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Electronic Arts Games Recruiting Concept Artist

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Career Opportunities: Concept Artist – Contract (29511)

Requisition ID 29511 – Posted 08/01/2014 – Temp – EA Studios – Criterion Games – Art – Guildford – Surrey – United Kingdom – Europe

CRITERION GAMES – CONCEPT ARTIST

Criterion is a multi-award winning developer, best known for the hit Burnout series and is amongst the best game studios in the world with a world class team of game makers at its heart.

Most recently, Criterion were responsible for Need For Speed Most Wanted. The Need For Speed series has been labelled “the bestselling racing brand in the gaming world” after franchise sales topped 100 million copies. Criterion’s latest instalment received rave reviews from critics and won a ton of awards. This follows Criterion developed Hot Pursuit, which became the highest rated Need For Speed title ever and set a new bar for online excellence with its BAFTA winning innovative Autolog feature set.

Criterion Games provides a stable studio atmosphere and is backed by Electronic Arts, the world’s largest publisher and developer of video games. Located in Guildford town centre, within leafy Surrey, we’re only a short 40 minute train journey from London and all its entertainment.

To be a part of this talented team you need to be passionate about games and committed to being the best in the world at what you do. You need to know what matters to the people who play our games and be passionate about surpassing their and our, expectations. In return we offer the chance to work with the foremost talent in Europe in an upwardly mobile studio where professional growth of our employees is at the heart of how we operate.

This is a very exciting time at Criterion Games and anyone that joins us will be working on top selling, world class games, on cutting edge hardware in an extremely creative environment.

ROLE OVERVIEW

We require a world class Concept Artist with extensive experience and a strong ability to visualise ideas, concepts and designs. You will be expected to contribute ideas and run with a loose description as well as be able to work to creative direction by others.

The Concept Artist visualises environments, characters, vehicles, colour schemes, and the overall mood and feel of the game. Although not involved in creating the actual game art, the Concept Artist will help determine the look of many aspects of the game. A good Concept Artist at Criterion needs to be able to generate digital painted art at high speed as well as be able to generate high quality matte paintings when given the time. They must generate high quality digital images quickly that will inspire the team and can even be used as temporary placeholder art. They need to be very good at “perspective style” artwork and real and organic architecture.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Concept Artists are exceptionally talented artists with extensive professional production experience. From a technical standpoint, Concept Artists possess strong drawing and painting skills in colour and black & white. They have extensive experience with Photoshop and knowledge of other digital paint programs as well as a good understanding of 3D content creation tools (Maya).

A Concept Artist’s portfolio should demonstrate the following:
– Very strong traditional illustration skills in a variety of media as well as excellent drawing skills
– A strong ability to draw in perspective
– A strong ability to think in 3D
– Great use of light and shadow
– Concept development
– Ability to create photorealistic matte paintings
– Ability to create a strong mood
– Ability to work within specific styles, including a style set by another artist or art director

Great communication skills, a drive to improve everything and a motivation to make a difference is essential.

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