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Concept Artist

Company Overview:
A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.
Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.
Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.
Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.
Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.
Job Overview
As a Concept artist you will be required to visually develop and illustrate any given combination of game assets, associated game development imagery, and speculative ‘pitch’ materials to a high standard and on schedule under the art direction of a Lead or Director.  Concept art is about communicating and developing ideas in a visually inspiring manner whilst successfully interpreting the visual direction and style.
Key Duties:

  • Work with the Art Director or Associate Art Director to visualize the games art direction
  • Produce assets covering all aspects of concept design, key art, illustration, and storyboards adhering to the products art direction
  • Develop a deep knowledge and understanding of your product enabling to you make the best visual decisions and appropriate artwork
  • Collaborate with the art team and create inspiring artwork
  • Be a driver and a voice in cross-discipline visual development, brainstorms, and pitches
  • Take part in reviewing internal and external artwork to maintain consistent quality and provide effective feedback and critique
  • Level up via mentoring, coaching, and critique sessions those more junior in craft
  • Support production guide creation, outlining detailed steps to reproduce artwork on style
  • Encourage, promote, and build a good team and studio morale in an open, creative environment 
  • Feedback to outsource partners or freelancers as required

Essential Skills:

  • Portfolio demonstrating an ability to visually develop an idea and render to a high level of finish
  • Experience of at least one full game development cycle or live product releases
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the fundamental art principles (color, composition, value/ lighting, anatomy, form, perspective)
  • Ability to deconstruct, understand and adapt to various art styles replicating them successfully
  • Full proficiency in illustration and 2D software such as Adobe CC
  • Fluent in industry-standard concept design development processes and pipelines (mood-board, thumbs, sketches, mockups)
  • Iterative and agile approach to visual development
  • A broad artistic toolbox with multiple approaches to visual development and problem-solving
  • Comfortable taking part in critique sessions 
  • Feedback to outsource partners or freelancers as required 
  • Good time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly, and concisely to team, peers, and management   
  • Happy to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Have a passion for games and understand game development processes
  • Professional attitude and work ethic  
  • Excellent soft skills and teamwork  

Bonus Skills:

  • Comfortable using 3D modeling software
  • Game engine experience (Unreal/ Unity)
  • Traditional sculpting

Company Benefits:
- Flexible Working- Bonus Scheme- Private Health Care - Gym Membership- Generous Pension Contributions- Life Insurance- Free Cycle Repair- Income Protection- Dental Plan- Free Fruit and Drinks- Subsidised Canteen
Feel like you fit this role, but don’t meet all the requirements? We strive for fresh perspectives, so as long as you can demonstrate how your attitude and other abilities might make up for any gaps we would welcome your application! Jagex are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

Concept Artist

Boulder, CO
Full time

Published on 01/06/2022

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