Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and the world's largest publisher of adventure games, including Magic: The Gathering® Trading Card Game and Dungeons & Dragons® Roleplaying Games has an exciting opportunity for a Concept Artist – TEMPORARY to join our team . Only local candidates need apply. There is no relocation assistance for this position.
Drive innovative world creation in the pre-production environment. Create art assets to support the brand, and all visual expressions of the brand. Work with IP Development Team and Creative Artistic Director to execute upon brand visual strategies.
Works with Creative Director, IP Development Team, Art Director.
Does not supervise any employees.
Other Key Relationships:
Normally restricted to internal relationships – occasional contact with outside vendors.
New concept development for characters, monsters, environments, and objects as they relate to a comprehensive world building program – 75% of time dedicated to this. Research – 20% of time dedicated to this. Team meetings – 5% of time dedicated to this.
Essential Functions / Major Responsibilities:
Provide creative ideas and solutions for world building, communicated through sketch concepts or digital renderings. Research and provide suggestions for visual solutions to world building concepts.
Create original concepts
Redesign existing concepts
Extrapolate ideas from reference
Contribute to general world building
Support art director in creating brand visual identity
Work with art director/writers/creative team to execute brand vision
Required Techniques (using traditional and/or digital mediums)
Sketches (rough preliminary concept sketches)
Silhouette roughs (silhouette shape explorations)
Logo/Watermarks (design of logos, heraldry, design motifs)
Detail drawings (detailed finished drawings)
Color roughs (color roughs, managing design color palette)
Finished color illustrations (final illustrations if required)
Standard Subject Matter (generally in the fantasy genre)
Characters (costuming, jewelry & body art from various cultures)
Equipment (knowledge of medieval armor, weapons & gear is a plus)
Creatures (extensive knowledge animal anatomy is very useful)
Environments (buildings, architecture motifs, landscapes)
Spell Effects (visual treatments for spell effects)
Work with IP Dev Team and Creative Artistic Director in the creation of brand guides.
The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated concept artist who is a proven team player, a quick learner, having superior execution skills, a passion for learning while working in a professional product engineering environment in the gaming industry, as well as an affinity for the entertainment, video game, and RPG gaming markets..
Unbridled curiosity and creativity.
Individual should possess an upbeat personality, the ability to work independently and collectively, and the eagerness to meet challenges head on. Confidence in communicating with others as well as excellent writing skills, good organization, timeliness and attention to detail are mandatory. Candidate should exhibit a strong sense of accountability, responsibility and pride regarding this position and the tasks that are assigned.
Education and Training:
Studies or training in Industrial Design, Concept Art, Illustration, or related subjects.
Preferred -- Training in the use of CS4 design programs including: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator.
Ability to use Microsoft Word or Excel a plus.
Prior Related Experience:
Experience with Industrial Design or Concept Art preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Adept at sketching, rough color, and the ability to visually communicate ideas.
Knowledge of anatomy, architecture, & design.
Adobe Creative Suite knowledge a plus
Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level in Position:
2 - 3 weeks to get familiar with our IP and scheduled projects that would be assigned to this person for concept work or research.
Physical Requirements: Normal office environment
The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for satisfactory performance in this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of the duties, responsibilities, or requirements of the position.
We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.
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Wizards Of The Coast - 21 months ago
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