Saturday, February 18th, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Tutorial: Creating Environment Concept Art for Games

The Gnomon Workshop has released Creating Environment Concept Art for Games, a guide to creating concept art under real-world game development constraints, recorded by Asim A. Steckel.

The advanced-level tutorial provides three hours of video training on Photoshop, 3DCoat, Blender and OctaneRender.

Essential insights into the realities of creating concept art for games
Creating production art for games demands not only a deep understanding of the needs of other departments in a studio but also awareness of the technical restrictions imposed by a real-time project.

In the workshop, Steckel explores how to create concepts that reflect those needs and limitations, sharing his entire process for creating an environment concept image.

He moves from initial research to brainstorming, designing a building, blocking it out in 3D, creating composition thumbnails, setting up a basic scene in 3D, and using it to create a fully fleshed-out concept.

As well as his technical workflow, Steckel shares his thoughts on the design at each stage, taking into account such overall considerations as the art direction, and the design of the level and the game itself.

Viewers of the workshop can download Steckel’s sketches and Photoshop file alongside the tutorial videos.

About the artist
Asim A. Steckel is a freelance concept artist and vis dev artist with over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry. His clients include Riot Games, 5th Column, Genpop Interactive and HitZone.

He previously worked at Ubisoft Québec on game projects including Immortals Fenyx Rising.

Pricing and availability
Creating Environment Concept Art for Games is available via a subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, providing access to over 300 tutorials. Subscriptions cost $54/month or $499/year. Free trials are available.

Read more about Creating Environment Concept Art for Games on The Gnomon Workshop’s website

Full disclosure: CG Channel is owned by Gnomon.