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Concept artists are often asked to create things that are utterly fantastic, that live in a completely imaginary world and yet must be believable.  When I teach my concept art students I typically introduce them to three very important vocabulary words; authentic, contrived and absurd.  Used in a sentence; Concept art, in order to suspend the disbelief of the viewer, must be authentic and cannot be contrived and/or absurd.

The definitions for these words are-

Authentic: Entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience; reliable; trustworthy

Contrived:  Obviously planned or forced; artificial; strained

Absurd:  Utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false

Of all the things a concept artist must be good at in order to make successful concept art, making some completely fantastic and made up thing absolutely believable, is one of the toughest things for a concept artist to master.


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