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Concept art plays a key role in designing games, helping studios visualize and craft the world before it ever gets put into code. As development continues, the art team continues to refine the aesthetics of the world and its characters, providing images to inspire the team and the outside world alike. Lots of concept art at Bethesda is created by hand from scratch, such as the piece pictured at the top of this article. Artists summon these images from their imaginations, and the scenes and situations they craft are used by the rest of the team as they shape the game. In addition to this approach, Bethesda employs another method to craft art for the game by completing paint-overs of existing screens to create a new piece of art. In essence, it is concept art created in the opposite direction from normal -- from a final in-game asset into a artistic visualization of the moment from the game. Bethesda was kind enough to give us a glimpse into this fascinating process, but our version is sped up so we can see the whole creation process in one brief video, complete with a new piece of music from Skyrim composed by Jeremy Soule.The concept artist creating the piece is Ray Lederer.
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Amazing... just love the art style and the epic soudntrack playing in the background.
*** trolls look a little scarier in this one.
its amazing how people can draw like that
11-11-11 i cant wait
Amazing....cannot wait for the epicness that will be Skyrim!
You taunt me so, GI! I wish my Feb. issue would come in the mail already!
Fascinating. So mesmerizing to watch.
wow that was awesome...simply awesome
if only i could draw at this epic standard...
just amazing to watch :D
thats cool. highly anticipating this game
This art is absolutely reathtaking. I love the new music too. It fits the aesthetic of Skyrim perfectly.
Wow i just want to see more now.
this is awesome! I can't wait for this game. Only problem is, I'll have to put Uncharted 3 down after only 10 days.
with gameinformer posting news about skyrim this whole month, i hope they end up posting a gameplay trailer.
thats crazy awesome i love the direction there going