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Concept artists have a difficult job. Well before production on a game or movie begins, it's up to them to help define how it will look. They sketch out character designs, paint beautiful backdrops, and just generally try to nail the aesthetic. The final product rarely looks like these early designs; while concept artists have free reign, the actual production is limited by things like technology and a pesky budget. But sometimes you can see those early ideas if you look closely. Here's how some of the biggest movies and games compare to their initial concept art.