Lead World Environmental Artist, World of Warcraft

Blizzard Entertainment
Irvine, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

The Lead World Environment Artist will help drive the art creation of vast, expansive, and epic lands. The ideal candidate would help the team create everything from mountain ranges to forests, and other regions of Azeroth. Experience with hand painted art styles, creating terrain, foliage, and natural elements are the key areas of strength to have in this role on the World of Warcraft team. We want you to work closely with the Art Directors and other art leadership to help drive the style forward.

LEADERSHIP DUTIES

  • Create environment art (trees, ground textures, foliage, rocks, etc) and other benchmark assets
  • Be the voice of the environment art team
  • Provide guidance during creative discussions with design and art leadership
  • Make decisions that keep the production moving forward
  • Partner with production to ensure schedules and plans meet business needs
  • Partner with art management to ensure team is healthy and strong

DAY TO DAY TASKS

  • Provide direction for the environment art team. This includes painting over screen captures, manipulating 3D models and painting textures
  • Work closely with art leadership to help achieve a consistent vision
  • Explore a wide variety of ideas that push the WoW style
  • Ability to prototype and create block-out assets
  • Ability to identify, mentor and grow talent
  • Communicate with production, design, and other departments

Skills & Requirements

YOUR BACKGROUND

  • 7+ years of experience developing video game environment art
  • Understand real-time game development needs
  • Self-driven, passionate, creative problem solver, and a great team first attitude
  • Extensively played and understand the visual style of World of Warcraft
  • Able to collaborate closely with others and inclusive decision-maker
  • Self-driven, passionate, creative problem solver, and a great team first attitude

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

To Apply, please visit our website here:

https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/oRUP9fwt 

Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter 
  • Portfolio and / or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills required (PDF Format Preferred)
  • Only online artwork submissions will be accepted (e.g. website, blog or online album)
  • Must be willing to complete an art test if requested to do so


About the Company

Blizzard Entertainment has been rated by Fortune as one of the "Best Places to Work" for several years running (and our ranking continues to rise!).  We are a community of 4000 global employees who are passionate about not only gaming, but entertainment and the technology that drives our users experience. Our goal is to delight our customers by never settling for anything but the highest quality and providing worlds filled with creativity and adventure around every corner.  You are bright, engaging, eager to learn and ready to make an impact. We've been waiting for you!

Blizzard Entertainment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.