Building Concept Art: What It Is and How to Do It

Concept art is a critical step in creating a larger product or project--and building concept art is no exception. Whether you have a big building project in mind or intend to create a fantasy world and need some world-building art to go with your design, building concept art can help take your vision out of your mind and share it with your audience more effectively.

What is Building Concept Art?

Concept art, in general, is a style of artwork designed to convey basic concepts. It's usually more primitive in design than the finished product, but it gives a highly visual basic overview of the final product. Building concept art applies concept art to buildings. Fantasy building concept art, for example, might give you an idea of what the buildings inside a fantasy world look like, while architectural building concept art might allow an architect and designer to get on the same page about what a finished building will eventually look like. Building concept art might paint the basic lines of a building, giving an overview of what it might look like and what features it might need, without filling in those details.

How to Make Good Building Concept Art

Ready to start creating stunning building concept art? Follow these steps to help achieve your goals.

1. Start with an understanding of why you're creating the concept art.

Why are you designing this specific piece of concept art? Do you plan, for example, to create fantasy building concept art that will help show fans of your world what your image of that world looks like? Do you want to highlight another fantasy world's specific elements or share the vision in your mind with someone else? If you're designing a realistic building, do you want to share those pictures with a designer or architect to help them better picture your building, allowing them to make your dreams a reality? The more information you want to share through your concept art, the more detailed your product may need to be.

2. Consider your audience.

Some audiences already have a basic concept of the building you want to show them. For example, if you were designing a few basic alterations to an existing structure, you might only need to change a few lines or add a few concepts to an existing image of the building. On the other hand, if you want to share an in-depth vision of something no one has ever seen before, you might need to add more detail.

3. Try to be realistic.

In the case of real-world building concept art, you should try to remain within the realm of possibility as you design your building. For example, you wouldn't have a second floor on a house that expands out notably over the first floor's size, and there are architectural features that might prove entirely impractical. Consult an architect or a designer if needed to understand better what your building can realistically include.

4. Include essential details.

In addition to your building's basic outline, you may want your concept art to include specific features or details that are highly important to the final design. For example, if a window's positioning is very important, or you want to highlight a door of a given color, you may want to include or even highlight that specific detail as part of your concept art.


Designing building concept art is a great way to convey your vision. CorelDRAW can help make it a reality. Download a free trial today to learn more about our software suite and how we can help you transform your visions into a form anyone can see.

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