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As a lead artist on the team, you will be responsible for partnering with the art director to drive the visual development of the project. Using your deep experience in art production, you will help to push the visual development of your project and establish a key part of the art team itself.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with teams through all aspects of the product life cycle, including prototyping, pre-production, production, beta, and release.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work alongside the General Manager of Mobile Division for the overall vision and the producers to ensure production requests for art are to the correct standard.

  • Ensure your project’s art is of high quality and meets PlaySide's standards.

  • Partner with art leadership to realize the vision of the game and inspire other artists to achieve it.

  • Prototype new techniques and expand the team’s artistic capabilities.

  • Help to develop and staff the art team with talented artists who will thrive in our collaborative environment.

  • Conduct regular 1:1s with your team to support them in their Art & career.

  • Collaborate with all members of a team to make sure artwork fits within technical, design, and production requirements.

  • Ensure your team members hit all their goals set in quarterly reviews.

  • Participate in and run meetings, reviews, and planning as part of effective communication with the team and outsourcing studios.

  • Ensure that all assets created by the art team and external teams conform to the style and technical guidelines of the title.

  • Collaborate productively within a multi-disciplined team environment, including designers and coders, communicating with technical and non-technical staff across disciplines.

  • Improve workflow and efficiency by sharing experience and skills verbally and through presentations and/or documentation.

  • To help reinforce great teamwork and amazing studio culture!

What You Bring To The Role

  • Proficient in the use of 3D modelling applications such as Maya or Zbrush, as well as surfacing tools like Substance Designer and Painter.

  • 5+ years of professional experience as an Artist in game development.

  • Solid background in traditional arts, including but not limited to painting, illustration, design, or traditional media.

  • Eye for light, shade, colour, and detail.

  • You love to solve problems, and you love to collaborate. Creating epic entertainment experiences is a team effort, and you thrive when exploring ideas and working with others.

  • You love to learn new tools and techniques, and you have a passion for sharing them with others.

  • Excellent verbal/written communication with both internal and external parties.

  • Proven ability to work on a variety of styles to a high level of quality and showcased in shipped titles.

  • An understanding of both the game development process and working in Unity/Unreal.

  • Ability to take the initiative, be highly disciplined and self-motivated

  • Ability to understand, match, and communicate varied target styles.

  • Excellent organisational skills and proven experience managing multiple 2D and/or 3D assets in various states of completion.

  • Positive, make-it-happen, lead-by-example attitude

What we offer here at PlaySide

  • Playdays - an additional 5 paid days off per year to do something you love.

  • Incredible studios based in gorgeous Port Melbourne, right next to the city and many public transport options.

  • Industry leading Parental Leave benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program to support mental wellbeing

  • Mentoring. We're agile and fast growing, giving plenty of chances for you to grow in your role.

  • Half price state of the art Gym access! (right next door) - you can wear your free PlaySide Swag!

  • Social events! Including Games night, karaoke nights, Movie Nights (We hire out the cinema!), group activities and food trucks! Just as some examples!

  • Relocation allowance, if you move to one of our head offices

  • The chance to work on some of the most exciting projects, with the most incredible companies in the world - just take a look at our website

How to Apply

Email your application to

We want you to get to know us as much as we get to know you! Our process will go as follows: 

  • You apply with your killer CV and a folio of examples of your work!

  • Quick phone chat with one of our delightful People & Culture team members

  • You may then be invited in for an interview (in-office or via Zoom) to outline all of your past work, and we will let you know all about PlaySide.

  • 2nd stage interview or Zoom call, to meet one of our General Managers or Directors

  • You’ll then get the opportunity to meet some of our current PlaySiders - this is a casual chat and a get to know you session!  

Please Note: Only candidates successful for an interview will be contacted.  Do keep an eye on our LinkedIn page and careers page for future roles.

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