Concept art is developed in several iterations. Artists try several designs to achieve the desired result for the work, or sometimes searching for an interesting result. Designs are filtered and refined in stages to narrow down the options. Concept art is not only used to develop the work, but also to show the project's progress to directors, clients and investors. Once the development of the work is complete, advertising materials often resemble concept art, although these are typically made specifically for this purpose, based on final work.
There are many concept art generalists, but there are also many specialized concept artists. The various specializations are: Character Design, Creature Design, Environment Design, and Industrial Design. Many concept artists have more than one specialization or are specialized in one thing and know the basics of the others. Specialization is regarded as better for freelancers than concept artists who want to work In-House since they are usually required to know how to do everything.
Concept art is a form of illustration used to convey an idea for use in films, video games, animation, comic books or other media before it is put into the final product. Concept art is also referred to as visual development and/or concept design. This term can also be applied to retail, set, fashion, architectural and industrial design.