173 day(s) ago

Lead Artist - Mobile Games vacancy at YallaPlay

Negotiable salary


Remote worker location: Worldwide
English: Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Native Speaker
Experience: 5+ years
Employment: Full-time

YallaPlay

YALLAPLAY is a fast growing mobile games developer founded in Austin, Texas. The startup is slowly coming out of stealth mode and is on a fast growth trajectory after having secured another round of VC funding. Our focus is on PvP mobile card games using our custom built backend AI driven engines. We partner with top grossing publishers to bring our games to the market. Our latest game (in Beta) can be found here: https://spadesmasters.onelink.me/bn4F/3d2a25af

General overview of the role

As the creative director, you will lead our art team, the creative direction, and support the feature development processes to deliver engaging art and features to our games. You are responsible for the timely creation of all highest quality art within the studio and accountable for all artists and animators. You will be guiding the artistic design of a game from concept to completion as well as being responsible for the overall artistic direction of a game. As a small studio, you are in full control of our games design direction and execution. In addition, the role may occasionally cross over into game design and product feature management. This is an opportunity to have a substantial impact on games from art to design. You will work alongside our executive team and be instrumental in our game’s visual strategy, roadmap and success.

The end goal: help us create fun and fantastic looking games.

Responsibilities

Create the highest caliber of original art and set expectations properly to get the highest caliber of art from studio artists
Proficiency with Unity engine its art production pipeline
Display expert proficiency in Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator and show proficiency in at least two or more art software applications with an emphasis on 3D modeling/animation
Note to have: experience with particle effects or managing the creation of particle systems
Communication between engineers, product managers, and artists to package assets in the most efficient manner
Have the judgment to determine which art issues are critical to our success
Create consistency in creative materials across all art disciplines on the team
Lead the art team by defining visual and artistic standards
Find opportunities of improvement, or challenges within the creative process
Evaluate multiple concepts and solutions for various projects and determine which ideas are worth pursuing
Work with the executive team and production to manage projections and assignments
Research, explore, and communicate best practices in art and discern which competitive ideas are most effective; lead the development of goals, standards, processes and feedback mechanisms
Develop and provide continuous quality improvement on processes for planning, execution, approval and reporting
Take responsibility for the timely completion of art assets for assigned studio games and products.
Create, document, and communicate all project schedules to the studio and management
Show efficiency in self-managing time with a high degree of accountability and minimal instruction

Requirements

5+ years of commercial interactive Game Design experience, including 2+ years as a Lead or Director
A proven track record synthesizing game, visual, and audio design on successful games at scale, specifically with mobile free-to-play games; web games are a plus
Deep understanding of game design principles, including UX design, games systems, game economies, gestures, mechanics, feedback/reward systems, and meta systems (achievements, etc.)
Knowledge of 2d and 3d art direction and execution
Extremely detail-oriented, with a keen eye & feel for quality in games
Experience developing processes to enable commercially successful game design decisions
Hands-on proficiency with mobile & web design-specific tools, such as Figma or equivalent, as well as the Adobe Suite; ability to express game design ideas in a visual manner to align teams
Proficient with collaboration tools including G-Suite, Slack, JIRA, Miro, and more
Ability to communicate well across the team, written and oral, with strong presentation skills
A passion for mobile games

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