Principal Environment Concept Artist

Sumo Digital
Atomhawk Vancouver
12 days ago
2D and 3D skills are highly desirable for this position.

Atomhawk is looking for a talented, experienced, and passionate Principal Environment Concept Artist to join our team in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada!

Principal Concept Artists are responsible for leading teams to create concepts in a broad range of styles in accordance with the requirements of each project/client. The role involves creating artwork and design at all stages of the development cycle, including concept and idea generation, fast sketching (including storyboards), colour/light studies and polished illustration work, as well as providing team management and feedback. The role involves approximately 80% art creation and 20% management .

Typical projects often require the visualisation of various subjects, environments and props. Adaptability is therefore a key skill. Candidates must have a broad range of styles and be able to demonstrate a good spread of realistic, fantasy, sci-fi and stylised work.

For this particular role we are looking for an experienced team member that consistently delivers high-quality work that meets and often exceeds client expectations. The successful candidate will be able to work quickly and should consistently deliver innovative/high-quality ideas and polished final art/designs. They should have prior experience of working directly with clients and be comfortable discussing projects with members of Atomhawk's production and senior management teams.

They will be able to interpret briefs on their own and also mentor and guide others. They will be actively involved in staff training and development, assist with monthly artist one-to-ones and bi-annual appraisals and show leadership by example.

Atomhawk is incredibly proud to have an industry leading team producing top tier art and design across all stages of the development life cycle, for leading brands that include WB Games, Xbox Game Studios, 2K, EA, and many more. If the thought of joining a supportive and passionate team that helps shape the games of tomorrow has you excited, then we encourage you to apply now!

Please note: These roles are located in Vancouver, BC and we are ideally looking to recruit a candidate who has the necessary visas and right to work in this location. Fully remote applications will also be considered on the basis that candidates are able to work with us on the PST time zone.
Portfolio Requirements
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About Atomhawk
Atomhawk produces the very best in cutting-edge creative conceptualisation, visualisation, and realisation. Our client list includes major names - 2K, EA, Microsoft, Sony and WB Games all feature. And we like variety. Every project is different from the last. The spectrum covers gritty, hard-hitting Mortal Kombat, irreverent and stylised Surgeon Simulator 2, comic book superheroes, nostalgic childhood favourites and all things in between. Whichever franchise is on today’s agenda - DC, Halo, Marvel, Mortal Kombat and Warhammer - we move through their worlds with ease and creative curiosity.
The work our team produces is world-class. We’ve celebrated that fact in three artbooks. Each one features concept art, tutorials and professional tips. Volume 3 was created to mark the studio’s 10th anniversary, and was displayed and sold at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle, where we held the exhibition Other Worlds: The Art of Atomhawk in 2020. You can take a virtual tour of the exhibition here.
Our output hasn’t gone unnoticed. We received Best Companies’ 3 Star Accreditation 2021 and Top Companies North East 2021. We hold the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, as well as the TIGA Star Award 2021. We were also named Best Art/Animation/Trailer Supplier at the 2021 Develop Star Awards.

Creativity thrives through diversity, not conformity. Every Atomhawk applicant and employee is afforded space and freedom to be their true self, with no fear of prejudice or persecution. During the application process, you won’t be judged on your name, your gender, your sexuality, your ethnicity, your age, your religion, or any other factor unrelated to your ability to do the job.


- Competitive salary

- Annual bonus scheme

- Flexible work schedule with both in-studio and optional from home working

- 8 days of paid training & development time annually, plus free access to an extensive library of tutorials/courses

- Extended health & wellness benefits

- 5% RRSP employer matching

- 21 days of paid vacation annually (+1 for every year with us up to a max. of 25)

- $500 health & fitness annual reimbursement

- Monthly and quarterly team activities (cinema trips, lunches/dinners, go karting, arcades etc)

- Free snacks and drinks in the studio

As well as having the chance to work on some incredible projects, Atomhawk offers a unique environment for those wanting to be surrounded by like-minded creative people. We have one of the largest in-house teams of specialist digital artists in the world, providing a collaborative community that works, develops and socialises together.

Atomhawk provides structured career development and training pathways for staff at all levels. We offer flexible working hours and a strict ‘No-Crunch’ culture, meaning overtime is not required within the art team.

Atomhawk is part of Sumo Group Ltd, one of the UK’s leading videogame developers.
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