Senior Concept Artist

Blizzard Entertainment
Irvine, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Pull up a chair and join us by the hearth! Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an experienced Senior Concept Artist to work with the Hearthstone team on new and exciting content for our players. With 10 Mana Crystals at the ready, this individual’s many talents and creativity will help continue to add quality art to Hearthstone, building on the handcrafted and illustrative feel to the game. If you wish to be a part of a small, close-knit team of creatives whose greatest dream is to make valuable contributions to a game you feel passionately about, then we want to talk with you! Blizzard offers a fun, creative, and challenging environment with excellent compensation and a full range of benefits.

The Hearthstone team is looking for an experienced Senior Concept Artist to work on new and exciting content for our players. This individual’s many talents and creativity will help continue to add quality art to Hearthstone, building on the handcrafted and illustrative feel to the game. If you wish to be a part of a small, close-knit team of creatives whose greatest dream is to make valuable contributions to a game you feel passionately about, then we want to talk with you!

Responsibilities

  • Create 2D artwork to support the live game (Card Backs, Boards, UI elements, FX Storyboards and various other assets found in the existing game), applying Hearthstone’s whimsical take on World of Warcraft
  • Help design new characters, environments and story elements for use in future expansions
  • Mentor other artists on the team
  • Implement artwork into the game client using Unity3d and Perforce
  • Develop relationships with the design, engineering and UI teams to help maintain a “Gameplay First” approach to game development

Skills & Requirements

Requirements

  • Strong understanding of Hearthstone's visual style and the facility to help drive its future from an artistic perspective
  • Ability to quickly iterate on an idea, as well as take an asset to a final illustrated state
  • In-depth knowledge of visual principles including form, shape, composition, design and how they relate to game development specifically
  • Superior eye for lighting, value, color and details and the ability to use them in creating new artwork for Hearthstone events
  • Self-motivated, collaborative, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work within a team with an eye to improving the player experience
  • Positive attitude and an ability to receive and provide objective feedback
  • A passion for games

Pluses

  • Strong foundation in the traditional arts including but not limited to painting, sculpture, figure drawing, illustration
  • Passion for creating charming and lighthearted imagery
  • Previous game production experience
  • Interests in other areas of art for games (animation, FX, UI, etc.)
  • Familiarity with the Warcraft universe

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

Please visit our website here:

https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/ogfc8fwz


Application & Portfolio Materials

  • Cover Letter (recommended)
  • Portfolio demonstrating relevant artistic skills required
  • Only online submissions will be accepted (e.g. website, blog, or online album)
  • Must be willing to complete an art test if required to do so

About the Company

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft® , StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes nineteen #1-selling games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.