I'm a game design & development student and as part of my graduation project I have to do research on the history of concept art. I've been struggling with these two questions:
1. When did concept design become a serious job in the game industry?
2. Which artist were/are the most influential in the area of concept art in general (with this I mean not specifically in the game industry)?
I would really appreciate if anyone who is knowlegdeable about this could help me find some answers or share his/her thoughts.