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Atomhawk Design Recruiting Lead Concept Artist

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Lead Concept Artist

We are pleased to announce that we have a unique opening for an inspirational Lead Concept Artist to join our award winning team at Atomhawk Design. The role presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to play a leading part in the continuing growth and success of a world leading art and design studio, and to work with global entertainment companies and renowned franchises in the fields of games, film and online.

Job title: Lead Concept Artist
Salary: TBD
Location and hours: Newcastle/Gateshead – Full time
Hierarchy and reporting lines: Part of the management team. Working with the Art Manager and Production Manager, and reporting to the Studio Director.

The job is full time and would involve relocation to Newcastle/Gateshead UK.

Company Overview
Atomhawk Design Ltd is one of the world’s leading conceptual design and digital production companies, delivering creative content for film, video games and online. Over the last 4 years, the company has worked on 8 number 1 charting game titles as well AAA movies such as Thor II “The Dark World”, with more blockbusters to be released in the coming year.

Role Overview
A highly experienced staff member that has mastered all areas of their craft. This role involves leading by example, approx 70% artist vs. 30% manager. Always able to deliver innovative/high quality ideas and polished artwork, interpret client briefs and also set up a project/create ideas and briefs on their own (if required).
They lead and mentor the concept art team with a shared line management responsibility with the art manager.
The lead artist regularly works with clients directly, having the core skills required to direct the client/internal team in setting the style for all projects across a broad stylistic range.
This person would be a champion of the company and regularly involved in PR related events and maintain a command and presence in the industry as one of the best in their field. The quality of their work would inspire the team and also draw clients to the company.

Functional Responsibilities
Liaising with internal management team and clients to understand project creative needs
Leading the art team to hit the creative requirements for each project
Ensuring the team adhere to the highest quality standards in the allocated time
Finding solutions to creative issues
Helping to define the style of new projects in collaboration with the client/management team
Creating AAA concept art for all areas of concept art, across a broad range of styles, media and timescales
Helping to establish training needs and practices for the artists

Skills Required
Expert with Photoshop, and a high capacity to learn new tools
Strong background in traditional art skills
Anatomical knowledge
Architectural knowledge
Mastered knowledge light, form, tone, palette
Must be able to paint/sketch at speed
Time management
People management
Excellent communicator
Pragmatic problem solver
Ability to give feedback and take feedback in an open and honest way

Skills/Attributes Considered A Bonus
Experience with 3-D software (Max or Maya) a plus
Good knowledge videogames and films
Established name in the industry

Education And Experience
A portfolio that demonstrates an industry leading standard of art is essential
Several years experience as Art Director/Lead/Senior concept Artist on AAA games and films
Experience of giving professional art training is desirable

Person Specification
In addition to having leading artistic ability, the role requires both leading and working as part of a team. Training and guiding more junior artists, so enthusiasm and good communication skills are essential.
Be aware that Atomhawk has a motto “No Egos”: we are looking for a grounded and pragmatic team player.

Please send your CV and a link to your portfolio to – Please ensure you put the job title and your name as the subject heading.
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