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Dark-Marco
Dark-Marco

Looks cool
but I don't think this is quite the right place for it dude.

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen

I disagree. I see nothing wrong with creating concept art using 3D. Fact of the matter is, is that the purpose of concept art is to create a visual feel/mockup/example of what you want to achieve or portray. The way in which it's presented shouldn't matter, as long as it gets the idea across that's the most important thing. :)

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Admiral_Nemo
Admiral_Nemo

I agree, most of my 3d art is conceptual. Most people ask me what I do with my models and I tell them they are just for show but they expect them to be made for something.

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booman Author
booman

Thanks Bunnyjen...
The developers only gave me a description like: "we want a pirate ship"
and then I could use my imagination for everything....
So instead of drawing by hand (which takes a lot of time and is very hard to revise), I start modeling in SketchUp. Everything is "from scratch".
I create all the textures myself and all the meshes/solids myself. So there is just as much creativity as with a hand-drawing or a photoshop painting. The benefit is that I can make changes to the developers liking and some game engines support sketchup files. Hopefully I will see my concept art "in game". I think its a step in the future of what concept artists will start doing.
Check out my profile and you'll see more renderings and video walkthroughs of 3D concepts.

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Soulglove
Soulglove

It's a tough argument. If you did apply for a concept art position, they would want to see your drawing skills. However, it's not the future of concept art. There is a difference between drawing a house and building one. Once you start adding models, textures, and meshes, it's not a 2D concept anymore. It is still art, and it is still creative.

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen

But who says concepts have to be 2D to qualify? :D

You're right, drawing is absolutely essential and I much prefer the look of a drawn concept however, there is absolutely no reason why concept art cannot be presented as a 3D render. After all a concept artist is simply a person that creates some kind of design or representation of an idea for something that doesn't exist yet, how that is presented shouldn't matter, as long as it looks good and gets the idea across so it can be realised correctly. Using 3D renders in my opinion is just as valid as taking a load of photographs and collaging them into something new. In fact many game artists use 3D as a base, they will model a basic enviro in 3D and then paint over it to ensure the perspective is corrent.

I think as long as it works for the purpose it's perfectly acceptable, but I don't think it should be overused and it's important that if the artist wants to be a concept artist, that they push to be able to achieve drawn work and don't just rely on 3D.

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Soulglove
Soulglove

I think it matters how long he did it, though. He states in his profile it took him a month. Concept art should take just hours. In that time, he could have drawn close to fifty concept pieces, not just one. Can the model be transferred over and used and altered by the developer? If not, then valuable time was wasted on one piece of concept art.

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen

Yeah absolutely agree on that Soulglove.

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booman Author
booman

Thanks for your valuable comments everyone.
I did sign on as a concept artist and told them ahead of time that I could do drawings & photoshop art... or I could do photo-realistic renderings using sketchup.
I started with a couple of practice renderings of a temple and they liked it. Then I found out the CryEngine 3 can import SKP files. So that was an extra bonus.
The pirate ship is my most recent model & rendering. The reason I spent a whole month is to get every detail just right. It is serving two purposes: 1) to be used as a high resolution print for advertisement purposes; 2) to be used as conceptual art for the developers.
Most of the Sketchup models only take me a week or so, after an hour or two a day. So they are pretty quick.
The way I see it - I'm working like a sculpture creating a 3D version of something in my imagination for their game. Yes, it may take longer than a simple drawing, but I get to rework every detail until is perfect or I'm sick of it.
Sketchup is pretty fun and easy to use. Try it out...

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booman Author
booman

Here is another game that has 3D concept art and uses it In-Game
Nuclear Dawn
Moddb.com

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A hint of what I have been up to....
Not all concept art is created by drawing and painting or in photoshop.
I created everything in the rendering with Google SketchUp and rendered in Kerkythea. Both totally free programs and can create photorealistic renderings. The sky in the background is the only photoshopped element.

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