Assistant Art Director, Characters and Animation
World of Warcraft Irvine

Reporting to the Sr. Art Director, the Assistant Art Director will be their key partner in the execution of World of Warcraft’s character art, animation, and FX. The role requires you to ignite others both as a leader and as a craftsperson.

As a leader you are a motivational catalyst for multiple discipline art teams. You will work alongside other teams to review and give input on cinematics. As an artist, you’ll help define the in-game final look of the character art and movement (animation / FX) in WoW. In addition to channeling the visual direction of our Sr. Art Director to the art team, the role will act as one of the key communication conduits for design, engineering, and production.

DAY TO DAY TASKS

  • Work with Sr. Art Director to drive the in-game development of WoW characters, animation, and FX animation)
  • A proven ability to visually solve problems in collaboration with the broader game team including other Artists, Directors, and art leadership
  • Mentor and help develop future leaders on the art team
  • Oversee direction of character and motion-based in-game art assets. Including (but not limited to); characters, creatures, visual effects, and animations
  • Review and provide direction to teams on cinematics
  • Partner with design department leadership to help realize art vision
  • Partner with production to ensure schedules and plans meet business and project needs
  • Collaborate with Art Directors/Art Manager to promote and support a healthy/effective art team
  • Participate in planning of new game related content to support and design

YOUR BACKGROUND

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience as a video game artist or designer
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Lead Artist, Supervisor, or Art Director
  • Takes initiative to solve problems with excellent follow through
  • Thrives in a collaborative work culture
  • Experience working with an Art Director to develop a unique and cohesive visual style
  • Works closely with game design to ensure art enhances the player experience
  • Ability to explore a wide variety of ideas that push the WoW style

SEND US

  • Resume
  • Portfolio website or Demo reel

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.

Accommodation Request: We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to talentacquisition@blizzard.com. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

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.

Accommodation Request: We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to talentacquisition@blizzard.com. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

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