Art Director

Velan Studios
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August 7, 2022
Full Time
Troy, NY

Are you an experienced and passionate visual artist who can help shape an artistic direction with an innovative team of developers as they build the next great game experiences of the future? Can you help us drive the artistic direction of our projects, while building out a world-class team of artists to work alongside you?

Velan Studios, a discovery driven independent game developer, is looking for a technical art director, driven to innovate and the leadership qualities to direct, mentor and grow a AAA console development team.

In this role you’ll initially be working in a small prototype team with graphics & gameplay programmers, designers, artists and animators to create eye-opening, visually captivating experiences. You will help define the look and feel of early-stage prototypes and experiment with different visual styles. Working as part of a small core team of veteran developers on innovative new prototypes means you’ve got to be versatile and highly skilled. As the projects move from early stages to production, you’ll help expand and lead the art team that executes on the project.


  • 5+ years of game industry experience on console and/or PC platforms.
  • Solid fundamentals: Composition, Light & Color, Perspective etc.
  • Expert in 3D Studio Max or Maya, Adobe Creative Suite, ZBrush
  • Knowledge & direct experience in modern lighting and post process rendering techniques (GI, deferred, ray tracing)
  • Experience working in Unreal, Unity or other AAA engines
  • Prior Lead or Sub-Lead experience on mid-sized or large console/PC development project.

Big Pluses

  • Experience with Algorithmic Substance, ShaderForge or similar tool
  • Significant Unreal Engine 4 experience
  • Experience with physically based rendering
Velan Studios

Velan Studios is a small team going after multiple, bold creative new ideas. Many of us have done the large, AAA development thing for decades. But we think with a seasoned and scrappy team, we can do things differently – so every member of the team has a creative voice.

Working Better, Together

We are building an environment conducive to delivering our best work. Our office is a community that works and plays together.

  • Unconventionally World Class. We embrace the unexpected. We create breakthrough games by building on our expertise and challenging conventions. We are scrappy: solving problems and inventing new experiences in audacious new ways. These unconventional approaches lead to unexpected discoveries.
  • Stay Curious. Curiosity drives us and our experiences. We find energy in new ideas and approaches. We use technology and design to bring new experiences to the gaming community. We cultivate an environment that encourages experimentation and rigor. We relentlessly pursue the MAGIC.
  • Respect and Responsibility. We are passionate about being an inclusive community of unique individuals. We believe in prioritizing and respecting the player. Our players’ time is valuable and we are honored that they choose to spend part of it with us. We respect the members of our team and know that they will make the right choices with our players in mind at every level.
  • Community of Makers and Players. We are stronger together than the sum of our parts: we value people and perspectives. Community is a way to get things done. We seek to engage our community wherever we can in building great games. It is a springboard for innovation. It is a well of talent and a means to finding new game experiences.

A Great Place to Work and Live

Velan Studios is located in the beautiful Capital Region of Upstate New York, which includes Albany and Troy. The Capital Region is a growing tech & creative hub with a thriving video game development scene. Our offices are located in Troy’s historic downtown, which is comprised of renovated historic buildings full of new energy. The region boasts beautiful architecture, great museums, and amazing history. It’s also a very affordable city, with great events, hip nightlife and is accessible to a variety of outdoor adventures, making it a perfect spot to live.

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