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Outsourcing Artist

Founded in 1996, Aspyr Media, Inc. got its start in Austin, TX by bringing the biggest PC gaming franchises such as Call of Duty, Sid Meier’s Civilization and Star Wars to Mac. Today, Aspyr is a video game publishing and development partner focused on maximizing the potential of games. We find the world's best games and connect them to new audiences, on all platforms.

Responsibilities:

This will be a full-time position, reporting to the Art Director. The Outsourcing Artist is responsible for maintaining the established quality and artistic consistency of outsourced art, as established by the project art direction. This position will be primarily providing feedback to external artists however they will still have the opportunity to create art for the game - 80% feedback to external artists/20% art creation. The Outsourcing Artist will work closely with our Art Director, IP holder, and external studios to maintain clear visual targets and documented workflow. They will coordinate with the Outsource Manager to ensure that external artists have clear, consistent, and timely feedback so that art production is not blocked. They will also need to understand how to integrate the finished art into an Unreal pipeline.

 

This position requires a strong artistic eye and a solid grasp of art fundamentals. They will also need to clearly communicate artistic direction to external artists around the world. The candidate should have a good understanding of how art is created for next-gen games and of the technical restraints.  

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with Art Director and IP holder to maintain artistic consistency across several external art studios 

  • Define and document technical and visual execution guidelines for externally created assets

  • Writes and oversees the writing of documentation and briefs for vendors

  • Works with Art Director and Outsourcing Manager to identify and schedule assets for external development

  • Clearly communicate the artistic vision of a project to external vendors

  • Evaluate the visual quality and the technical execution of incoming work and provide actionable feedback

  • Build relationships with external art vendors across multiple projects

  • Improve efficiency and quality of outsourcing pipeline

  • Works with other departments to ensure that assets are delivered in a timely manner

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of art fundamentals, with a portfolio of professional work

  • 2+ years of experience in game art development 

  • Thorough knowledge of content creation workflow and constraints

  • Experience delivering high-quality content in a variety of artistic disciplines

  • Clear and concise communication and people skills with the ability to discuss technical and visual details

  • Experience working with one or more industry-standard engines, such as Unreal. 

  • Fearless about trying out new tools with a commitment to keeping up with the latest industry standards, best practices, and approaches to creative projects

  • Experience working with outsourcing

  • Software experience such as Maya, Photoshop, ZBrush, Substance Designer, and Perforce

 

Pluses:

  • Experience working with outsourcing teams

  • Experience in a lead artist role

  • Teaching experience

 

Aspyr is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Aspyr are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Aspyr will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Aspyr encourages applicants of all ages.