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Cloud Imperium Games

Character Art Director

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Cloud Imperium Games
🇬🇧 Wilmslow

Cloud Imperium Games is looking for a talented Character Art Director to be responsible for creating the characters for Star Citizen and Squadron 42 in our Wilmslow studio (near Manchester).

This role requires a dedicated and dynamic individual who can excel both as an artist and as a team leader. A leader – to act as a motivational catalyst for the entire Character Art team producing the heroes and villains of both Star Citizen and Squadron 42. And, as an artist, to provide both inspiration and direction to execute on the look and feel of a universe filled with interesting characters, creatures and alien races.

The Character Art Director will be working at the leading-edge of development for the record-breaking crowd-funded project, space-simulation FPS MMO “Star Citizen” and the action-packed cinematic story campaign “Squadron 42” with its star-studded cast, including Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, John Rhys-Davies, and Mark Strong (to name just a few)!

Founded in 2012, Cloud Imperium Games creates cutting-edge videogames that defy expectations. We’re currently developing Star Citizen, a record breaking multiplayer online space sim, and Squadron 42, cinematic single-player adventure set in the same universe. Join us as we break boundaries and make videogame history.

For more information about life at Cloud Imperium Games, check our YouTube channel.

What does a Character Art Director at CIG do?

  • Work alongside the Art Directors to maintain the high standards of characters needs for Star Citizen and Squadron 42
  • Create concept paintings, models, textures, and other benchmark assets that inspire others
  • Develop new approaches to art that push the visual fidelity of the Star Citizen universe
  • Mentor and manage members of the Art Team, helping them to refine their skills and move along their career paths
  • Collaborate with game designers, artist and engineers to ensure that art appropriately enhances the player experience and provides visual solutions to problems
  • Work directly with production to ensure that schedules and plans meet business and project needs

What do we expect from our Character Art Director?

  • A proven background in a Character Art Leadership position, creating unparalleled artwork for games and/or film
  • Experience in identifying technical and developmental risks and obstacles, creating innovative solutions to overcome them while promoting new and innovative ways of working
  • Ability to create and optimize art pipelines and workflows, particularly in conjunction with technical artists
  • Expertise in creating a unique and cohesive art style that can be shared and consistently maintained across the project
  • Knowledge of major 3D software packages (such as Maya / Max and Zbrush. Expertise with Marvellous Designer and xGen would be advantageous)

If you are an experienced, driven, and sci-fi mad Character Artist, we are keen to hear from you!

Covid-19 Hiring Update: We’ve transitioned to a work-from-home model and we’re continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.

CIG Diversity Statement

CIG is a global company, staunchly committed to cultivating a culture and workplace that celebrates all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives. Together, we are creating a space where authentic recognition, appreciation, and understanding of the importance of diversity is fostered by everyone. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strive to build a team that represents all walks of life, and we want every employee to bring all the things that make them unique to the work environment. The universe is as vast and varied as the people in it, and it’s our differences that make it special.

We are aware of people receiving job offers that fraudulently allege to be from CIG. These types of fraud can be carried out through false websites, fake email addresses claiming to be from our company, or social media. We do not ask for your personal info like bank account numbers, identification numbers, etc through social media or chat-based apps, nor do we request or send money for the purchase of business equipment.

If you suspect fraud, please report it to your local authorities, as well as reaching out to us at info{@}cloudimperiumgames . com with any information you may have.