Senior Character Concept Artist

About Sumo Newcastle

We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sumo Newcastle joined the Sumo Digital family in January of 2018. As a former CCP Games studio, we have a solid history of cutting-edge development, and now with Sumo, a spectacular future of ‘AAA’ game development for some of the biggest and best publishers in the world.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey.

Sumo Newcastle is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic and talented people, and we embrace all the elements that make our team unique! We are an inclusive studio and welcome applications from all qualified applicants of any background, regardless of race, age, disability, gender identity or neurodiversity.

The role @ Sumo Newcastle

Sumo Newcastle are looking for a talented Senior Character Concept Artist to join the team to help define, maintain and drive the vision of current and future projects. You will be an integral part of the art team working alongside all disciplines to help steer and inspire with supporting concepts, paint overs and visual idea generation.

You will have a keen interest in all genres and an ability to readily generate and iterate on ideas whist incorporating any needs of the wider team. Working in a wide variety of styles you will work on a range of tasks from quick sketches to provide guidance all the way through to complete high-quality rendered pieces. You will need to self-manage your work and time to ensure the support of the teams day to day needs balancing time available with required levels of detail needed on a task by task basis.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to work in a positive and openly creative atmosphere where you can freely give ideas to really feel you can make a difference, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you. 

This position is open to remote, hybrid and in-studio working.

Within this role you will:

  • Help define and maintain the Art Direction for projects within the studio.
  • Create high-quality concepts making sure they follow and support any given art direction.
  • Provide fast concept feedback and iteration of ideas across all aspects of any given tasks.
  • Work directly with and actively seek feedback from the team to ensure any needs or dependencies are taken into account.
  • Maintain visibility of any concept work with any relevant stakeholders to ensure awareness of all the various stages.
  • We need you to have:

  • Shipped a minimum of one AAA game title.
  • Have at least 5 years of experience as a Concept Artist.
  • Excellent composition, lighting and colour theory skills and appreciation.
  • Good verbal, visual and written communication skills.
  • Experience with 3D packages.
  • Keen understanding of cultural influences beyond games; movies, books, TV, comics etc.
  • Portfolio guidance:

    An eye-catching portfolio is required for this position. Please provide a link with your portfolio and take into consideration the key points we are looking for below:

    - Strong character, environment and object work.
    - The ability to work in multiple artistic styles.
    - High level of aesthetic ability, judgment and eye for detail.

    What we offer:

    . Defined Annual Bonus Scheme
    . ULEV car scheme
    . Monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits        
    . Salary Sacrifice Pension
    . Flexible Working  
    . 21 days free-use holiday
    + your birthday off
    + 5 learning days including 1 volunteer day
    + a duvet day
    + Christmas shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year
    + Bank Holidays
    + extra allowance accrued for longer service
    . Free dental insurance 
    . Life Assurance 4x Salary
    . Income Protection of 75% for 5 years           
    . Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    . Employee Assistance Programme:
    . Help at Hand - Remote GP, Mental Health & Physio appointments
    . Free financial & home buying support consultations
    . Cycle to Work Scheme
    . Payroll Giving Scheme
    . Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
    . Career Development Pathway  
    . Wrap Parties.
    . Project Completion Awards
    . Game/Creative Jams
    . Big Family Events
    . Studio social activities, e.g. running, board games, film, yoga, life drawing…
    . Prism – Sumo’s employee diversity focus group 
    . Free fruit and drinks in our studios
    . Employee Referral Bonus     

    Where do we stand on diversity?

    At Sumo Digital, we know that diversity and inclusivity will make our teams (and the amazing work that they do) better! We encourage and welcome ALL applications.

    More About The Sumo Newcastle Studio:

    Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific game developers, enjoying over fifteen years of stability and growth. We have UK studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leamington Spa, The Chinese Room in Brighton and Red Kite Games in Leeds, along with Sumo Video Games in Pune, India.

    We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out of office events such as our legendary annual Sumo ‘Big Day Out’, plus epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - winning concepts can go on to commercial release, so far including Snake Pass and Spyder for Apple Arcade.

    We are proud to be in the North-East of England, in our new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities in Riga. Newcastle was voted the number one place that travellers should visit in 2018 by Rough Guide and has everything that a major European city has to offer; culture, heritage, lively bars and fantastic retail. It is an exciting cosmopolitan city while also boasting plenty of beautiful outdoor space including several beaches less than an hour’s drive away.

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events.

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