Art Director / Look Dev

Weathered Sweater
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Posted
July 12, 2022
Part Time
Anywhere
Remote

Hello there! Weathered Sweater is looking for a short-term, contract Art Director / Look Dev to help guide the aesthetic of a new, unannounced project that will require the touch of an experienced artist/art director. This contract is for the prototype / vertical slice.

For this role we are looking for an exceptionally talented artist that has experience developing art styles and art pipelines for games with great graphics. Any applicant should have an extremely solid foundation in both 2D and 3D art, proven experience with either 2D or 3D animation, and experience shipping games in Unity. 

The Project:

We can’t say much about the project, but it is a turn-based, procedural, survival game set on the open ocean. It’s in the ideation and prototyping stage. Here are some internal concepts and very early in-engine (3D) mockups. We have not decided on 2D or 3D yet.

Early Thumbnails (link)
Early in-engine mockups (link)

Important Details:

  • Timeline: 4-6 months
  • Compensation: Your freelance rate
  • Location: Though remote, we are mainly looking at candidates that can work in Eastern Time (ET).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with a Weathered Sweater artist to help define (or refine) the art style of an unannounced project
  • Help a Weathered Sweater artist achieve the art style for the project in-engine
  • Create thumbnails, concepts, and mockups for locations, characters, and UI/UX
  • Assist with creating final quality assets for the prototype/vertical slice
  • Keep project management boards and documents up-to-date (Trello, Monday.com, Notion, Google Docs, etc)
  • Work as part of a team to consistently meet deadlines, produce documentation, and pitch against challenge criteria

Requirements:

  • Art direction experience (defining the look and feel of a game)
  • Look dev experience (figuring out how to achieve the art direction in-engine)
  • Shipped at least one commercial title on Steam and/or console credited as art director, lead artist, or look dev
  • Great fundamental/foundation art knowledge (anatomy, composition, value, lighting, etc)
  • Exceptional overall 2D art and illustration skills
  • Top tier environment art skills with experience both in 2D and 3D (you can specialize in one or the other)
  • Strong character art skills in both 2D and 3D
  • Experience with Shader Graph or equivalent node-based shader editor in Unity
  • Strong file organizational skills and habits
  • Basic to intermediate understanding of Git and Source Control

Nice To Haves:

  • 3D animation knowledge and experience
  • Experience working with small teams and picking up additional game dev tasks as necessary

Additional Information:

We are a Black-owned studio and would like to push for more diversity in the games industry. If you come from a diverse background, please apply!

  • We have a 32 hour work week culture which means that our team mates do not exceed 32 hours of work per week on average
  • We strive to eliminate crunch and overwork, so professionalism and strong risk management skills are crucial to success. Failing that, a heavy week of work at Weathered Sweater is 40 hours.

Response Deadline/Application: August 8, 2022

Due to the volume of applications, we will respond to you within 2 weeks of your application submission if we wish to move forward with your application.

About 
Weathered Sweater

We are Weathered Sweater, a Black-owned interactive media and art studio located in Vermont. We’re an award-winning team whose projects generally fall into the category of games or art for change, but we also work on various personal indie projects as well.

We would like to push for more diversityin the art and games industry. If you come from a diverse background, please apply!

  • Weathered Sweater has a 32 hour work week culture which means people who work with us do not exceed 32 hours of work per week on average
  • We strive to eliminate crunch and overwork, so communication, professionalism, and strong self-discipline skills are crucial to success

You can view more of our work at weatheredsweater.com and sundaemonth.com.

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