Algonquin College School of Media and Design

Illustration and Concept Art: The Industry


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.