Job Title: Lead Artist
Location: Oxford, UK
Salary: Depending on experience
My client is seeking an experienced, talented and enthusiastic hands-on Lead Artist to lead the art team on one of our exciting new projects.
OPM’s client is a long-standing independent developer-publisher with a broad portfolio of titles developed for most gaming platforms past and present.
Recently they were proud to show off our latest technology with the release of one of the very first VR games to be show-cased for Sony’s PlayStation VR.
This is a truly exciting opportunity to have huge creative influence over forthcoming game titles.
In addition to demonstrating strong aesthetic flare and vision, you will also need to work closely with the development team, ensuring that artwork is supporting the design process, is technically compliant and is respecting the project’s schedules.
You will guide a dedicated team of environment artists as well as having access to many more artists with other specialist skills and knowledge.
Previous professional games industry art experience is required including time spent in a senior or lead role. Having completed a full production cycle on a published game title would be a bonus. Please include a link to your portfolio of examples demonstrating outstanding visual and technical ability.
Excellent artistic ability and direction, with strong and responsible leadership
Highly experienced and knowledgeable in Photoshop and a 3d package such as 3dsMax or Maya
Excellent understanding of all art aspects required for 3d games, including environments, characters, 2D/GUI and animation
Good understanding of the game development process, including technical limitations and opportunities
Ability to take the initiative, be highly disciplined and self-motivated
Collaborate productively within a multi-disciplined team environment, including designers and coders, communicating with both technical and non-technical staff across disciplines
Knowledge of other software such as ZBrush, After Effects, Illustrator, Video editing etc is a bonus
Additional knowledge of traditional arts, photography, sculpting etc may further support your application
A genuine interest in playing games
Overall responsibility for all artwork required on a specific game project
Hands-on contribution to artwork
Inspire and motivate the art team to achieve their best, driving artistic quality by example and successful team work, giving feedback and direction where needed
Work closely with other disciplines of the development team to overcome issues and produce the best game titles
Plan and structure tasks with efficiency
Understand and work within project requirements and constraints
Keep up to date with game artwork trends and influences