PopCap Games, Inc. Flash Animator/Illustrator in United States

Flash Animator/Illustrator

Location:Seattle, WA

Job Code:EA9000

of openings:1

Description

This position will be responsible for creating Flash animations and illustratons from concept, to execution, and all the way through production for awesome games on a variety of platforms. A qualified candidate is comfortable working on all stages of a game, is comfortable working on independent projects with team feedback, displays strong independent judgement, and is eager to contribute to the product’s success on all levels. This position will be a core member of the studio’s staff and a positive presence in the office. As a core member, this position requires the ability to understand, discuss, and clearly communicate a comon goal for the quality and expected high standard of our games.

Responsibilities:

  • Concept and sketch game ideas that can be clearly communicated with the rest of the team

  • Design and establish the artistic styles for individual projects when required, mymic artistic style on existing projects

  • Illustrate 2D icons, characters, and backgrounds directly in Flash, Illustrator, and Photoshop

  • Comfortably use vector and raster illustration techniques with ease

  • Actively contribute to team discussions about stylistic, behavioral, and functional decisions

  • Convert designs and illustrations into Flash production-quality art assets

  • Create animations and special effects for objects and characters

  • Create all assets using industry-established best practices

  • Work directly with other artistis, designers, and the art director

  • Work with designers and illustrators to interpret concepts into final art assets

  • Accurately estimate the time it takes to complete tasks

  • Follow project specifications to finish artwork on time and within requirements

  • Expected to contribute beyond Art tasks to the overall benefit of our games

  • Assists with the communication of expectations for outsourced assets as needed

Required Skills/Personal Requirements:

  • Expert at Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop

  • Solid understanding of working with Flash assets (i.e. movie clips, graphics, buttons, etc.)

  • Solid understanding of Flash animation aspects (i.e. timeline, symbols, labels, properties, tweening, display properties, looping and stopping, etc.)

  • Solid understanding of renamimg and organizing symbols, scenes, labels, links, instance names, SWFs and FLAs

  • Extensive knowledge of art concepts and digital file types, including raster and vector production work

  • Experience as an artist/animator in a high-tech environment is required

  • Highly-skilled Flash animator of characters, expressions, gestures, and movements of animals, humans, objects, and textures

  • Must be able to draw and create straight from his/her own head, both realistic and imaginative

  • Strong knowledge of Flash production best practices, including: raster and vector assets, symbols, scalability, file-size, and compression, among others

  • Ability to work effectively and receive critiques from others on the Art team as well as Designers, Engineers and Producers

  • Ability to stay organized, exhibit great follow-through, work within established procedures and file structures and with minimal supervision, and work quickly in times of tight deadlines

  • Ability to effectively communicate within the team and with external partners about art expectations and production assets

  • Ability to challenge one’s self to raise the bar on his/her own work and that of the company

  • Must have an upbeat, positive attitude and enjoy working on a team

  • Proficiency in Painter, AfterEffects or other art/design-oriented programs is highly recommended

  • Experience with Action Script and XML a plus

Education and/or Certifications:

  • High school diploma, or equivalent, required

  • College degree in Art, Animation, Design, or related field preferred

PopCap Games (www.popcap.com) is the worldwide leader in casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106 and are available anytime, anywhere. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of more than 500 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, and Shanghai. Its games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled, has sold more than 50 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap’s games are played on the Web, social platforms, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone, iPad and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox and DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap has been one of the most innovative companies in the video game industry since its inception a decade ago. Pioneering new game mechanics, sales models, and platforms ranging from mobile devices to online and location-based games of chance, PopCap is the only video game provider in the world with leading market share across the entire spectrum.