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January 6, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Becoming a Concept Artist

From time to time, we get questions from you wonderful players about life at KingsIsle or information about the gaming industry in general.  We try our best to answer these questions, and last year we got the following question:

What does it take to be a concept artist for KingsIsle or in general? I really love to draw and illustrate and I’ve always beamed at the idea of being a concept artist at KingsIsle because while seeing the finished product is amazing, I would have never guessed that it’s in the concept artist’s hands to make the landscape, characters, etc!  I’d love to know how that comes around and to be a concept artist, do you need to know a thing or two about programming?


We headed over to KingsIsle Concept Art Lead, Dave Greco, for his insight to this question.

I’m glad I can help answer such a great question! As a concept artist, we work with the writing and design team to help visualize the look of a world or characters before it goes into art production. It’s a super creative and collaborative position to be in.


The first thing it takes to be a concept artist at KingsIsle Entertainment is a true passion for painting, a  drive to create artistically and like most trades, many years of practice.  A great place to start is getting into some type of art program throughout high school and then finding an accredited art school after graduation for further education. No programming knowledge required! It is definitely a bonus to have at least a base knowledge of current 3d packages though. That way you can either use them with your own work, or to be able to check out a modelers work to paint over.


Since most concept artists paint digitally these days, one of the best things you can do is to acquire some type of digital drawing tool and dive into Photoshop or any other painting program. Play with color, brushes, and just paint till the sun comes up. One of the best practices you can do is to draw from life as much as possible. Take the time to draw everything you see walking around you, from your friends to people just sitting in a coffee shop. Practice makes perfect, and art is no different. Time and dedication to your craft will open up so many doors for you past graduation.


I think at the core of becoming a professional artist is the desire to create new worlds and ideas through the use of a pencil or paintbrush. If you have a true passion for creating art, then the ability to become a concept artist down the road is very real. As far as the concept team here goes at KingsIsle, we look for the ability to paint and even more importantly, the ability to be creative. It’s an amazing career for any artist to strive for one that I am truly grateful to have.

Thanks for the information Dave!  We hope all you budding artists out there enjoy his advice.  Happy painting!



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  1. Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 6:01 pm

    it was soo cool drawings

    • Blazebattlehield / Jan 7 2014 7:07 pm

      exactly, so awesome I really liked them

    • Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 9:29 pm

      cool drawing

    • Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 9:37 pm

      this look’s soooooooooo cool

  2. omar / Jan 6 2014 6:02 pm

    these are awesome thanks for the post and pics

    • Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 6:33 pm


    • Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 8:48 pm

      i agree

  3. Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 6:09 pm

    they look really good! Nice job!

  4. TGB / Jan 6 2014 6:19 pm

    Awesome and simply Brilliant!

  5. wolf bearwhisper / Jan 6 2014 6:23 pm

    What does it take to be a Kingsisle game desiner?

  6. morgrim deathsword yeah buddy / Jan 6 2014 6:31 pm

    nice drawings the drawings are sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Seth BoomBright / Jan 6 2014 6:53 pm

    Hi I have always wanted to work for you guys and I was wondering when In like 10 years can I join you in the feild of programming cause I have been practicing all sorts of programs and I would be so thrilled if you could have me when I finish collage and when I get to high school I would love to be with you guys you have been with me since I was little and I would want you to continue and be with me till forever.

  8. Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 7:08 pm

    wow, it’s so realistic! you can’t even tell where the pencil marks are! I mean, it does take a out line from a pencil to put in the paint so you know where not to put paint.

  9. Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 7:11 pm


  10. Duncan Duskleaf / Jan 6 2014 7:20 pm

    when i grow up i want to make drawings like those, and it well help my game for doom101 but it well be release when i’m older like 20. Thanks for helping for being a great artist and teach me how to become a artist like you! I LOVE YOUR DRAWINGS REALLY BAD THAT I CANT STOP LOOKING AT IT!!!!!

  11. Duncan Duskleaf / Jan 6 2014 7:25 pm

    And once again have a great day and a happy newyear hope your drawings and your games get better then before and i hope it well reach to 999,999,999,999,999,999,999 people coming to play wizard101 and pirate101!!!!!!! Goodluck! I Love You Wizard101

    • cater34 / Jan 7 2014 5:15 pm

      wow same bro

  12. Goldenvelvets / Jan 6 2014 7:55 pm

    very awsome ty:)

  13. Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 8:25 pm


  14. Xueer Lan / Jan 6 2014 8:27 pm


  15. Patrick G Pettis (@pgpfineart) / Jan 6 2014 8:37 pm

    ive been doing fine art for 27 years, im sold all over the world and I have been playing Wizard101 for 3 years it has helped me stay close to my mother, sister aunts and nieces though we were time zones and miles apart we would chat and hang out at one another’s houses and the game kept us close in spite of the demands of distance and time, i have seriously given thought to getting into concept artistry with a mix of science and fantasy, magic and math, i have so much imagination so many ideas i couldnt imagine ever getting tired of it. Thank you so much for posting this i would love to see more entries like this from those who design the spells, houses, pets even outfits

    • midnight / Jan 7 2014 2:11 pm

      nice I have been playing for 1 year

      • Amber / Jan 8 2014 8:40 am

        I have been in Wizard101 for 2 and a half!

