Top 10 Video Game Concept Artists

Top 10 Video Game Concept Artists

Who are the most coolest, most influential, widely used and most talented concept artists that work in the video game industry? Whose artistic vision has shaped the amazing visuals that we see in some of the best games out there, both past and present, modern and retro? Join Watchmojo as we look and some of the names that have made our video games into the works of art they are known as today.

00:36 #10: Hidetaka Miyazaki – Dark Souls I & III, Bloodborne
01:34 #9: Ayami Kojima – Castlevania
02:39 #8: John Sweeney – The Last of Us, Uncharted 4
03:41 #7: Python Anghelo – Joust, Pinball Machines
05:00 #6: Bengus – Street Fighter series
05:55 #5: Samwise Didier – Various Blizzard games
06:52 #4: Akira Toriyama – Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest, Blue Dragon
8:00 #3, #2 & #1: ???

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49 thoughts on “Top 10 Video Game Concept Artists

  1. Where is Shinkiro? Can't think of an artist more synonymous with fighting games as a whole then him. Also, how does Inafune only get an honorable mention when his work is more influential than most of the people on this list.

  2. Appreciate the love for your favorite game developers here, but please don't make videos like this till you research what a "concept artist" is. It misleads people about what concept artists actually do.

  3. i agree yoshitaka amano being number 1 on this list but the video fails so hard in explaining why, hes not only a great artist, but also one of the most influencial artists of our era, even if not all people recognized him in the general public, people who works in artistic fields today almost everyone can recognize him, not only drawing style, but also the way he conceptualizes characters, fantasy characters he takes pieces from basically every single place in the world, hes fantasy outfit design is so eye-catching and flamboyantit would become a standard in the 21th century for fantasy art.

  4. I can't wait to work with John Sweeney one day. Hes been my inspiration to do concept art since I was 14 when I first played TLoU.

  5. I appreciate a video solely focused on Concept artists, but I think that mostly attributing the visual success of a video game to a single concept artist really underplays the tremendous effort of 3DArtists – Character, Environment, and VFX, to help create something unique and breathtaking. I can assure you that Last of Us' beautiful environments are greatly in part of the prowess of the environment artists, painted rendition of an already realistic scene in game. I think people really misunderstand what a concept artist does – though to be fair, their role can be different studio to studio.

  6. Yoji Shinkawa is probably my favorite on this list. His art is so unique and beautiful, and contributes to one of my favorite game series ever.

  7. WWWWOOOOOOOWWWWWWW Guys how cant a top something video game artist not mentioned the name of SPARTH Nicolas Bouvier????!!!!! Halo? Destiny? C'mon

  8. missing many famouse videogame artist illustrators…….like daigo ikeno, akiman, kinu nishimura,thoshiaki mori aka shinkiro, kawano…… mentioned some vidgames illustrators it's incomplete this documentary……..

  9. How could you put the concept artist of metal gear series as number 2, while putting the creator of pokemon and dragon quest as number 3 and 4 ?????? they each have provided game culture with more than he did…

  10. I completely agree with this list!

    Although most well known concept artist nowadays – many mention in the comments – have indeed contributed to the industry of videogames, most of them where tribute after the well know Japanese character creators like Amano, Toryiama or Yoji Shinkawa made a huge impact! Their work influenced not only other artist but other videogames that's why they're on the list.

  11. I'm so happy John Sweeney made it onto this list, he's one of the best artists in the industry. One question, where my boy Maciej Kuciara at? He's an actual god at concept art

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