Concept Art: What It Is and How to Do It

Creating great concept art can be the difference between accurately conveying your vision and failing to communicate what you want to share with your audience. Using the right software can help you create better, more appealing concept art, allowing you to effectively share your plans and vision.

What is Concept Art?

Concept art is an illustration form used to convey the basic ideas and vision you have for a final product before completing the full design, which means that it takes less effort to create. Most often, concept art allows your audience to visualize what the final product will look like more easily.

How to Make Good Concept Art?

While concept art may not need to show the same level of depth and detail that you would typically see in a finished product, you still want to showcase your best work. Follow these tips to create better concept art: works of art that will display your vision in a simpler, easier-to-create way.

1. Start with a clear concept in mind.

You don't have to have all of the details ready to go when you create that initial concept art. Many of those details will likely change between the initial concept and the finished product. You do, however, want to start with a basic idea of what you want to create.

2. Remember your audience.

When designing concept art, it's critical that you keep your audience in mind. Concept art is designed to help present a broad vision. Sometimes, you may need to include next to no detail to help convey that vision: the basic lines of your piece will be enough. In other cases, however, you may need to provide a more in-depth look at those concepts to convey your message more fully. If you have not worked with a specific audience before or know your projected audience will have trouble visualizing the finished piece, you may want to put more effort into your concept art.

3. Use the right tools.

A program like CorelDRAW Graphics Suite will make it easier to piece together your concept art quickly and effectively, allowing you to make the most of your time as you further develop your concept and transform it into reality.

4. Design loosely.

Concept art usually consists of loose sketches and designs. You don't have to fill in all of the details since you're trying to give a basic overview of your final piece. You may, however, want to include any details that you know will be vital to the final piece: the specific pieces of the concept that will help highlight a product, define a character, or offer depth to a story, for example. Sometimes, you may highlight these more clearly in your concept art than you will in the final designs.

5. Don't forget about details like perspective, texture, and lighting.

While you may change many of those details as you refine your concept, you may want to start with an initial view of those factors that will help define your concept. Often, those details can make a huge difference in the final composition of your piece. Including them as part of your initial concept can make it easier to visualize the finished product.


Are you ready to start creating or sharing your concept art? Do you need a program that will help make the visions in your head reality? CorelDRAW Graphics Suite offers the tools you need to create stunning concept art with the level of detail you want as you share it with your audience.

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