Lead Artist

Space Ape Games
London, United Kingdom
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

At Space Ape we are focused on building world-class, franchisable brands and IP. Our games are fun, fresh and brimming with personality.

As a Lead Artist you will be at the forefront of one of our new titles. You will drive both the artistic vision and the internal team to produce high quality assets through effective communication, detailed planning, and active mentorship.

You will set the example for individual contributors by creating highly compelling artwork that meets the visual and technical requirements of the game whilst serving as the benchmark for artistic excellence and work ethic.

Your passion & experience in creating art for casual, cartoon, stylised & mid-core mobile games is what makes you an ideal candidate. A ‘mobile-first’ attitude alongside your strong art direction & communication skills will make you excel at this career opportunity.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the product owner, designers and engineers to establish the production pipeline and best practices for your game.
  • Create and maintain the brand/art style guides and technical documentation.
  • Mentor artists along their career paths, setting challenges to encourage & nurture growth.
  • Take ownership of the milestone planning, day-to-day feedback communications, and final quality of deliverables from external partners (outsourcing)
  • Inspire and motivate the art team to achieve their best, driving artistic quality by example and successful team work, giving feedback and direction where needed.
  • Understand and work within project requirements and constraints.
  • Keep up to date with game artwork trends and influences.
  • Produce creative solutions to brand development through the creation or direction of conceptual art for characters, environments and gameplay artwork.

Skills & Requirements

  • At least 5 years experience creating artwork for games.
  • At least 1 shipped title as an Art Lead.
  • Excellent communication skills as a leader, collaborator and mentor.
  • Technical expertise and familiarity with game-engines & their performance requirements.
  • Excellent 3D modelling, texturing and asset creation.
  • Extensive knowledge of Maya and Photoshop.
  • An avid interest in all types of art & graphic design.
  • A professional, pro-active & collaborative work attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Enjoy the feedback process as the best way to create fantastic visuals.
  • Passion for games & mobile gaming.
  • A "raise the bar" attitude.
  • To find out more about what we've been up to see our blog

Why Space Ape is right for you

  • Be a part of one of several small empowered teams who inspire and challenge one another in the pursuit of our mission
  • Autonomy to make your own impact with the support to help it happen
  • Designated ‘Ape Space’ creative time where you are free to work on game concepts and ideas away from your day to day
  • The freedom to further your skill set the way you want with a generous training budget
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • An award winning studio that in 2017, 2018 & 2019 was crowned one of the best companies to work for in the UK by gamesindustry.biz.
  • Help run and create games which bring joy to millions of players all over the world
  • 4.7/5.0 Glassdoor rating - Check out our reviews
  • Entered a long-term strategic partnership with Supercell in 2017

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

Why Space Ape is right for you

  • Be a part of one of several small empowered teams who inspire and challenge one another in the pursuit of our mission
  • Autonomy to make your own impact with the support to help it happen
  • Designated ‘Ape Space’ creative time where you are free to work on game concepts and ideas away from your day to day
  • The freedom to further your skill set the way you want with a generous training budget
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • An award winning studio that in 2017, 2018 & 2019 was crowned one of the best companies to work for in the UK by Gamesindustry
  • Help run and create games which bring joy to millions of players all over the world
  • 4.7/5.0 Glassdoor rating - Check out our reviews
  • Entered a long-term strategic partnership with Supercell in 2017

About Space Ape

Space Ape’s mission is to make the highest quality and most successful mobile games in the world. Founded in 2012 we’ve since launched four games: Samurai SiegeRival KingdomsTransformers: Earth Wars and Fastlane: Road to Revenge. To date our games have been installed by over 60 million people across over 150 countries. 
Our studio is currently 110 strong and built around the belief that small empowered teams make the best games. This philosophy enables us to innovate, move faster and have the creative ownership required to chase the next genre defining hit.

In 2017 Space Ape entered into a long-term strategic partnership with Supercell. We are still independent and masters of our own destiny, but now we’ve got Supercell’s support and belief behind us in order to make and distribute massive hit games.
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