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Lead Artist

Mediatonic are looking for a Game-Art Lead to manage the Art team on one of our high-performing mobile titles.

As the ideal candidate, you need to show you can talk-the-talk with external partners and walk-the-walk when it comes to delivery. This title has a largely UI focus so your attention here must be sharp, ensuring you deliver captivating, charming experiences. You need to be a brilliant organiser, and will work closely with our Production team to make sure art is delivered reliably and to the highest of standards. You need to be able to understand the team's working pipelines and constraints so you can creatively engage with the Product teams. You must be able to work with Production to plan sprints and identify & mitigate risks, as well as actively engaging with the Design team to ensure artwork meets the requirements of the design and UX. Most importantly, you need to inspire the confidence of your hard-working and incredibly talented art team, taking responsibility for developing and maintaining the game's artistic style and visual quality within the most positive of working environments. The role is weighted towards management and team interaction, so would suit somebody who is especially interested in the organisational & 'directing' side of Art management, with a smaller percentage dedicated to hands-on work. 

At Mediatonic we believe that a great Art Lead steers their project through the strength of ideas and a commitment to the quality of vision. This also extends beyond the immediate project: you will join the wider team of Art Leads to work with our Studio Art Director to drive the standards and creativity within the studio. This is a great opportunity for somebody who wants a real voice in helping-to-shape the studio they've always wanted to work in. So if you're able to deliver a memorable game vision that captures and delights players, whilst helping to foster a creative culture within an expanding art team, this could be the role you're looking for! 

Responsibilities

A Game Art Lead is a highly creative thinker who establishes and maintains strong artistic direction which best fits the Game Design and business ambitions. They lead a game art team in delivering the game vision as directed in collaboration with the Studio Art Director. A talented an analytical artist, plus an experienced and respected leader.

Requirements

  • A comprehensive portfolio showing wonderful examples of your craft in different styles
  • Experience in dealing with external publishers
  • Experience leading art on a project 
  • Experience in estimating/scheduling (ideally within an agile environment)
  • Excellent organisational mind
  • Skilled in one or more of the craft areas - knowledgeable in all 
  • Excellent communication skills and a positive demeanour
  • Ability to understand business and product needs and ability to decipher and adhere to existing IP styles
  • Excellent sensitivity and understanding of game narrative
  • Able to ideate and empathise with player personas
  • Able to propose art styles that suit the game narrative and design, stretch the technology and appeal to the target audience 
  • Experience on multiple games and ability to work across varied art styles
  • Keeps up to date with visual trends in entertainment - able to reference popular and obscure cultural IP...not just games 

Desirable skills / experience:

  • Industry experience at multiple game/entertainment studios 
  • Experience building teams an advantage
  • Experience with outsourced art and external contract support 
  • Experience on a successful free-to-play mobile game

About Mediatonic

Mediatonic is a one of the UK's largest independent game makers with around 150 exceptionally talented and seriously hardworking people who devote their careers to crafting awesome original games.

We produce around three new titles every year and deliver them to millions of players with backing from the UK’s top industry veterans and carefully selected partners.

You’ll find our games on Smartphones, Console and PC platforms being enjoyed by millions of people all over the world!

Working with us

Above all, we take pride in crafting games that challenge and inspire us and we invest in technology that will keep us at the forefront of the industry.

We hire experts to take on the biggest creative and technical challenges we can get our hands on and we invest in our people for the long term.

Working in an ambitious teams we strive to create an open, down-to-earth workplace.

Our studios are based in the heart of central London, Brighton and Madrid and all have their own games rooms and fully stocked fridge.  You’ll find plenty of social events and activities during and outside of work time including game and pizza nights, game jams, tech talks, pub trips and office lunches. 

Applying for this role

We receive thousands of applications every year.  As a small recruitment team we try our very best to respond to everyone that applies but we don’t always get this right. We know how hard it is to find the right role and we’re very grateful for every application that we receive.

Here’s some advice when applying to Mediatonic…

A cover letter that tells us a bit about you and what you’re passionate about is essential to get our attention and distinguish your application from the crowd.

Candidates will most often be assessed on the strength of their portfolio and previous work so make sure you provide links and examples wherever you can.

Successful applications will usually have a phone chat before being invited to an interview at Mediatonic with at least one member of our recruitment team. 

By applying to this role you expressly make the following representations and warranties and give your consents as described below:

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Mediatonic does not disclose your personal data to unauthorized third parties. However, being a parent company and having studios in multiple locations, Mediatonic has international sites and uses resources located throughout the world. You agree to the fact that to the extent necessary your personal data may be transferred and/or disclosed to any company within Mediatonic group of companies, including also transfers to servers and databases outside the country where you provided Mediatonic with your personal data. Such transfers may include for example transfers and/or disclosures outside the European Economic Area.

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