Senior Environment Artist (External Development Dept / Apex Legends)
Respawn Entertainment is a AAA video game development studio that aspires to create new hit games that leave a lasting impact for gamers worldwide. Our work includes the critically acclaimed multi-platform games Apex Legends and Titanfall franchise. We developed the Star Wars™ action-adventure game Jedi: Fallen Order and virtual reality game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, and we are continuing development for our live free-to-play game, Apex Legends.
You can learn more about our studio and values at respawn.com/studio.
We are looking for an accomplished Sr. Environment Artist with exceptional communication skills and an enthusiasm for artist mentorship. Reporting to the Sr. External Art Director, as a Sr. Environment Outsourcing Artist you will work closely with OS art directors, leads, and artists within Respawn's OS Department to develop and employ efficient working practices ensuring that all externally authored art content meets the high visual quality bar established by project art direction. Additionally, you will continually look for the most efficient ways to empower the internal artist on their team, and our external partners, to deliver large volumes of content within our tight production schedule constraints, while also maintaining the artistic style and vision our projects are known for.
What you will do...
• Align with game team partners on high-level vision and high-level direction.
• Deconstructing concept art and style guides into initial grey-blocks and asset breakdowns.
• Collaborating with Designers and other domains, to ensure levels and assets being sent out to external teams support the gameplay
• Constructing briefs, assembling reference material, and overseeing work of external artists
• Creating final assets, maximizing opportunities for reuse, modular construction, and technical efficiency
• Lead, guide, and educate external art teams on visual quality, technical specifications, process and workflows.
• Own the quality control of incoming assets and manage the feedback and approvals.
• Manage Respawn OS Art team and coordinate with DD partners in at least one domain.
• Support partner team DD's in OS Art Production roadmap and capacity planning.
• Assist the OS AD's in internal OS training, as well as defining and documenting OS best practices.
• Coordinate with OS Development Manager and Manager of External Development on addressing vendor gaps, quality issues, scheduling or changes in scope.
• Coordinate content reviews and provide visibility with internal stakeholders on an as needed basis.
• Work with the OS AD in defining/documenting OS best practices and training.
• Polish and integrate external content on an as needed basis.
• Actively seek opportunities to improve processes and facilitate solutions at all levels in the organization.
Ideally, you will have...
• Asset creation abilities across a broad range of subject matter, e.g. hard surface/architecture / organic assets/vegetation
• An experienced eye for artistic quality and detail with the ability to breakdown and communicate complex feedback and art direction clearly using visual, verbal, and written medium.
• Experience breaking down levels/scenes into efficient asset sets and components.
• The patience, temperament, and creative-thinking, and communicative adaptability required to help ensure constant alignment with external partners often separated by distance, language, and cultural aspects.
• Experience working directly with external service providers.
• An understanding of OS risks or requirements. Communicate effectively on behalf of the partner teams to internal stakeholders.
• The best people skills. Empathy for fixing the problems of others, whether internal Respawn or external partners, and respect for others' time.
• 5+ years of AAA game experience.
• 3D Generalist sensibilities with the ability to constructively evaluate and critique characters, weapons, vehicles, props, and environment assets and expert knowledge of foundational art principles.
If this opportunity sounds like a great fit for you, please submit your resume and we will get back to you once we have reviewed.
In addition to opportunities for creative impact and professional growth which come with being a member of our team, working at Respawn has many other perks and benefits! Learn more at respawn.com/perks.
Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d5pxj1-54-165-57-161-42 in your application.