Senior Concept Artist

About the Employer
Important note:
To our wonderful friends and followers around the world, Jagex is not pausing its search for the most talented people to join its ranks. We’re a successful, robust and growing business, after all.

In light of the current situation concerning coronavirus, we have already made changes to the way we recruit, and of course are mindful of following all necessary processes to ensure the safety of our staff and anyone we might come into contact with.

Jagex has switched to working almost entirely remotely, and in line with that our recruitment and selection process has moved to an entirely remote one with video calls being the preferred method of interview.
Our hiring managers are engaged, we are well-prepared and we sincerely look forward to talking to you soon. Our team of expert recruiters will be in touch with you to talk you through the process and changes and what to expect.
So, don’t delay, get that application in today!

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 Senior 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.

Being a Senior Concept Artist, it is expected you will design and create benchmark quality digital artwork meeting the art direction criteria. You set the quality bar and provide artistic, technical guidance, coaching and mentoring to others on how to achieve it.

At a senior level, it is important to demonstrate an all-round ability to solve problems reliably and autonomously with great organizational, scheduling and mentorship skills. You must show an ability to look more broadly at product development and strategize accordingly within discipline. Overall, as a senior you are expected to take on a higher level of responsibility for the quality and timely delivery of complex tasks on a project.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the teams Art Director or Associate Art Director to visualize the games art direction
  • Produce benchmark quality 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 major driver and voice in cross discipline visual development, brainstorms, and pitches
  • Review internal and external artwork to maintain a 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 good team and studio morale in an open, creative environment
  • Feedback to outsource partners or freelancers as required

Essential Requirements:

  • Portfolio demonstrating an ability to visually develop an idea and render to a high level of finish
  • Experience of multiple full game development cycles or live product releases
  • Profound knowledge and expertise 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 deep artistic toolbox with multiple approaches to visual development and problem solving
  • Feedback to outsource partners or freelancers as required
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly, and concisely to team, peers, and management
  • Able to level up junior artists through coaching and mentoring
  • Happy to both 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

Desireable Skills:

  • Comfortable using 3D modelling 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.