Advanced Artist, World

Job typeGame Development/Publishing
LocationUnited States - Kirkland, Washington
TypeFull Time
Posted DateNov. 20, 2019

The Job

Monolith Productions, a division of WB Games Inc. seeks an Advanced World Artist. The Advanced Artist, World is responsible for creating realistic props and environments of the highest quality and is a recognized studio leading contributor. This person will work closely with the Art Manager, World along with the Directors of Art to ensure that the aesthetic quality is kept at the highest bar across all content creation. The Advanced Artist, World will be well versed in industry game engines, industry standard art tools, and will be responsible for coordinating with a team of artists in the completion of high quality character content. The Advanced Artist, World will have strong knowledge and experience in working with external partners for the intake of world art content. This individual will have strong communications skills with an ability to clearly provide feedback to external partners on the projects aesthetic goals, technical requirements, and build metrics. Additionally, the Advanced Artist, World is responsible for mentoring junior artists, as well as, researching, developing, and recommending new art tech/design that pushes the studio's quality bar forward.

The Daily

  • Create high quality, highly realistic, industry leading environment art content that includes modeling, sculpting, texturing, and material development for props, architecture, geology and organic features.
  • Create block-out layouts that meet design goals, art goals, and meet technical metrics.
  • Clearly provide feedback to external partners on the projects aesthetic goals, technical requirements, and build metrics.
  • Research, develop, and present new methods, techniques, and tools that push our art quality to the next level.
  • Actively participate in peer reviews, meetings, mentor other artists on team.

The Essentials

  • BA in art or related field or equivalent experience.
  • 8+ years of progressively complex related experience in the industry.
  • At least 3 published games preferably with at least one Xbox One or PS4 title.
  • Experience with AAA open world game development a plus.
  • Houdini Experience a plus.
  • At least 8+ years experience with industry standard 3D package (3DS Max and Maya). Max preferred.
  • At least 5+ years of ZBrush and/or other digital sculpting tools.
  • At least 8+ years experience with Photoshop and/or Painter.
  • Strong ability and experience in working with outsourcing partners towards the creation of high quality world art assets that meet metric and technical requirements.
  • Excellent high and low resolution modeling and sculpting skills.
  • Excellent understanding of geology, rock formations, terrain, and foliage.
  • Excellent understanding of a variety of architectural styles with an ability to apply knowledge from historical references.
  • Experience creating environments using modular systems.
  • Strong understanding of foundation art fundamentals including; color theory, composition, internal/external silhouette, and value structures.
  • Strong understanding of new gen shader technology with an ability to create a wide range of highly realistic materials.
  • Must be able to embrace the established art vision of the game and ensure it is delivered in its entirety at the end of the project.
  • Strong experience and understanding of art pipelines with experience in development for Xbox One and/or PS4.
  • Ability to adapt rapidly to new or changing technology with an interest in finding ways to evolve and improve the environment art creation pipeline.
  • Must have an active, passionate interest in current video games to help drive the game to the next level.
  • Solid organization skills with adherence to file structures, naming conventions and other established protocols.
  • Excellent ability to self manage and accurately predict and adhere to task length estimates and deadlines.
  • Must be an excellent collaborator with a willingness to provide/accept direction and the ability to embrace change.
  • Ability to clearly articulate ideas both written and verbally.
  • Portfolio/website demonstrating fundamental foundation art skills, design sensibilities, and attention to detail.

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