The Coalition is looking for a dynamic and experienced Art Director who has a proven track record directing visually impressive AAA titles and a passion for the Gears of War franchise. We are looking for an individual who has working knowledge across all major art disciplines including Environments, Characters, Cinematics, Concept Art, Lighting, Animation, FX and UI. You will need to be adept at setting a quality bar for all major artistic areas and working closely with external development partners to achieve that bar. You should be comfortable working with a broad spectrum of styles, from photo-realistic to highly stylized. Applicants must also be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team-oriented environment.
• Collaborate with external development partners to define the art style of an externally-developed Gears of War title. Ensure that the game’s visual style fits with the overall franchise art style.
• Help establish, refine, and clearly communicate a vision to both the partner and The Coalition studio leadership.
• Oversee quality and delivery of all art in the game. Review and approve visual assets and milestone deliverables. Provide timely and constructive feedback to the external partner.
• Continuously push the product’s visual quality bar.
• Ensure uniformity of art style across the game.
• Help define outsourcing processes and ensure that outsourcing partners are meeting our quality bar.
• Support and facilitate the external partner in the development of the game, acting as the partner’s primary point-of-contact for all art-related issues.
• Ensure effective communication and knowledge transfer between studios.
• Work with the technical art lead to ensure the proper pipelines, tools, and processes are in place to deliver the desired look and feel of the game(s).
• Work closely with Production to ensure risks are being identified and tracked.
• Work with Microsoft marketing partners to provide high-quality visual assets to promote the game.
• Must have 8+ years of experience in video games.
• Must also have 3-5+ years of experience in a leadership capacity.
• Deep understanding of colour, tone, lighting, composition and visual storytelling.
• Must possess a solid knowledge of the production lifecycle, from concept to completion.
• Must have a passion for mentoring and sharing art methodologies with fellow artists.
• Must regularly play games, understand how visuals support gameplay and narrative, and be familiar with and able to evaluate competitive products.
• Previous experience as a production artist across multiple disciplines (Concept, Environments, Lighting etc.)
• Proven ability to work in a variety of art styles.
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to operate both at the hands on and strategic level.
• Frequent international travel will be required.
• Experience with outsourcing.
• Works well within deadlines.
ABOUT THE COALITION
The Coalition is a growing team of talented, creative, fun-loving professionals from around the world who are united in their passion for Gears of War. Located in Vancouver, Canada, the studio is dedicated to pushing the Gears franchise to new heights with its belief that if you want to go far, go together.