Senior Concept Artist - Devices and Studios

Category: Concept Artist
Company: Black Tusk Studios
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Job Category: Software Engineering: Creative
Location: Vancouver, CA
Job ID: 870572-136939
Division: Devices and Studios Engineering


Black Tusk Studios are a Microsoft 1st party development studio located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. We are the official home of the Gears of War franchise and our objective is to forge the future of the IP and push the limits of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms and devices. Our team is comprised of deep creative and technical expertise from our industry’s top shooter and action titles, working cohesively to delight our fan base and shatter expectations of what is possible.


The Senior Concept Artist is responsible for interpreting written and verbal direction into visual solutions. They will partner closely with the Art Director and the Concept Art team to generate a variety of thumbnail sketches, color studies and production ready visual targets. You should be an avid gamer and keep up to date with the latest shooter games and have a passion for the Gears of War franchise and Science Fiction genre. The candidate must be able to execute concepts in a wide variety of styles that fit the product tone and to various degrees of detail that fit within the production timelines. The Concept Artist is also expected to liaison with Design to ensure the proposed ideas are meeting the game play requirements.


- Translate written and verbal direction into visual solutions.
- Work closely with Design ensuring concepts are meeting game play expectations.
- Explore multiple solutions for a single problem.
- Over paint white box environments for model/texture artists.
- Generate orthographic drawings for model/texture artists.
- Work closely with the Project Art Manager to ensure tasks are tracked accurately.


- 7+ years’ experience in videogame production or equivalent experience.
- Experience working on the Gears of War franchise a significant advantage.
- Expertise in environment, vehicle and character design.
- Deep understanding of colour, tone and lighting.
- Deep understanding of composition and visual storytelling.
- Can design for a wide variety of styles (photo-realistic, highly stylized, etc.).
- Highly collaborative individual who values feedback and direction.
- Interested in pop culture and trend watching.


Created on the 27-02-2014
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