Art Director at Survios
Culver City, CA, US

Survios, the foremost virtual reality game developer and pioneer of the future of immersive technologies, has an opening for an experienced Art Director to join our amazing art team!

As the leader of a talented and passionate art team at Survios, you’ll work with concept, character, environment, animation, VFX, tech and UI artists to continually reinforce, evangelize and drive the art and visual storytelling process across all Survios projects.

The ideal candidate has an impeccable eye for aesthetic quality, excellent visual and verbal communication skills as well as a deep, hands-on understanding of current game standards and practices.

Responsibilities:

  • Leading, managing, mentoring, and inspiring a talented team of artists.
  • Reinforcing and refining a unified artistic style, vision and quality standard for all visual elements of the game.
  • Providing clear, concise, consistent and timely visual direction, guidance and feedback across all aspects of art development.
  • Developing style guides and reference materials for new content to provide the team and/or IP partners as needed.
  • Collaborating with design to communicate gameplay concepts and scenarios.
  • Collaborating with engineering to build efficient performant pipelines.
  • Fostering communication between cross-functional teams to establish a defined approval chain for relevant stakeholders.
  • Partnering with production to build, evaluate and revise art schedules and manage art initiatives to deliver successful content updates and expansions on time.
  • Communicating frequently with IP partners to ensure visual alignment and approval of game assets, marketing materials, etc..

Requirements:

  • 5+ years full cycle console or PC game development experience on products demonstrating a high visual bar, with one or more shipped titles as Art Director.
  • Proven ability to build and manage teams, assess performance, provide leadership and creatively solve problems.
  • Broad experience across real time art disciplines including concept, character, animation, environment, VFX, lighting and technical art.
  • Strong creative vision, with an excellent eye for artistic quality and knowledge of techniques and technologies used to achieve specific visual targets.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a broad range of styles, within technical constraints, using proprietary systems and tools.
  • Solid understanding of fundamental design elements, color theory, anatomy, drawing and painting.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to clearly articulate aesthetic ideas, techniques and processes to a diverse team.
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills with a collaborative, team-player attitude.
  • Calm, positive and professional attitude while working under multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Pluses:

  • Experience working with established brands and IP holders.
  • Strong hands-on abilities in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art.
  • High level of proficiency with 2D and 3D game development tools including, but not limited to: 3ds Max, Zbrush, Maya, Photoshop, Substance, Unreal Engine 4, etc.
  • Willingness to learn, evaluate and evangelize appropriate usage of new software, tools and technologies.
  • Experience working successfully with one or more outsource partners as an integral and visually consistent part of the project pipeline.
  • Avid gamer on multiple platforms.
  • Understanding of current VR market and trends.

About Us:

Survios is at the forefront of VR game development and is pioneering the future of immersive technologies. Since inception, we have taken a holistic approach to virtual reality innovation, developing hardware, software, and games hand-in-hand to take VR to places that no one has dreamed possible. Survios offers a pet-friendly work environment with unlimited vacation time and a host of other perks and benefits to give our team everything we need to create unrivaled Active Virtual Reality experiences.