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You! Be Inspired! – Concept Art: Designing the Movies

by . October 10th, 2012

As creatives, watching our favorite films is a great source of creative inspiration. Some of us are greatly inspired by massive action scenes, stunning visual effects and beautiful cinematography. However, did you ever wonder how an epic setting or a remarkable character was conceptualized? Well, most of them – just like any other forms of visual art – started from a unique idea, later visualized in a sketch and finalized as a concept art.

 

Zombie Concept Process by Ranoartwork
Zombie Concept Art Process by Ranoartwork | (Source)

Concept Art today is widely used in movies and other forms of video productions like video games, animations and even in comic books. It is a form of illustration to achieve the goal of conveying a visual representation of a design or idea before it is applied to make a final product. This form of art is also considered as visual development or concept design. The term was early referred to automotive design for concept cars as a part of an animation process. References to the term “concept art” can be traced back to early 1930’s used by Disney Animation.

Science fiction and fantasy are the two most covered themes of concept art. Artists generate a visual design of an idea or concept that is not yet existing. Thus, concept art is the backbone of an incredible design product. The most remarkable films from the past to present day will not be that successful if not with the help of amazing concept artists today. Who would not know the amazing concept artworks of the late Ralph McQuarrie for the original Star Wars trilogy, Battlestar Galactica and more? Aside from him, more and more artists have conquered the world of this artistic discipline. And to further understand their contribution to the films you love the most, we here at You The Designer have compiled a few of the most amazing concept artists today together with their concept artworks on some of the most iconic films to date. Enjoy!

 


 

Nathan Schroeder

 

Los Angeles based artist Nathan Schroeder is working as a professional concept artist in the movie industry. He received his degree in Cinema TV production at the University of Southern California School of Cinema Television and later studied fine art and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He is behind the concept artworks for many films such as X-MenIndiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal SkullStar Trek XIFantastic Four: The Rise of The Silver Surfer, The Avengers and many more.

 

Concept Art and Illustration for The Avengers by Nathan Schroeder

Concept Art and Illustration for “The Avengers” | (Source)

 

Concept Art and Illustration for Pirates of the Caribbean by Nathan Schroeder

Concept Art and Illustration for “Pirates of the Caribbean” | (Source)

 

Concept Art and Illustration for Thor by Nathan Schroeder

Concept Art and Illustration for “Thor” | (Source)

 

Concept Art and Illustration for X-Men 2 by Nathan Schroeder

Concept Art and Illustration for “X-Men 2″ | (Source)

 

Concept Art and Illustration for Captain America: The First Avenger by Nathan Schroeder

Concept Art and Illustration for “Captain America: The First Avenger” | (Source)

 


 

Josh Nizzi

 

Working as a freelance concept artist, the works of Josh Nizzi are mostly associated with live action films, video games and comic books. He has worked on projects like Transformers: Revenge of the FallenTransformers: Dark of the MoonBattleship and The Amazing Spider-Man.

 

Concept Art for The Amazing Spider-Man by Josh Nizzi

Concept Art for “The Amazing Spider-Man” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for The Amazing Spider-Man by Josh Nizzi

Concept Art for “The Amazing Spider-Man” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" by Josh Nizzi

Concept Art for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" by Josh Nizzi

Concept Art for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Battleship" by Josh Nizzi

Concept Art for “Battleship” by Josh Nizzi | (Source)

 


 

Ryan Church

 

American-born concept designer Ryan Church is best known on his concept works on vehicles, planets and architectures. His clients as a freelance concept artist  includes Paramount Studios, Universal Pictures, Mattel, Sony Pictures, Blue Sky Studios, Bay Films, Lightstorm Entertainment, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dino de Laurentiis Company, Digital Domain, and Electronic Arts. His works are notably seen on various projects such as  Star Trek, Transformers 2, and James Cameron’s AvatarTransformers 3, Disney’s John Carter, and the upcoming Star Trek sequel (2013).

 

 Concept Art for "Avatar" by Ryan Church

Concept Art for “Avatar” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "John Carter" by Ryan Church

Concept Art for “John Carter” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Star Trek (2009)" by Ryan Church

Concept Art for “Star Trek (2009)” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Star Wars III" by Ryan Church

Concept Art for “Star Wars III” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "War of the Worlds" by Ryan Church

Concept Art for “War of the Worlds” | (Source)

 


 

Dylan Cole

Southern California native – Dylan Cole is an art director, concept artist, and matte painter who specializes in film, video games, and commercials. Dylan studied Fine Arts in UCLA where he continued to draw and paint traditionally. Today, he has contributed concept art art to over 50 films including Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, and Tron Legacy.

 

Concept Art for "Superman Returns" by Dylan Cole

Concept Art for “Superman Returns” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King" by Dylan Cole

Concept Art for “Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Tron Legacy" by Dylan Cole

Concept Art for “Tron Legacy” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Avatar" by Dylan Cole

Concept Art for “Avatar” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Alice in Wonderland" by Dylan Cole

Concept Art for “Alice in Wonderland” | (Source)

 


 

Michael Kutsche

Award-winning German artist, Michael Kutsche is a self taught artist popular for his works both in traditional drawing and digital media. His works has been described as a lifelike rendering of imaginative and odd characters in various films and comics. His concept art career began with the movie Alice in Wonderland back in 2008 and continued working for John Carter and Thor.

 

Concept Art for "Alice in Wonderland" by Michael Kutsche

Concept Art for “Alice in Wonderland” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Alice in Wonderland" by Michael Kutsche

Concept Art for “Alice in Wonderland” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "John Carter" by Michael Kutsche

Concept Art for “John Carter” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Thor" by Michael Kutsche

Concept Art for “Thor” | (Source)

 

Concept Art for "Thor" by Michael Kutsche

Concept Art for “Thor” | (Source)

 

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There you have it guys! So the next time you see a movie, you might just want to give credits to the amazing concept artists behind them. Do you know other amazing concept artists? Don’t forget to share us your thoughts and suggestions by commenting below. Find us on  FacebookTwitter and Google Plus for more updates, design news and  features, or better yet subscribe to our blog for the freshest design inspirations and stories. Stay awesome everyone!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kerby is an online marketer who has a keen eye in print design and creative artworks. When not at work, he spends most of his time in completing his sketchbooks with doodles and illustrations from anything that inspires him to draw. He is an avid fan of Japanese Anime, manga and some comic book characters. Check out his illustration blog and portfolio for more info.

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