Sr. Technical Artist
9 days ago
Sr. Technical Artist
EA Create is a collective of content production teams partnering with EA Studios game teams to provide outstanding visuals, audio and technology. Our teams comprise of artists, engineers, technicians, designers and development directors. Worldwide, we combine our teams to form a global group of extraordinary individuals fueled by imagination and a unified passion for creating amazing visuals, sound and experiences. We are a diverse team, unified through collaboration, culture and craft.
The Sr. Technical Artist (TA) acts as a bridge between the artists and programmers. They ensure art content can be smoothly integrated into a game without sacrificing the artistic vision or exceeding technical limitations. The Sr. Technical Artist reporting to the Technical Art Director works as part of the art team and coordinates with the lead artists, art director, and lead programmers.
The Sr Technical Artists manage art production workflows and make decisions on art packages and tools to be used, investigate new production techniques, implement solutions, provide feedback and debug complex assets and often provide instruction by sharing their knowledge with other artists through training sessions.
The Sr. Technical Artist typically works removed from the direct creation of game art assets, setting up the systems of production and solving problems as they arise. The Sr. Technical Artist is required to keep up-to-date on changes in technology, both regarding hardware, art packages, and new techniques.
- Maintain technologies and art workflows.
- Identify art workflow problems, and work with Technical Producers, Expert’s, TAD's and TA’s to solve.
- Establish and enforce naming conventions within assets, tools, and workflows
- Integrate new technologies into art workflows.
- Work with other artists/TA's on a daily basis to identify challenges and provide solutions.
- Oversee asset and meeting budget (memory and performance).
- Oversee asset build stability.
What skills does EA look for?
Sr. Technical Artists, are expected to have several years of experience, involving both art and programming experience. A Sr. Technical Artist can come from either background.
You have a detailed knowledge of multiple industry-standard art packages. The use of scripting languages is required, as is an understanding of the limitations of console hardware. Experience in film and television is welcomed, where the experience of high-end rendering techniques or complex animation are useful skills.
The role of a Sr. Technical Artist is a specialized one. You will show technical proficiency in areas such as lighting and rendering, texturing, and graphics-related programming languages such as shaders. You should also have knowledge of art packages ranging from modeling to texturing and special effects and can customize them to be as streamlined as possible for specific projects.
Most Sr. Technical Artists will have a degree in a relevant visual art or technical subject; however, the most important prerequisite is; experience working with art tools and game hardware on multiple projects.
- At least 5+ years of games/animation/FX production experience.
- Intermediate knowledge of CG fundamentals: modeling, texturing/shading/surfacing, rigging, animation, lighting, rendering, and compositing.
- Understanding of multiple gaming platform limitations with regard to visual assets.
- Experience with at least one 3D package.
- Intermediate scripting experience with Python or Mel/Maya API.
- Proficiency with C# or C++
- Experience troubleshooting CG issues.
- think creatively to resolve technical challenges and limitations.
- Experience providing a bridge between artists and software engineers.