Art Director

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WB Games Inc. seeks an Art Director to be responsible for collaborating on product position and design, for overseeing development of art concepts and visualizations, and for approvals of final content, working very closely with the Creative Director and Designers to develop and realize the vision of the game. This person collaborates with other Art Directors to define the visual style of a product, sometimes within the guidelines of an existing IP, ensuring that a unified vision is communicated to the development team and maintained throughout the project to the highest artistic quality. This person also works with the Art Development Director to balance the needs of creative direction with production requirements. The Art Director also collaborates with leads and executives to identify hires, grow internal talent, review and approve assets, identify workflow solutions and inspire and mentor a team of artists. The Art Director will also collaborate on aesthetic goals and on skill requirements across titles and teams within WB Games.
  • Direct, coordinate and review the work of the project Art team and other internal and external content creators to ensure highest asset quality and unity of visual style.
  • Create concepts, prototypes and examples that allow developers to create game content with minimal revision, providing specific art assets that serve as a quality benchmark for the product.
  • Provide product aesthetic vision to key stakeholders through the preparation and presentation of appropriate project materials (including milestone updates, work-in-progress presentations, etc and marketing materials).
  • Collaborate with other Directors and Art Leads to establish best practices and improve product Art pipelines.
  • Collaborate with engineering, design, and production to establish strong performance metrics so that product content hits aesthetic and technical targets simultaneously.
  • Provide original and creative input, inspiring the art team and making a significant contribution to the overall quality of the product.
  • Act as a role-model for artists by emphasizing project and company goals, provide aesthetic feedback on performance and mentor and train Artists in aesthetic and production skills.
  • Preferred 2-year 2D/3D art degree or equivalent functional experience with excellent critique and vocabulary skills.
  • Typically 7+years of progressively complex game industry experience in art and art direction.
  • Must have art direction and/or art lead experience on at least two 3D titles.
  • Have participated in all phases of full-cycle game development and shipped multiple titles.
  • Position is recognized as having a very high level of artistic achievement.
  • Proven good leadership skills. Able to communicate effectively verbally and visually.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Expert knowledge of Photoshop and other 2D packages.
  • Expert knowledge of one or more types of 3D software (Maya, 3DS Max is preferred, ZBrush, Mudbox).
  • Effective management and motivation of team members.
  • Strong understanding of game development process.
  • Experience with outsourced content and proven ability to work with outsourcing and external development teams.
  • Solid understanding of architecture, human character anatomy, gesture and clothing.
  • Good understanding of shaders and material expressions.
  • Solid experience and understanding of art/animation pipelines on Xbox 360 and/or PS3.
  • Up to date knowledge of current art techniques and development processes.
  • Able to work well under pressure and with deadlines.
  • Able to work with programmers and designers to help establish art pipelines and improve existing technology.
  • Diligence with individual and team tasks, schedule and adherence to budget limitations.
  • Solid organization skills with adherence to optimization and asset management.
  • Strong Troubleshooting skills.
  • Traditional art skills and creativity a must.
  • Positive attitude and a desire to bring new ideas to the team.
  • Passion for making and playing great games, with an awareness of current titles and industry trends.
  • Portfolio/website demonstrating your art skills, design sensibilities, and attention to detail.

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