Lead Artist l in Chicago, IL at Scientific Games

Date Posted: 1/30/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Chicago, IL
  • Job Type:
    Other
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    1/30/2018
  • Job ID:
    IRC5143

Job Description



The Lead Artist is a visual designer and manager within the WMS art team. Responsible for the timely creation of all art within an art studio and accountable for the training and growth of all artists within the studio. Well-versed with scheduling of art asset creation, the documentation of art assets, and communicating schedules to management. Capable of guiding the artistic design of a project from concept to completion.
Essential Job Functions:
• Responsible for mentorship, evaluations, conflict resolution and recognition of the staff to maintain highly motivated and engaged employees.
• Create exemplary art and expect excellent art quality from studio artists in regards to character design, color theory, layout, text treatment, and animation ability.
• Display a high proficiency in Photoshop, After Effects, and Flash and expert proficiency in at least two or more art software application.
• Continually sharpen artistic abilities through company training, independent learning, and learning from other team members.
• Continually sharpen software expertise through company training, independent learning, and learning from other team members.
• Possess the ability to create art and animation for all game aspects (screen layout, symbol sets, etc) to hand off to studio programmers.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work closely with the Game Designer, producing high-quality art in an iterative process.
• 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 with minimal mistakes.
• Show efficiency in self-managing time with a high degree of accountability and minimal instruction.

Job Requirements



Education:   Bachelor of Arts in art/animation

Required Experience:  Two years previous experience as a Principal Artist or two years of experience as a Lead Artist in a production environment.  At least six years of experience as an Artist working in a business setting.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

• Working knowledge of scheduling software
• Team management skills
• Understand how to design art for various themes and platforms.
• Excellent drawing and rendering abilities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Proficient in Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, Illustrator
• Highly proficient in MS Office
• Working knowledge of Studio max or other 3D platform
• Ability to self-manage time with a reasonable degree of accountability and minimal instruction
• Understand how to design art for various themes and platforms
• Display a high degree of professionalism at all times, accepting critique from the Game Designer and other team members.
• All applicants MUST provide the following in the event of an interview:
• Portfolio (website or blog required for pre-interview)
• Samples of sketch work (sketchbook or loose-leaf)
• Layered working Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, and Studio Max files as appropriate to the position
• Animation samples if animation is core ability (AVI, Quicktime, or website)
• Please provide all links or DVD upon application
Vision:  Please list all that apply:  Close Vision, Depth Perception, Distance Vision, Ability to Adjust Focus, Peripheral Vision, Ability to Distinguish Colors   All
Physical Requirements:    Office environment.   Heavy computer use.
Work Conditions:  May require weekend and evening hours.   May require travel.
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Note:   This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive; it is intended to identify major responsibilities and requirements of the job.  The incumbent may be requested to perform other job-related tasks and responsibilities than those stated above.
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