Senior Concept Artist

Ascendant Studios
San Rafael, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Ascendant Studios is looking for a multi-talented Senior Concept Artist to develop the look of our AAA title from the ground up. Our ideal candidate has an unrivaled imagination, exceptional foundational art skills, and can generate a large number of unique ideas very quickly. Their portfolio must demonstrate skills across a variety of topics (characters, creatures, environments, props, etc.) as well as both final rendered pieces and early explorational thumbnails.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the art director and creative director to establish look of the game and its world.
  • Concept a wide variety of characters, objects, environments, and VFX. If it exists, we’ll probably need you to draw it.
  • Create a large number of thumbnails to explore varied ideas, as well as final rendered pieces to inspire the team and external parties.
  • Generate orthographics, turnarounds, and material callouts to aid in modeling assets and level creation.
  • Give and receive constructive feedback. Iterate on designs based on team feedback and gameplay needs.

Skills & Requirements


  • 3+ years experience as a concept artist in games or the entertainment industry
  • Exceptional foundational art skills, such as color theory, shape language, composition, lighting, and perspective.
  • Superior understanding of anatomy and mastery of life drawing with ability to illustrate exciting and dynamic character poses.
  • Ability to generate a large number of varied ideas quickly, getting across the most important elements in an efficient manner.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to both give and receive constructive feedback. We are looking for someone who is a great collaborator and team player.
  • Fantastic imagination and the drive to concept a world from the ground up, with a focus both on stunning visuals and believable construction principles.
  • Exceptional ability to develop and follow a set art style.
  • Proficiency with Photoshop.
  • Great visual research and reference skills.
  • A portfolio demonstrating art across a variety of subjects, including characters, environments, architecture, props, and creatures, as well as including sketchbook materials.
  • A passion for games.

Good to Have

  • Work in a professional production environment strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience in the videogame industry, especially on an AAA title.
  • Experience with 3D packages such as Maya, Blender, Sketchup, Modo, etc.
  • Interest in other areas of art and games, such as graphic design, level design, UI/UX, etc.

How to Apply

Please email with your application materials. Please include the job title you’re applying for in the email’s subject line.

About the Company

Ascendant Studios is a brand new Triple-A video game studio, located in downtown San Rafael, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by industry veterans of such games as Dead Space, Call of Duty: WW2, and Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Ascendant Studios is striving to create games that are original and groundbreaking. We combine deep industry knowledge with strong innovation and a fierce creative spirit.