Art Director

Twin Drums
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This position has been closed.
Posted
May 6, 2022
Part Time
Anywhere
Remote

Twin Drums is a remote-first indie game studio with employees based in Europe, Africa & North America. We are growing our team and are looking for an Art Director to work with us on The Wagadu Chronicles, an African-inspired indie MMO built from the ground up for role-playing.

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We have created an inclusive and flexible workspace and as a default offer remote work with a part-time (4-day week) structure. We have office spaces in Berlin, Germany all year round, and in Accra, Ghana during winter months.

Your Role

  • Direct the visual development of the first African inspired online RPG
  • Collaborate closely with other department leads to scope art deliverables for new features, and to define and execute production pipelines
  • Hands on: create assets that establish the stylistic and quality benchmarks for the rest of the art team
  • Produce documentation that outlines the pipeline steps and provides art style guidelines
  • Plan and organise the tasks of the art team, coordinating with the work and timelines of other departments (shared responsibility with the Art Leads)
  • Oversee and review the work of the art team (environments, characters and creatures, props, lighting, and VFX), provide feedback, and ensure quality and adherence to style guides are met
  • Identify and execute workflow improvements within the production pipeline
  • Find solutions to optimise the assets to stay within the performance limits while respecting the artistic vision
  • You will mentor and help grow a team of artists

Requirements

  • Professional experience as a 3D Game Artist
  • Ability to produce paintovers and concepts
  • Experience creating stylized/hand-painted textures
  • Experience working in Unity or other game engine, and understanding of its lighting, post-process effects, and VFX systems
  • Not more than 7h offset to our core time zone (CET, Berlin, Germany)

Nice to have

  • Previous experience as a Lead Artist or Art Director
  • Experience with rigging and animation
  • Experience creating shaders
  • Interest in African and Diasporic culture/history/mythology
  • Passion for games, especially MMORPG, and role-playing

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send us a short email with a link to your portfolio and a few words on your background and why you are interested in working with us to jobs@twindrums.com using the subject “Art Director”.

We encourage applications particularly from women/non-binary, people with disabilities, people of colour, and other groups that are underrepresented throughout the game industry. We see you and you are more than welcome here at Twin Drums!

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2022 and the contract starts ASAP.

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About Us

Twin Drums was founded with the goal of challenging many of the issues of the gaming industry such as lack of representation and endemic overwork. We believe not only that our industry needs to see more changes, but also our society; making commercially successful inclusive games is a small contribution to a better world.

Twin Drums strives to be a safe anti-racist, feminist, non-ableist, queer positive and anti-colonialist space.

For more information about the project and our company check out our Kickstarter and our website.

About The Wagadu Chronicles

Have you ever wondered what real roleplaying looks in an MMO? A place where to leave the real world behind and to fully immerse yourself into a fantasy setting in which everybody, from sorcerer to sailor, cares about their character and acts according to it.

Imagine playing a wonderful African inspired RPG where all the interesting NPCs are... actual other players! And their quests are true emergent stories that you can be part of! Imagine skill trees, village management, craft systems and countless other features, all built so that you can create rich characters full of memories and quirks.

This is The Wagadu Chronicles - the Role-Play-first Afrofantasy MMORPG: we are bringing back the "role-play" into the MMORPG genre!

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