Job Posting Title
Senior Game Concept Artist
Life at Big Fish Games
Big Fish Games is an innovative developer and world-class publisher of a diverse portfolio of casual game franchises, including Big Fish Casino, Gummy Drop, Fairway Solitaire, Jackpot Magic Slots and Cooking Craze. Founded in 2002, we serve millions of players every day and are dedicated to providing players with the opportunity to play, connect, compete and discover anywhere and on any device. We are dedicated to enhancing life through exceptional play.
Our four core beliefs are what makes working at Big Fish Games unique. We believe in a work environment that:
Creates opportunities for impact
Shares a passion for challenge
Cultivates a spirit of creativity
Thrives through collaboration
The Senior Game Concept Artist is an experienced game art professional, with extensive experience creating contemporary casual game artwork. This role provides visual design assistance across a variety of projects. Deliverables include style sheets, mood boards, 3D blockouts, concept art, and high-fidelity final art, as well as process guidelines and documentation. The candidate will possess a diverse skillset and be able to create best in class causal mobile artwork across a range of contemporary styles. This role reports to the Sr Director of Art for Big Fish Games and will work with various internal and external development teams. The ability to distill complex problems into simple, elegant solutions and communicate them visually is critical for this role. We're looking for someone who loves a challenge and who will have fun making games with us!
Research and generate visual design solutions that are right for the player. Produce delightful and engaging solutions that meet player and product needs.
Generate concept and final art solutions that are best in class, including but not limited to: rough sketch, mood boards, storyboards, flows, 3D blcokouts, animatics, to final game assets and high end marketing illustration
Rapidly adapt creative styles as needed while maintaining creative, technical, and brand standards
Efficiently produce art that is consistently appealing, delightful, fun, and just right for the casual mobile space.
Collaborate and communicate with art directors, user experience designers, game designers, and producers on multiple projects
Provide written and visual feedback to ensure visual design integrity across multiple game projects and teams
Deliver professional work that is organized and communicates clearly the intention and goals
Work with the Big Fish art director to champion process improvements, generate best practice standards, and evolve the craft of visual design across the company
Skills, experience and educational requirements:
An exceptional portfolio showcasing relevant game artwork across various products in various styles to demonstrate versatility
Portfolio must demonstrate a mastery of contemporary casual mobile game visual design
Portfolio must show the concept art process and workflow with multiple examples that show the development of an idea from sketch to final
Portfolio must show outstanding examples of character design and development, environment and prop artwork, as well as user interface examples
Portfolio must demonstrate an expert understanding of color theory, shape language, and 2D design principles including composition, value, and visual hierarchy
Possess excellent understanding of style guidelines, design processes, and creative workflow to maintain visual design consistency
Expert level skills with Photoshop
Proficient in Adobe After Effects, and a 3D package such as Maya/Blender/Zbrush
Familiarity with Unity
Motivated, and proactive. Independent, organized yet flexible, and able to prioritize effectively without losing sight of the big picture
Be laser focused on the needs of the project, understanding when a rough sketch or paintover will suffice, or when a more finished solution is needed
Be a humble art ninja- open and receptive to feedback from all disciplines, always focused on making the game better for the player
Be relentlessly curious- continuously learning, constantly seeking opportunities to experiment, fail fast, optimize workflows and foster open communication
Have solid experience developing mobile applications on both iPhone and Android devices.
Have a working knowledge of Unity, and 2D/3D art pipelines
Have a minimum of 6 years related work experience including proven expertise in new game or app development
Be constructive, proactive and forthright- with excellent written and verbal communication skills
Possess a contemporary understanding of the mobile games industry and trends in visual design
Possess a passion for, and excitement around the mobile games space and the potential of the industry
Relentless desire for innovation while achieving business needs and meeting player motivations
How do I know if I know if this role is right for me?
If you are a highly experienced and versatile game art professional with a keen eye and ninja level art skills who loves variety and a good challenge, then you should apply!
But is my portfolio right for the role?
Look at the visual design of the most successful casual mobile games in the market. Does your artwork hit that level? If so, we want to talk to you!
Big Fish Games is an equal opportunity employer. We bring unique talents together to build something special that's why we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.
This role is not eligible for any company sponsored immigration visas.
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Robust benefits package
Global career opportunities
Our core values: All about the player, Talent Unleashed, Collective Brilliance and Good Business, Good Citizen
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Seattle, WA, US
Big Fish Games
Big Fish Games
Big Fish Games, Inc.