Art Director (Never Forget Games)

Wildlife Studios
San Francisco, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

We're looking for a talented and passionate Art Director to join us at Never Forget Games (https://neverforgetgames.com/), a studio based in San Francisco (United States). We are open to this position being remote as long as the ideal person would be able to work in the California time zone (GMT-8).

Do you like to paint incredible characters, gorgeous items, whimsical environments, cute creatures, and more? Do you like to concept wondrous ideas that will captivate players? We aim to make light-hearted and super-fun games in fantastical worlds for all audiences. YOU will lead the artistic charge.

This person needs to be a hands on creative leader who is ready to hop right in and be part of a core team of 4 to build a memorable experience.  We have no pure management layer at Never Forget Games, all of us make games, so that means you too!

The right person for this position is curious by nature, and comfortable in a “take the initiative” environment, loves solving problems, and can thrive in a small team where the day to day job changes based on what the game needs.

About the Studio

Welcome to Never Forget, a studio on a mission to spread joy - we hope our games will provide players with lifelong memories. We practice what we preach, so this extends beyond our audience and deep into our creation space. Life is too short to not love what you do!

Skills & Requirements

Who you are:

  • Creative Leadership: You have years of experience working in a lead, supervisor, art manager or art director capacity in a game/film production environment.
  • Artistic Guidance: You have experience defining and aligning a multidisciplinary team behind a creative product vision by providing feedback, guidance, and asset critiques.
  • Versatile: You have a hunger for learning new things and taking on new challenges.  We don’t know what needs to happen next week, but you know that you're ready for it.
  • Visual Range: You have an ability to work within a wide range of artistic styles and themes to compliment various genres of games.

What you'll do:

  • Artistic Constraints: You will carry the visual integrity throughout the entire project, ensuring consistency and highest quality within the boundaries of mobile hardware.
  • Solutions Oriented: You will demonstrate your ability to proactively problem solve and explore various options to accomplish product goals. 
  • Collaboration: You will work closely with Creative, Product, Design, and Technical leadership to build high quality products that will resonate with the global gaming community.
  • Communication: You will use your excellent communication skills in a collaborative and diverse work environment to keep partners updated and development teams aligned.
  • Team Building: You will help us grow the studio and foster a team of expert artists who are all empowered to act because they are fully aligned to your vision. 
  • Drive Outsourcing: This includes selecting partners and ensuring their deliverables meet the vision. You need to ensure our pipelines and art style will work well in this model and can be replicated at scale to drive live services.

Additional Information

  • Working remotely is an option
  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

What you'll need:

  • Leadership and hands on experience in one or more art subject areas such as concept, 3d modeling, real-time VFX, animation, illustration, etc. (The more the better! We love generalists!)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • A resume and an online portfolio showcasing your ability to create and carry a vision for a creative product.

Pluses:

  • You have experience working in games; especially mobile titles.
  • You know your way around at least one game engine (especially Unity or Unreal) and understand the various parts of the game development pipeline.
  • Experience working with OS vendors to create art.

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We welcome people from all backgrounds who seek the opportunity to help build the best gaming company, where everyone thrives.

About the Company

Wildlife Studios is an independent mobile game studio started in 2011 and headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. The company is growing, and we’re on a mission to build our creative capability.

At Wildlife we’re committed to being a company where the best talent can do their best work. Our goal is to create great games, worlds players escape to, and characters they can’t live without. This is our aspiration, and we know it’s no small task. Our secret weapon is our people, and the company is built to support them. We’re looking for world class talent inspired to be a part of this journey. 

We believe video games will be the source of the world's most beloved entertainment franchises. We hope to accelerate this transition by making iconic games that will be remembered and shared for generations.

We are looking for talented and passionate people to join us on this mission at several locations around the world such as São Paulo (Brazil), Irvine (United States), and San Francisco (United States).