Illustration and Concept Art: Myths

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As the illustration and concept art industry is widely diverse with many different tools and
platforms that contribute to various industries, there is a common misconception as to what exactly concept art entails.

Concept art, the visual representation of an original idea, is often is confused with promotional  art, the completely finished and polished visual representation of a
character or storyline. However, concept art is the very beginning stage of the process, and promotional art is at the very  end. As every concept must be explored in many different variations, platforms, and mediums, much  of the work and brainstorming done by a concept artist goes unseen. A design must go through  several phases of evaluation before moving onto the next stage. Therefore, without substantial  concept art, promotional art could not exist.1

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Illustration and Concept Art: Jobs

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The illustration and concept art industry evolves continuously alongside trends and changes in various industries, and therefore offers many diverse career opportunities.

You could find employment across multiple industries including print/editorial, advertising/ commercial, and technical illustration as a:

• Concept Artist
• Illustrator (editorial, children’s book, technical)
• Production Designer
• Background Artist
• Matte Painter
• Environment Artist
• 3D Modeler
• Texture Artist
• Animator

The illustration and concept art industry is widely significant across many industries that offer exciting career opportunities.

 

Illustration and Concept Art: The Industry

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Illustration is the visual depiction, often a drawing or painting, of a person, place, or object.  Concept art is the use of illustrations to communicate a concept. The two together make an industry  that is crucial to various fields including animation, television, film, game development, and  media and communications.

Concept art is often used for film, video games, books, and graphic novels. It’s about bringing an idea of a character and/or storyline to life with detailed and creative illustrations. Extensive  knowledge of drawing elements and a versatile artistic skill set are crucial in allowing the viewer  to fully understand the concept and imagine it in action.

As technology and trends continue to evolve, the illustration and concept art industry is thriving with opportunities.

Game Development: Myths

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Perhaps based on the general portrayal of game developers in TV and film, a common
misconception about the game development industry exists: game developers play games for a living – or in other words, game development is easy.

In reality, the industry is extremely complex, involving much more time, work, and skills behind the scenes of a video game than people would think. The process of planning, designing, and developing a game can take years and often involves developers far exceeding the standard of 40 hours of work per week (known as “crunch” time) for up to six months. The development of a game is a “constant compromise between good content/features, and time/resources,” says an anonymous developer.1

A strong skill set of design and/or technological skills are required to work in the elaborate and in demand industry of game development.

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Professional Writing: Myths

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Professional writing, a vast and versatile field that is a significant aspect to multiple industries in the media and communications world, is one surrounded by a lot of misinformation. For example, a common misconception is that professional writing is only about writing novels, when in fact it’s an important part of every business, publication, and organization.

Here are two other common myths about the industry, debunked:

Only “Natural” Writers Can Write Professionally
A common misconception is that you can only write professionally if you’re a naturally great writer, when in fact, no one is simply born with exceptional writing skills. Like all skills, great writing evolves through education, practice, hard work, and willingness to improve.

Writing Is A Hobby
While yes, writing could be a hobby (in fact that’s a great starting point), it’s also a career – and it’s a myth that it can’t be both. As professional writing is the base of effective communication, there are many opportunities for writers in the media and communications industry, even as it continues to evolve and change. Every business, organization, and publication needs effective writing to be successful; content writing, copywriting, blogging, technical writing, and creative writing are only a few of the many important writing roles within the industry.

Professional writing is a hugely important industry; everything you’ve read, somebody had to write!

Game Development: Jobs

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Game development, a profession in high demand in various industries including entertainment, education, government, and consumer products, is constantly growing in size and innovation. The process of developing a game includes many teams of creative and skilled people, and therefore the industry offers many exciting career opportunities.

You could find employment as a:

• Game Developer
• Game Designer
• Game Programmer
• Indie Game Producer
• Asset Modeler
• Scene Designer
• Software Designer
• Software Developer
• Graphics Programmer
• Game Artist
• Character Modeler
• Environment Modeler
• Texture Artist
• Game Animator
• Game Tester
• Project Manager
• Level Designer

The industry is thriving with many career opportunities in the exciting and complex process of game development.

Game Development: The Industry

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The game development industry is the complex process of planning, designing, and creating a video game. The process can take years, as the quality and accuracy of each detail from the beginning concept to the design, development, and distribution stages is equally important in terms of the final product.

The industry has evolved far from its early days of Pac-Man and Frogger, as video games today (such as Ratchet and Clank and Borderlands) include detailed story lines and characters with complex personalities, as well as much more choice in terms of gameplay (seen in games such as The Sims and Nancy Drew).

Game development continually grows in size and significance, as the profession is in demand by various industries, and the consumer profile ranges from children to adults both male and female.

Professional Writing: Jobs

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So what exactly does professional writing mean?

Professional writing is crucial to effective communication, and is a significant aspect of many other industries (including journalism, public relations, and advertising) in the world of media and communications – and therefore, is a field that is thriving with
career opportunities.

In the professional writing field, you could find work as a:
• Copy Editor
• Proofreader
• Researcher
• Web Content Writer
• Journalist
• Blogger
• Social Media Manager
• Technical Writer
• Scriptwriter
• Author
• Communications Officer (junior level)

You also have the option to be a freelance writer and write for magazines, booklets, brochures, training materials and manuals, and more. Professional writing is an exciting and widely versatile field full of opportunities.

 

Interior Design: Myths

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Like most industries, there are many myths and/or common misconceptions about interior design, ranging from what it’s like to work in the industry to job descriptions to salary.

Here are the top two, debunked:

Interior Designers Just Choose Furniture
One of the most common conceptions is that the job of an interior designer is picking out furniture and paint colours, when in reality, the job expands far beyond these tasks. An interior designer must be an innovative, organized, and well–educated individual with a hugely versatile skill set. The responsibilities of an interior designer include improving the quality and functionality of a space while also meeting health/safety regulations and building codes, client needs, and industry standards. They must have exceptional interpersonal and critical thinking skills to conduct relevant research, analyze clients’ goals, design detailed layouts that meet industry standards and trends, collaborate with and manage other professionals, and adhere to a schedule and budget.

Designer And Decorator Are The Same Thing
While interior designers do take part in decorating, their primary focus is design. Designers are the architects of spaces, whereas decorators are the artists. Designers create the physical layout of the space based on research, health/safety and building codes, and client needs, and decorators use the result as a canvas to create an atmosphere. So while they do overlap, interior designer and interior decorator are actually two different jobs.

Despite the many common myths it battles, the interior design industry is a rewarding one, full of exciting opportunities.

Professional Writing: The Industry

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Professional writing is a specialized field that is a significant part of many other industries  – including journalism, public relations, and advertising – in the world of media and
communications.

Each industry, and more specifically, media platform, requires a specific style of writing.
A short but detailed piece written for a press release couldn’t double as insightful and engaging copy for an advertisement, nor could a long, informative piece written for a newspaper article work as a short and snappy social media post. Professional writing is about utilizing the appropriate style and standard of writing for various media platforms to either inform, persuade, and/or engage conversation.

A strong skill set and versatile writing skills are key in this field, as professional writers must write in many different “voices” for various media and/or situations. Professional writing is a creative and extremely significant field in the media and communications industry, as it is the base of effective communication.