to think about my future career. Dinosaurs may seem slightly obscure in terms of the 'concept art world' but I'm pretty sure I could come up with a 100 different ideas of how I could use them in my work.
During my research of concept art/artists I have come across a HUGE range of concept artists who focus on fantasy (for example Lord of The Rings, Star Wars etc) and honestly I think there's a lot of stigma around it. I have noticed when saying I am interested in becoming a concept artist people turn to games or fantasy. Which is really quite a small chunk of the industry. Or they say 'Why are you doing illustration then?'
A concept artist is just someone that visually communicates something in order for it to be used in a new way, without designs or sketches there aren't any dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and there aren't aliens in Doctor Who.
An Illustrator is a visual communicator. We illustrate books, create packaging, design logos, design for films, create prints... The list could go on and on and on.
All these ideas come from somewhere, whether its real life or fantasy. The role of the concept artist is to make an image come to life. Just as a book comes to life when there's pictures or a cover which makes you want to read the story.
Something I have learned recently is that without any decent concepts and ideas an illustrator isn't going to get very far. Anyone can learn how to draw, but the people that are set aside from the rest in this industry and the ones with great ideas.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, I draw ALOT of stuff, that may not seem connected. But they are all ideas and starting points that can be used in so many ways. Even this little dinosaur.