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Full Time Job

Principal Concept Artist, Characters, Unpublished R&D Product

Riot Games

Los Angeles, CA 02-10-2023
 
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
As a Character Concept Artist at Riot you will bring characters and creatures to life. Drawing inspiration from as little as a napkin sketch or as much as a full-blown narrative concept, you will generate ideas and craft designs that are resonant, compelling and iconic. As a problem solver, first and foremost, you will help come up with visual solutions for game concepts

As a Principal Concept Artist on the R&D team, you'll be responsible for creating character and prop concepts that fit the thematic and tone of our game, while helping to define a unique interpretation of the IP . You'll partner with the Art Director as you work across disciplines to help build foundational ideas and character concepts. You will also work collaboratively with designers, writers, and producers to bring new worlds and characters to life.

Responsibilities:
• Ideate and create highly varied character concepts
• Express character and story through your designs
• Explore creative solutions to establish a unique visual identity for the characters in the game
• Craft detailed concept art for 3D artists and outsourcing
• Work with game designers to understand and fulfill the needs of gameplay
• Collaborate with the other artists on the team by providing and receiving creative/team feedback and providing clear creative goals and outcomes to your team
• Work closely with the Art Director to explore and define new styles and tones of our game
• Discover and incorporate interesting trends and non-traditional reference
• Continuously deliver concept assets that fulfill the requirements of the project's game and visual design
• Collaborate with artists on the team by providing and receiving creative/team feedback and providing clear creative goals and outcomes to your team
• Guide and mentor junior members of the team

Required Qualifications:
• A minimum oft 8+ years of concept design experience in gaming or equivalent industry
• A minimum oft 5+ years of professional experience working in Photoshop or equivalent software
• Experience creating character concepts for a game from the first person perspective

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience shipping at least one game title
• Experience working on a highly recognizable stylized game
• Experience working in pre-production for at least one game title
• Experience with creating character concepts
• Familiarity with Riot's products

When submitting your application, please provide a portfolio of your high-quality concept art - including stylized artwork.

For this role, you'll find success through craft expertise, a collaborative spirit, and decision-making that prioritizes the delight of players. We will be looking at your past studies, experience, and your personal relationship with games. If you embody player empathy and care about the experiences of players, this could be the role for you!
Our Perks:

Riot has a focus on work/life balance, shown by our open paid time off policy, in addition to other perks such as flexible work schedules. We offer medical, dental, and life insurance, parental leave for you, your spouse/domestic partner and children, and a 401k with company match. Check out our benefits pages for more information.

Riot Games fosters a player and workplace experience that values teamwork embodied by the Summoner's Code and Community Code. Our culture embraces differences as a strength, and our values are the guiding principles for how we approach work. We are committed to putting diversity and inclusion (D&I) at the center of everything we do, and promoting a fair and collaborative culture where Rioters treat one another with dignity and respect. We encourage you to read more about our value of thriving together and our ongoing work to build the most inclusive company in Gaming.

(Los Angeles only) Base salary range between $151,000 USD - $211,000 USD + incentive compensation + equity + 401K with company match + medical, dental, vision, and life insurance + short and long-term disability + open PTO.

(Bellevue only) Base salary range between $151,000 USD - $211,000 USD + incentive compensation + equity + 401K with company match + medical, dental, vision, and life insurance + short and long-term disability + open PTO.

It's our policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and members of Riot Games, Inc. Riot Games makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled Rioters and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, criminal history, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gwzz8y-44-211-26-178-42 in your application.

Salary Details
Salary: $151,000 Per Year ($ USD)
Company Profile
Riot Games

Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, we released our debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports.