Lead Artist with exp of dealing with external publishers LONDON

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Job Reference: BBBH3136
Job Type: Permanent
Sector: Artist & Animator
Location: London
Salary: Competitive Rate

Lead Artist
Location: London or Guildford
About Us
We are a leading independent developer, focused on building and operating live games.
We’ve been in business for 13 years and with a development team of over 120 people, we’re one of the largest independent studios in the UK.
We are looking for a Game Art Lead to manage the art team in a high performing mobile-focussed environment.
As Game Art Lead you are responsible for visually establishing, developing and maintaining the game artistic style and visual quality. A great Game Art Lead steers the project through strength of idea and a commitment to the quality of the vision. You are a master of the creative process with a good head for game design and an ability to rationalise creative endeavour against production needs/timelines - ensuring the right tasks are tackled in the right order that will best lead to success. You will foster good working practices and a positive working environment within your team. You will assist Craft Art Leads and sometimes directly line-manage members of the art team, ensuring they are best capable of fulfilling their commitments and are suitably informed through regular interaction and excellent documentation.
You will use your considerable expertise and experience to guide the wider art team to develop a strong visual identity during pre-production, answering the game design and business ambitions. You will work with the Studio Art Director in establishing a game’s art direction and steward the vision through development stages, marketing art and live operations via Style Guides, in-depth documentation and ongoing communication.
You will assist the Production Team/Leads in scheduling sprints and/or entire projects. You will continually look for opportunities to innovate and improve the visual quality and game play experience - collaborating/pushing/leading artists - and all game team disciplines where necessary - to ensure the project delivers an exemplary and memorable game vision that captures and delights our players.
You will identify and raise any risks or issues as you find them to the Leads/Studio Art Director or Leadership Team. You will represent the Game Art Team and Game Vision internally and externally as needed.
A Game Art Lead is a highly creative thinker who establishes and maintains strong artistic direction which best fits the Game Design and business ambitions. They lead a game art team in delivering the game vision as directed in collaboration with the Studio Art Director. A talented an analytical artist, plus an experienced and respected leader.

  • Previous experience of managing relationships with external partners
  • A comprehensive portfolio showing wonderful examples of your craft in different styles
  • Experience leading a project or mentoring a team
  • Experience in estimating/scheduling (ideally within an agile environment)
  • Excellent organisational mind
  • Skilled in one or more of the craft areas - knowledgeable in all
  • Excellent communication skills and a positive demeanour
  • Ability to understand business and product needs and ability to decipher and adhere to existing IP styles
  • Excellent sensitivity and understanding of game narrative
  • Able to ideate and empathise with player personas
  • Able to propose art styles that suit the game narrative and design, stretch the technology and appeal to the target audience
  • Experience on multiple games and ability to work across varied art styles
  • Keeps up to date with visual trends in entertainment - able to reference popular and obscure cultural IP...not just games

Desirable skills / experience:

  • Industry experience at multiple game/entertainment studios an advantage
  • Experience building teams an advantage
  • Experience with outsourced art and external contract support an advantage
  • Experience on a successful free-to-play mobile game

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