at uCool, Inc. in Menlo Park
Great visuals tell a story before a single line of text hits the screen. We're looking for storytellers who use visuals to lead viewers towards an idea, not folks who can only make pretty visuals (still a requirement). We're looking for an Art Director that can rapidly produce sketches, storyboard ideas with our writers, and coordinate with other artists to turn them into 3d digital production art for our games. Unlike most Art Director roles, you'll be rolling up your sleeves on this one. Your day to day is 1/2 direction, 1/4 concept and 1/4 illustration. Your direction will not be heavy handed, you must be a teacher that empowers junior artists; not a remote manager. Junior artists respect and want to become you. While creating memorable and delightful content is our top priority, our Art Director should also have an eye for finding ways to build efficient content pipelines. A qualified Art Director realizes that making games is equal parts creativity and business.
- You will own ALL visuals that touch players
- Fleshing out the visuals of our games; characters, environments, props, and UI elements
- Storyboard major elements of our game in collaboration with our writers
- Architect and streamline content pipelines, both internally and with contractors
- Page through mental library of game/movie/television/comic references to find relevant existing ideas to combine with new ones in novel ways
- Occasionally taking rough concepts and turning into polished production splash pieces
- 5+ years of experience in a lead concept artist, Art Lead or Art Director roles
- Quick sketching skills are crucial for rapid iteration
- Experience concepting environments from scenic landscapes to architecturally sound interiors
- Ability to work with a broad range of subjects and styles, from rendered paintings to cartoony
- Master of Photoshop and/or Flash and experience with 3D software
- High level of written and spoken English
You must be located within the Menlo Park area or able to commute.
- Competitive salary
- Awesome bonus
- 20 days annual leave
- 8 days personal leave
- 100% medical, dental and vision
- Life insurance
- 401(k) and FSA
- Lots more!
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