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Company Name:
Blizzard Entertainment
Location:
Irvine, California
Country:
United States
Job Type:
Visual Arts
Position type:
Full Time
Platform
Mac OS X, PC / Windows
Minimum Number Of Professional Titles:
1
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Education:
High School or equivalent

Unannounced Title - 3D Weapons Artist

Weapons in gaming are a tricky thing to get right. A constant companion, we grow attached to our instruments of combat, and rightfully so. However, no matter how fantastic the design or how big the ‘BOOM’ is, it’s the details which truly define a weapon’s character and bring it to life.  The way the light catches every nick and battle scar on a well-worn assault rifle or the mysterious, intricate engraving on an ancient sword pommel, each subtle nuance helps to create a truly rich and inviting world.

As a weapon artist you will lovingly hand craft each little detail found in the weapons and equipment for Blizzard’s next epic game title.

Your passion as an artist and a gamer will propel you into the thick of development. Exceptional understanding of hard surface modeling, lighting, form, and color will allow you to work side-by-side with concept and character artists to outfit amazing creations with even more phenomenal war gear. Your experience as a gamer will come in handy as you jam on new game-play concepts with designers, ensuring your badass implements of destruction play as good as they look. 

In short, you’ll be part of a close-knit, collaborative community of artists, engineers and designers whose sole goal is to make a truly immersive game experience.

If you’re ready to tackle the challenge of helping realize the next epic Blizzard title, we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Create both high resolution 3D sculpts and final low polygon game assets.
  • Couple hand painted textures and next-gen materials for use in game engine.
  • Iterate on game assets with production artists via prototyping and group critiques.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in game development as an artist specializing in weapons, mechanical or vehicle modeling using Maya, Photoshop, Zbrush, or Mudbox
  • Exceptional understanding of next generation asset creation pipelines and tools
  • Expertise in hard surface modeling techniques for use in creating complex mechanical objects such as weapons and vehicles
  • Superior eye for light, shade, color, and detail in creating texture maps
  • Self-motivation, good communication skills, and a great team-player attitude
  • Able to work creatively as part of a large or small group
  • Proven problem-solving / prototyping ability
  • Able to effectively collaborate with game designers and programmers
  • Understanding of the visual style of Blizzard games and a passion to push it to the next level
  • A passion for video games

Pluses

  • Have shipped an AAA PC or console title as a 3D artist specializing in equipment, weapons or vehicles
  • Experience in creating visual designs that support gameplay oriented goals
  • Skill in one or more related disciplines – illustration, animation, visual effects, or technical art

Submission / Portfolio requirements

  • Cover Letter is required
  • Portfolio, and / or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills required
  • Only online artwork submissions will be accepted (e.g. website, blog or online album).
  • Must be willing to complete an art test if requested to do so

 

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliated companies is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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