Senior Environment Artist (100)
Reflections, a Ubisoft studio is a video games development company based in Newcastle, UK. Collaborating with Ubisoft's international creative teams on projects such as Assassins Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, online open-world RPG "The Division" as well as the adventure platformer "Grow Home". With a host of other top titles to our name such as open-world action adventure 'Watch Dogs', MMO racer "The Crew" and the latest instalment in the world's No.1 dance game franchise 'Just Dance 2015' Reflections' objective is to combine technical expertise, flair and innovation to create and contribute to successful and memorable games. We are looking for Pioneering, Obsessive Humans to cement its reputation as an industry leading studio within the UK and the world.
Create high quality artistic content for the project in respect of technical constraints and artistic direction, while supporting the Lead Artist on management focused tasks.
• Define, manage and delegate out resources from creation to placement;
• Contribute to the technical understanding of more junior members of the team;
• Be a reference for the art team in relation to various artistic elements and find solutions to complex issues that arise;
• Efficiently communicate and support messages from management;
• Share knowledge within the team, advise and mentor more junior members of the team;
• Assess artistic content with the Lead Artist and establish time and planning estimates by priority and level;
• Oversee optimisation and debugging to fix the issues raised by testers;
• Build and integrate assets into the play space and find solutions that adhere to the style guide;
• Assess and plan out the space, with consideration of narrative and visual storytelling, while documenting intentions;
• Create fully functional assets which can be shared across the project and respect the technical and artistic constraints of the project;
• Plan, estimate and prioritise time frames for the completion of tasks and track progress using the designated tracking tools;
• Communicate and collaborate with key stakeholders to confirm task direction and ensure consistency of work within the team;
• Ensure the technical and artistic quality of the game is delivered by collaborating with technical artists and other senior artists and make changes when necessary;
• Understand the game design documents in regards to the environments, objectives, atmospheres, story and style and use them to create various artistic elements;
• Share knowledge of project tools and their functions, the project file classification system and the process of updating engine data;
• Support the Lead Environment Artist and other senior artists in any ad hoc tasks and duties.
Skills and Knowledge
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
• Ability to create interesting, detailed and visually appealing artistic environments;
• Strong ability to adapt to new processes and pipelines;
• Strong working knowledge of industry leading 3D modelling packages;
• Strong knowledge of composition and visual story telling;
• Strong knowledge of level editors;
• Excellent understanding of Physically Based Rendering systems;
• Familiarity with data management software (such as Perforce);
• Strong gameplay and level design knowledge;
• Strong knowledge of the video game industry and awareness of typical video game development processes is essential;
• Originality and resourcefulness in problem solving;
• Strong Knowledge of optimization techniques (e.g. 3D Studio Max).
• Substantial working experience as an Environment Artist or other relevant experience;
• Bachelor’s degree in Graphics Design, Art or other relevant training;
• Has shipped at least 1 or more titles, preferably full project cycles on a AAA console title;
• Experience in both hard surface and organic modelling;
• Experience working in Adobe Photoshop.
Salary: Competitive + Relocation
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K
Opening date: 31st August 2017
Closing date for applications: 30th September 2017
Reflections reserves the right to close this advert earlier than the closing date indicated should we feel we have received sufficient applications.