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What is Entertainment Art?

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The term entertainment art describes production artwork used in games, movies, and TV shows. It also describes art careers in Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

Most of the artwork described as “entertainment art” is used for productions like video games, movies, cartoons, TV shows, and similar forms of visual entertainment. This artwork is made to help visualize & design characters, sets, props, outfits/makeup, and anything else needed for a big media project.

A career in entertainment art may involve 2D or 3D art(or both).

It’s a rather broad term that has gained popularity in recent years. It can be used to describe a certain type of art, or it can describe the artsy side of the entertainment industry, especially in Hollywood.

Think of entertainment artwork as the primary way of conveying ideas in the entertainment world. These ideas may relate to pre-production like costume design or character sketches.

But these ideas may also include post-production artwork too. For example, 3D animated movies use talented 3D artists and modelers to create everything you see on screen.

The idea of entertainment art grows larger every year and it’s constantly changing. Some Hollywood art jobs didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago.

And with more people creating their own indie games there’s plenty of room outside Hollywood to make a living doing entertainment art.

There are dozens of entertainment art jobs but here’s a list of some popular specialties:

If you broaden the term you can even include webcomics and book illustrations under the umbrella of entertainment art.

Generally speaking, if art is related to a product that entertains people then it can be considered entertainment art.

And that type of art revolves around a fast-growing industry where great artists are in high demand. Yes it’s very competitive. But there’s always room for new talent to break in and call entertainment art their career.