2D Art Director

Austin, TX
Content & Production
Full-time

Rooster Teeth Animation is looking for an Art Director to work with the Director and creative team to inspire and lead the visual direction of 2D productions. From the humble beginnings of “Red vs Blue” (the internet’s longest running online show), the animation department has evolved into an essential part of RT culture - delving into 2D animation with the original series “Camp Camp” and our podcast-inspired series “RTAA”. We believe passionately in attracting the best and brightest for our team, creating the most engaging and impressive animated productions online or elsewhere (while also having more than a little fun in the process). A strong candidate will have a proven track record of creative leadership, interpersonal skills, and production experience to help the company fulfill its objectives.  This position is based in Austin, TX.

Responsibilities

    • Responsible for the quality of art and design across assigned shows, directing other contributors and leading by example
    • Work closely with the show’s Director to create the overall aesthetic of a production as well as the details of the show’s assets
    • Work closely with the internal creative production teams to help guide the logistics of the Pre-Production department
    • Establish guidelines with the Director to maintain art style and quality throughout projects, creating style guides for productions and updating them as needed
    • Generate, as well as guide members of your team in the generation of, initial concepts for characters, environments, and other production assets
    • Oversee the delivery of tasks and approvals for multiple art disciplines (Concept/Turnaround/Background/Modeling), providing detailed feedback to the multiple parties (including contract artists) as contextualized within the frame of each production’s “big picture”
    • Be current on industry trends and technologies to provide insight into current workflows
    • Review, provide artistic direction, mentor, and give constructive feedback to other artists in order to improve both their aesthetic and technical performance
    • Work closely with producers and other teams in the production pipeline to ensure a collaborative, efficient logistical approach to creating artwork
    • Provide direct education as well as help plan additional external educational resources, to ensure long term growth and improvement on the team
    • Work closely with the art team to ensure that all art supports and enhances the fiction and narrative of productions
    • Help guide in the creation of promotional art and marketing materials as needed
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

    • Must be willing to relocate to Austin, TX
    • Bachelor's degree from a four year college or university in Art, Illustration
    • 2+ years of production experience as an Art Director
    • 5+ years of production experience in a creative leadership role
    • Experience managing a team of artists
    • Strong interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to thrive in a collaborative environment with multidisciplinary teams
    • Highly proficient in fine art, 2D illustration, and animation fundamentals; able to guide, if not produce, art for characters, vehicles, and environments
    • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills
    • Expert level skills in Adobe CS, specifically Photoshop and Illustrator

Bonus Points

    • Proficient in Toon Boom Harmony
    • Graphic Design, Animation or related field preferred
    • The ideal candidate will have outstanding skills in multiple 2D art disciplines

Perks + Benefits

    • Use What You Need paid time off
    • 100% Company paid health & dental benefits
    • 401(k) with a company match
    • Opportunity for career growth
    • Flexible dress code
    • Kitchen stocked with snacks
    • Pet Friendly

Required Application Materials

    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Portfolio demonstrating relevant artistic skills
    • Only digital artwork submissions such as website, blog, or online album will be accepted
    • An art test may be required

ABOUT ROOSTER TEETH: Rooster Teeth is a pioneering creative production studio responsible for award-winning online videos such as "Red vs. Blue," the longest-running web series in history; globally acclaimed animated series "RWBY;" comedy gamer series, "The Gauntlet;" comedy series "Rooster Teeth Shorts;" and "Immersion," a show that tests video game concepts in the real world. Rooster Teeth founded and operates "Achievement Hunter," the popular gaming website, and produces the award-winning "Rooster Teeth Podcast," voted Best Gaming Podcast at the 2013 Podcast Awards. With a dedicated worldwide fan community, Rooster Teeth created RTX, an annual gaming and Internet convention held in Austin, TX, which attracts tens of thousands of gamers, online video fans and Rooster Teeth community members from around the world. The Rooster Teeth YouTube channel became the 4th most viewed YouTube channel in the world (non-music) in 2013.  The Rooster Teeth multi-channel network has over 20 million YouTube subscribers and more than 5 billion views, and the Rooster Teeth website has 3 million unique monthly visitors with 1.8 million registered community members. Founded by Matt Hullum and Burnie Burns, Rooster Teeth is a subsidiary of Fullscreen, Inc., a global media company that develops online creators and produces multi-platform entertainment experiences. Discover more at http://www.roosterteeth.com.