Concept Art Lead

Job Type:
Permanent
Areas of Expertise:
Art and Animation
Region:
USA
Area:
Texas
City:
Austin
Posted:
01-Dec-16
Company:
Certain Affinity Inc.
Job Ref:

Would you like to work on some of the greatest franchises in gaming history? How about more than one? Certain Affinity is a stable Austin game studio comprised of a tightly-knit group of experienced industry veterans committed creating best in class games. We’re best known for co-developing AAA FPS games, but also work on a few projects of our own, and have very interesting new projects in the works.

In a multiple project environment, you will lead concept development efforts on a project while reporting to the Concept Department lead. You will work with the Department Lead and the Art Director to help manage and direct a team of conceptual artists by defining the look, feel and fiction of in-game environments, characters and world assets. You’ll be a key part of developing the visual narrative of the worlds we create, as well as defining artistic targets using a combination of artistic skill and visual problem solving. Core skills utilized in this position include digital painting, sketching, 3d modeling and layout techniques, as tools to develop and communicate ideation.

Responsibilities

Use visual design and ideation to solve complex graphical, fictional and gameplay problems
Work with the Lead Concept Artist to create and/or co-develop visual languages across all content categories for new projects and established brands
Contribute a wide range of skills as a hands-on concept artist, with the ability to lead by example while helping to grow a team’s individual skills
Help challenge and inspire a team of concept artists through image, action, and idea
Create visual languages for new projects and embrace and enhance established style guides for existing franchises
Help to effectively communicate and provide feedback on visual development and artistic direction
Quickly sketch and explore many different approaches to a problem
Create and evangelize amazing imagery to inspire the development team and fuel promotional efforts
Produce a wide range of highly creative environment, character, creature and vehicular concept art
Collaborate closely with designers, programmers, and other game artists
Assist the Lead Concept Artist with managing the department by interviewing, hiring, and mentoring employees, reviewing work for quality, and appraising performance and resolving issues

Requirements

7+ years experience in the game or film industry as a concept artist
Fundamental illustration and rendering skills including composition, perspective, form, color theory, use of detail, and surface texture
Strong grasp of human anatomy and proportion, as well as architectural and engineered forms
Seasoned drawing and conceptualization skills with a proven ability to adapt to established styles
Excellent presentation skills
Ability to communicate ideas quickly through iterative media like sketches and whiteboard diagrams, as well as having strong verbal and written communication skills
Predilection for visual development and game design challenges
Understanding of engineering, science, history and cultures
Digital illustration skills with an advanced understanding of Photoshop
3DS Max, Maya, Zbrush or similar 3d skills
Open and collaborative, comfortable taking direction and critique
Self-managing – organized with good time management
Must be able to identify and meet individual goals as well as helping a small team towards success
Ability to manage multiple tasks while identifying and meeting key goals in a production environment

Extra Credit

Bachelors degree in Art/Animation
Graphic design, iconography, layout skills
Experience working with partners and co-development teams.
Experience in FPS and/or 3rd person action-adventure game development

Contact Details:
Certain Affinity Inc.
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Contact: Recruitment Team
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