  16. tylerE / Jan 6 2014 9:24 pm

    no!!! they’re to awesome I fainted

  17. tylerE / Jan 6 2014 9:26 pm

    true, Anonymous they are cool drawings

  18. tylerE / Jan 6 2014 9:27 pm

    what do you think is cooler?Wizard101 or the pictures

  19. tylerE / Jan 6 2014 9:31 pm

    woot woot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it’s too awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    these are the coolest pictures
    ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!okay I think this is eonogh (don’t know how to spell it.)lol 😀

  20. Danny / Jan 6 2014 9:42 pm

    Thank you Dave that was hopeful advice. I love wizard101 its AMAZING, AWESOME, and OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! I draw wizards and their pets because its fun and makes my art improve. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! WIZARD101 IS THE BOMB!!

  21. Captain Aureus / Jan 6 2014 10:52 pm

    I have tried to become an artist but every time I try to draw something I fail so horribly and so terribly at it, that I almost want to give up completely. I have hopes of becoming an actual artist who produces art and not scribbles. I will continue to try, but I have allot of doubt that I will ever become anything special. Thank you for posting this though, it does make me feel a slight bit better.

  22. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 12:08 am

    i love all they do, I am a vary good artist for my self and age, my own high school put one of my own comics in there own library. from a wzard101 player Tasha unicorngem.

  23. catgirllover / Jan 7 2014 12:29 am

    wow I wonder… does this count as animating to? coz I have a style of drawing and always wantedto animate whatever I drew

  24. clubpenguin444 / Jan 7 2014 3:59 am

    WOW Awesome i love you wizard101! your the best game ever and Pirate101 is awesome 😀

  25. jay / Jan 7 2014 6:38 am

    this was so awesome make an art station for wizards in wizard 101 and teach us to do that!

  26. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 6:52 am

    hello king isle your game i am your bigest fan but i love your game can i vist you guys one day i wanna know all about wizard101

  27. kayelynn / Jan 7 2014 7:26 am

    I love these drawings! if any of you can tell me how to post drawings, i can post one too! 😀

  28. Fair Ashley Holystone / Jan 7 2014 7:28 am

    OMG! Thanks for the tips, and your art is just SO stunning, KI!

  29. amber / Jan 7 2014 8:53 am

    cool drawings! I have a book for my art lessons. I do cool drawings in it! Just ask me to know what I draw in it. Again cool pictures!

    – Amber Summerstaff

  30. Anthony / Jan 7 2014 9:15 am

    nice and, i’ve got some ideas

    • Amber / Jan 8 2014 8:42 am

      Like what? I’m dieing to know!

      -Amber Summerstaff

  31. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 9:32 am

    I love those pics and I LOVE the ice wizard

  32. midnight / Jan 7 2014 9:33 am


  33. midnight / Jan 7 2014 9:35 am

    who loves those pics my favorite one is the ice wiz I have that for my desktop

  34. midnight / Jan 7 2014 9:38 am

    I have lots of wiz101 pics on my computer 😉 ;D

  35. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 11:11 am

    awesome, i really admire you guys.Cool, nice work!!!

  36. ZACHARY / Jan 7 2014 12:28 pm


  37. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 1:02 pm

    I love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! W101 and pirate101 are the best!!!!!!!! thank you kingsisle
    kayla owlbreeze

  38. sahaj / Jan 7 2014 2:14 pm

    cool and I like how it has animations

  39. Dominic / Jan 7 2014 2:56 pm

    I really want to have a job in the video game drawling business.

  40. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 3:03 pm

    insane drawings

  41. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 3:39 pm

    guys I think the deer night and how to be a pvp warlord tips are cool to

  42. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 3:57 pm

    these are truly amazing and i wish i could make things like that!

  43. firerunner / Jan 7 2014 5:17 pm

    you guys at KingsIsle are awesome and I wish I could work there but I am to young to work

  44. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 5:19 pm

    The Deer Knight is awesome and the Dragon pic is EPIC!!!

  45. samantha ghhost flame / Jan 7 2014 5:22 pm

    I LOVE to draw and I draw when ever I get the chance and I want to be that good when I get older

  46. Rielly / Jan 7 2014 5:28 pm

    dude, wizard101 is the best game ever invented! THANK YOU!

  47. jalen holmes / Jan 7 2014 5:38 pm

    wizard 101 is the most funniest game i only wish i can have some crowns to travel and I would get
    more people to play

  48. carson / Jan 7 2014 5:39 pm

    I would like to help animate

  49. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 5:48 pm


  50. Anonymous / Jan 7 2014 6:04 pm

    I LOVE wizard 101

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