Today I want to share some great tips about finding gigs and making it as a professional concept artist in today’s industry.
I get a lot of students asking me how I got to become a professional concept artist, making my living creating artwork for games, films, album covers, and much more.
I think for a lot of us (my past self included), this seems so far away, like a distant dream and nothing more.
However, I’m here to tell you that becoming a professional artist in today’s world may be simpler than you think.
To understand why, let’s look at the five steps of something I call the Positive Spiral of Professional Creation!
Are you ready? Okay, let’s go:
1. Show passion and interest in your work first – money will follow.
Don’t worry too much about what you should specialize in, whether you do fantasy or sci-fi, characters or environments, creatures or props, etc. because you think one thing will make more money or get you better jobs.
Just start with what you love doing, put the time into it, and the money will follow.
2. Fit your portfolio to the job, or find jobs that fit your portfolio
If you were applying at Naughty Dog, or Rockstar, you probably wouldn’t want to send them a portfolio filled with cartoonish, brightly colored, stylized fantasy characters. And if you were applying at Blizzard, you probably wouldn’t want to send a portfolio filled with gritty dystopian environment matte paintings.
Know where you are applying and what they want. It’s not always about how skilled you are, but sometimes more about style and what the studio needs.
3. Be realistic.
No need to go straight for the biggest studios out there. Be willing to work on smaller projects and less “glamorous” roles. There are so many concept art jobs out there that aren’t lead character designers or senior environment artists at Bungie, where you can make a living and still make art every day.
4. Be as visible as you can.
Use the power of the internet and social media to your advantage. Nobody will hire you if they can’t find you! Make sure you have a strong portfolio of your best work and use social platforms to engage with people and share your process.
5. Invest in yourself and your art.
Ultimately, you have to really put actions behind your plan. You can’t just submit a few applications and then spend weeks waiting for a response.
Put the time in to improve your art and marketing skills, develop your portfolio, and make connections. Invest time and resources in yourself as an artist and entrepreneur. Every time you do so, you are closer to making your dream a reality.
And to help you do just that, I’ve written two art marketing eBooks.
It’s your turn!
Here is what you will learn in these two bestsellers:
How to Sell Art Online: The Complete Guide is a step-by-step system that covers selling art online. It will show you clearly how to build an Authority artist website online. It was written specifically for artists who have lost their way in the online art marketing maze and wondered what do I do next to create profits and growth.
Secrets to Selling Art covers everything you need to know to get your art in brick-and-mortar art galleries and the large concept and gaming studios, especially in the major art markets like New York City, Los Angeles, London and Paris. When you approach mainstream art galleries and the big concept and gaming studios, you need a clear plan and success formula. This eBook will show you the clear steps to success in this competitive market and give the winning edge. This is the exact blueprint that I used to break into the NYC art market and the concept art market. If I can do it, you can do it too.
This is the first step to starting the success of your online brand and business.
Imagine all the good that will come from you having more abundance in your life.