Art Lead - Minecraft
Location:
Redmond , Washington
Posted:
October 21, 2017
Reference:
1065132
SIZZLE:

Are you a fan of Minecraft? So are we!!! Is your dream to take your industry experience as well as your artistic talent and contribute to the future of Minecraft? We share the same dream, and we are now sharing the opportunity! We need an exceptionally talented fan with a vast amount of industry experience to be a part of the exciting opportunities that the brand can bring to the world.

We are looking for someone who adores the visual style and who already embraces and explores all you can make with it. Someone who talents, interests, and experiences are as varied as the creations that can be achieved in the game itself. Is this you??? Please let us know! We need you to help preserve the heritage of the brand as well as ensure Minecraft remains an innovated brand for our diverse and inclusive community.

TEAM:

The Seattle based division of the Minecraft Art team is a fun group of people who love what we do and the process in which we do that. We value people who can contribute to our environment of open and easy communication, high collaboration, and friendly approach to development.

We work in a culture where all our team members’ value:

•Creativity: The Minecraft IP is fun and interesting to work with. Being a title that revolves around such a unique and specific art style requires lots of creative thinking. We need folks who can work within guidelines and continually push for quality in inventive ways.

•Global Thinking: Our team works on projects that affects a wide, diverse, and inclusive audience, everything we do needs to be built around this audience and understanding how what we do impacts that audience.

•Passion:Our team is full of people that are passionate about what we are doing and we pour ourselves into making sure the right things are done at the right times and in the right ways. We are a scrappy group and our passion for the things we make has constantly set us apart.

•Flexibility: We value people who work well in an ever changing environment and keep focused as we work with different internal and external teams to develop and protect this unique and popular IP.

•Fun: We are always working hard, but we also value fun experiences and content overall, and therefore strive to be a fun group to work with.

ROLE:

This art team creates a wide variety of content for a wide variety of teams and outputs. From DLC to physical store displays we participate in a lot of situations. You will need to be able to work with various teams to understand the requests, work with various artists to complete the requests, and provide direction and feedback along the way. We focus on the attention to detail and creative solutions that keep the brand polished, modern, and fun!

You will work with the Seattle based design and engineering team as well as closely with the Stockholm based Mojang team to drive the creation of 3d and 2d art for Minecraft PE and Win 10 versions. It is a diverse role and requires someone with a diverse set of skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

•Manage artists to create a varied set of assets for various projects in the Minecraft brand

•Provide daily feedback on a wide variety of items and tasks

•Work with Production to manage deadlines and production timelines

•Work with Art Director for feedback and iteration

•Work with designers to discuss design goals through constant collaboration

•Playing and building in Minecraft

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

•Shipped 2 titles on various platforms

•At least 5 years of game development experience

•Creating high and low polygon models

•Creating high and low resolution texture maps

•Lighting and rendering Scenes

•Creating Marketing Art or equivalent experience

•Working with Shaders and modern rendering pipelines


OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

•2 years of extensive Minecraft playing experience.

•Expert level of Experience in Maya

•Expert level of Experience in Photoshop

•Moderate level of Experience rendering in Mental ray

•Experience working in a small team as well as large studios


BONUS SKILLS:

•Experience making Minecraft Mods. Resource packs both 2D and 3D.

•Creating Player Skins

•Creating World and Mob Textures

•Experience creating Maya animations

•Experience in Adobe Premiere and After Effects

•Experience Video editing


PORTFOLIO EXAMPLES REQUIRED:

•Examples of Minecraft creations

•Examples of 3D objects and texture work

•Examples of Pixel Art

•Examples of 2D art

•Examples of Renderings using Mental Ray or equivalent advanced renderer.


Bonus:

oAnimation examples

oFiles for resource packs created for Minecraft

oExamples of Pixel art

oExamples of UI work

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

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