Magic The Gathering - Art

Lead Concept Artist

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Cryptic Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of Perfect World Entertainment, sets a new standard for massively multiplayer online role playing games. Our company has a track record for creating critically-acclaimed and highly-entertaining free-to-play games that appeal to a wide variety of audiences   Located in Northern California in Silicon Valley, we offer the fun, focused and casual atmosphere of a mid-size MMORPG  developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees.   Join the mission! At Cryptic we aim for greatness. We hire amazing talent and empower them to grow into their full potential.

Cryptic Studios is looking for an experienced Lead Concept Artist to help bring our upcoming Magic: The Gathering MMO to life!  You’ll partner closely with the art director to drive the vision and style of the game.  You’ll also work alongside the art and design teams to create concepts that are both gameplay-oriented and visually stunning.

Every day you could be:

  • Leading and managing a talented team of concept artists
  •  Working closely with producers and discipline leads to coordinate and manage schedules
  • Collaborating with artists, designers, and other disciplines to create engaging, inspiring and appealing character, environment and UI related concepts
  • Iterating on game assets with fellow artists via paint overs, studies and group critiques
  • Preparing, submitting and revising concept work as needed for approval by licensors
  •  Working with Cryptic’s outsource team to ensure a steady flow of approved, buildable concept art, accurate feedback and proper scheduling
  • Creating documentation, visual development materials and style guides
  • Actively managing the performance and growth of the concept team through 1-1’s, performance reviews and timely feedback

What we'd like to see:

  • 5+ years console or PC game development experience, with one or more shipped titles as Lead Concept Artist
  •  Proven ability to build and manage teams, assess performance, provide leadership and creatively solve problems
  • Strong creative vision, excellent eye for artistic quality and solid knowledge of current game development techniques and technologies used to achieve specific visual targets
  • Experience working collaboratively with cross-disciplinary teams to envision, plan, schedule, and execute concepts that inspire, support and enhance gameplay
  • Ability to successfully articulate and provide timely, actionable visual feedback to a diverse team of artists
  •  Solid understanding of anatomy as well as fundamental visual design principles including color, composition, form, shape, structure, silhouette, scale, surface properties and lighting
  • Expert level proficiency with Photoshop, Painter or equivalent 2D/illustration software
  •  Basic proficiency with 3ds Max, ZBrush or equivalent 3D software
  •  Calm, positive and professional attitude while working with others under multiple deadlines
  • BA or BS degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience

Pluses:­­

  • Experience working seamlessly with outsource vendors and internal teams
  • Experience with and willingness to learn new/proprietary tools, techniques and workflows

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demonstrating strong concept art experience
  • An art test may be required
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