A Lead Outsource Supervisor for Characters on the World of Warcraft team is responsible for managing a team of internal Outsource Supervisors and Artists, and external vendors. In this role, you would assist in bringing to life new creatures, characters, armor, weapons, and in-game promotional items. The position requires a strong sense of anatomy, design, and color theory along with a solid understanding of video game art production methods and experience with outsourcing pipelines. We want you to work closely with the Art Director, Art manager, production team and others to help meet our goals and continue the core mission of the WoW Art team, which is creating the highest quality, handcrafted art in the industry. You will help us build a fun, engaging world for our players!
We are looking for a person who is highly skilled and experienced at crafting game character art, including modeling, UV mapping, and texturing. The right candidate would have strong experience working with outsourcing and understand real-time game development needs. We'd also like the person to excel at giving feedback and have demonstrated leadership capability. Does that sound like you? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
Be the voice of the Character art team (including player-facing promotional items) to external vendors, and represent the Character Outsourcing team during discussions with internal leads and artists
Reinforce existing partnerships with external vendors and help identify and build relationships with new partners for the future
Where possible, ensure that vendors are trained on workflows and standard methodologies
Ensure briefs and objectives are clear and consistent
Partner with art management to ensure team is balanced and strong
Identify, mentor, and grow talent
Day to day tasks
Give notes and direction to external artists and internal art supervisors, this includes painting over screen captures, manipulating 3D models and painting textures
Conduct reviews and send feedback on the art and technical quality of vendor submissions
Partner with production to ensure schedules and plans meet business needs
Coordinate with Art Leads to ensure consistency of quality and vision across outsourced content
Collaborate with production, design, and other departments
Provide technical direction to team members and partner with Tech Art and Engineering to maintain implementation standards and improve tools
Experience building relationships with internal and external partners while successfully delivering content within budget and time constraints
Takes initiative to identify and solve problems with excellent follow through
Experience authoring asset briefs and reviewing submissions
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