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Painting Practice

The Digital Art Department

In-House Art Director

In-House Art Director

We are currently looking for a talented in-house Art Director to join our team here at Painting Practice. Applicants must have experience in advertising and film, and be available from January/February 2018.

Responsibilities

You will be responsible for the visual style and images created for projects going through Painting Practice, either for advertising, animation or live action projects. You will create the overall design and direct artists who develop artwork or layouts. 

Qualifications

Although this area of work is open to all graduates, a degree in one of the following subjects would be ideal:

  •  Advertising Design
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Skills

You will need to show:

  • The consistent ability to produce and communicate fresh ideas and visual concepts
  • High levels of motivation and perseverance with a strong belief in your ideas, plus the skills and confidence to express them
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise work and multitask
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to take rejection and criticism, and to be able to adapt ideas to clients’ and colleagues’ needs
  • The capability to deal with stress and work well under pressure in order to meet tight deadlines
  • The ability to take on briefs and be able to distribute work to the strength of your team 
  • The ability to adjust to ever changing client priorities, digest changes and come up with solutions to any creative issues that may arise, with flexibility in approach. 
  • Be comfortable working with clients and directors
  • Strong leadership skills 
  • Enthusiasm about advertising, animation, and live action with a desire to keep up to date with new developments in the industry
  • IT skills in relevant art and design packages, such as Creative Cloud. Need to be skilled in both 3D and 2D. Our preferred software for 3D is Cinema 4D.
  • Acute observation and an eye for detail.

Salary

To be discussed

Work Experience

Relevant experience is essential. We expect to see a portfolio of your work and ideas, and at least 2 references from previous employers.

Working hours

Working hours are 9am to 6pm. However, extra hours are often required in the evenings and at weekends in order to meet deadlines and specific needs.

If you are interested in this position, please go to our ‘Careers’ page to apply.

Life Drawing Class

Life Drawing Class

Last week we hosted our second life drawing class! For our two hour session, we managed to get the wonderful Andrew Crayford to come in and model for us.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along, some familiar faces, and some new.
We’re always looking forward to meeting new people, so if you’re interested in joining one of our next classes, sign up to our monthly newsletter (below) to receive information on future classes and general updates!

San Junipero wins at the Emmys

San Junipero wins at the Emmys

Fantastic News, Black Mirror fans!

Black Mirror’s San Junipero won two Emmys for both ‘Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special’, AND ‘Outstanding Television Movie’.

A huge congratulations go to; Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, Laurie Borg, and director Owen Harris for creating such an incredible episode, and making working on it so much fun.

Playtest Wins Best VFX at Televisual Bulldog Awards

Playtest Wins Best VFX at Televisual Bulldog Awards

** EXCITING AWARD NEWS!**

Playtest just won best VFX at the Bulldog Televisual Awards! Thank you all for your vote, and congratulations to Justin and the extremely talented VFX team behind this unique Black Mirror episode. We are so proud that we stuck the page up our notice board!

Extremely happy as well to see featuring in the magazine one of our images for BBC Rio Olympics, BBC Sport winning the first prize for Live Sport. And congrats to Black Mirror for its Best Music and Best Drama-One Off Serial!

New Compare the Meerkat Advert

Once again, Painting Practice collaborated with Passion Pictures to make a brand new and exciting Compare the Market advert!

You’ll all recognise the influence here – Alexander and Sergei are having a lovely dinner together on the deck of a great ship when Alexander chokes on his food. Sergei comes to his rescue and they both end up at the tip of the deck, arms floating in the wind, Celine singing in the background…

For more information, check out the Compare the Market website: https://www.comparethemarket.com

James Wellbeloved

We worked closely with Passion Pictures to create this beautiful and heart-warming tale of friendship, all in gorgeous CG animation. One of our proudest jobs!

Congratulations to Justin, Sammy and Alessandro for their hard work, ranging from art direction, concept art and sketches to 3D and Digital Matte Painting.

New Interview: Joel Collins

New Interview: Joel Collins

*EXCITING NEWS! BRAND NEW INTERVIEW PUBLISHED IN PUSHING PIXELS! **

‘Back in the 80’s I began to train as a fine artist. Before I started that degree, I made a little book of cartoon illustrations. Somebody took that book to an animator and they offered me a job on an unknown project called “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, incredibly I turned it down, saying that I wanted to be a fine artist! Of course, as we all know, it turned out to be a seminal live action animation movie and when I saw the finished thing I knew I wanted to work in film.’ Joel Collins, Black Mirror Series Designer

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