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Irvine, California - United States
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Associate External Art Manager

Description

The Hearthstone team is looking for a motivated and organized individual to expand our art production capabilities in Irvine California. This associate management position would work directly with our Art Outsource Manager and be in frequent contact with external artists with the goal of creating a large body of “Epically Charming” art for both in-game and publishing-related assets.

The ideal candidate would have the strong art pipeline management and communication skills necessary to be able to manage, direct, and provide detailed feedback to external artists. They will work with the Art Director to assure all incoming artwork maintains an aesthetic aligned with the Hearthstone art style, and convey this style in a nuanced manner to all external artists.

Responsibilities

  • Work with external artists (both illustrators for the in-game cards as well as the artists creating golden card animations) to generate high quality, finished assets for use in game.
  • Manage contracts/invoices, and maintain constant contact with external artists throughout the process.
  • Coordinating with internal teams including legal/finance/business dev to get contract negotiated/paid
  • Follow up with Artists to assure all appropriate payment paperwork is in order and filed, and that the art assets are being submitted in a timely manner.
  • Downloading the assets from external locations and adjusting the final product for use in game including cropping, color adjustment etc. and getting the results into the game itself
  • Exhibit quality control over all incoming Golden Card Animation art assets.
  • Coordinate with the Art Producer to conduct reviews the with the Hearthstone leadership team.
  • Work with the Art Director to provide detailed/consistent feedback and approvals to the Golden Card Animation artists.

Requirements

  • Clear and concise communication and people skills.
  • Must be highly organized, detail oriented and self-motivated.
  • Must be able to take and build on Art Direction provided by the game team and share it with external artists to build towards creative, epic Golden Card Animations.
  • A passion towards fostering connections with existing artists and groups of artists not to mention emerging new talent.

Pluses

  • Experience working with external artists, primarily in the Illustration community
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and/or Unity

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should detail why you are interested in working at Blizzard

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