Concept Artist

Velan Studios
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August 7, 2022
Full Time
United States

We are Velan Studios, an independent game developer with a passion for the unconventional. We make innovative games in a variety of genres with accessibility and depth to delight our audiences, no matter who they are. We are the creators behind the award-winning, hit games Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and Knockout City. We believe in maintaining a creative, collaborative, and diverse team environment at our studio and we are looking for passionate and capable people to join our team of experienced, multi-platform developers.


About the Role:

We are looking for a skilled and experienced Senior Concept Artist to join our Knockout City team. The Senior Concept Artist will be a critical member of our art team, helping to mature, solve, and support the visual and aesthetic direction of Knockout City by creating concept art to support characters, customization cosmetics, vehicles, dynamic illustrations, and brand defining key art. The Senior Concept Artist will work in both our existing IP and new, original IP, when the time comes.


Summary of Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with the Lead Concept Artist and other key project leaders to help define and support narratively themed content for each new season.
  • Provide thumbnails, sketches, polished illustrations, and final concepts (and be able to participate in discussions about the art).
  • Support both Original IP and Licensed IP development at the studio, as opportunities become available.
  • Deliver needed content according to the schedule, set by the project leads.
  • Gather and organize reference and assist with maintaining organization of content and some documentation within the concept team.
  • Work with other concept artists (in-house and remote) to review and provide constructive feedback to improve each other’s work.
  • Create high quality art work to support studio needs such as marketing, pitch decks, and PR events.



  • 3+ years of industry experience as a Concept Artist, or other relevant experience.
  • Strong understanding of anatomy, storytelling, lighting, composition, perspective, and color theory.
  • A passion for stylized games.
  • Strong foundational art skills.
  • A wide variety of style, thematic, and genre interests in art, games, other entertainment and personal art exploration.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Self-direction, passion, and creativity in your work.
  • A receptiveness to feedback and the ability to act successfully on direct critique.


Big Plusses:

  • Experience using 3D applications such as ZBrush, 3DSMax, Maya, Modo, Substance and/or other game production tools.
  • Experience with UI and graphic design.
  • Ability to storyboard.
  • Experience with game asset creation.
  • Leadership and/or mentoring experience.
  • An eye for fashion design.
  • A love for multi-player and competitive games.
  • A drive for personal projects and discovery.


We value a diverse development team at Velan Studios. We will consider both veteran and early-career stage artists for this role.


To Apply:

Portfolio required. Please include a variety of examples of your work that demonstrate a breadth of style and content.

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.

Featured Game

Team up and duke it out with rival Crews in Knockout City™, where EPIC DODGEBALL BATTLES settle the score in team-based multiplayer matches. Throw, catch, pass, dodge, and tackle your way to dodgeball dominance!

In Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, create your very own course in your home as you watch the Mario Kart come into the real world like never before! Race in different Grand Prix Cups to unlock customization options for your own Custom Race, or play with up to 3 friends as you race for the finish line.

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