Art Director

Art directors, or creative directors, are in charge of a creative team that produces artwork to be displayed in magazines, on television, on billboards, on the web, or on products. A creative team can consist of artists, graphic designers, photographers, copywriters, and a production staff.

Art directors make sure that each of these workers produce and complete their work on time and to the client’s satisfaction. Art directors also play a major role in the development of a project by making decisions on the visual elements of the project, and by giving the final say on the selection of models, art, props, colors, and other elements.

To be an art director you will need advanced training in graphic design as art directors also often do some of the artwork and designing themselves. However, most of an art director’s time is spent doing supervisory and administrative work.


Takahiro Kawano
Art Director for the video game Lost Planet

Kawano speaking with Sonoko Nakano, CG Artist

concept painting for Lost Planet
A concept painting by Kawano for Lost Planet. Everything everyone created for the game was based on his original concept paintings.